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..

ARGENTINA – Abortion bill debate set for 13 June 2018

The photograph is from Buenos Aires, taken from a helicopter above the national congress building of the #NiUnaMenos demonstration. #NiUnaMenos was started on 3 June 2017 after yet another adolescent girl was killed by her boyfriend. Now it is closely linked to the abortion rights campaign. There were some 160,000 people on the demonstration, all holding up the green scarf of the national campaign for safe, legal, free abortion. The weeks of statements to the … Continued

GIBRALTAR – Gibraltar government will not consider abortion law reform but pro-choice group calls for referendum

Pro-choice campaigners hoped the Irish referendum result would put pressure on the Gibraltar government, but it seems it will not, at least in the short run. A government spokeswoman was quoted in the media as saying: “We have already dealt with progressive issues like civil partnerships and equal marriage… The Cabinet has not considered changing this [abortion] policy.” She added that they did not have a mandate to change the law as it was not … Continued

JAMAICA – A “necessary, personal and public health issue that needs to be addressed once and for all”

On 5 June, Julia Cuthbert-Flynn tabled a motion in the Jamaican parliament calling for a debate on the law that criminalises abortion. The NGO Advocates for the Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal, and Infant Health (MNIH) welcomed the motion, which calls for the repeal of a law that threatens women with life imprisonment, with or without hard labour. The group noted that a conversation on “unsafe abortion and human rights” … Continued

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