L’avortement au Kosovo, une mission quasi impossible

(Abortion in Kosovo, an almost impossible mission) In Kosovo, the law allows women to have abortions up to the 10th week of pregnancy, and abortion remains a difficult journey. But some are ready to take all the risks. “Attitudes do not change. In Kosovo, an abortion is always seen as very bad.”These words of Iliriana Gashi, director of Women for Women Kosovo, leave no doubt as to the image of abortion in Kosovo. Still taboo, … Continued

Ending the stigma and prosecution of self-administered abortions

While few [US] states explicitly ban individuals from ending their pregnancies at home without direct supervision by state-sanctioned physicians, there are 38 states that are attempting to frame abortions performed without a licensed physician as an unlawful practice of medicine. However, under US Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, such attempts are actually unconstitutional, according to multiple legal experts

Religious leaders thwart abortion rights in Sierra Leone

According to a 2015 World Health Organization report, Sierra Leone has the worst maternal mortality ratio in the world, and complications from unsafe abortion procedures contribute to 10% of these deaths. Due to a draconian abortion law, women have to procure abortion by any means they can find, and many either die from haemorrhage and sepsis or suffer severely damaging physical and psychological consequences. Last year, the country came very close to changing this reality, … Continued

Somos Muchas fight for changes to the penal code in Honduras

For the past two years, Honduran lawmakers have been completely overhauling the country’s Penal Code for the first time in more than three decades. Every article of the Penal Code was being changed in some way except for the one on abortion, so there was hope that this would open the possibility of a revision of the ban on abortion too. For many months now, Somos Muchas, a coalition of groups in Honduras who support safe abortion, have campaigned for the Special Commission charged with revising the Penal Code to allow abortions on grounds of rape/incest, fatal fetal anomaly, and for health reasons.

Abortion law reform debate in the public domain in Bolivia

A proposal for reforming the law on abortion is making “a lot of noise” in Bolivia, according to one media source. The President of the Bolivian Senate, José Alberto González, confirmed to the media on 10 March that the proposals are part of broader reforms to the country’s Penal Code, which are being considered by the Justice Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. While he recognised, he said, that there are views on both sides … Continued

Protest against bill in Angola parliament calling for 10-year prison sentence for abortion

It was reported on 17 March that Angola’s Parliament was scheduled to vote on a proposal to criminalise all abortions and imprison women who have abortions and people who perform them for up to 10 years. The change is part of wider reforms to the country’s criminal code, which dates back to 1886. The proposed revision allows no legal exceptions. The government had proposed amendments permitting abortion in cases of rape and if the woman’s … Continued

Two videos about abortion in Argentina, in Spanish with Portuguese subtitles

The first video describes what the two recommended methods are of abortion, what the law allows in Argentina with a liberal interpretation, how the two methods work and how simple and safe they are. The second records testimonies of many women of all ages and backgrounds in Argentina who talk about how they got pregnant, why they decided to have an abortion and how it took place.

Indian Health Ministry proposes several amendments to the abortion law

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At present, the law on abortion in India recognises failure of contraceptive as a legal reason for abortion only if the woman is married. The national Health Ministry has proposed to allow single women to opt for abortion in cases of unplanned pregnancies, a move aimed to allow single women to exercise their reproductive rights.

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