Chile abortion bill: ‘My pregnancy was torture’

0

Chile abortion bill: 'My pregnancy was torture'

By Jane Chambers Santiago
17 August 2017

Paola Valenzuela was 40 years old when she found out she was pregnant with her second child.

"My husband and I were so excited about having another child and my son, who was nine at the time, was very happy about the idea of having a little brother," she recalls.

But when she went for her first scan, Ms Valenzuela was told the foetus was not developing properly. "It was a terrible blow for all of us," she says.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40937771

Read more

Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

0

Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

17 August 2017

A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied permission for an abortion by the Indian Supreme Court last month has given birth to a baby girl.

The girl is not aware that she has given birth. During her pregnancy she was told her bulge was because she had a big stone in her stomach.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40961137

Read more

Australia: A Woman’s Abortion Conviction Is An Unexpected Wake-Up Call, Experts Say

0

A Woman’s Abortion Conviction Is An Unexpected Wake-Up Call, Experts Say

by Sam Langford
16 August 2017

Legal experts say that a Sydney woman’s conviction for taking abortion drugs is almost unheard of in NSW, and that the surprising case highlights the urgent need for abortion law reform.

In a judgment handed down on July 5 in Blacktown Local Court, Magistrate Geoff Hiatt found a woman who self-administered drugs to abort her pregnancy guilty of a criminal offence. The maximum penalty for the offence is 10 years imprisonment but as it was dealt with summarily in a local court the convicted woman faces a maximum two year sentence.

Continued at source: Junkee: http://junkee.com/sydney-abortion-conviction-unexpected/118317

Read more

Australia: Abortion reform ‘unfinished business’

0

Abortion reform 'unfinished business'

August 16, 2017
Lisa Martin
Australian Associated Press

Queensland and NSW may have female state leaders, but it's still a potentially jailable offence for women to have an abortion in those states.

Federal Labor's deputy leader Tanya Plibersek has made the case for Australia to address its "unfinished business on reproductive health" while delivering the Emily's List oration in Canberra on Wednesday night.

"Having an abortion is a criminal act in both Queensland and New South Wales - that means it's a crime for half the women in Australia," Ms Plibersek said, noting a Brisbane couple were prosecuted for purchasing abortion drugs in 2010 and last month a woman was prosecuted in New South Wales.

Continued at source: News.com.au: http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/abortion-reform-unfinished-business/news-story/f08036b1fef580335be2b72beed7e9d9

Read more

Endgame nears in Chile president’s fight to temper draconian abortion ban

0

Endgame nears in Chile president's fight to temper draconian abortion ban

After tortuous passage through congress, Michelle Bachelet’s bill legalising abortion in some circumstances will go before constitutional tribunal

Hannah Summers
Wednesday 16 August 2017

Chile is on the cusp of finalising a landmark ruling to legalise abortion under certain circumstances in a move that would signal a major victory for President Michelle Bachelet.

After two years of fractious debate, a bill that would permit termination of a pregnancy when a woman’s life is in danger, when a foetus is not viable or in cases of rape, could be passed this week.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/aug/16/chile-abortion-ban-constitiutional-tribunal-michelle-bachelet

Read more

U.S.: Heather Heyer Was The Alt-Right’s Worst Nightmare

0

Heather Heyer Was The Alt-Right's Worst Nightmare

There's a reason the far right has attacked Heyer's memory so viciously.

08/16/2017 12:40 EDT | Updated 6 hours ago
Chloe Angyal, Senior Front Page Editor, HuffPost

The neo-Nazis at the Daily Stormer have nothing nice to say about Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal who was killed by a white supremacist protester in Charlottesville last weekend.

Andrew Anglin, the editor of the Daily Stormer, wasted no time in defaming Heyer, writing an editorial shortly after her death in which he excoriated her appearance and called her “drain on society.” Anglin also noted Heyer’s marital and parental status, calling her a “fat, childless, 32-year-old slut,” claiming that her failure to marry and have children meant that she had “no value.”

