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.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – Members’ meeting adopts new policy on abortion

Amnesty International has adopted new policy on safe abortion and against punishing people for using drugs during an international members’ meeting in Warsaw, Poland, from 6-8 July. “We want to make sure we are well placed to fight for the human rights of millions of people whose lives are impacted by how governments criminalise or restrict access to abortion and by the prohibition of drugs. Both issues require a much more compassionate approach from governments … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Decriminalise abortion: four panellists in a public meeting give their points of view

In Madagascar, abortion is a crime, punishable by the Penal Code, which has been in place since the colonial period, stemming from the Napoleonic Code of 1810. In December 2017, there was an attempt in Parliament, to decriminalise therapeutic abortion. In vain. But as the presidential election approaches, the association which fights for the legalisation of abortion called Nifin’Akanga, named after an abortifacient plant widely used in Madagascar to induce abortion, has revived the debate. … Continued

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE – Draft General Comment on Article 6, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Right to life

  On 14 July 2015, during its 114th session, the Human Rights Committee (HRC) commenced the process of drafting a General Comment on the right to life, to revise the existing General Comment at Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. They called for submissions on the views of national human rights institutions, non-governmental organisations, and academia. The summary of what took place can be found at this link and here … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Anti-abortion misquote of Prime Minister backfires

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made a pre-election promise during the recent election in New Zealand that a Labour Government would take abortion out of the Crimes Act. Since she formed a coalition government and became Prime Minister, some members of the anti-abortion movement have been trying to discredit her. One tactic backfired. A group calling themselves the Make New Zealand Great Again Party posted a picture of the Prime Minister on a sponsored … Continued

In the midst of political chaos a major threat to abortion rights in Brazil

Since Sexuality Policy Watch began systematically reporting on abortion politics in Brazil, they have been tracking how struggles over abortion have reflected a wider, escalating political crisis in the country. In March 2015, when a group of feminists visited the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Women’s Policies to deliver a petition demanding decriminalization of abortion, political uncertainty was already in full bloom. At that time, the newly elected president of the House, Eduardo Cunha … Continued

News Release: UN experts urge El Salvadorian Congress to decriminalize termination of pregnancy in specific circumstances

A group of experts of the United Nations today encouraged the Congress of El Salvador to “seize an exceptional opportunity to advance the protection of the human rights of women and girls” in the framework of the review of Article 133 of the Penal Code with a view to decriminalizing termination of pregnancy in specific circumstances.

Decriminalisation of abortion: a discussion paper from the BMA, UK

“The British Medical Association currently does not have policy on the decriminalisation of abortion, and this paper does not include recommendations about whether, and if so how, abortion should be decriminalised. Instead, a number of arguments, put forward by others, in favour of and against decriminalisation are set out in part two of the paper. These invite the question – what role, if any, should the criminal law play in setting parameters for the provision … Continued

To have the same right to abortion in Belgium as in France, is that too much to ask?

A sudden rush of media stories in February and March has announced a campaign in Belgium that is variously calling variously for modernisation of the abortion law, decriminalisation of abortion, and complete removal of abortion from the Penal Code, insisting that there is a strong majority in support in the country. The necessity for Belgian women to travel to other countries in Europe for second trimester abortion is especially condemned. L’avortement n’a pas sa place … Continued

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