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

New Global Abortion Policies Database

In 2002, the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) published an online database summarising the world’s abortion laws and policies, which they had tracked since the mid-1990s. It was a fantastic achievement … Continued

Cross-party MPs table amendment to Queen’s speech to give Northern Irish women the right to abortion on health service

  A group of MPs from all the major parties will argue that abortion should be provided on the National Health Service in England for Northern Irish women in an amendment to the Queen’s speech. The amendment, coordinated by the … Continued

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