BRAZIL – Online newspaper AzMina, run by women journalists, attacked and threatened online

AzMina is a feminist journalists’ collective that campaigns for gender equality, covers women’s rights and provides extensive and critical reporting on all kinds of violence against women in Brazil. They also provide training and organise debates throughout the country. On 18 September 2019 AzMina published a report online entitled “How to abort safely”. The report used World Health Organization recommendations to advise women how to have a safe abortion using medical abortion pills. Within hours … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – Northern Ireland abortion law breaches human rights, High Court in Belfast rules

The ruling, on 3 October 2019, was on a case brought by Sarah Ewart, 29, who was denied a termination in 2013 despite an ultrasound scan showing that the fetus she was carrying would not survive. She was forced to travel to England to terminate her pregnancy, and she took this case seeking to ensure that no other woman would have to go through that. “This must be the last time a woman is put … Continued

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT – MEPs reject US initiative against safe abortion and SRHR

On 25 September 2019, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Petra de Sutter and Sophie in ‘t Veld released a statement on behalf of the group MEPs for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, of which they are co-chairs. The statement was about the US initiative against sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United Nations. It was addressed to Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Neven … Continued

INDIA – Assessing the judiciary’s role in access to safe abortion after 20 weeks

There has been an increase in women approaching the Supreme Court of India and High Courts in different states seeking permission to end unwanted pregnancies. An analysis of these court judgments, recently published by the Pratigya Campaign for Gender Equality and Safe Abortion, found cases of 194 women in the last three years who went to court seeking abortions in traumatic circumstances – including rape, risk to life and mental health, and serious fetal abnormalities. … Continued

ZIMBABWE – “Address unsafe abortions to reduce maternal deaths”

The public health problem of unsafe abortion has been the subject of news articles, debates and advocacy campaigns in Zimbabwe going back a long time. Starting in 2017, the Women’s Action Group (WAG) began to implement a project working with a range of national and international partners, whose ultimate goal is to empower and girls to utilise the existing law to access safe abortion services without stigma, and to reduce unsafe abortion-related deaths and morbidity … Continued

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