GERMANY – Her court case exposed Germany’s abortion laws for a new generation of activists

In 2017, Kristina Hänel (photo, right), a German doctor, age 63, became a cause celebre. She is a doctor who offers abortion services, and as others before her, she was fined €6,000 for “advertising” this service on her website. We reported this when it first happened. What sets Hänel apart today is her ongoing battle against paying the fine, which she says she will take all the way to the European Court of Human Rights. … Continued

USA – Trump’s ‘conscience rule’ for health providers blocked by federal judge

On 6 November 2019, a US federal judge voided the Trump administration’s so-called ‘conscience rule’, which would have allowed healthcare providers to refuse to participate in abortions, sterilisations or other types of care they disagreed with on religious or moral grounds. The judge said the administration’s central justification of a “significant increase” in complaints related to conscience violations was “flatly untrue. This alone makes the agency’s decision to promulgate the rule arbitrary and capricious.” The … Continued

ARGENTINA – Newly elected president calls for legalisation of abortion before he is elected

The elections this month included several “outspoken feminist candidates”, while protests against gender-based killing of women, national women’s strikes, and a “campaign that saw abortion nearly legalised in the National Congress last year” amount to what is being called “the revolution of the daughters”.

CAMEROON – The Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians of Cameroon launches three-year project “Advocacy for Comprehensive Abortion Care” in Yaoundé

The vision of the project is in line with the directives of the Ministry of Public Health. Unsafe abortion was identified as a leading cause of maternal mortality. The Government acknowledged they need the support of collaborators like SOGOC and others dealing in sexual reproductive health, so as to combat maternal deaths.

BELGIUM – Decriminalisation of abortion: the debate is re-opened in the parliament

Members of the Justice Committee in the Belgian parliament have re-opened the debate on the decriminalisation of abortion. Five bills have been tabled, all of which go further than the current law, as amended in October 2018. But there are differences between the bills and the parties supporting them. Hence, there may not be a sufficient majority for decriminalisation of abortion. The law reform of October 2018 legalised abortion under in certain conditions, but did … Continued

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