Finnish FM survives confidence vote after abortion row

Finnish FM survives confidence vote after abortion row
After surviving a no confidence vote, Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini admitted he had

21 Sep 2018

HELSINKI: Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini clung on to his job on Friday (Sep 21) after winning a no-confidence vote in parliament over his attendance at an anti-abortion vigil during an official visit to Canada.

Members of parliament voted 100 to 60 against a motion to oust Soini.

Continued: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/finnish-fm-survives-confidence-vote-after-abortion-row-10746290

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India – Madurai botched abortion: Two member fact-finding mission to investigate

Madurai botched abortion: Two member fact-finding mission to investigate
Ramuthayi, who was seven months pregnant, died on Sunday following a botched abortion.

TNM Staff
Friday, September 21, 2018

Less than a week after the discovery of a botched abortion in Madurai which led to the death of a 28-year-old woman, a probe panel has been constituted by the Directorate of Medical and Rural Health Services to investigate the death.

According to a report in the Times of India, a two-member fact-finding mission will investigate the incident that took place in Usilampatti in Madurai district.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/madurai-botched-abortion-two-member-fact-finding-mission-investigate-88708

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South Africa – The Gospel of Shame: How Christian groups thwart the right to abortion

The Gospel of Shame: How Christian groups thwart the right to abortion

21 Sep 2018
Pontsho Pilane

Are faith-based NGOs breaking the law when they refuse to give women information on where to terminate their pregnancies?

Lerato Molefe stares blankly at the sign erected in the yard in front of her. Her eyes are fixed on the blue silhouette drawing of two women with bulging bellies.

“FREE pregnancy test” ... “Information on OPTIONS”, the sign reads.

Continued: https://bhekisisa.org/article/2018-09-21-00-the-gospel-of-shame-how-christian-groups-thwart-the-right-to-abortion-south-africa

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Illegal abortion in Lebanon: ‘I couldn’t comprehend how painful it was’

Illegal abortion in Lebanon: 'I couldn't comprehend how painful it was'
Despite the risks, thousands of women in Lebanon undergo the banned procedure every year

Virginie Le Borgne
Thursday 20 September

BEIRUT - Farah has morbid memories of the abortion she had three years ago, but she cannot recall exactly how long the procedure took.

“I just felt like it lasted a whole day, the longest day of my life,” the 26-year-old tells Middle East Eye. “I vividly remember the unbearable wait before the operation. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop talking about it...It was gruelling.”

Continued: https://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/illegal-abortion-in-lebanon-I-couldn%27t-comprehend-how-painful-it-was-1067232849

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Ireland – Case of woman accused of obtaining abortion pills for daughter adjourned

Case of woman accused of obtaining abortion pills for daughter adjourned
North’s Lord Chief Justice says better understanding of recent Supreme Court ruling needed

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

A legal challenge involving a woman accused of obtaining abortion pills for her teenage daughter in Northern Ireland has been adjourned.

Before the case began, the woman said she was in “fear and pain” over the looming prosecution.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/case-of-woman-accused-of-obtaining-abortion-pills-for-daughter-adjourned-1.3635597

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Northern Ireland Mum Challenges Abortion Pills Prosecution

Northern Ireland Mum Challenges Abortion Pills Prosecution

By Rahul Verma, News Editor
20th September 2018

A mother in Northern Ireland, who obtained abortion pills for her pregnant underage daughter, is challenging the decision to prosecute her.

The mother is accused of allegedly procuring abortion pills via the Internet and giving them to her 15 year old daughter who terminated her pregnancy in 2013.

Continued: https://rightsinfo.org/northern-ireland-abortion-pills-prosecution/

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German anti-abortion activist loses case against injunctions

German anti-abortion activist loses case against injunctions

The Associated Press
September 20, 2018

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a German anti-abortion activist's case against injunctions ordering him to stop referring to abortions performed by various doctors as "aggravated murder" and comparing them with the Holocaust.

The Strasbourg, France-based court ruled Thursday on a string of cases involving activist Klaus Guenter Annen, who argued that the four injunctions against him issued by German courts interfered with his freedom of expression.

Continued: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/world/article218713625.html

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Belfast court to hear landmark challenge over abortion rights

Belfast court to hear landmark challenge over abortion rights
Northern Ireland woman takes on decision to prosecute her for supplying pills to daughter

Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent
Thu 20 Sep 2018

A woman is challenging a decision to prosecute her for obtaining abortion pills for her pregnant underage daughter in a potential landmark case for abortion rights in Northern Ireland.

She will seek to overturn a decision by the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland to subject her to a criminal trial and the prospect of five years in prison for supplying the pills in 2013 to her then 15-year-old daughter, who terminated the pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/20/northern-ireland-woman-challenges-prosecution-buying-abortion-pills

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Abortion pills prosecution challenge by NI mother adjourned

Abortion pills prosecution challenge by NI mother adjourned

20 September 2018

A judicial review taken by a Northern Ireland woman accused of buying abortion pills online for her 15-year-old daughter has been adjourned. She is accused of procuring and supplying poison with the intent to cause a miscarriage in July 2013.

However, she is challenging the decision to prosecute her. If the prosecution goes ahead, the woman faces a criminal trial with the possibility of up to 10 years in prison.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45550006?mc_cid=b515a2798a&mc_eid=daef22644f

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New inquiry: Abortion law in Northern Ireland

New inquiry: Abortion law in Northern Ireland
The Women and Equalities Committee launches inquiry looking into abortion law in Northern Ireland.

20 September 2018

Background

In Northern Ireland, abortion is only legal in circumstances where the woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy poses a serious, permanent or long-term risk to her health and wellbeing.

In 2016, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women conducted an inquiry on the subject of access to abortion in Northern Ireland. It concluded that the rights of women in Northern Ireland were being violated by restrictions on access to abortion, and argued that devolution of power over criminal law to the Northern Ireland Assembly did not remove the responsibility of the UK Government for this matter.

Continued: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/women-and-equalities-committee/news-parliament-2017/abortion-law-northern-ireland-launch-17-19/?mc_cid=b515a2798a&mc_eid=daef22644f

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