In Haiti, one woman in seven has an abortion in the course of her lifetime. Yet abortion remains illegal in this country, where access to contraception is also very limited. To put an end to an unwanted pregnancy, clandestine abortion is the only remedy.
Our congratulations to the women of Poland for the brilliant decision to call a national strike on 3 October, in which between 30,000 and 100,000 people, according to different reports, took to the streets to protest the threatened ban on abortion: the government couldn’t ignore you any longer.
The Ministry of Health of Uganda has continued to consult on the issue of abortion law reform legislation and is expected to present a draft bill in Parliament shortly.
Health Minister, Edith Schippers, is introducing a new law by the end of this year that will require GPs to apply for licences to provide the pills, under which both early abortions and the doctors would be subject to the criminal law. According to the medical journal Medisch Contact, doctors and abortion rights activists are taking the Health Ministry to court for failing to provide clear guidelines about the use of medical abortion pills.
The Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM) wants to bring the Isle of Man’s law in line with the UK. Their law is up for review in the next parliament on the island. People can travel from the island to the mainland UK for health care such as cancer treatment, neurological surgery and even complicated antenatal care.