A number of changes were made in the Law (Article 10) covering abortion. The amended version of the law has been signed by the President and came into force from 6 August 2016. The Women’s Resource Center, a women’s rights organization, has expressed its concerns about the following points:
El Salvador’s ruling leftist party, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), has presented a bill to the national Congress to allow abortion in cases of rape or trafficking, when the woman’s life is in danger, when the fetus is so deformed that its life is unviable, and in cases of the sexual abuse of a girl who is a minor. Consent of the woman is required in each case, and the consent of the girl and her parents or legal guardian is required in the case of a minor.
On 12 October, feminist groups held a press conference in front of the Central Government Complex in Seoul. On 15 October, hundreds of people dressed in black held a rally to demand decriminalization of abortion, inspired by the recent “black protest” in Poland. The abortion debate ignited by the government’s proposed penalties had sparked a campaign for decriminalisation of abortion and women’s right to self-determination.
The government party, PiS, is working on its own abortion bill, which is likely to propose that so-called “eugenic abortions” – abortions on the grounds of fetal congenital anomaly – to be outlawed. Given that 1,000 of the 1,044 legal abortions in Poland in 2015 were permitted on these grounds, such a law would still result in a virtual ban on abortion.
Both doctors and women are calling for a change in the abortion law of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to allow abortions beyond the current 120-day legal limit on grounds of fetal anomaly because most scans to detect any problems take place after 20 weeks of pregnancy (or 150-160 days). Dr Sameh Azzazy, obstetrician-gynaecologist at Welcare Hospital in Dubai says there should be no hard and fast cut-off date for terminations in cases of severe fetal anomaly but these should be looked at on a case-by-case basis and referred to a committee, that could include a religious scholar.