RWANDA – What difference will the revised Penal Code make on abortion?

    A draft revision of the Penal Code is currently under the Rwandan parliament’s scrutiny. In the section on abortion, it proposes removing the requirement of a court order before being allowed an abortion on the ground of rape or incest. Currently, anyone seeking an abortion on this ground is expected to provide a doctor a court order recognising that the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest or forced marriage. Adolescents seeking abortion will … Continued

JAMAICA – Health minister orders abortion audit to learn the extent of unsafe abortions

A Sunday Gleaner article reported that between January and September of this year, of the 1,088 pregnant women who presented to the Victoria Jubilee Hospital with bleeding in early pregnancy, 91 admitted to having attempted to have an abortion and an additional 47 had complications that suggested that they had attempted abortions. Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton ordered a medical audit across the public health system to determine the extent of the problem of … Continued

ALGERIA – The government proposes to legalise abortion on three grounds

Article 82 of a government bill on health issues in Algeria proposes to make abortion legal on three grounds: 1) when the equilibrium of the woman, physiologically, psychologically and/or mentally is at great risk. The text is not explicit as to the nature of the loss of equilibrium, but it is thought that it refers to a woman who has been raped and falls pregnant. The second ground is fetal anomaly when the fetus is … Continued

IRELAND- Decision not to retain the 8th Amendment in its current form by joint parliamentary committee welcomed

  The parliamentary committee examining Ireland’s abortion law has agreed that Article 40.3.3, the 8th amendment to the Constitution, should not be retained in full. The decision ensures the committee will recommend a referendum, which the Government has scheduled to take place next year. The Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) say they were delighted to see the overwhelming decision not to retain the 8th Amendment in its current form. The decision, 15 votes to 3, with … Continued

BOLIVIA-SOLIDARITY REQUEST: The women of Bolivia are asking for your support!

  Article 153 on abortion in the draft criminal code  was approved on September 28 in the Chamber of Deputies of the Legislative Assembly of Bolivia.It allows abortion up to eight weeks of pregnancy without penalty if the woman is responsible for senior citizens with disabilities or for minors, and also if continuing the pregnancy presents a risk to the life or health of the woman, there are fetal malformations incompatible with life, if the … Continued

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