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

SOLIDARITY REQUEST: SOUTH KOREA – SIGN Petition to Constitutional Court of South Korea: repeal Criminal Code on abortion

In South Korea, abortion is the only medical procedure included in the Criminal Code (Article 269 and 270) since 1953. Abortion is only legal if the pregnancy causes the woman serious physical health issues, if the pregnancy is a result of incest/rape, or for ‘eugenic’[sic] reasons. The law requires the consent of (male) spouses even with these grounds. Women can be sentenced to a year in prison or ordered to pay a fine of two … Continued

ALGERIA – Abortion has not been legalised in Algeria

According to the Algerian Association for Family Planning, there are 8,000 cases of abortion recorded each year in Algeria, of which 200-300 are clandestine. Algeria has remained one of the most restrictive countries in the region as regards abortion. The Penal Code articles 304 to 310, dated 1966 and 1982, criminalise everything from ‘inciting’ someone to have an abortion, e.g. through discourse, posters, publicity, public meetings, groups, or illustrations. Punishment is by various fines and/or … Continued

ARGENTINA: SOLIDARITY REQUEST

FROM: Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito We are delighted to share with you a letter we have written to our Senators demanding the approval by the Senate of Argentina of the bill for the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy, which has already been passed by the House of Representatives. We are demanding its approval without modification in the Senate on 8 August 2018. PLEASE HELP US TO GATHER AS MANY … Continued

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Ivoire Soir.net publishes an exclusive story: text of a draft bill on sexual and reproductive health, including abortion

Background Under the Penal Code of Côte d’Ivoire, Law No. 81-640, 31 July 1981, abortion is prohibited except to save the life of the pregnant woman, if it is seriously endangered. Although this implies that it is an emergency situation, the attending physician must consult two additional physicians, who must certify that her life can only be saved by a surgical/therapeutic abortion. If only one other physician resides in the local area, the attending physician … Continued

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Legal access to abortion expands

There has been an historic shift in abortion policy in the DRC, made possible by the country’s constitution, which states that international treaties ratified by the government shall supersede national laws once those treaties are published in the nation’s legal gazette. The DRC ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (known as the Maputo Protocol) in 2008. Because Article 14 of this protocol … Continued

BELGIUM – Hi-jacked: the minimal changes to the Belgian abortion law due to ‘political compromise’

Commentary by Carine Vrancken, LUNA Abortion Centre, Hasselt, Belgium Since mid-2016, several Belgian opposition political parties have submitted bills to change the abortion law. Some of them have been uncomplicated (take the existing text out of the penal code and put it in a civil law, without changing the content) while others have proposed a substantial change (take abortion out of the penal code, allow abortion on request up to the 20th week of pregnancy … Continued

ARGENTINA – Five letters to the country while the Senate debates the abortion bill

After intense negotiations, the abortion law reform bill that was approved by the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress on 14 June will be reviewed by three Commissions in the Senate. Hearings are already taking place. The final vote is scheduled for 8 August. At the end of June, according to TelesurTV, 27 Senators had said they would vote in favour of the new law, 29 against, and 16 remained undecided, but whether this remains … Continued

ARGENTINA – Next steps

The Buenos Aires Times has reported that in the hours following last week’s vote, former president and now senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s Victory Front-PJ voting bloc said it would vote in favour “in response to a societal demand that has been strongly expressed through the women’s movement”.

ARGENTINA – WE WON

The debate has lasted 23 hours.

Congratulations!! Venceremos!!! Yes for law reform, abortion on request up to 14 weeks, 131 in favour, opposed 123. WE’VE WON!!! Now there are several more clauses, e.g. legal grounds after 14 weeks. The debate on these continues. We will report more tomorrow..

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