MADAGASCAR – Les discussions publiques autour de l’avortement sont très rares à Madagascar

(Public meetings about abortion are very rare in Madagascar. At this one, the room was full, especially with women. FP2020 is about the need for contraceptive use but its documents also talk about millions of women and young women exposed … Continued

CYPRUS – Hide the abortions and then prosecute the doctors who provide them

In Cyprus, the criminal code was amended in 1986 to permit abortion, if two doctors agree, in cases of risk to the woman’s life or health, or serious fetal anomaly, and with police certification also in cases of rape. The … Continued

NAMIBIA – “Botched abortion lands woman in handcuffs”

We are quoting this “news” article from New Era in Namibia to give an example of how not to write a news article about an illegal abortion. What’s wrong with this article? 1) The number of weeks the woman was … Continued

COSTA RICA – Therapeutic abortion: a Costa Rican right ensnared in doubts and fears

On 29 November 2017, journalism student Paula Umaña published an in-depth feature for the weekly Semanario Universidad as part of Punto y Aparte, a mentoring programme for young journalists. The Tico Times is proud to translate and publish her original … Continued

RUSSIA – Vladimir Putin cautions against prohibition of abortion: “nothing should be decided without careful consideration”

  The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has said that nothing “should be decided without careful consideration” in the matter of prohibiting abortions, it is necessary to approach the problem in a balanced way, otherwise clandestine operations that … Continued

BURKINA FASO – A long road to walk to enjoy a “right”

Alice is a school student in Ouagadougou. Three years ago, she was raped at school by two of her classmates and became pregnant. She sought help from the school’s Health Officer and had a clandestine abortion. Since then, however, she … Continued

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NORTHERN IRELAND – … while Northern Irish women are at Supreme Court challenging an even more outdated law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

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