Continued at link: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/heather-heyer-was-the-alt-rights-worst-nightmare_us_59946c02e4b04b193362484b

Read more

New Zealand: AUSA to vote on disaffiliating anti-abortion group

0

AUSA to vote on disaffiliating anti-abortion group

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A member of Auckland University Students’ Association has put up a question as to whether anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia group ProLife Auckland should be disaffiliated from AUSA. The question also asks whether all groups with similiar ideology should be disallowed from seeking affiliation. A discussion is being held on the issue tomorrow, and a referendum is planned to take place next week. ProLife Auckland say the question is biased and next week's planned vote represents a threat to free speech.

We spoke to both AUSA President, Will Matthews, and the Co-president of ProLife Auckland, Jelena Middleton, about the situation.

Continued at source: 95bFM: http://www.95bfm.com/bcast/ausa-to-vote-on-disaffiliating-anti-abortion-group

Read more

U.S.: Lessons from before Abortion Was Legal Before 1973, abortion in the U.S. was severely restricted. More than 40 years later Roe v. Wade is under attack, and access increasingly depends on a woman’s income or zip code By Rachel Benson Gold, Megan K. Donovan | Scientific American September 2017 Issue Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Email Print Share via Google+ Stumble Upon Abortion-rights supporters and opponents stage rallies in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 20, 2016. Credit: Mark Wilson Getty Images When she went before the u.s. Supreme Court for the first time in 1971, the 26-year-old Sarah Weddington became the youngest attorney to successfully argue a case before the nine justices—a distinction she still holds today. Weddington was the attorney for Norma McCorvey, the pseudonymous “Jane Roe” of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that recognized the constitutional right to abortion—one of the most notable decisions ever handed down by the justices.

0

Lessons from before Abortion Was Legal

Before 1973, abortion in the U.S. was severely restricted. More than 40 years later Roe v. Wade is under attack, and access increasingly depends on a woman's income or zip code

By Rachel Benson Gold, Megan K. Donovan | Scientific American September 2017 Issue
Posted Aug 15, 2017

When she went before the u.s. Supreme Court for the first time in 1971, the 26-year-old Sarah Weddington became the youngest attorney to successfully argue a case before the nine justices—a distinction she still holds today.

Weddington was the attorney for Norma McCorvey, the pseudonymous “Jane Roe” of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that recognized the constitutional right to abortion—one of the most notable decisions ever handed down by the justices.

Continued at source: Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lessons-from-before-abortion-was-legal/

Read more

India: Right to Safe Abortion

0

Right to Safe Abortion

Suchitra Dalvie is Coordinator, The Asia Safe Abortion Partnership.
Aug 15, 2017

The case of the 10 year old victim of rape who is pregnant and awaiting delivery after being denied permission to abort by the courts is an urgent indication that all stakeholders must come together and find a solution for unwanted pregnancies which present after 20 weeks.

Even as the 10-year old pregnant girl whose case has been widely reported in the media awaits deli­very in a hospital in Chandigarh, a 12-year old girl in Mumbai has been found to be 27 weeks pregnant. Both are victims of rape by men known to their families. The first was assaulted over seven months by her uncle while in the latter’s case it was a man who worked with her father and rented a room from the family.

Continued at source: Economic and Political Weekly: http://www.epw.in/journal/2017/32/web-exclusives/right-safe-abortion.html

Read more

WOMEN HELP WOMEN – Supporting Independent Use of Abortion Medicines: fighting stigma one email at a time

0

WOMEN HELP WOMEN – Supporting Independent Use of Abortion Medicines: fighting stigma one email at a time

August 15, 2017
by Women Help Women

Although self-management of medical abortion presents enormous potential for the empowerment of women, the experience of individual women in countries where abortion is legally restricted often remains deeply stigmatized, despite the availability of safe abortion pills. It builds on other forms of discrimination and structural injustices. Ultimately, abortion stigma serves to marginalize an essential medical process, discredit those who would provide or procure it, and undermine those who advocate for its legality and accessibility.

A woman who manages her own abortion is committing a political act by refusing to submit to various oppressive systems, whether intending to or not. By taking control into her own hands, she is rejecting systems of law, local medical practice, societal norms, religious norms and sometimes deeply held personal beliefs.

