CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION – Abandoned: a documentary film about the tragic consequences of conscientious objection

This 90-minute documentary film by the Initiative for Reproductive Health Information, made with filmmaker Patricia Josefine Marchart, is about the tragic consequences for women when doctors refuse to perform a legal abortion for reasons of “conscience”. It tells the stories of several women in Europe, two of whom died, while others suffered grave injury when refused an abortion. The film can be viewed with English, Spanish, or German subtitles.   At least 70 countries allow health … Continued

CHILE – Constitutional Court strikes down one part of the 2017 abortion regulations

By a vote of 8-2 on 13 December 2018, Chile’s Constitutional Court struck down a portion of the Regulation on Conscientious Objection of the Law on Abortion that prohibited private hospitals and clinics to refuse to perform abortions on grounds of conscience if they received state money for obstetric and gynaecological services. The Court had accepted an appeal in early December by senators of the Chile Vamos coalition (four centre-right parties headed by President Piñera), … Continued

FRANCE – Are abortion rights at risk?

“‘But I do not do that kind of thing!’ That’s what my gynaecologist told me the day I went to her needing an abortion”, Lisa recalls. “I was 19 years old, I was terrified.” Stories like this of rejection or guilt-making have been coming to light ever since a heated debate on the conscience clause has been stirred up in the world of healthcare. The conscience clause – a provision of the law allowing gynaecologists, … Continued

ITALY – A revolt born in Verona

  The Italian feminist movement is mobilising to oppose the government coalition on the subject of abortion. The first protests took place in Verona in October, after the city adopted a motion to finance anti-abortion organisations and make it a so-called pro-life city by preventing abortions. Then a demonstration took place in Rome to denounce repeated attacks on women’s rights. An extreme right party, the League, is in power, in coalition with the 5 Stars … Continued

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION – Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care

This report summarises discussions and recommendations resulting from the global convening in 2017 on “conscientious objection” co-organised by the International Women’s Health Coalition and Mujer y Salud en Uruguay. The report will be launched today, 19 June 2018. Alongside Unconscionable, IWHC is releasing their policy brief on the refusal of care on grounds of conscience claims, with recommendations for national policymakers, international organisations, health professionals, and advocates. IWHC say: “We have deliberated deeply the issue … Continued

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