A year ago today, Imelda gave birth in the latrine at her family’s small, one-room home with curtains for dividers in a small community. She said she did not know she was about to give birth; instead, she told her lawyer, she “felt something come loose”. She screamed for help, fainted and started to haemorrhage. Her mother took her to the local public hospital, where they saw that she had given birth. She was pregnant, she … Continued
According to an article in the Lancet of December 2015, 15.6 million abortions occurred in India, of which 73% were sought outside health facilities, despite India having a very liberal abortion law. In 2017, in what was considered a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India ruled that individual privacy is a “guaranteed fundamental right” as part of the right to life and liberty guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution. This judgment should have … Continued
The Supreme Court on Friday said that a minor rape victim should not be forced to knock the doors of the court for getting permission to terminate her pregnancy arising out of any sexual offence. On 25 August, the Supreme Court ruled that a rape victim who is a minor should not be forced to knock on the doors of the Court for permission to terminate her pregnancy arising out of any sexual … Continued
Planned Parenthood Global, Amnesty International, Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida Mexico (GIRE) and Latin American Campaign against Unsafe Abortion (CLACAI) have joined efforts to raise awareness on forced motherhood and its impact on girls’ lives and futures across Latin America through the “Niñas, No Madres” (Girls, Not Mothers) regional campaign. The campaign calls for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and safe, legal abortion services to end forced motherhood in girls in Latin America. In … Continued
When a news story reveals a serious instance of injustice, it is not unusual for other stories along the same lines also begin to get into the press and media. This has happened in India with requests for abortion by pregnant women with serious fetal anomalies and by girls and women – and now a ten-year-old girl from Chandigarh – who have been raped or sexually abused and seek an abortion later in their … Continued
“Currently, many stakeholders are investing a lot in changing attitudes and behaviours rather than addressing the primary drivers of unsafe abortions among adolescent girls. Issues of gender inequality, sexual violence and coercion and poverty are often not given that much attention. Many efforts also fail to recognise the role of men and boys in addressing unsafe abortions among adolescent girls,” explains 22-year-old Robert Mumba, a peer educator and youth rights advocate. Mumba, who has … Continued
In Costa Rica, women have had the right to abortion since 1970. Well, more or less. The concept of the “unpunished abortion”, established in Article 121 of the Penal Code, permits the termination of a pregnancy as long the procedure is consensual, performed by a doctor (or if necessary by an authorised obstetrician), and is the only way to protect the life or health of the woman. While therapeutic abortion may thus be permissible, in … Continued
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