False messages intended to frighten women off

> The pills are misused by women and cannot be self-managed.

> No woman should ever do this by herself because she will likely die or become infertile.

> This process should never be made so easy.

WHW works steadily to empower, destigmatize and provide support in each and every message and action. Any intervention on behalf of independent use in restrictive settings must engage fully in conversation. Each person deserves to feel heard, understood and respected. Stigma can feel overwhelming but can be addressed brick-by-brick in small but meaningful written exchanges. We emphasize that abortion is a common experience, and they are not alone. We offer reliable information on medical, legal and logistical aspects of accessing and safely taking abortion medicines, sharing research data, and the experiences of others. We talk about how safe self-management of abortion medicines is, but we encourage women to be close to the hospital if additional care is needed. After desperation, fear, shame and secrecy, women express relief and astonishment after the abortion is over, because they experienced no complications, and they feel healthy both physically and emotionally.

FULL TEXT:  English  / Español

-------------------------------

Continued at source: International Campaign for women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/women-help-women-supporting-independent-use-of-abortion-medicines/

Read more

Canada: Barriers to abortion services in Nova Scotia are ‘unconscionable’: activists

0

Barriers to abortion services in Nova Scotia are 'unconscionable': activists

BRETT BUNDALE
HALIFAX — The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

More women have come forward to complain about abortion-access hurdles in Nova Scotia, as a national lobby group says it plans a renewed push in the province.

One woman says she was a 23-year-old university student when she missed a period and suspected her birth control had failed. She confirmed it with a pregnancy test in a Starbucks washroom.

“I was in this state of incredulity,” said the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “But from the very beginning, I absolutely knew what my choice was.”

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/barriers-to-abortion-services-are-damaging-to-women-nova-scotia-activists/article35996933/

Read more

Iceland: “What kind of society do you want to live in?”: Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing

0

"What kind of society do you want to live in?": Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing

By Julian Quinones, Arijeta Lajka, CBS News
Aug 14, 2017

With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland.

Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women -- close to 100 percent -- who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy.

Continued at source: CBS News: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/down-syndrome-iceland/

Read more

Why Aren’t American Women’s Rights Guaranteed by Law?

0

Why Aren’t American Women’s Rights Guaranteed by Law?
By Janet Benshoof and Serra Sippel
Aug 14, 2017

A fight is again brewing within the Democratic Party after they recently announced that they would fund candidates with anti-abortion stances.

Many American women are frustrated that they must continue fighting against legislatures that actively attack their rights.

Unlike in other countries, and despite what most Americans believe, robust anti-discrimination laws do not protect women in the United States.

Continued at source: Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/why-arent-american-womens-rights-guaranteed-law-649848

Read more

India: Negligent Kerala doctor allegedly prescribes abortion ‘by mistake’: Pregnant woman furious

0

Negligent Kerala doctor allegedly prescribes abortion ‘by mistake’: Pregnant woman furious
Doubtful about what was happening, Pratibha asked the nurses in the labour room as to what she was prescribed.

TNM Staff
Monday, August 14, 2017

Pratibha is two-months pregnant, and on August 11, she went into the Karunagapally Taluk hospital in Kerala for a routine check-up. She was a little surprised when the doctor - Dr Shiny - wrote her a prescription, and asked her to change into a lungi and a T-shirt and go into the labour room.

Doubtful about what was happening, Pratibha asked the nurses in the labour room as to what she was prescribed. And to her shock, the nurses reportedly told her that it was an abortion pill - although she hadn’t requested an abortion at all.

Continued at source: The News Minute: http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/negligent-kerala-doctor-allegedly-prescribes-abortion-mistake-pregnant-woman-furious-66787

Read more

Australia: ‘Safe zone’ around abortion clinics in WA supported by Labor left faction

0

‘Safe zone’ around abortion clinics in WA supported by Labor left faction

Daniel Emerson
Monday, 14 August 2017

Health Minister Roger Cook has made the case for “safe access zones” banning protests around abortion clinics, setting the scene for a bruising ideological brawl in the lead-up to Labor’s State conference.

