GREAT BRITAIN- Britain celebrates 50 years of the 1967 Abortion Act…

  This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act in Britain. The conference: ‘The Abortion Act 1967: A Promise Fulfilled?’ was an action-packed, two-day event organised by Sheelagh McGuinness and Sally Sheldon, and hosted by the Royal … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – … while Northern Irish women are at Supreme Court challenging an even more outdated law

    On 24 October, the UK Supreme Court began a three-day hearing on an application from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, which argues that criminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland in the case of rape, incest and serious … Continued

POLAND- My Black Protest

The ongoing battle around fundamental reproductive rights in Poland becomes even more fierce. Since mobilization of pro-choice-minded people on the third of October in both 2016 and 2017 the major decision-makers have repeatedly suggested that they would support an abortion ban in cases of fetal malformation. Therefore, the Great Coalition for Equality and Choice would like to call your attention to our latest publication about the Black Protest and, more broadly, people’s personal stories about the moment when the personal became political for them. It portrays contemporary Poland mostly from the perspective of medium-sized cities and small towns.

FRENCH POLYNESIA – Open Letter to Brigitte Macron (First Lady, France) from En Marche French Polynesia branch

  This open letter from women in the political party En Marche to the First Lady of France asserts the right of women in French Polynesia and New Caledonia to equal treatment in respect of French abortion law and policy … Continued

CUBA – Abortion has been safe and free in Cuba for over half a century

  In 2016, 85,445 abortions were recorded among women aged 12-49 years old, which represents 41.9 abortions per 100 pregnant women. At the same time, contraceptive use is as high as 77.1% of women in stable relationships in Cuba. The … Continued

IRELAND – Eighth Amendment Committee members worried they will be unable to reach a consensus

  Members of the Irish parliament’s Eighth Amendment Committee have expressed doubts about whether they can deliver an agreed set of recommendations on the wording of their report for the abortion referendum, with fears that up to three reports could … Continued

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Illegal sale of misoprostol for abortion in a context of illegal abortion

Abortion is illegal in Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) under the 19th century Offences against the Person Act, a British colonial law which states that a pregnant woman who “with intent to procure her own miscarriage, unlawfully administers to herself any … Continued

India – Sexual abuse of girls followed by refusal of abortion: adding insult to injury

On 28 July, the case of a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after being sexual abused by her uncle hit the news in India. According to reports, the family approached the district court in Chandigarh for permission for the child … Continued

Oregon state protects reproductive health care while Trump eliminates $213.6million for teen pregnancy prevention

As the Trump administration and congressional Republicans wage a campaign to eradicate no-cost birth control coverage and health care for millions, Oregon is moving in the opposite direction with sweeping reproductive health-care legislation. A bill heading to Democratic Gov. Kate … Continued

Abortion is in the news and in the courts across India

Perhaps the most important headline is that 10 women die every day in India as a result of unsafe abortion. That some 30,200 abortions take place daily in India, half of which are unsafe, causing some 3,600 women to experience … Continued

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