On 28 July, the case of a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after being sexual abused by her uncle hit the news in India. According to reports, the family approached the district court in Chandigarh for permission for the child to have an abortion in the first part of July. It took until 15 July for the judge to order a medical board to examine the girl and submit a report on the feasibility of … Continued
This blog is an analysis of the international legal issues involved in the decision of the UK Supreme Court not to require the UK Secretary of State for Health to provide abortions on the National Health Service to Northern Irish women. It is aimed at people with a legal background and not easy reading but worth the effort. The three paragraphs below summarise the main points. For those quoting recommendations by UN treaty-monitoring bodies such … Continued
TICAH, Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health, in Nairobi is kindly requesting signatures on their petition to call on Supreme Court Chief Justice David Maraga to support Lady Justice Njoki Ndungu’s call to the judges to clarify the clause in the Constitution on abortion in Kenya.
When a news story reveals a serious instance of injustice, it is not unusual for other stories along the same lines also begin to get into the press and media. This has happened in India with requests for abortion by pregnant women with serious fetal anomalies and by girls and women – and now a ten-year-old girl from Chandigarh – who have been raped or sexually abused and seek an abortion later in their … Continued
Perhaps the most important headline is that 10 women die every day in India as a result of unsafe abortion. That some 30,200 abortions take place daily in India, half of which are unsafe, causing some 3,600 women to experience complications resulting in morbidity and mortality on a daily basis. That unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal deaths in India, contributing to 8% of all maternal deaths annually. In a country that … Continued