UN WORKING GROUP ON DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS – Letter to the US Government from UN experts re abortion restrictions in eight states

The UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, and the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, have published a letter they sent to the US Government dated 22 May 2020, pursuant to Human Rights Council resolutions 41/6, 42/16 and 41/17. The letter opens: “… We would like to … Continued

SLOVAKIA – Protests and letters against further attempts to pass an anti-abortion bill

Abortions in Slovakia is currently legal on request until the 12th week of pregnancy. The latest opinion polls show that only a minority of the Slovak population would be in favour of stricter abortion regulations. Despite that, six anti-abortion bills were tabled in 2019, none of which was passed, and since the election of the largest Christian-conservative majority in years, there are now another several bills being looked at by the parliament. Thus, there are … Continued

INDIA – Why 243 women asked a court for permission to have an abortion after 20 weeks

In March 2020, Swati (name changed) decided to end her pregnancy of 24 weeks, after her partner refused to marry her and ended the relationship. She went to the Madhya Pradesh High Court pleading that the pregnancy was affecting her mental health, and that if she gave birth, the child would “suffer the mental torture” throughout its life. The court refused to give permission. The state government had argued that there were no grounds for … Continued

GHANA – Programme to curb unsafe abortion

The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) has rolled out a Comprehensive Abortion Care Accountability programme to curb unsafe abortion. Project Director Owusu Banahene notes unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal mortality in Ghana, and that stigma and personal values have contributed immensely to unsafe abortion in the country. At a workshop for media practitioners in Kumasi, he said the project will ensure more women especially girls have access to comprehensive abortion care. … Continued

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