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

TURKEY – Health professionals slam government demand for names of women who have had abortions as part of “terror investigations”

Istanbul’s Provincial Directorate of Security has demanded the names of all the women who had abortions in Istanbul between January 2017 and May 2019 as part of “terror investigations” by September 13. The letter was sent to every public and private hospital across the city. They also demanded the names of all women aged 30-40 treated for polycystic ovary syndrome. They claimed the information was necessary as part of ongoing investigations into membership of armed … Continued

Ireland: The Abortion Bill passes the first house

Abortion bill passed by a large majority On 6 December 2018, the lower house of the Irish parliament passed the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill at midnight with a vote of 90 for, 15 against, and 12 abstentions, after hours of debate and consideration of 60 amendments, almost all of which were voted down with large majorities. Minister of Health Simon Harris remained in strict control throughout the process, rejecting amendments by pro-choice members … Continued

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The Total Criminalisation of Abortion

“For more than two decades, legislators in the Dominican Republic have debated a new penal code. President Danilo Medina has urged legislators to decriminalize abortion in three circumstances: when the life of the woman or girl is in danger, when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest, or when the fetus has serious complications incompatible with life outside of the womb. He twice vetoed penal code reforms that maintained the total abortion ban without exceptions. … Continued

MONACO – Possible debate in 2019 on broadening the strict abortion law

Ten years ago, abortion was completely illegal in Monaco. Although it remains a taboo subject, and access remains very restricted, abortion was decriminalised in 2009 in cases of rape, or risk to the health of the woman or the fetus. Monaco women mostly head to France for an abortion, mainly to the city of Nice. This can take several weeks, however. And only those who are French nationals are covered by the social security system … Continued

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