USA: Lawsuit to let pharmacists dispense medical abortion pills, while Congress restricts abortions after 20 weeks

  Hawaiian Dr Graham Chelius has brought a suit with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and several healthcare associations to allow medical abortion to be offered on prescription at local pharmacies. The suit challenges a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirement that Mifeprex (brand name) be dispensed in clinics, doctors’ offices, and hospitals—rather than a pharmacy. Dr Chelius called the restriction medically unnecessary and burdensome. The island of Kauai in Hawaii lacks a single … Continued

Malta, Ireland, Canada : Abortion law and policy

MALTA National Youth Parliament: nine representatives call for consultation on abortion SOURCE/PHOTO: TVM, by Mtella’ Settembru, 13 September 2017 **********************    CANADA Liberals protest appointment of anti-abortion MP as chair of status of women committee SOURCE: Globe and Mail, by Gloria Galloway, 26 September 2017 *** Ontario: legislation being tabled that would make it illegal to protest outside abortion clinics. SOURCE: Toronto Star, 4 October 2017:   **********************    IRELAND Abortion committee chair says it … Continued

MOROCCO – Human Rights Council: Morocco says yes to the UPR recommendation on abortion

  The response of Morocco to the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council in Geneva this week contained one surprise. In a document that reached H24info before the formal response on 22 September, it said the government has agreed to 191 recommendations of the UPR, but maintained its reservations on 44 others. There was no change in its support for the death penalty, and no change regarding decriminalisation of … Continued

ISLE OF MAN – Isle of Man abortion bill: Nearly 3,000 responses submitted in consultation

  Nearly 3,000 responses have been submitted in an online public consultation on proposed changes to Manx abortion laws, which closed on 18 September. The draft Abortion Reform Bill 2017 would allow terminations to be carried out in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and loosen restrictions thereafter. At present, abortions can only be carried out in the Isle of Man if a pregnancy is the result of rape – but this is only legal … Continued

SAMOA – Ministry of Health urges Government to amend abortion law

  A call by the Ministry of Health to amend the laws that govern abortion in Samoa was included in their just published National HIV, AIDS, and STI Policy 2017-2022. It says: “Laws around abortion need to be amended to adequately address access to abortion for HIV positive women, and legal interventions for increasing access to Sexual Assault and SRH Services need to be developed.”   In Samoa, abortion is an offence under the Crimes … Continued

BOLIVIA – Seven women arrested for abortion this month; doctors plead compliance with the law

  In August seven women accused of abortion in five cities were arrested, compared to two cases in the past seven months. Five other people were also arrested as accomplices. Doctors, who filed the complaints in the majority of cases said they were complying with the law in order to avoid being seen as accomplices. But they are also failing to respect the confidentiality of their patients and stop women with abortion complications seeking care, … Continued

Chile – The abortion bill has been passed after 28 years of criminalisation!

On 3 August, the Chilean Congress passed the abortion bill into law. Claudia Dides of Miles Chile has declared today “a day of dignity, respect and freedom honouring all the women who since 1989 were prosecuted, stigmatised, humiliated or killed for having terminated a pregnancy”. And President Michelle Bachelet wrote on Twitter: “Today, women reclaimed a basic right that we never should have lost – being able to choose when we’re living through painful moments.” In … Continued

South African anti-abortion party has tabled yet another bill in Parliament

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has tabled an anti-abortion private members bill for the speaker of the SA parliament to consider. The next steps are uncertain given recent processual changes affecting such bills in the name of widening democracy. The speaker could halt or it could be sent to a parliamentary committee for consideration.   The Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition (SRJC) are working on a range of submissions and arguments for their members … Continued

Bolivia women’s rights groups hope revised law is a step towards decriminalising abortion

Abortion is currently illegal in Bolivia except in cases of rape, incest and risk to the woman’s health. Until recently, these abortions had to be approved by a judge. Clandestine abortions are therefore common. The Women’s Hospital of La Paz reported that in 2015, 10 women a day were admitted in a critical state as a result of unsafe abortions. The government party, el Movimiento al Socialismo, introduced the bill in March this year, and … Continued

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