TURKEY – Health professionals slam government demand for names of women who have had abortions as part of “terror investigations”

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Istanbul’s Provincial Directorate of Security has demanded the names of all the women who had abortions in Istanbul between January 2017 and May 2019 as part of “terror investigations” by September 13. The letter was sent to every public and private hospital across the city. They also demanded the names of all women aged 30-40 treated for polycystic ovary syndrome. They claimed the information was necessary as part of ongoing investigations into membership of armed

ECUADOR – Ecuador’s parliament votes against allowing abortion in cases of rape and fetal anomaly by five votes, with six abstaining

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Based in a 1938 law, abortion is not punishable in Ecuador if “it has been carried out to avoid a danger to the life or health of the pregnant woman and if this danger cannot be avoided by other means.” The law reform proposed to the Assembly would also have allowed abortion “if the pregnancy is a consequence of rape or incest, insemination without consent, or if the embryo or fetus suffers from an acquired

EL SALVADOR – Abortion rights activists protest threatened new abortion trial for Evelyn outside Attorney General’s office

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Abortion rights activists in El Salvador threw eggs filled with confetti and sprayed red paint outside the Attorney General’s office to protest his decision to call for a third trial for Evelyn, who was recently completely acquitted after she had spent three years in prison for homicide, though she had had a stillbirth. A small group of masked women disguised as clowns ran up to the main entrance of the office and defaced it with

INDIA – The worrying disappearance of medical abortion pills in India

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As high as 80% of abortions in India are with medical abortion pills. Pratigya Campaign for Gender Equality and Safe Abortion recently commissioned a study with the Centre for Media Studies on “Availability of medical abortion pills in the urban markets of four Indian states (Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh)”. This study covered 1,008 retail chemists to understand the awareness levels and attitudes of the chemists stocking and selling the pills. It found that in Rajasthan, none
Reports from Nepal and India find that young, unmarried girls are resorting to unsafe abortions because of the failure of the health services to provide them with information and confidential abortion care At least 12 health institutions in Rolpa, Nepal, including Rolpa District Hospital, provide safe abortion pills for unwanted pregnancy up to nine weeks free of cost. The hospital and two primary health centres also provide safe aspiration abortions up to 12 weeks free