Bolivia women’s rights groups hope revised law is a step towards decriminalising abortion

Abortion is currently illegal in Bolivia except in cases of rape, incest and risk to the woman’s health. Until recently, these abortions had to be approved by a judge. Clandestine abortions are therefore common. The Women’s Hospital of La Paz reported that in 2015, 10 women a day were admitted in a critical state as a result of unsafe abortions. The government party, el Movimiento al Socialismo, introduced the bill in March this year, and … Continued

Dealing definitively with abortion in Ireland

  On 20 June, Health Minister Simon Harris said Ireland must deal with abortion “definitively” after two women who had attempted suicide more than once were refused abortions, though both should have been permitted a legal abortion. The Abortion Support Network reports that the women were both immigrants who needed visas if they were going to travel to the UK for a legal termination. One of them had been diagnosed with a fatal fetal abnormality. … Continued

28 May: Coalition urges Queensland Attorney General to act on abortion law reform

For the 28 May International Day of Action on Women’s Health, a coalition of legal, medical and community groups called on the Queensland Government to demonstrate a commitment to women’s health and refer abortion to the state’s Law Reform Commission. May 28 signalled three months since the government had committed to making this referral, as a step towards fully decriminalising abortion in Queensland. The coalition included: Human Rights Law Centre, Children by Choice, Fair Agenda, … Continued

Challenges to implementing safe, legal abortion in Rwanda

The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) is the main legal instrument for the protection of the rights of women and girls in Africa and the most comprehensive on women’s rights globally. Rwanda signed and ratified the  Protocol in 2004 but placed a reservation on Article 14.2.C, which stipulates that countries should “protect the reproductive rights of women by authorizing medical abortion … Continued

Irish Citizens’ Assembly votes for constitutional change and yes to 13 possible grounds for abortion by a large majority

The remit of the Citizens’ Assembly in Ireland, which began meeting in October 2016, was to consider the views of the country on the future of the 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution, which gives an equal right to life to an embryo/fetus as to the woman carrying it. Since then, they have reviewed 13,500 submissions from an enormous number of groups and individuals with views on all sides of the question. There has also … Continued

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