Our second call to action ahead of International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2020, including details of our core theme around self-managed abortion and telemedicine, our hashtag, and partners.
On the 23rd of June, sitting uncomfortably within Shield 4.0, the fourth package of “pandemic-related measures”, which was supposed to help the economy, were changes to the Polish Penal Code, added almost secretly. They include, for example, that up to eight-year prison sentences would be applied to those who provide abortions outside the limits of Poland’s already highly restrictive law. Other changes include penalties for offending the President, new crimes involving theft, and involuntary medical … Continued
In Vietnam, abortion has been recognized as a women’s right in the early period of time under the Law on Protection of People’s Health in 1989. For 30 years, despite very few occasions that abortion and its legislation are up to debate, the effort of anti-abortion campaigners usually fails to achieve their restriction in the national assembly meeting. However, this does not mean that safe abortion access is easy for everyone. We face issues of provider stigma, sexuality stigma, sex-selection politics and issues in the quality of abortion care.
In the US Supreme Court, all decisions are announced by June 30 and usually on Mondays, so we are advised that 29 June will probably be the date when the Supreme Court either sells abortion down the river or rules in support of women’s rights and the rule of law. The case is called June Medical Services v. Russo. It could lead to the shuttering of clinics across not just the state of Louisiana but also large parts of the country. The worst-case scenario is that abortion clinics would no longer be able to bring lawsuits on behalf of their patients, as has been common for decades.
If we want women to have access to abortion and contraceptive care during the pandemic, we must make sure health workers feel safe doing their jobs. Our Ipas team in Nepal recently saw this firsthand. At a health center in a rural district of Nepal, providers felt unsafe giving women contraceptive implants because they lacked personal protective equipment (PPE). They had started only offering condoms and contraceptive pills, limiting women’s options. One provider told the … Continued