PORTUGAL: Petition signed by 28 NGOs was delivered to the Ombudsman

On 22 July 2015, in the last Parliamentary plenary session before the general elections on 4 October, the right-wing majority approved several restrictive amendments to the abortion law that has been in place since the 2007 national referendum. These amendments have affected only abortion on request up to ten weeks of pregnancy. Compulsory counselling was introduced as well as undeclared conscience objection in the provision of abortion services. Abortion on request became also became subject … Continued

SOUTH AFRICA: Maternal Health and Access to Safe and Legal Abortion event

The South African Medical Students Association (SAMSA) Standing Committee of Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS presented a Workshop on Maternal Health and Access to Safe and Legal Abortion in commemoration of 28 September. The event saw more than 50 medical and nursing students as well as numerous SRHR organisations come together to speak and discuss on numerous topics pertaining to Maternal Health and Abortion, including: • Dr Roland E Mhlanga, a specialist in obstetrics … Continued

KENYA: Allow abortion in public hospitals, say medics

Poor women seeking safe abortion could soon get the services in public health facilities if developed reproductive health guidelines and policies are ratified. The death of a woman from a botched abortion at a backstreet joint angered former chairman of the Kenya Medical Association, Dr Stephen Ochiel. “The law banning abortion is the greatest killer of women because it does not criminalise sex. It criminalises abortions,” he said. The victim, a hawker visited a quack … Continued

GHANA: Global day of access to legal abortion

Save Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, on Monday launched this year’s global day of action for access to safe and legal abortion, with a call on government to fully legalize abortion. Organized by Safe Abortion Action Fund, Global Media Foundation and Save Ghana, the launch was on the theme: “Abort the stigma, bust the myths and discrimination.” It also formed part of global campaign activities undertaken by the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion. Ms … Continued

SEXUAL RIGHTS INITIATIVE et al: Panel on Unsafe Abortion and Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: What can be done to prevent it?

The Sexual Rights Initiative, together with the Permanent Missions of Norway and Slovenia, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Health Organization, the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights, and Ipas, held an event during the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council entitled, ‘Unsafe Abortion and Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: What can be done to prevent it?’ on Tuesday, 29 September 2015 in the Palais des Nations, … Continued

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