ECUADOR – Ecuador’s parliament votes against allowing abortion in cases of rape and fetal anomaly by five votes, with six abstaining

Based in a 1938 law, abortion is not punishable in Ecuador if “it has been carried out to avoid a danger to the life or health of the pregnant woman and if this danger cannot be avoided by other means.” The law reform proposed to the Assembly would also have allowed abortion “if the pregnancy is a consequence of rape or incest, insemination without consent, or if the embryo or fetus suffers from an acquired … Continued

ARGENTINA – Abortion rights movement will try again in 2019

The National Campaign for Legal, Safe and Free Abortion, a collective of several hundred groups and organisations in Argentina, have announced they will embark on their 8th try in March 2019 to get the Congress to legalise abortion. This time around promoters of the bill hope to create a greater consensus following the 2018 experience where the initiative was passed in the House of Representatives but voted down by 38 to 31 in the Senate. … Continued

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Women jurists call meeting of leaders to discuss legalising abortion in accordance with the Maputo Protocol and African Union meeting celebrates 15 years of the Protocol

On 16 August 2018, the Association of Women Lawyers of the Congo organised a day of discussions on the issue of the legalisation of abortion. The purpose of this meeting was to inform that, beyond the Congolese criminal law, there is the Maputo protocol that supports safe abortion. Parité et famille received Pélagie Ebeka, president of Afejuco, the association of women jurists of the Congo; André Kibambe, lawyer at the Kinshasa/Gombe bar; Luc Keza, doctor … Continued

PAKISTAN – Bill prohibiting fetal sex disclosure during pregnancy to be tabled

The Punjab Health Minister, Dr Yasmin Rashid, addressed a seminar on “Ending Gender-Based Violence”, held under the ambit of the Punjab Government, in collaboration with UN Women. “It saddens me that some people get to know about the sex of the baby during pregnancy and abort the child if it were not a boy,” she said. She reiterated that no society can move forward without empowering women. “Violence against a woman disturbs the whole family … Continued

ECUADOR SOLIDARITY REQUEST – Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador es urgente despenalizar #AbortoPorViolación #DéjameDecidir

Asamblea Nacional del Ecuador es urgente despenalizar #AbortoPorViolación #DéjameDecidir (National Assembly of Ecuador: It is urgent to decriminalise #AbortionAfterRape #LetMeDecide) Queridas compañeras estamos iniciando una acción de firmas para respaldar #AbortoPorViolación en la discusión en el Pleno de la Asamblea que se realizará desde manana temprano en Quito. Como antecedente el texto que se aprobó  en la Comisión  de Justicia incluye violación, incesto, estupro y  malformaciones incompatibles con la vida. Por favor para que lo puedan … Continued

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