EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT – MEPs reject US initiative against safe abortion and SRHR

On 25 September 2019, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Petra de Sutter and Sophie in ‘t Veld released a statement on behalf of the group MEPs for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, of which they are co-chairs. The statement was about the US initiative against sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United Nations. It was addressed to Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Neven … Continued

INDIA – Assessing the judiciary’s role in access to safe abortion after 20 weeks

There has been an increase in women approaching the Supreme Court of India and High Courts in different states seeking permission to end unwanted pregnancies. An analysis of these court judgments, recently published by the Pratigya Campaign for Gender Equality and Safe Abortion, found cases of 194 women in the last three years who went to court seeking abortions in traumatic circumstances – including rape, risk to life and mental health, and serious fetal abnormalities. … Continued

ZIMBABWE – “Address unsafe abortions to reduce maternal deaths”

The public health problem of unsafe abortion has been the subject of news articles, debates and advocacy campaigns in Zimbabwe going back a long time. Starting in 2017, the Women’s Action Group (WAG) began to implement a project working with a range of national and international partners, whose ultimate goal is to empower and girls to utilise the existing law to access safe abortion services without stigma, and to reduce unsafe abortion-related deaths and morbidity … Continued

UGANDA – Experts call for safe abortion as part of essential health package for women

“When the doctor told me that we needed to discuss the results of my pregnancy test, I already knew I was pregnant; because I was just recovering from rape.” It was hard for her to accept the news, since she saw this as an end to her dream of becoming a teacher. I knew, without doubt, that I would be expelled from school and banished from home by my parents. I spent days in agony, … Continued

MOROCCO: SOLIDARITY REQUEST !! Journalist Hajar Raissouni, her fiancé, and medical staff sentenced to prison

Hajar Raissouni, a journalist working for an independent daily newspaper, was arrested on 31 August along with her fiancé, Amin Rifaat, as they left a doctor’s office in Rabat. The doctor and two others working at the clinic were also arrested on suspicion of carrying out an abortion. After her arrest, Raissouni was detained at a police station in Rabat and on 2 September brought before a prosecutor and charged with sex outside of marriage … Continued

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