MALAWI – Call for Malawi to emulate the spirit of Ireland’s yes decision

Women in Malawi should be given freedom to access sexual and reproductive health services without interference from the state and the church, said Brian Ligomeka, Executive Director, Centre for Solutions Journalism in an interview about the rejection of the former 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution. “Malawi as a nation needs to emulate what has happened in Ireland by reforming its abortion law. It is unacceptable for the state and religious denominations to be denying … Continued

IRELAND – Vote yes for repeal, vote today, 25 May!!

  Today is the Irish referendum to repeal the 8th amendment to the Constitution: Vote yes for repeal, vote today, 25 May!!   WATCH THE VIDEO by London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign Savita Halappanavar’s father, Andanappa Yalagi, called for a yes vote in her memory, and Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, who headed the enquiry into Savita’s death, also called for a yes vote. The professor said that she died because the team that was managing her … Continued

CHILE – Legal abortions in Chile since the new law was passed, and response to political pushback

According to the Chilean Ministry of Health, between September 2017 and March 2018, there have been 111 legal abortions – 50 on grounds of risk to the woman’s life, 35 due to fatal fetal anomalies, and 26 following rape. There were also, of course, many more abortions which did not take place within the health care system. But this is a start!! On 27-28 April, Miles Chile trained 25 health professionals from 10 hospitals and … Continued

CANADA – Legislation introduced in Alberta to create safe zones around abortion clinics

Legislation that would institute safe zones around abortion clinics would prevent patients from harassment, says Kim Cholewa, clinic manager of Woman’s Health Options, Edmonton’s only abortion clinic, which was established by abortion-rights advocate Dr Henry Morgentaler. “These last couple of years, it’s really escalated with the number of people, their aggressiveness, their lack of respect for our injunction, the harassment and intimidation of our patients,” she said. The Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) government tabled … Continued

ENGLAND – Abortion clinic buffer zone imposed by Ealing Council in London

A 100m buffer zone will be created around the Marie Stopes Clinic in west London to stop vigils being held outside the building and harassment and bullying of women and staff entering and leaving the clinic. One source has said a fine would also be charged for an offence. More than 300 people wrote to the council describing the pro-life protesters as “intimidating and harassing”. The London Borough of Ealing’s Council unanimously voted to implement … Continued

CYPRUS – The parliament has changed the abortion law after three years of inaction

After years of discussion and fear of reprisals from the Orthodox church and objections by the Archbishop, on 30 March 2018 the parliament of Cyprus passed a law that had been sitting in a drawer since 2015 when it was first tabled. The law provides broader legal grounds for abortion. Previously, women had needed certification by two doctors that the pregnancy posed a risk to the woman’s health The new law allows termination of an … Continued

IRELAND – What happens when an abortion debate goes viral

  Ireland is in the midst of a media storm in which something is published pretty much every day on abortion, featuring every politician in the country and many others with an opinion that have to air. Taken together it is a real political education in what our movement faces when trying to support law reform. On 27 March, a headline offered: “Six things to know about the abortion bill” and featured Irish Minister for … Continued

ALGERIA – The conservatives have won this round

It was not considered a surprise that a bill tabled in the National Popular Assembly (AFN) last November, which aimed to broaden the grounds for legal abortion, failed to pass. This is attributed to a revival of conservatism in the country, confirming the apprehensions of many feminist activists. Three clauses on abortion were tabled as part of the draft law on health and were reviewed by the Commission on Health and Social Affairs of the … Continued

SOUTH KOREA – The Constitutional Court is due to review the abortion law on 24 April

South Korean law criminalises abortion with only a few exceptions, such as when pregnancy results from rape or endangers the woman’s life. The Constitutional Court is due to review the abortion law this month. It was this same court that defended the anti-abortion law in 2012 when it ruled that: “Pregnant women’s self-determination should not overrule the fetus’ right to life.” However, since then, there were demonstrations inspired by the strikes in Poland in 2017 … Continued

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