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

ANDORRA – Member of Parliament calls on France to pressure Andorra re abortion

Andorra is one of the last States in Europe, with Malta, San Marino and the Vatican, to prohibit abortion, including in cases of rape, incest, fetal anomaly and risk to the life of the woman. Women from Andorra access abortion either in Spain or France, or by unsafe or clandestine methods. Laurence Gayte is a Deputy in France for Pyrénées-Orientales, which borders with Andorra, a member of President Macron’s party En Marche, and a member … Continued

NORWAY – Thousands of protesters demonstrate in Norwegian cities for the second time this month

The demonstrations were called against government plans to restrict women’s access to abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy, which are the subject of talks between the ruling minority coalition and a small party seeking to join the government. Both the coalition and the small party would gain a hold on power at women’s expense. Women are not having it.   SOURCE: Channel News Asia, 17 November 2018 ; PHOTO: Lefteris Karagiannopoulos/Reuters

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