ARGENTINA – Five letters to the country while the Senate debates the abortion bill

After intense negotiations, the abortion law reform bill that was approved by the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress on 14 June will be reviewed by three Commissions in the Senate. Hearings are already taking place. The final vote is scheduled for 8 August. At the end of June, according to TelesurTV, 27 Senators had said they would vote in favour of the new law, 29 against, and 16 remained undecided, but whether this remains … Continued

POLAND- My Black Protest

The ongoing battle around fundamental reproductive rights in Poland becomes even more fierce. Since mobilization of pro-choice-minded people on the third of October in both 2016 and 2017 the major decision-makers have repeatedly suggested that they would support an abortion ban in cases of fetal malformation. Therefore, the Great Coalition for Equality and Choice would like to call your attention to our latest publication about the Black Protest and, more broadly, people’s personal stories about the moment when the personal became political for them. It portrays contemporary Poland mostly from the perspective of medium-sized cities and small towns.

FETAL ANOMALY – Ending a pregnancy because of Down’s Syndrome is not a precursor to eugenics

On 19 August, Quartz published a post about the prevalence of Down syndrome in Iceland in which the author Bonnie Rochman writes: “In Iceland, nearly every woman who undergoes prenatal testing and whose fetus receives a diagnosis of Down syndrome decides to end her pregnancy.”

VARIOUS RESOURCES AND VIDEOS – Women’s experiences with abortion

  Inroads: the International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma is a global network of advocates, scholars, health providers, and donors interested in program design, research, and advocacy to address abortion stigma and its negative outcomes. One of the things Inroads does is to provide a forum for conversations between members. During a week in June 2017, one of their conversation threads focused on how they share stories of personal testimony. Inroads … Continued

Disability and the right to choose

by Jennifer Bartlett As a young woman, I had no particular desire to be a mother. I was neither for nor against having and raising a child, and as things were at the time, the opportunity had not presented itself. That changed when I was 29 and met Jim, the man who would become my husband. In 2002, not long after we married, I gave birth to my son. In my 20s, I was neutral … Continued

Birmanie: le poids de la religion, un obstacle à la dépénalisation de l’IVG

Myanmar: the weight of religion, an obstacle to decriminalisation of abortion Although contraception is freely available, few women know how to use it and young ones, especially in rural areas, are ashamed to try and obtain it. Abortion is legally forbidden except in case of mortal danger for women. Those who seek it clandestinely are often putting their lives at risk anyway. In this traditional Buddhist country sexual  education is taboo and the word “vagina” … Continued

‘I am a criminal. What is my crime?’: the human toll of abortion in Afghanistan

When Maryam had an abortion, her husband beat and humiliated her. Her story is not unusual in Afghanistan, yet illegal, unsafe terminations are on the rise. As a newlywed, Maryam’s husband promised to let her finish her university degree. Then she got pregnant, and everything changed. “For a week, I was in shock. If my husband’s family knew I was pregnant, they would never let me finish university,” Maryam said. So she acted promptly. She … Continued

Post-abortion care and family planning are deeply attached to my heart

by Grace Lusiola, Project Director, Post-Abortion Care Family Planning Project, EngenderHealth, Tanzania Many years ago, I lost my mother. She was only 37 years old, she died when she was having the ninth pregnancy. Not that she really had the children too close, but the fact  that she started earlier and she continued when she didn’t really want more children. She continued to have kids because there was no family planning. And when she got … Continued

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