POLAND – Widespread opposition and condemnation again stops fundamentalist politicians from punitive law reform

Fundamentalists, led by activist Kaja Godek forced the Social Policy and Family Committee of the Polish parliament to debate the repressive “Stop abortion” bill on 2 July 2018. This bill aimed to criminalise abortions on grounds of fetal impairment, which under the existing narrow law make up 95% of all legal abortions carried out in Polish hospitals. The decision to hold this debate was a surprise, because the Committee had previously said it would not deal … Continued

USA – AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN 

The Senate is scheduled to vote today on S. 2311, a law making it a crime to perform or attempt to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Make no mistake, this law, which according to its supporters serves the purpose of protecting “pain-capable unborn children” is about far more than abortion: It is a law that defames women, denies their humanity, and establishes legal principles that will be and have already been used to justify arrests of … Continued

POLAND: PROTESTS AND SOLIDARITY REQUEST

“In addition to wombs, we also have brains”: Polish women in the streets again to protest anti-abortion bill On 13 January, women in Poland once again protested outside the parliament building in Warsaw after the Save Women bill was rejected and an anti-abortion bill making abortion on grounds of fetal anomaly illegal was sent to committee on 10 January. “In addition to wombs, we also have brains” once placard read. The Independent reported that demonstrations … 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

BRAZIL – Developments regarding Amendment No.181 banning abortion

Amendment No.181, a provision to include protection of life from conception to the text of the Constitution of Brazil, was approved by the Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on 8 November. It would criminalize abortion under all circumstances. Since it was passed by 18 men to 1 woman, the mobilization against the measure has been intense. A few days ago, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, declared the amendment would … Continued

BRAZIL – ‘A RAPIST IS NOT A FATHER’: Brazilian women protest bill totally banning abortion

  When the vote was taken in the Chamber of Deputies Commission, and 18 men voted in favour with only one woman there to say no, it has been reported that the men celebrated by chanting, “Yes to life, no to abortion!” In response, women took to the streets by the thousands in 14 cities in Brazil to say no to the bill and yes to women’s lives. “A rapist is not a father,” declared … 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

Voice for Choice challenges Equality and Human Rights Commissioner’s Bill, which violates human rights in pregnancy

  Voice for Choice, the UK’s national coalition of pro-choice campaigning organisations, has submitted a complaint to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) regarding one of its Commissioners, Lord Shinkwin. Lord Shinkwin has introduced a Private Members’ Bill in the House of Lords that, if passed, would gravely violate fundamental human rights in pregnancy. Lord Shinkwin was appointed a Commissioner by the Government Equalities Office earlier this year, and has since then been lobbying … Continued

Statement on the planned restrictions on the availability of ulipristal acetate emergency contraception pills in Poland

“The Polish Minister of Health recently announced the plan to restrict access to emergency contraception which became freely available in pharmacies as a result of a European Commission ruling last year. The planned restrictions would greatly impede the lives of women and girls and contribute to the sales of this product from unsafe sources and also cause a rise in the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions.”

Abortion law in Poland: Pro-death, no future

On Thursday, while protesting at a demonstration organized by Razem (Together Party), I met a lot of mothers with babies in buggies and gondolas, and toddlers and slightly older children in strollers, with pre-school kids marching holding hands. We were all protesting, because we understand a bit more and we have experienced more than men in suits currently debating in the Parliament. We’ve been through these medical procedures, the lengthy process of waiting and delivering the baby, breastfeeding and lulling to sleep. Were the bill passed, the parliament members would turn out to be people without elementary medical knowledge, without empathy, without mothers, wives and daughters. Or simply heartless people.

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