HONG KONG – Reasons for “illegal abortions” in Hong Kong

  High costs for private hospitals and overburdened public health services in Hong Kong are being blamed for women turning to the black market or backstreet clinics on the mainland for abortion help. Local lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun, who represents the social welfare sector in the Legislative Council, condemned this as a huge “class problem” when she spoke to South China Morning Post after two women were jailed for carrying out illegal abortions as a result … Continued

LATIN AMERICA – A region where the reality of abortion remains dramatic

  The partial decriminalisation of abortion in Chile is a small step forward in a region with more than two million illegal abortions a year. Abortion remains one of the great taboo issues in Latin America. The termination of pregnancy is defined as a crime in almost all national legislation and its recent decriminalization in Chile on three grounds has not reopened the debate in other countries in the region. Yet the gap between the … Continued

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