In 2017 and 2018, in anticipation of the Campaign’s International Forum in Lisbon in September 2018, Marge Berer worked with two journals to publish special editions on the main themes of the Forum. In both cases, the papers are open access and fully accessible from the links below.
For this journal edition, Alicia Ely Yamin, Paola Bergallo and Marge Berer guest edited 18 papers on the theme of “Abortion and Human Rights”. The papers worked from what the editorial described as the recognition that: “Abortion was and is necessarily about reproductive, gender, and social justice, and was recognized as such from early on in many countries, especially in the global South. It was and is about women and girls being fully human and therefore able to have control over their sexual and reproductive lives.” The papers address these issues in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Estonia, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Peru, Thailand. Other papers discussed broad themes, including the meaning of decriminalisation of abortion, regulation of abortion according to length of pregnancy, regulation of conscientious objection, the role of international human rights norms, and the Dublin Declaration on Maternal Health Care.
For this journal edition, edited by Marge Berer and Lesley Hoggart, the main theme was that “Medical abortion pills have the potential to change everything”. Topics of papers included a roundtable of views on what would happen if abortion pills become the only abortion method, putting the pills into women’s hands, efficacy of the pills prior to six weeks of pregnancy, personal experiences of use of the pills clandestinely, accompaniment of self-managed second trimester abortions, what a medical abortion is like, the extent of misoprostol use in two Francophone African countries, three papers on provision of medical abortion pills by pharmacy workers in Nepal and Bangladesh, provision of medical abortion pills by mid-level providers in Kyrgyzstan, expanding public sector access to safe abortion in South Africa, barriers to accessing abortion services in Britain, and an agenda for future research on self-managed medical abortion use.