ICPD+25 NEWS

1. POLAND: STOP PRESS Please sign the petition by Polish Women’s Strike opposing the presence of Polish religious extremists at the ICPD25 Summit in Nairobi We, Polish women, who have been fighting in the black protests in 150 cities in Poland against the religious fundamentalist’s total ban on abortion in 2016 and 2018, urge you not to trust those who approach you with “Christian values” or “family rights”. We want you to know that the foundation Ordo … Continued

GABON – Therapeutic abortion legalised in Gabon, especially for girls, but criminal sanctions retained

This is a summary of a report, in French, by Gabon Media Time. As part of reforms in the Penal Code, Law No. 042/2018 of 5 July 2019 in the Penal Code says that voluntary interruption of pregnancy is authorised in Gabon on the following grounds: “when it has been proved that the fetus will be born with serious or incurable physical malformations, when the pregnancy seriously compromises the mother’s life, or when the conception … Continued

MEXICO – How to understand the Mexican Supreme Court’s decision about abortion based on health risks

In Mexico, abortion is a state law matter. It is considered a crime in most Mexican states except for Mexico City and Oaxaca, where abortion is permitted within the first trimester of the pregnancy. In the rest of the states, abortion is allowed under limited legal indications: rape, health risks, danger of death, fetal impairment, and distressing economic situations. The legal indications are similar but not identical in the Mexican territory. The only legal indication … Continued

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Si Jeunesse Savait promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights in DRC

Gynaecologist Denis Mukwege has highlighted the suffering of women victims of rape in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). But the cruelty of the rapes committed in the context of war must not allow us to forget the daily need for access to reproductive rights. In Kinshasa, Si Jeunesse Savait (If Youth Knew,SJS) plays an important role in providing young women with reproductive health information and support, in a country where the most basic … Continued

MOROCCO – National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) calls for abortion law reform following Hajar Raissouni case

In a memorandum to the Government and Parliament of Morocco, the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) is clearly in favour of changing certain provisions of the Moroccan Penal Code, in general making abortion legal on wider grounds but also changing Articles 449 to 452, which call for imprisonment for illegal abortion. The memorandum insists that the law take into account the “psychological and social security” of the woman, as well as the safety of … Continued

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