BRAZIL – Abortion: Why is decriminalization necessary? Arguments presented to the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court at the Public Hearing of ADPF 442, 3-6 August 2018

On 3-6 August 2018, Brazil’s Supreme Court held a public hearing on ADPF 442, the petition to decriminalise abortion in the first trimester. The Anis Bioethical Institute has now published an outlines of the many arguments presented at the hearing in clear, accessible language, grounded in public health, bioethics, international law, social sciences, and the role of religions in a secular state. The evidence is indispensable to any serious debate about health policy on abortion.

JAMAICA – Decriminalising abortion in Jamaica: Christians say ‘Yes’

by Joan French and Statement of Committed Christians Joan French, who is from Jamaica, has long been involved in activism for women’s socio-cultural and political progress. She was a Board member of the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre, a founding member of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action, Coordinator of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre; 1991-1995, and was involved in discussions leading to the establishment of the Institute of Gender and Development Studies … Continued

MAURITIUS – Seven years after “decriminalisation”: the law remains restrictive, clandestine abortion continues

Complications related to unsafe abortion are decreasing. Attitudes have changed. But abortion is only allowed on four grounds, and many continue to be illegal. A 15-year-old girl recently had an abortion with the help of her 22-year-old boyfriend, who was arrested last Monday. This event creates an opportunity to look back at the situation in Mauritius since abortion was partially decriminalised almost seven years ago. In June 2012, abortion was permitted in the first 14 … Continued

ARGENTINA – Today’s the day: a matter of life and death for women

It’s the 8th of August, 10am, the day the vote will be taken on the bill that was passed by the House of Deputies several months and thousands of words and actions in support of law reform ago. Our friends in the country told us on the 1st of August that the debate in the Senate over the past days and weeks has been far more aggressive and extreme, mostly because anti-abortion activists are more … Continued

FEATURE – Supreme Court of Brazil to hear experts on decriminalization of abortion on 3rd and 6th August 2018

On Friday August 3rd and Monday August 6th, the Brazilian Supreme Court will hold a public hearing about the decriminalization of abortion. At the hearing, 50 speakers are scheduled to be heard, including health, law and social science experts, as well as feminist and international human rights organizations, and religious representatives.

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