The Left’s powerful United Voice faction has thrown its weight behind a suite of women’s health policies by a new internal group called WA Labor for Choice, which includes free, taxpayer-funded abortions anywhere in the State.

Continued at source: The West Australian: https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/labors-abortion-protest-row-ng-b88566347z

Read more

UK: How has the issue of abortion affected your life?

0

How has the issue of abortion affected your life?

14 August 2017
From the section Have Your Say

It's almost 50 years since abortion was legalised in Britain and we would like to hear your experiences surrounding the issue.

The 1967 Abortion Act was a bid to end life-threatening backstreet practices, that were often the only option for many women who wanted a termination.

Around the world abortion remains a personally polarising and politically divisive issue.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/40863335

Read more

Australia: Sydney woman prosecuted for taking abortion drug

0

Sydney woman prosecuted for taking abortion drug

Michaela Whitbourn
August 14 2017

A Sydney woman who bought pills on the internet to abort her child after her boyfriend urged her to terminate the pregnancy has been prosecuted for self-administering a drug to procure a miscarriage.

In a decision on July 5, made public on Monday, Local Court magistrate Geoffrey Hiatt said the woman, who was 28 at the time, had a "clear intent to procure a miscarriage".

Continued at source: Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydney-woman-prosecuted-for-taking-abortion-drug-20170814-gxvoqd.html

Read more

Uganda: These are the consequences of the 2017 version of US’ anti-abortion Global Gag rule

0

These are the consequences of the 2017 version of US’ anti-abortion Global Gag rule
Global Gag Rule Uganda

Written by Charles Ledford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
August 13, 2017, Quartz africa

Uganda’s highway A-109 shoots across the plain from Kampala past the occasional storefront shops and open-air kiosks common to the continent’s roadsides. After rising into the verdant tea plantations of the country’s Western Region, it passes through Fort Portal near the Congolese border. From there, a turn off the main road leaves the reasonably well-maintained tarmac behind in favor of red clay washboard and bone-shaking potholes. Finally, it devolves into a footpath running between a few dozen housing compounds in a village called Kalera.

Though Kalera is poor by western standards, it doesn’t approach the desperation found in many poorer parts of Africa. Flinty, hard-working women tend small plots of bananas, potatoes, maize and soybeans. These plots border larger fields of tea, a cash crop. Goats and chickens roam. The village teems with children. Today, at least, there are no men in sight.

Continued at source: Quartz Africa: https://qz.com/1051605/trumps-anti-abortion-global-gag-rule-and-its-impact-in-uganda/

Read more

Canada: Doctor calls for stop of ‘demeaning’ practice of watching women swallow Mifegymiso ‘abortion pill’

0

Doctor calls for stop of 'demeaning' practice of watching women swallow Mifegymiso 'abortion pill'
Not required in Canada, but doctors at Regina General Hospital still do it

By Stephanie Taylor, CBC News
Posted: Aug 11, 2017

Doctors should stop the "demeaning" practice of supervising a woman while she swallows the Mifegymiso abortion pill, a professor says.

Dr. Wendy Norman teaches at the University of British Columbia and chairs family planning research for the Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

She said a myth exists that physicians are required to watch a patient ingest mifepristone — one of a two-drug combination packed together as Mifegymiso, for medical abortions.

Continued: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/mifegymiso-regina-doctors-abortion-pill-supervision-1.4243642

Read more

The Discussion on Conscientious Objection

0

The Discussion on Conscientious Objection

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Nomtika

All roads led to Uruguay last week, between July 31st and August 4th, as 5 SRJC members took to Montevideo for the International Convention on Conscientious Objection.

The meeting, co-hosted by Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), featured policymakers, academics, health professionals, legal experts, and feminist activists who collectively established that objecting to the provision of voluntary abortion services on religious or moral grounds, is a chief barrier to safe abortion and endangers the lives of women.

Continued at source: Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition: http://srjc.org.za/2017/08/10/the-discussion-on-conscientious-objection/

Read more

Unsafe abortions killing women, damaging wombs in Nigeria ― Gynaecologist

0

Unsafe abortions killing women, damaging wombs in Nigeria ― Gynaecologist

August 10, 2017

DR Godwin Akaba, a Gynaecologist with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, has described as “alarming”, the rate of deaths caused by unsafe abortions in the country.

