New Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Association of Malawi backs abortion law reform

The organisation’s President, Prof Frank Taulo, said their aim was to help to maintain high clinical and ethical standards and improving lives of Malawian women. Another objective is to encourage the highest standards of training in obstetrics and gynaecology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Editorial: Israel must allow women to have an abortion without the need for government approval

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 Human Rights Council has given Ireland 180 days to respond to their ruling

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.

Changes in abortion regulations in Russian Federation

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 The bill was withdrawn after strong public protest, coordinated by the Russian Association for Population and Development (RAPD).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.

Limited grounds for abortion permitted in draft of revised penal code in Morocco

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.

© 2016 International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion.

WordPress Theme by Kadence Themes. Website by Kestrel Copy