On 5 March at 17:50pm, the abortion bill of the Campaña Nacional por Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito was tabled in the lower house of the Argentine Congress for the seventh time, but this time endorsed by 71 Deputies. Opening the press conference that day in the Members’ Annex, in a room overflowing with 200 supporters of the bill who were clapping and singing: “Legal abortion / in the hospital”, National Campaign chair Pamela Martín … Continued
This article is a compelling analysis of the problematic role of doctors in India in dealing with the need for abortion following rape and sexual abuse, in the context of the abortion law and the role of the courts. The article argues that recent amendments to the rape laws (Section 357 C of the Code of Criminal Procedure) have made it mandatory for all hospitals to provide immediate treatment to survivors of rape, and … Continued
YouAct, in partnership with ASTRA Youth, PETRI-Sofia, Y-PEER, and YSAFE launched a project in 2016 aiming to develop a strategy on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), by youth, for youth. This initiative was supported by the Council of Europe’s European Youth Foundation (EYF), UNFPA Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (UNFPA EECARO) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF-EN). The project’s overall aim was to develop a Joint Youth Strategy … Continued
While few [US] states explicitly ban individuals from ending their pregnancies at home without direct supervision by state-sanctioned physicians, there are 38 states that are attempting to frame abortions performed without a licensed physician as an unlawful practice of medicine. However, under US Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, such attempts are actually unconstitutional, according to multiple legal experts
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
A bill to to decriminalise abortion and replace a 116-year-old law was put to the vote on 11 May in the New South Wales Legislative Council, tabled by Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi. But the Abortion Law Reform Bill was defeated 25 to 14 in a “conscience” vote that saw all Government members voting against. Members of the packed public gallery shouted “shame” as the result was announced. The bill was backed by doctors, lawyers, teachers, … Continued
The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) has been working since 1993 to champion women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Their January 2017 e-newsletter, Issue 1, highlights five short videos on SRHR issues in Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, and Philippines. We highlight two of them here, which are on safe abortion in Cambodia and Nepal, both countries that have legalised early abortions, highlighting the fact that many women are not yet aware of this.
A review of a journal article published on 28 September 2016 points out that women in Australia face serious barriers to safe, affordable abortions with medical abortion pills, while the pills for a home abortion are easy to find on Facebook.
In an important step for reproductive rights, Peru has, for the first time, given the green light for medical personnel to offer free emergency contraception through the country’s health centres.
On 18 April 2016 it was reported that one of the charges against a man in Northern Ireland – giving a woman “a drug” to procure an abortion – was dropped at a preliminary court hearing, while other charges of violence and threats against her would still be tried. The newspaper reports do not explain why the charge was dropped.