Intersections: The Politicisation of Religion and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The world is seeing a resurgence of religious extremism at national, regional, and global levels, which renews the threat to many of the rights that should be achieved and concretised, such as equality of women, of citizens who belong to ethnic and religious minorities, and of sexual minorities. This report tackles the issues and challenges pertaining to the politicisation of religion and ethno-religious nationalism, and the diverse responses globally seeking to counter these. It explores … Continued

Myanmar: Providing safe, illegal abortions is a ‘karmic balance’

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In Myanmar, most people practice Theravada Buddhism, which says life starts at conception. Still, studies suggest an estimated 250,000 Burmese women get illegal abortions each year. It’s a leading cause of maternal death in Myanmar. While contraceptives are available, they can be difficult to obtain, particularly for poor women and women living in rural areas.

Abortion is a difficult personal choice, not a tricky debate: India

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On 3 August, a Campaign member from CommonHealth in India wrote to say that a very disturbing article had appeared in The Hindu about women’s right to abortion having to be balanced against the right to life of the fetus. The article, entitled “A tricky debate on abortion”, was by K Kannan, former Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the same court that in 2015, rejected the plea of the father of a 14-year-old rape survivor to allow termination of her 24-week pregnancy (see Campaign newsletter, 3 August).

Coalition for Prevention of Unsafe Abortion creates awareness of the need for safe abortion

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According to COPUA, women in Malawi seek abortions due to poverty and inability to support more children; the desire of young girls to remain in school; extra-marital pregnancy; partner insistence and parental insistence. Meanwhile, the United Methodist Church in Malawi has reversed its long-term stance that women should be allowed to have abortions, following a General Conference they attended in the USA.

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