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Here are eight reports in brief from the Vatican, Uganda, Tanzania, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Ireland and USA on abortion law and policy issues.
The conflict of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) 2012 and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1972 is making doctors hesitant to provide abortion services to girls under the age of 18 due to fear of prosecution, and teenaged girls are apprehensive of seeking abortion services from legal providers, in turn, forcing them to seek unsafe abortion. For example, a few days after discovering she is pregnant, a young woman, along … Continued
According to local government records, as many as 875 women received safe abortion services through government-run health centres in the Bajura district in the past 18 months. Of the total 28 local health centres in the district, 15 have been providing abortion service to women. Only complicated cases are sent to the district hospital. The Bajura District Hospital Chief, Dr Rupchandra Bishwokarma, found these data encouraging. In the past, women would commonly use unsafe ways … Continued
A dozen activists gathered at the Constitutional Court of Thailand on 26 September to demand the decriminalisation of abortion. The Thai Referral System for Safe Abortion (RSA THAI) a network of pro-choice medical professionals and advocates organised an all-day Pro-Voice event to push for the normalisation of safe abortions and mark International Safe Abortion Day. Their demonstration featured four women wrapped in white sheets and industrial ropes and signs strapped to them that said “Criminal … Continued