Access to medical abortion in Italy is characterised by “unnecessary burdens” and “unjustified barriers” – this has stayed the same during the pandemic

by Elena Caruso, PhD student at Kent Law School, and Giulia Zanini, PhD, Queen Mary University of London – both members of the Italian pro-choice network Pro-Choice Rete Italiana Contraccezione Aborto Abortion is legal in Italy, but it is difficult to access. This situation has been exacerbated during COVID-19 pandemic. Among various major problems (such as high rate of conscientious objection, strict gestational age limits, and mandatory waiting time), the scarcity of medical abortion services … Continued

From Argentina to India: The health of young women and girls always matters

  by Lourdes Polo Budzovksy, Lawyer, Member of Catholics for the Right to Decide, YANAA Committee Member, and Shruti Arora, Program Manager at the YP Foundation, YANAA Committee Member   In celebration of 28th May, the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, two of our Committee Members for the Young Activist Network for Abortion Advocacy (YANAA), explain why sexual and reproductive health must be given special attention during this pandemic. Newly elected Lourdes Polo … Continued

South Africa: a space of many contradictions – and now Covid-19

by Marion Stevens, Director, Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition South Africa is a space of many contradictions, and even more so with the Covid-19 pandemic upon us. Food insecurity is the biggest issue, followed by spatial and housing inequality – that is, in a situation where social distancing is key, some people have no protective space to surround themselves with. Covid-19 has brought out some incredible leadership from President Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, … Continued

The Covid-19 Lockdown: What It Means in India

A Blog by Shilpa Shroff, Co-Coordinator, International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion 10 April 2020 We are a country in which a large population do not have the privileges of food, health and shelter. In such a country, what does lockdown mean? On 3 April, Arundhati Roy gave apt and powerful expression in the Financial Times to what is happening in India because of the Covid-19 lockdown, in which she calls the pandemic … Continued

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