SRI LANKA: Male medical doctors brief male religious leaders on abortion law reform

  An all-male group of medical doctors representing the Sri Lankan Health Ministry met with a group of all-male religious leaders of the Congress of Religions in Colombo to explain and discuss proposed amendments to the abortion law. Prof Sujeewa Amarasena, Professor in Paediatrics, Ruhuna University Medicine Faculty, said the recommendations had been made to decriminalise abortion and allow for medical termination of pregnancies only in three specific circumstances under strict regulations.The three instances were … Continued

USA: Lawsuit to let pharmacists dispense medical abortion pills, while Congress restricts abortions after 20 weeks

  Hawaiian Dr Graham Chelius has brought a suit with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and several healthcare associations to allow medical abortion to be offered on prescription at local pharmacies. The suit challenges a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirement that Mifeprex (brand name) be dispensed in clinics, doctors’ offices, and hospitals—rather than a pharmacy. Dr Chelius called the restriction medically unnecessary and burdensome. The island of Kauai in Hawaii lacks a single … Continued

Malta, Ireland, Canada : Abortion law and policy

MALTA National Youth Parliament: nine representatives call for consultation on abortion SOURCE/PHOTO: TVM, by Mtella’ Settembru, 13 September 2017 **********************    CANADA Liberals protest appointment of anti-abortion MP as chair of status of women committee SOURCE: Globe and Mail, by Gloria Galloway, 26 September 2017 *** Ontario: legislation being tabled that would make it illegal to protest outside abortion clinics. SOURCE: Toronto Star, 4 October 2017:   **********************    IRELAND Abortion committee chair says it … Continued

MOROCCO – Human Rights Council: Morocco says yes to the UPR recommendation on abortion

  The response of Morocco to the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council in Geneva this week contained one surprise. In a document that reached H24info before the formal response on 22 September, it said the government has agreed to 191 recommendations of the UPR, but maintained its reservations on 44 others. There was no change in its support for the death penalty, and no change regarding decriminalisation of … Continued

ISLE OF MAN – Isle of Man abortion bill: Nearly 3,000 responses submitted in consultation

  Nearly 3,000 responses have been submitted in an online public consultation on proposed changes to Manx abortion laws, which closed on 18 September. The draft Abortion Reform Bill 2017 would allow terminations to be carried out in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and loosen restrictions thereafter. At present, abortions can only be carried out in the Isle of Man if a pregnancy is the result of rape – but this is only legal … Continued

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