On 15 December 2016, CNN reported that the Constitutional Commission of the Chilean Senate had decided that the bill to decriminalise abortion on three grounds – risk to the woman’s life, rape and fatal fetal anomaly – could be sent to the floor of the Senate for a final vote on 10 January 2017. But the vote did not happen that day.
In mid-2016, a Citizens’ Assembly was initiated by the Irish Government to consider the views of the country on the future of the eighth amendment to the Constitution, which gives equal right to life to an embryo/fetus as to the woman carrying it. On 8 January, the Irish Times reports that the group discussed for the first time what their eventual recommendations on possible changes to the law might look like.
Serbian government minister without portfolio responsible for demography and population policy, has claimed that the “uproar” (the term reported by Global Voices) over alleged plans to establish a state body to persuade women to avoid abortions is all “a misunderstanding”.
Among the recommendations the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) members made to the go
L’autorisation de l’avortement médicalisé en cas de viol et d’inceste est toujours demandée par des organisations de la société civile sénégalaise. L’application de cette mesure permettra aux femmes violées de pouvoir se débarrasser de leur grossesse, sans courir certains risques.
(Legalisation of abortion in cases of rape and incest has long been called for by civil society organisations in Senegal because it would free women from a forced pregnancy without risk.)