Akaba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jos that many lives were lost on a daily basis to crude abortions, and described the trend as “scary”.

The expert said that many of those who survived often suffer acute complications such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which could lead to secondary infertility, systemic infection and ectopic pregnancies.

Continued at source: Nigerian Tribune: http://tribuneonlineng.com/unsafe-abortions-killing-women-damaging-wombs-nigeria-gynaecologist/

Read more

Kenya: What it is like to have unsafe abortion

0

What it is like to have unsafe abortion

Aug. 09, 2017
By JOHN MUCHANGI

Close to 21,000 Kenyan women end up in hospitals every year, with complications of unsafe abortions.

Some of them succumb. But apart from physical injuries, survivors endure years of emotional and psychological trauma, yet they cannot talk about it.

Talk on abortion remains highly emotive and stigmatised, but counsellors say silence is not golden. It can kill.

Which is why some community groups in Western Kenya now encourage women — and men — to freely share their unsafe abortion experiences.

Continued at source: The Star: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/09/what-it-is-like-to-have-unsafe-abortion_c1610203

Read more

South Africa: No Fetus Scan, No Abortion. Really?

0

South Africa: No Fetus Scan, No Abortion. Really?

Aug 8, 2017

Draft bill would, for instance, undo clauses in SA law that provide for abortions in some cases of extreme birth defects.

A proposed amendment to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act would require that anyone seeking an abortion first undergo an ultrasound scan. In its draft bill, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) argues making this type of scan mandatory for abortion seekers will assist people to make "an informed choice".

Continued at source: All Africa: http://allafrica.com/stories/201708080318.html

Read more

UK: Stella Creasy criticises NI Health Department on abortion

0

Stella Creasy criticises NI Health Department on abortion
By Mark Devenport BBC News NI Political Editor

8 August 2017

A Labour MP has strongly criticised Northern Ireland's Department of Health for not updating abortion guidance to health professionals.

Stella Creasy played a crucial role in changing government policy on NI women seeking abortions in England.

She told a discussion at the West Belfast Festival she was "absolutely horrified" by the department's stance.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40867182

Read more

There is no defense for ‘conscientious objection’ in reproductive health care

0

There is no defense for ‘conscientious objection’ in reproductive health care

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 8, 2017

by Christian Fiala, Joyce H Arthur  

European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Abstract

“A widespread assumption has taken hold in the field of medicine that we must allow health care professionals the right to refuse treatment under the guise of ‘conscientious objection’ (CO), in particular for women seeking abortions. At the same time, it is widely recognized that the refusal to treat creates harm and barriers for patients receiving reproductive health care. In response, many recommendations have been put forward as solutions to limit those harms. Further, some researchers make a distinction between true CO and ‘obstructionist CO’, based on the motivations or actions of various objectors.

This paper argues that ‘CO’ in reproductive health care should not be considered a right, but an unethical refusal to treat. Supporters of CO have no real defence of their stance, other than the mistaken assumption that CO in reproductive health care is the same as CO in the military, when the two have nothing in common (for example, objecting doctors are rarely disciplined, while the patient pays the price). Refusals to treat are based on non-verifiable personal beliefs, usually religious beliefs, but introducing religion into medicine undermines best practices that depend on scientific evidence and medical ethics. CO therefore represents an abandonment of professional obligations to patients. Countries should strive to reduce the number of objectors in reproductive health care as much as possible until CO can feasibly be prohibited. Several Scandinavian countries already have a successful ban on CO.”

The main text of the paper opens by saying: “Remarkably, pro-choice researchers and ethicists who support CO in reproductive health care rarely try to defend the practice beyond a simple assertion that individual conscience is an important right. Certainly this is true for everybody in general, but in the field of reproductive health care, there has been little or no recognition of how CO unjustly privileges doctors’ conscience over patients’ conscience, not to mention their life and health[1]. The granting of CO also gives legitimacy to the religiously-based assumption that abortion is wrong − however, providing safe abortion is an ethical practice that has saved the lives and protected the rights of millions of women. Moreover, doctors have obligations to their patients and the public. They occupy a privileged position of trust and responsibility in our society, and profit from a monopoly on the practice of medicine.”

