On 19 August, Quartz published a post about the prevalence of Down syndrome in Iceland in which the author Bonnie Rochman writes: “In Iceland, nearly every woman who undergoes prenatal testing and whose fetus receives a diagnosis of Down syndrome decides to end her pregnancy.”
This week the Women’s Refugee Commission participated in the 10th Session of the Conference of State Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities hosted at the United Nations in NYC. This year’s conference focused on humanitarian action, providing WRC and our partners a unique opportunity to influence states, UN agencies, and civil society to pay greater attention to the rights of women, children, and youth with disabilities displaced by … Continued
Adamorobe is a village in Ghana where the historical presence of a hereditary form of deafness resulted in a high number of deaf inhabitants. In 1975, a law was introduced to reduce the number of deaf people in Adamorobe: deaf people cannot marry each other in order to avoid deaf offspring.
On 3 August, a Campaign member from CommonHealth in India wrote to say that a very disturbing article had appeared in The Hindu about women’s right to abortion having to be balanced against the right to life of the fetus. The article, entitled “A tricky debate on abortion”, was by K Kannan, former Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the same court that in 2015, rejected the plea of the father of a 14-year-old rape survivor to allow termination of her 24-week pregnancy (see Campaign newsletter, 3 August).
Statement by Stephanie Ortoleva, Founder and President, Women Enabled International.