In 2015, 57% of women having an abortion in New Zealand had already had one or more previous live births. Abortion access is therefore absolutely an issue for mothers.
A call by the Ministry of Health to amend the laws that govern abortion in Samoa was included in their just published National HIV, AIDS, and STI Policy 2017-2022. It says: “Laws around abortion need to be amended to adequately address access to abortion for HIV positive women, and legal interventions for increasing access to Sexual Assault and SRH Services need to be developed.” In Samoa, abortion is an offence under the Crimes … Continued
In August seven women accused of abortion in five cities were arrested, compared to two cases in the past seven months. Five other people were also arrested as accomplices. Doctors, who filed the complaints in the majority of cases said they were complying with the law in order to avoid being seen as accomplices. But they are also failing to respect the confidentiality of their patients and stop women with abortion complications seeking care, … Continued
On 3 August, the Chilean Congress passed the abortion bill into law. Claudia Dides of Miles Chile has declared today “a day of dignity, respect and freedom honouring all the women who since 1989 were prosecuted, stigmatised, humiliated or killed for having terminated a pregnancy”. And President Michelle Bachelet wrote on Twitter: “Today, women reclaimed a basic right that we never should have lost – being able to choose when we’re living through painful moments.” In … Continued
The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has tabled an anti-abortion private members bill for the speaker of the SA parliament to consider. The next steps are uncertain given recent processual changes affecting such bills in the name of widening democracy. The speaker could halt or it could be sent to a parliamentary committee for consideration. The Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition (SRJC) are working on a range of submissions and arguments for their members … Continued