An important argument they put forward is that the “largely religious and non-verifiable basis of CO makes the laws and policies that try to limit its exercise impossible to enforce”. Later, they continue: “Anyone can cite CO and lie or exaggerate. Or be sincere. Who knows? The only way we can judge is in rare evidence-based situations, such as when doctors in Italy and Poland are caught exercising ‘CO’ in public hospitals while doing abortions for profit in private clinics.”

But the crucial question they pose is: Is it possible to protect providers’ claimed right to refuse to treat patients and patients’ right to health care at the same time? Their answer is: the more objectors there are, the less possible it is to protect patients’ right to health care. So they argue that “as a first step towards mitigating the harms of CO, countries could at least require all publicly-funded hospitals to provide abortions, as Portugal has done”. Finally, they call for countries “to steadily reduce the number of objectors and eventually abolish CO, not save it.”

Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/there-is-no-defense-for-conscientious-objection-in-reproductive-health-care/

Read more

When 343 French ‘Sluts’ Fought for Abortion Rights — and Won

0

When 343 French 'Sluts' Fought for Abortion Rights — and Won

By Fiona Zublin

“I declare that I am one of them. I declare that I have had an abortion.” So signed Simone de Beauvoir, Catherine Deneuve, Agnès Varda and other famous French women, bravely adding their names to the “Manifesto of the 343,” a document that could have led to their prosecution, and that raised the profile of French pro-choice activists.

It was April 1971, and hundreds of French women signed their names, swearing they had sought illegal abortions. The manifesto arguably led to the advent of laws favoring a woman’s right to choose in France — a country that while famously liberal in many ways, has often lagged on women’s rights. French women weren’t allowed to vote until 1944, and while Roe v. Wade gave American women the right to an abortion in 1973, in the early 1970s, French women were still traveling to the U.K. — where abortion was legalized in 1967 — whenever they decided that pregnancy and motherhood wasn’t a viable option.

Continued at source: Ozy.com: http://www.ozy.com/flashback/when-343-french-sluts-fought-for-abortion-rights-and-won/79733

Read more

SWEDEN- The case of the anti-abortion Swedish midwives – again

0

SWEDEN- The case of the anti-abortion Swedish midwives – again

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
August 8, 2017

On 17 March, 19 April and 31 May, we published three reports from Sweden on the cases of two midwives who sought to keep their jobs in spite of declaring conscientious objection to abortion, which is not recognised under Swedish law, and refusing to provide abortion services, which were a part of their job descriptions. The most recent report said they were considering taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights, as they had failed to win their case in the Swedish courts. It would appear they have done so.

However, on 18 July, we received an e-mail from someone in Sweden which explained that the case the two midwives took to the European Court was not an appeal against the Swedish courts’ rulings, but a new case. The writer said:

“The verdict against Ellinor Grimmark that came out of Sweden’s Labour Court in April cannot be appealed. The other midwife with the same story, Linda Steen, who also sued her county and was ruled against, appealed to the Labour Court, which declined to hear the case. So these cases are, in point of fact, concluded.

“However, the two midwives have sued Sweden before the European Court of Human Rights. This is not an appeal of the verdicts in their respective labour disputes, but a separate suit alleging human rights violations by the Swedish government.

“It should be noted that Sweden has a shortage of midwives. Due to this shortage, many counties offer nurses a salaried position while they go through a tax-funded training programme to become midwives, on the condition that they then work for that county for a certain time after qualifying.

“Grimmark took one of these positions in Jönköping county. She only alerted the county of her refusal to perform certain tasks within a midwife’s job description shortly before completing her training. The county did not sue her for breach of contract, but simply informed her that she was disqualified from employment as a midwife. Steen did the exact same thing, in Södermanland county.

