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RWANDA – Rwandan president pardons 52 young women in prison for abortion

On 11 October 2019, Rwandan President Paul Kagame signed a decree pardoning 52 young women in prison for abortions, including some convicted for infanticide, on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child. The statement was issued from ...

MADAGASCAR – The national debate on abortion law reform has resumed

Mireille Rabenoro, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of Madagascar, reports that the Commission has organised a conference to resume the national debate on abortion law reform. In 2017, in a bill on family planning, a clause that would ...

NIGERIA – Many girls do not even know sex can make them pregnant

At the recent National Conference on Inclusivity, Equality & Diversity in University Education, hosted by the University of Lagos, a speaker from the Society for Family Health said that Nigeria would move closer to achieving major targets in the Sustainable ...

POLAND – Polish bill undermines children’s safety and right to information

The Polish parliament was to discuss a so-called "Stop Paedophilia" bill (which is not about paedophilia at all) on 16 October 2019. The bill, supported by the governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, aims to criminalise sex educators, who ...

UGANDA – The 5th Inter-Generational Dialogue

This year’s Inter-Generational Dialogue at Kampala Serena Hotel on 22 October has the theme “Teenage pregnancy and the costs of restricted SRHR information and services for young people.” It is expected to be the biggest ever. The sessions are as ...

CANADA – Clinic 554, Fredericton, New Brunswick, closing

In May 2019, we reported that Clinic 554 (formerly the Morgenthaler Clinic) had receivedthe Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award, recognising their commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights. It is the only freestanding abortion clinic in the province of ...