IRELAND – Evidence on abortion prompts Fianna Fáil leader’s change of mind in support of women

Political party Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says he changed his stance on abortion having evaluated the evidence from the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment. He described the issue as deeply personal, not a party political one. He said: “If we are sincere in our compassion for women and we are sincere in respecting their choices, then we must act.” He said the Eighth Amendment had not stopped abortion in Ireland and that people … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Madagascar: background to the rejection of therapeutic abortion in the new family planning law

In Madagascar, the issue of abortion was the main subject of a public debate at the University of Antananarivo in July 2017, organised by the National Council of Malagasy Women, an association of women’s rights groups from across the country. The debate was organised in anticipation of the bill allowing the use of family planning, with two clauses on therapeutic abortion, that was tabled for discussion in the Parliament in October 2017, and which was … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Seven boys and seven girls?: A response to Senator Olivier Rakotovazaha

During the debate in the Malagasy Parliament on 13 December 2017, referring to the abortion clauses in the new family planning law, Senator Olivier Rakotovazaha said: “Abortion is not consistent with Malagasy culture. Our blessings encourage even young married women to give birth to seven girls and seven boys.” This is a response to the Senator from Richard J Randriamandrato, special advisor to the President of the Malagasy Senate since February 2016, published in L’Express on … Continued

BRAZIL – The progress of the anti-abortion amendment has been delayed, but it’s not over

On December 14, the Special Commission did not vote on the amendment to make all abortions illegal in a bill whose aim was initially to extend paid maternity leave for women with premature births. The vote did not happen due to the lack of a quorum. [https://goo.gl/DnF57N]. On December 15, the amendment was set to be put to the vote again, but it also did not happen, as we expected. So the process will continue … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Attempt to legalise therapeutic abortion sabotaged

  During consideration by the National Assembly of Madagascar of a bill supporting family planning, an amendment to delete Articles 22 and 23, which would have permitted therapeutic abortion, was passed on 13 December 2017. As a result, no grounds for abortion are permitted by the bill, and health professionals are now forbidden to provide an abortion, therapeutic or not, in Madagascar and would be liable to prison and loss of their medical position. This … Continued

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