VERY EARLY MEDICAL ABORTION – Two studies have shown that very early medical abortion is very effective; FIAPAC calls for more data

A systematic review in 2017 supported “the use of medical abortion at gestational ages <42 days. Efficacy rates were high overall and appeared to reflect those observed during the 7th week of pregnancy. Women who prefer to initiate treatment as soon as early pregnancy is diagnosed may do so without delay. It concludes that “further research of abortion outcomes disaggregated by gestational age and visualization of the gestational sac is warranted”. A cohort study, also … Continued

EL SALVADOR – Interview with Sara García Gross: « In El Salvador, when a woman falls pregnant, she loses her right to life. » 

  El Salvador is ruled by what began as a leftist party and over the years has passed a series of policies in support of women’s rights. But on the subject of abortion there has always been silence. Although they were the first party to introduce an abortion law reform bill after 20 years in power, they then postponed the debate with the excuse of introducing other priority issues, which shows that fundamentalist pressure on … Continued

USA Federal Court of Appeals decision prevents pregnant woman’s challenge to Wisconsin’s “Unborn Child Protection Act” 

  On 19 June, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit vacated a well-reasoned decision by a federal district court that had struck down Wisconsin’s so-called Unborn Child Protection Act (Act 292) as unconstitutional. The appeals court panel avoided grappling with Act 292’s numerous constitutional problems by ruling that the woman challenging it could not continue to do so because she had moved out of the state. Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director, National … Continued

INDIA – 75% of abortions take place without the support or involvement of health facilities

  More than 75% of the 15.6 million abortions in India annually are estimated to take place without the support or involvement of health facilities and about 5-7% of abortions that take place outside licensed facilities are carried out using methods that may be dangerous. One doctor reports that use of “insertion of sticks and roots, ingestion of herbal medicines, abortifacient drugs, abdominal massage and incomplete D&Cs in unhygienic conditions” to cause abortions still happens … Continued

BELGIUM – Decriminalisation bill debate concludes in the Justice Commission

The debates on taking abortion out of the Penal Code in Belgium are over, at least in the Justice Commission of the Chamber of Representatives. The hearings almost all went in the same direction: that abortion must be removed from the Penal Code. In early July, the Justice Commission will look at the issue once more and then a vote should be taken. For Karine Lalieux, the Socialist MP behind the decriminalisation bill, it would … Continued

VALUES CLARIFICATION – Abortion Attitude Transformation: A values clarification toolkit for humanitarian audiences

  by Ipas   Abortion by trained providers is a safe and common procedure, legal under at least one condition in nearly every country in the world. Yet women and girls living in humanitarian settings often cannot get this essential reproductive health service—even when it’s available to other women in a country hosting refugees. This toolkit is designed to give humanitarian audiences the chance to explore their values, attitudes and knowledge related to abortion – … Continued

ARGENTINA – Next steps

The Buenos Aires Times has reported that in the hours following last week’s vote, former president and now senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s Victory Front-PJ voting bloc said it would vote in favour “in response to a societal demand that has been strongly expressed through the women’s movement”.

SAFE2CHOOSE – safe2choose hereby would like to advise you that, effective 1st July 2018, we no longer will be directly shipping safe abortion pills

At the same time, safe2choose is proud to announce that we will be working with various groups and partners to ensure that women continue to have access to high quality products. safe2choose is not going away. Indeed, we plan to re-orient and re-double our efforts by focusing on providing the same level of high quality information and support to women who are exploring their abortion options. Since our inception in 2015, safe2choose has handled 2 … Continued

LA MALA FE / NICARAGUA – La Mala Fe, información veraz, articulación regional e investigaciones rigurosas

This latest resource, developed by CLACAI (Latin American Campaign against Unsafe Abortion), is an independent news portal called La Mala Fe (which means “Bad Faith” in Spanish and refers not only to religion but also means “to trap” or “to play dirty”).

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION – Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care

This report summarises discussions and recommendations resulting from the global convening in 2017 on “conscientious objection” co-organised by the International Women’s Health Coalition and Mujer y Salud en Uruguay. The report will be launched today, 19 June 2018. Alongside Unconscionable, IWHC is releasing their policy brief on the refusal of care on grounds of conscience claims, with recommendations for national policymakers, international organisations, health professionals, and advocates. IWHC say: “We have deliberated deeply the issue … Continued

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