Information helplines and hotlines have probably been around for as long as there have been telephones. If you put the word “helpline” into Google, the pages fill up with different helplines. In the last decade, safe abortion information helplines have evolved as a successful strategy to share information about how to have a safe abortion using medicines (mifepristone and misoprostol) and as a vehicle for social change.
An ad-hoc, non-affiliated group of activists, academics, artists and trade unionists are preparing a nationwide strike for repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution on 8 March 2017.
A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged all Dominican Republic legislators to protect women and girls’ rights to sexual and reproductive health in the country by supporting President Danilo Medina’s position against regressive amendments of the Penal Code regarding abortion.
Read these short reports on abortion law and policy in Russia, Macedonia, Georgia, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man. They cover abortion research and judicial review, reported by a number of abortion reights groups and news outlets.
Mahmoud F Fathalla of Egypt earned his medical degree in obstetrics and gynaecology from the University of Cairo in 1962 and his PhD from Edinburgh University in 1967. He has had a long and distinguished career, which has continued many years into his retirement. He served as the Dean of the Medical School, Assiut University, Egypt. He was the former Director of the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human … Continued
“Dame Margaret Sparrow was 21 when she carried out her do-it-yourself abortion. The year was 1956; if you didn’t want a baby, there were few ways out. She sent away for an inky-black elixir from a chemist rumoured to know about such things, and it arrived in the post in a brown paper bag. “I have no idea what the mixture contained, whether it was a health risk or what the margin of safety was,” … Continued
In Malawi a study has estimated that 80% of women who had unsafe abortions in the country were married. The study, carried out by the Coalition for Prevention of Unsafe Abortion (COPUA), found that a low uptake of contraception among married women was a driver behind unintended pregnancies and that 33,000 women are treated annually for abortion complications. COPUA is now on a countrywide tour for public health workers, asking to solicit views for input before the current abortion bill reaches Parliament.
The Italian Council of Ministers has approved a legislative decree to stop punishing abortion, but fines for “clandestine abortion” have at the same time been sharply raised. If the decree is passed by Parliament, women could be liable to pay fines of €5,000-10,000 instead of the current amount of €51. The Italian network of women’s associations against violence, Donne in rete contro la violenza, has mounted a campaign to protest against this decree.
Canada has announced millions of dollars in funding for UNFPA’s work, but no funds have been earmarked for safe abortion care in developing countries. International aid for safe abortion care was banned in 2010 by the previous conservative government and strongly denounced by opposition.
African Commission calls on Uganda to ensure the right to legal abortion and reproductive health services. The regional bodies charged with ensuring African states comply with their human rights commitments calls for Uganda to implement the Maputo Protocol, which explicitly guarantees the right to legal abortion in particular circumstances.