MALAWI – MPs pledged to table Termination of Pregnancy Bill before 23 October recess: that’s today!

Members of the Health Committee of Parliament pledged to ensure the tabling of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the current sitting of the National Assembly. Recess is on 23 October so today is the last day. The MPs made the pledge at a dinner organized by a number of SRHR organisations in Lilongwe earlier in September.

MADAGASCAR – Covid-19 has increased unemployment, prostitution and unwanted pregnancies

Having lost their jobs during the Covid-19 lockdown, many women have had to sell their bodies to survive and feed their families. Marie, 27, is an example. Six months ago she was still working as a machinist in a factory in one of the free zones in the city. A job that fed her and her three children and allowed her to pay her rent. With her 100,000 ariary per month (€ 21.60), she was able to ensure making ends meet. But this precarious balance changed overnight when the Covid-19 epidemic arrived on the Big Island, and with it a procession of layoffs. “Overnight, I found myself without help, with nothing at all…”

STOP PRESS: POLAND / SOLIDARITY NEEDED!

On 22 October 2020, the Polish government will vote (yet again) to see if they can make Poland’s draconian abortion law even more restrictive. A protest is being organised by the National Women’s Strike and the head of Warsaw Women’s Strike, Agnieszka Czerederecka, this week, on 22 October. If you can show solidarity online on 21-22 October, please do!

SLOVAKIA: STOP PRESS! Slovak parliament has rejected the restrictive bill on abortion

The Slovak parliament on 20 October narrowly rejected a motion by conservative lawmakers to tighten abortion regulations, a proposal that was harshly criticised by women’s rights groups. The proposed amendment would still have allowed abortion on request until 12 weeks of pregnancy but would have increased the waiting period between requesting an abortion and having it from 48 to 96 hours. It would have banned clinics from advertising services, forced women to declare their reasons … Continued

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