FRANCE – French feminist, Gisèle Halimi, who never resigned herself, has died aged 93

She died the day after her 93rd birthday. Emmanuelle Piet’s expression of admiration is for a woman who was committed to the fight against inequalities and women’s freedom – for the right to abortion, the abolition of the death penalty, criminalisation of rape, decriminalisation of homosexuality, and much more.

HAITI – A new penal code was published on 24 June 2020; it may make some abortions legal

In Haiti, abortion could be legalised, according to Marie Giselhaine Mompremier, Minister for the Status of Women, who defends the new penal code, published 24 June 2020, because it allows voluntary termination of pregnancy under certain conditions. The right of Haitian women to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy is implicitly recognised by the new penal code, she says, but it still carries criminal penalties outside certain conditions. “There is no offence if the pregnancy is the product of rape or incest, or when the physical or mental health of the woman is at stake” underlining that “all abortions must be performed with the consent of the woman, in a medical facility and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, under penalty of 5 to 7 years in prison and heavy fines”.

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – The State should harmonise its abortion law in line with article 14.2c of the Maputo Protocol

In Côte d’Ivoire, safe abortion is only legal following rape and in case of risk to the life of the woman. Moreover, the woman must request an abortion and the attending physician or surgeon must seek the advice of up to two consulting physicians, who, after examination, attest that her life can only be saved by this intervention. Honorine Adou Secreoua, president of Action against Unwanted and At-Risk Pregnancies (AGnDR) has called on the State to harmonise its law with Article 14.2c of the Maputo Protocol, which allows for legal abortion on wider grounds. AGnDR, set up in February 2019 in response to the high ratio of maternal deaths in the country, is a sub-group of 29 organisations who form the Civil Society Coalition for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (CSCSR/PF). They are fighting for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, in accordance with the Maputo Protocol more broadly.

USA – Family planning providers show creativity and resilience in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Social distancing guidelines have forced providers to rethink where they are offering services and under what conditions. To ensure patients’ and employees’ safety and continue offering services in the context of the continuing pandemic and stay-at-home orders in many localities, providers have developed numerous strategies to minimise time spent in the clinic and make their care accessible from patients’ homes. Providers are using telehealth to offer screening and treatment for urinary tract infections and STIs, … Continued

EUROPE & AUSTRALIA – A decrease in premature births noted in a number of hospitals during Covid-19 lockdowns

As countries around the world told people to stay home to slow the spread of Covid-19, doctors in neonatal intensive care units were noticing something strange. It started with doctors in Ireland and Denmark. Each team, unaware of the other’s work, crunched the numbers and found that during the lockdowns, premature births – especially the earliest, most dangerous cases – had plummeted. When they shared their findings, they heard similar anecdotal reports from other countries. … Continued

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