On 12 October, feminist groups held a press conference in front of the Central Government Complex in Seoul. On 15 October, hundreds of people dressed in black held a rally to demand decriminalization of abortion, inspired by the recent “black protest” in Poland. The abortion debate ignited by the government’s proposed penalties had sparked a campaign for decriminalisation of abortion and women’s right to self-determination.
At its autumn conference, members of the UK Green Party voted overwhelmingly in support of a motion proposed by Sarah Cope, the party’s Women’s Spokesperson.
Call to decriminalize abortion in Africa On 18 January 2016, in conjunction with the African Union Gender is My Agenda Campaign meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) launched a continental campaign for the decriminalization of abortion in Africa, to bring attention to the extent of unsafe abortion. The Hon. Commissioner Lucy Asuagbor, newly appointed Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women, spoke during the launch of the … Continued
Cathy Warwick, Royal College of Midwives in UK: “The Royal College of Midwives is not advocating for or against abortion – but for a decriminalisation that would allow women to make their own decisions”.
The Italian Council of Ministers has approved a legislative decree to stop punishing abortion, but fines for “clandestine abortion” have at the same time been sharply raised. If the decree is passed by Parliament, women could be liable to pay fines of €5,000-10,000 instead of the current amount of €51. The Italian network of women’s associations against violence, Donne in rete contro la violenza, has mounted a campaign to protest against this decree.