In our 3 June newsletter, we reported that the Choice Network in Thailand had handed in a petition that some of us signed addressed to the Department of Health, calling for telemedicine for early abortion and access to safe abortion for everyone who requested it. The Department of Health (DOH) organized two online meetings to talk about this, which our colleagues participated in. They DOH agreed with providing telemedicine during the crisis as a concept, but … Continued

Securing Reproductive Justice in India: A Casebook

This book brings together judgments and orders by the Indian Supreme Court and High Courts across twelve reproductive justice issues, including maternal health, access to contraception, forced and involuntary sterilization, abortion, sexual and reproductive health rights of adolescents, employment discrimination on grounds of pregnancy or childcare. The book includes jurisprudence that facilitates securing reproductive justice and judgments that present an obstacle to its realization. It aims to provide a reference for those working on policy, advocacy, adjudication, and academic interventions around issues of reproductive justice. Each chapter includes extracts from the cases mentioned, in chronological order. It is the result of a collaboration between the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy, and Governance, National Law University, Delhi.

PHILIPPINES – Statement on women’s organization-led draft bill to decriminalize abortion

On May 28, International Day of Action for Women’s Health, Atty. Clara Rita Padilla of EnGendeRights, a member organization of the Philippine Safe Abortion Network (PINSAN) posted a photo of herself on Facebook holding a copy of the proposed bill to decriminalize abortion in the Philippines. Since then, the Facebook post has gone viral with 7,600 shares and has gotten over 11,000 positive reactions (like, love and care) while getting 2,000 angry reactions. Majority of the 12,000 … Continued

AFGHANISTAN – Humanitarian disaster looming

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has warned that Afghanistan faces a humanitarian disaster as Covid-19 spreads undetected. Confirmed cases rose by 684% in May alone. They said that the Health Ministry has the capacity to test 2,000 suspected patients each day, but are receiving between five and ten times as many samples. “That means 80-90% of potential cases are not being tested. Afghanistan has one of the highest test positivity rates (40%) of all the … Continued

THAILAND – Thai pro-choice activists handed in the petition calling for access to safe abortion with telemedicine

Our colleagues and friends in Thailand have written to say: “Thank you again to everyone who signed our petition with us, calling on Thai government to issue some measures to ensure women access to safe abortion during Covid-19 pandemic, both as individual and organizations. We think we got a good response from the Department of Health and some media outlets too.” They went to the Department of Health on 15 May 2020 and handed in the … Continued

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