Dealing definitively with abortion in Ireland

  On 20 June, Health Minister Simon Harris said Ireland must deal with abortion “definitively” after two women who had attempted suicide more than once were refused abortions, though both should have been permitted a legal abortion. The Abortion Support Network reports that the women were both immigrants who needed visas if they were going to travel to the UK for a legal termination. One of them had been diagnosed with a fatal fetal abnormality. … Continued

Women’s Link sues the Region of Murcia Health Department in Spain for violating the right to a dignified abortion

Women’s Link is suing the Health Department on behalf of “Ana”, a woman who was denied information by the Health Department about a serious fetal condition for almost six weeks during her pregnancy. She also faced discrimination in the Santa Lucía de Cartagena Public Hospital in Murcia, and was prevented from accessing abortion services in a dignified manner. As a result, she suffered serious physical and psychological harm. On International Women’s Day, 8 March, Women’s … Continued

Activists protest in Buenos Aires after 12-year-old is denied legal abortion

They were demanding the implementation of existing legislation on when abortion is legal and the impeachment of Salta province officials who refused an abortion to the girl, who became pregnant after being raped by a group of five men and three adolescent boys. The abortion would have been legal because her pregnancy was the result of rape, her health was at risk and her mental state also permitted it, but Juana did not receive proper medical care, emergency anti-HIV prophylaxis or an abortion. Her mother filed a complaint before the Judiciary, but even then the provincial government did not allow an immediate pregnancy test nor an abortion.

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