BRAZIL – The turbulence in Brazil continues

As the turbulence of Brazil’s political climate and sexual politics overall continues, the abortion rights debates decidedly intensified in November 2017 (check here for updates in Portuguese). As reported by the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion on 24 November, Amendment No.181, a provision aimed at including right to life from conception into the Constitution, was approved by a Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on 8 November.

USA – Roe’s Unfinished Promise: Decriminalizing Abortion Once and For All

by Self-Induced Abortion Legal Team, 2017   This is the first comprehensive paper about the criminalization of self-induced abortion in the USA and efforts to eliminate threats, while increasing protections, for people who end pregnancies outside the formal healthcare system. … Continued

EARLY MEDICAL ABORTION – Efficacy and safety of very early medical termination of pregnancy: a cohort study

Two study cohorts were created: women with and women without a confirmed IUP. An IUP was defined as the intrauterine location of a yolk sac or fetal structure visible by ultrasound. Women with an IUP were selected randomly and included in the IUP cohort. Efficacy of MTOP, defined as no continuing pregnancy and with no need of surgery for incomplete TOP.

EUROPE – The EU must ensure its humanitarian aid to war victims upholds their right to non-discriminatory medical care

Letter to the Vice-President, European Commission and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, European Commission, Belgium 23 November, 2017   In September 2015, the European Commission laudably took a historic step in making clear that women and girls … Continued

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