KENYA SOLIDARITY MESSAGES – Caroline Mwatha

Thank you for your message of solidarity with the Kenya activists and Caroline’s family. It has now been confirmed that she died of excessive bleeding from a botched abortion. A lot is still not clear and the police are said to be continuing with investigations. Please see below for more of the statements of solidarity that have been received so far.   SENT BY: Center for Reproductive Rights, Nairobi, 15 February 2019

UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN -Belgian Minister to take Brussels Declaration ”Right to abortion” to the Commission

Rudy Demotte, Minister-President of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, is due to go to New York for the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, 10-14 March. Demotte’s message is clear: a woman’s right to abortion needs to be hammered home. The trip is with a view to taking the Brussels Declaration, which is calling for legalising abortion, his department reported.  The Declaration gathered more than 2,500 signatures last year (www.droitavortement.com), and champions treating … Continued

CATHOLIC CHURCH – Sexual abuse of nuns: longstanding Church scandal emerges from the shadows

“When a sister becomes pregnant, the priest insists that she have an abortion.” the report added. ‘‘The sister is usually dismissed from her congregation while the priest is often only moved to another parish – or sent for studies.” The sexual abuse of nuns and women religious by Catholic priests and bishops and the abortions that have sometimes resulted has for years been overshadowed by other scandals in the Roman Catholic Church. This month Pope … Continued

ARGENTINA – Queering abortion rights: notes from Argentina

This paper analyses public documents from the abortion rights movement’s main coalition alongside interviews with 19 Campaign activists to examine shifts and tensions in contemporary abortion rights activism. It traces the incorporation of trans-inclusive language into the newly proposed abortion rights bill and conclude by pointing to contextual factors that may limit or enhance the further queering of abortion rights.

NAMIBIA/SOUTH AFRICA – Namibia to decriminalise abandonment of babies, but not South Africa

The government of Namibia has decriminalised the act of abandoning a newborn baby, which gender activists say is usually the result of difficulties in obtaining an abortion. Elsarien Katiti, media officer of Sister Namibia, an organisation that campaigns for women’s rights, discusses this in this BBC audio report.  Statistics from the Namibian police show that in 2017/18, only 25 cases of abandonment of babies were reported, but about 7,300 cases of abortion were recorded. This … Continued

ARGENTINA – Una vuelta de tuerca a la objeción de conciencia: Una propuesta regulatoria a partir de las prácticas de aborto legal en Argentina

A twist to conscientious objection: A regulatory proposal based on legal abortion practice in Argentina: This document is based on research (interviews, a survey, comparative law and comparative experiences) and Argentinian experience, in which we propose how to regulate conscientious objection. It is part of a project of CEDES and Ipas.

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