MEXICO – How to understand the Mexican Supreme Court’s decision about abortion based on health risks

In Mexico, abortion is a state law matter. It is considered a crime in most Mexican states except for Mexico City and Oaxaca, where abortion is permitted within the first trimester of the pregnancy. In the rest of the states, abortion is allowed under limited legal indications: rape, health risks, danger of death, fetal impairment, and distressing economic situations. The legal indications are similar but not identical in the Mexican territory. The only legal indication … Continued

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Si Jeunesse Savait promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights in DRC

Gynaecologist Denis Mukwege has highlighted the suffering of women victims of rape in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). But the cruelty of the rapes committed in the context of war must not allow us to forget the daily need for access to reproductive rights. In Kinshasa, Si Jeunesse Savait (If Youth Knew,SJS) plays an important role in providing young women with reproductive health information and support, in a country where the most basic … Continued

MOROCCO – National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) calls for abortion law reform following Hajar Raissouni case

In a memorandum to the Government and Parliament of Morocco, the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) is clearly in favour of changing certain provisions of the Moroccan Penal Code, in general making abortion legal on wider grounds but also changing Articles 449 to 452, which call for imprisonment for illegal abortion. The memorandum insists that the law take into account the “psychological and social security” of the woman, as well as the safety of … Continued

GERMANY – Her court case exposed Germany’s abortion laws for a new generation of activists

In 2017, Kristina Hänel (photo, right), a German doctor, age 63, became a cause celebre. She is a doctor who offers abortion services, and as others before her, she was fined €6,000 for “advertising” this service on her website. We reported this when it first happened. What sets Hänel apart today is her ongoing battle against paying the fine, which she says she will take all the way to the European Court of Human Rights. … Continued

USA – Trump’s ‘conscience rule’ for health providers blocked by federal judge

On 6 November 2019, a US federal judge voided the Trump administration’s so-called ‘conscience rule’, which would have allowed healthcare providers to refuse to participate in abortions, sterilisations or other types of care they disagreed with on religious or moral grounds. The judge said the administration’s central justification of a “significant increase” in complaints related to conscience violations was “flatly untrue. This alone makes the agency’s decision to promulgate the rule arbitrary and capricious.” The … Continued

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