IRAN: Rise in abortion rates

  According to data released by the Iranian Health Ministry, last year (ending in March), 12,281 women put in applications for the medical termination of their pregnancies. The figure was 23.4% higher compared to the preceding year. “Permission was granted to 8,537 applicants, which indicates that the number of permits increased by 19.8% compared to the preceding year,” said Ahmad Shojaee, head of the Legal Medicine Organization (ILNA) reported. Termination of pregnancy is illegal in … Continued

Maroc: Mouvement Alternatif Pour Les Libertés Individuelles

  28 Septembre : Journée Internationale du Droit à l’Avortement En plus de porter atteinte au droit à la santé et à la vie des femmes en annihilant leur droit à disposer de leurs corps, le Maroc a fait le choix d’infliger des sanctions pénales aux femmes qui ont recours à ces interventions et au personnel de santé qui les pratiquent. Ces articles de lois qui poussent les femmes à avorter dans la clandestinité sont … Continued


LEBANON / JORDAN / TUNISIA    ‘Marry-Your-Rapist’ and menstruation seclusion laws abolished Within weeks of each other, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia closed legal loopholes that allowed rapists to escape criminal convictions by marrying the survivors. On August 16, Lebanon’s parliament voted to abolish Article 522, after sustained pressure from activists. Jordan outlawed the practice on August 1 and Tunisia on July 26. There is now hope that similar provisions will be abolished in Bahrain and Kuwait. However, although Egypt abolished its “marry-your-rapist” law in … Continued

Abortion Pills, Test Tube Babies, and Sex Toys: Emerging Sexual and Reproductive Technologies in the Middle East and North Africa

From Viagra to in vitro fertilization, new technologies are rapidly changing the global face of reproductive health. They are far from neutral: religious, cultural, social, and legal contexts condition their global transfer. The way a society interprets and adopts (or rejects) a new technology reveals a great deal about the relationship between bodies and the body politic. Reproductive health technologies are often particularly controversial because of their potential to reconfigure kinship relationships, sexual mores, gender roles, and the way life is conceptualized

Abortion in war time: How women break taboos in Yemen

E ensures that her children prevent anyone from entering the room at her family home. Then, when the door is closed, she begins to speak quietly and nervously about why she had an abortion earlier this year. At the age of 39, E already has five children, the youngest of whom is 18 months old. Her family, like millions of other Yemenis, have been left destitute by the two-year war… “My brain told me it … Continued

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