NORTHERN IRELAND – … while Northern Irish women are at Supreme Court challenging an even more outdated law

    On 24 October, the UK Supreme Court began a three-day hearing on an application from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, which argues that criminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland in the case of rape, incest and serious fetal abnormality, is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). This was raised by several individual cases taken by the Commission to court for redress. Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act has never been extended … Continued

INDIA – Rape survivors’ right to abortion: Are doctors listening?

  This article is a compelling analysis of the problematic role of doctors in India in dealing with the need for abortion following rape and sexual abuse, in the context of the abortion law and the role of the courts. The article argues that recent amendments to the rape laws (Section 357 C of the Code of Criminal Procedure) have made it mandatory for all hospitals to provide immediate treatment to survivors of rape, and … Continued

INDIA – Need an abortion: join the long march to the Supreme Court in Delhi

  The Supreme Court on Friday said that a minor rape victim should not be forced to knock the doors of the court for getting permission to terminate her pregnancy arising out of any sexual offence.   On 25 August, the Supreme Court ruled that a rape victim who is a minor should not be forced to knock on the doors of the Court for permission to terminate her pregnancy arising out of any sexual … Continued

UK – Another anti-abortion case goes up to the European Court of Human Rights

  An anti-abortion Christian group has supported an individual woman to file a claim in the European Court of Human Rights after she failed in a private prosecution to force the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute two pro-choice doctors. The doctors were secretly filmed agreeing to permit an abortion for reasons of sex selection. The filming was part of an undercover sting by anti-abortion journalists in 2012 to entrap the doctors into breaching theAdd … Continued

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