Northern Territory Australia’s new abortion law: a great victory despite a few caveats

Marge Berer International Coordinator, International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion 4 April 2017 The new Northern Territory (NT) Australia abortion law was a great victory and its supporters were celebrating their achievement last week. Now, the analysis will begin. Here is mine: The news reports mention that three women members of the NT Parliament who supported the bill all shared stories of deciding to have an abortion during the debate, which was described … Continued

No woman takes the decision to have an abortion dancing and singing

By Diakhoumba Gassama, Vice-President, West African Network of Young Women Leaders This post is a translated transcription of a talk by Diakhoumba Gassama at a debate organised by WATHI, Citizens Think-Tank of West Africa.  You can watch the original in French here. Today, in 2017, there are innumerable reports and studies carried out – by government, by researchers in universities, by the UN, by the African Union – on reproductive health. What does this research … Continued

Media Guidelines for Writing on Abortion

DO use bona fide evidence from the country or region you are covering, so that your publication is grounded in the most accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date statistical information and health data. The best sources of international and country data are the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute. At country level, national health statistics may also be available. Where abortion is legally restricted, statistics are estimates but a lot of work has been done to … Continued

On World Day of Social Justice, why is access to safe abortion a social justice issue?

A socially just society is one where human rights are manifest and in which opportunities, wealth and privilege are equally distributed. The United Nations World Day of Social Justice site says that social justice struggles are those that “remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.” Abortion is a social justice issue in that criminalising, restricting or stigmatising abortion creates barriers that women with unwanted pregnancies face in … Continued

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