“Save the Women” legal initiative tabled in Polish Parliament

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The “Save the Women” Civic Committee has tabled a draft law in the Sejm, lower house of the Polish parliament, liberalizing the anti-abortion legislation in force in Poland since 1993. The Committee succeeded in collecting about 215,000 signatures endorsing the draft law from across Poland in three months. The Sejm, the lower chamber of Parliament, now has three months to initiate debate on the bill.

Belgique: Le SP.A veut rendre l’avortement possible jusqu’à 20 semaines (Belgium: The SP.A, a Flemish socialist party, wants to make abortion possible up to 20 weeks)

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Deux députés sp.a souhaitent porter la limite de l’avortement de douze à vingt semaines, comme c’est le cas aux Pays-Bas, rapportent mardi De Standaard et Het Nieuwsblad. Two members of the SP.A wish to bring the upper time limit for abortions from 12 to 20 weeks in Belgium, as is already the case in the Netherlands, which was reported recently in De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad.

Academic paper: Abortion legalization and reduced childbearing in Mexico City

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While the implications of the law for women’s health and maternal mortality have been investigated, its potential association with fertility behavior has yet to be assessed. This paper examines metropolitan-area differences in overall and parity-specific childbearing, as well as the age pattern of childbearing between 2000 and 2010, to identify the contribution of abortion legalization to fertility in Mexico. Overall, the evidence suggests a systematic association between abortion legalization and fertility.

New Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Association of Malawi backs abortion law reform

The organisation’s President, Prof Frank Taulo, said their aim was to help to maintain high clinical and ethical standards and improving lives of Malawian women. Another objective is to encourage the highest standards of training in obstetrics and gynaecology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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