ARGENTINA – Five letters to the country while the Senate debates the abortion bill

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ARGENTINA – Five letters to the country while the Senate debates the abortion bill

20 Jul 2018
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

After intense negotiations, the abortion law reform bill that was approved by the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress on 14 June will be reviewed by three Commissions in the Senate. Hearings are already taking place. The final vote is scheduled for 8 August. At the end of June, according to TelesurTV, 27 Senators had said they would vote in favour of the new law, 29 against, and 16 remained undecided, but whether this remains true is unknown.

Meanwhile, the media are actively publishing on the issues. On 19 July, for example, Clarín published reports of the experiences of three women and two men. The first woman wrote:

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/argentina-five-letters-to-the-country-while-the-senate-debates-the-abortion-bill/

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MADAGASCAR – Decriminalise abortion: four panellists in a public meeting give their points of view

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MADAGASCAR – Decriminalise abortion: four panellists in a public meeting give their points of view

July 20, 2018
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

In Madagascar, abortion is a crime, punishable by the Penal Code, which has been in place since the colonial period, stemming from the Napoleonic Code of 1810. In December 2017, there was an attempt in Parliament, to decriminalise therapeutic abortion. In vain. But as the presidential election approaches, the association which fights for the legalisation of abortion called Nifin’Akanga, named after an abortifacient plant widely used in Madagascar to induce abortion, has revived the debate. The group hopes to encourage the candidates to take a stand on this social issue.

Abortion in Madagascar is a taboo subject, they say. But it’s more than that, it’s a lot of hypocrisy around a major topic of public health, says one of the participants in the debate. A sensitive issue, and difficult to quantify.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/madagascar-decriminalise-abortion-four-panellists-in-a-public-meeting-give-their-points-of-view/

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Malawi: Rural Women Groups in Malawi Back Proposed Abortion Law

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Malawi: Rural Women Groups in Malawi Back Proposed Abortion Law

20 July 2018

The statistics are staggering. Over 141,000 women and girls induce abortions unsafely in Malawi with about half of them suffering from complications. AKWETE SANDE writes on how rural SRHR women groups are supporting the enactment of the proposed Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

Mention the word abortion and the reactions you get are diverse. For some emotions run high. For others, religious dogma creeps in. And for some, facts do no matter. Usually, truth suffers.

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201807200158.html

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Ireland – Applications to challenge abortion referendum result rejected

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Applications to challenge abortion referendum result rejected
Judge orders result of vote cannot come into effect for a week to allow plaintiff seek appeal

July 20, 2018
Mary Carolan

The president of the High Court has refused two separate applications for permission to bring petitions challenging the Yes result of the abortion referendum.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly also made an order with the effect the referendum result cannot come into formal effect for at least a week to allow Charles Byrne seek an appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/applications-to-challenge-abortion-referendum-result-rejected-1.3571476

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What It Takes to Get an Abortion in the Most Restrictive U.S. State

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What It Takes to Get an Abortion in the Most Restrictive U.S. State

By AUDREY CARLSEN, ASH NGU and SARA SIMON
JULY 20, 2018

With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Democrats and abortion rights groups have warned of a threat to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide. Already, American women face increasingly different paths to getting an abortion, depending on their state.

“It doesn’t make a difference if it’s legal if it’s inaccessible,” said Diane Derzis, owner of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi. “And it’s definitely inaccessible to many people.”

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/07/20/us/mississippi-abortion-restrictions.html

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Facebook to publish data on Irish abortion referendum ads

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Facebook to publish data on Irish abortion referendum ads
Social media company to provide details of spending on ads targeting Irish voters

Emma Graham-Harrison
Fri 20 Jul 2018

Facebook is to publish comprehensive data on political advertising during Ireland’s abortion referendum campaign, giving an unprecedented insight into targeting of voters on social media, and setting a powerful precedent for election transparency.

The US company has told Irish politicians it will provide anonymised details of the amount spent on targeting Irish voters on its platform between 1 March and 25 May, and the number of referendum-linked ads that had been purchased.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/20/facebook-publish-data-irish-abortion-referendum-ad-spending-targeting-voters

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Indonesia – A 15-Year-Old Girl Is Imprisoned for Abortion After Her Brother Raped Her Repeatedly

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A 15-Year-Old Girl Is Imprisoned for Abortion After Her Brother Raped Her Repeatedly

By Cristina Maza
On 7/20/18

A 15-year-old girl in Indonesia was sentenced to six months in jail on Thursday for having an abortion after her brother raped her repeatedly.

The girl’s brother, whose age is unknown, was charged with the abortion and with sexually abusing his sister. He admitted to raping his sister at least eight times and threatening to physically harm her if she refused his sexual advances. He was given two years in prison as a result.

Continued: https://www.newsweek.com/15-year-old-girl-imprisoned-abortion-after-her-brother-raped-her-repeatedly-1034489

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Zimbabwe: Just Bring Abortion Out Of The Darkness

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Just Bring Abortion Out Of The Darkness

By Lazarus Sauti
On Jul 19, 2018

When Kuipa (14) from Tafara fell pregnant recently, her mother visited a popular traditional healer in the high density suburb and secretly arranged for an abortion, risking the life of her daughter as well as a five year jail term.

“The Bible says don’t kill, but I think termination was the only wise option. Honestly, my daughter was not ready to be a mother. Sadly, she died,” said Mai Kuipa, who declined to give her real name.

Pregnant teenagers like Kuipa, who are not ready to be mothers, account for almost one in three of the country’s abortion-related maternal death as they opt for termination.

Continued: https://263chat.com/just-bring-abortion-out-of-the-darkness/

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Nigeria – I Now Enjoy My Sex Life, Thanks To Family Planning

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I Now Enjoy My Sex Life, Thanks To Family Planning

By Ijeoma Ukazu
On Jul 19, 2018

“I enjoy every style of sex with my husband without complaining. I am enjoying myself. I am looking fresh and better.” This was the confession of Mrs. Titilope Adeyemi, a mother of two.

The highly elated accountant, who works with a firm in Lagos, told our correspondent that she has been on the implant method of family planning since the past six months.

Mrs. Adeyemi said, “I was introduced to the Implant at Primary Health Care Centre, Mascara, in Alapere, Ikosi Agoyi-Ketu. Some tests were carried out before the implant was inserted on my arm.

Continued: https://thewhistler.ng/story/i-now-enjoy-my-sex-life-thanks-to-family-planning/

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USA – Remembering an Era Before Roe, When New York Had the ‘Most Liberal’ Abortion Law

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Remembering an Era Before Roe, When New York Had the ‘Most Liberal’ Abortion Law

By Julia Jacobs
July 19, 2018

In 1971, Pamela Mason was a college freshman living in Ohio when she got pregnant. She knew immediately that she wanted an abortion, but the procedure was heavily restricted in her state.

Still, she wanted to find a way. The clinic near her university’s campus referred her to an abortion clinic in Manhattan, and when she was about 10 weeks along, Ms. Mason and her boyfriend scraped together enough money to drive to New York City.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/us/politics/new-york-abortion-roe-wade-nyt.html

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