In Israel abortion is forbidden and any doctor who performs one without the approval of a public commission is committing a crime. Legislation must be passed that would allow women to have an abortion under their own free will and by choice, without the need for government approval, at least at the early stages of a pregnancy. A bill in this regard, drawn up by women legal experts and already introduced to the Knesset, is aimed at ensuring this by permitting a woman to have an abortion until the 13th week, without the approval of a commission.
The Irish Prime Minister told the parliament that such a sensitive issue should not be rushed and set up a Citizens’ Assembly to look at Ireland’s abortion laws, starting with the issue of repealing the 8th Amendment to the Constitution, which gives equal status to the life of a woman and her fetus. However, even after the Assembly reports, it will be referred to a parliamentary committee for discussion before any decision on a referendum.
On 24 February 2016, we reported that a bill was tabled in the Russia parliament in January 2016 aimed to “rule out the uncontrolled use of pharmaceutical drugs destined for termination of pregnancy”. The bill was withdrawn after strong public protest, coordinated by the Russian Association for Population and Development (RAPD). However, that was not the end of the story.
The draft reform of the Penal Code, presented on 26 May to the government, contains new provisions on abortion, which will be allowed in three cases. The first permits abortion up to 90 days of pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. The bill must still go to Parliament, be discussed in committee and then voted on in plenary, once finalised.
The Green Party has pledged to make it safer, cheaper and easier for Australian women to get abortions in a $15 million election commitment, including support for the decriminalisation of abortion at state level and cutting out-of-pocket expenses through a review of rebates.