“There are rumours that these two were specifically recruited to carry out this legal assault on Swedish women’s abortion rights, but these are unconfirmed. What is clear is that both these women entered into contracts to receive large sums of taxpayer money, then broke their contracts after receiving the money and launched frivolous lawsuits to further a religious agenda. When the verdicts came down and they were forced to pay the counties’ legal fees, these were covered by funds raised, in part, by the ADF [Alliance Defending Freedom, USA anti-abortion group].”

On 8 June, the ADF published a statement that Ellinor Grimmark’s case to the European Court is that she had to seek work in another country because she refused to participate in abortions. On 16 June, the so-called Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers reported: “On 14 June two Swedish midwives together with the Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers filed a complaint against Sweden to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for violations of the right to freedom of conscience and freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights.” The arguments they put forward are that the women were denied the right to work within their profession, and that most countries in the Council of Europe permit conscientious objection.

SOURCE: E-mail, 18 July 2017. The writer did not give permission to publish his name.

--------------------------------

Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/sweden-the-case-of-the-anti-abortion-swedish-midwives-again/

Read more

India: Hyderabad: Engineering student dies after botched abortion

0

Hyderabad: Engineering student dies after botched abortion

The police were trying to find out if the hospital violated the guidelines by the Indian Medical Council and District Medical and Health Officer for abortions.

IANS| Last Updated: Monday, August 7, 2017

Hyderabad: An engineering student died of botched abortion at a private maternity hospital in Hyderabad`s Vansthalipuram area on Monday, police said.

The 21-year-old died of excessive bleeding. As her condition was deteriorating, the maternity hospital staff shifted her to another private hospital, where she was declared brought dead.

Continued at source: Zee News: http://zeenews.india.com/india/hyderabad-engineering-student-dies-after-botched-abortion-2030830.html?pfrom=article-next-story

Read more

Australia: This Is Why Getting An Abortion Outside Of A Major City Is So Damned Hard

0

This Is Why Getting An Abortion Outside Of A Major City Is So Damned Hard
"It can be a difficult place for patients to access contraception, let alone abortion."

Posted on August 07, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

Renata lives in Inverell, a “small country town” in rural New South Wales where “everyone knows everyone”.

In 2009 she fell pregnant unexpectedly.

“We had only been together for about seven weeks and things were already going south in the relationship at that point,” Renata, who asked for us not to use her real name for privacy reasons, told BuzzFeed News.

“I was 19-years-old and I was really scared about going to my family GP because I thought it would get back to my parents.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/getting-an-abortion-outside-of-a-major-city

Read more

Isle of Man: Statement from Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM)

0

Statement from Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM)
August 7, 2017, by LC

The Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM) is delighted that Dr Alex Allinson MHK's draft Abortion Reform Bill was published today, and that the public consultation is now underway.

Throughout our campaign we have emphasised the need for abortions to be available on the Island, particularly in the earliest stages of pregnancy, to avoid woman having to travel across at their own expense resulting in later, more invasive and more expensive procedures.

CALM is also pleased that the need for counselling has been given special mention in the draft legislation.

Our key message now is: reply to this consultation with your views.

"We know CALM's pro-choice message has been heard loud and clear across the Isle of Man," says CALM's Samantha Morris, "and now is your chance to have your say. Please read the draft Bill and respond to the consultation. It's not very long and it's not very complicated, but it really will help to form a unique piece of legislation written to meet the needs of the Island's women. If you don't respond, then you don't have a voice."

The draft Abortion Reform Bill and consultation can be found at: https://consult.gov.im/office-of-the-clerk-of-tynwald/abortion-reform-bill-2017/

Source: Manx.net: https://www.manx.net/isle-of-man-news/83681/statement-from-campaign-for-abortion-law-modernisation-calm-

Read more

Draft Isle of Man abortion bill put out to public consultation

0

Draft Isle of Man abortion bill put out to public consultation

7 August 2017

A draft bill which proposes changes to Manx abortion law has been put out to public consultation.

The Abortion Reform Bill would allow women to request an abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and loosen restrictions on having one later.

Abortions on the Isle of Man can only be legally carried out if the pregnancy is the result of rape or because of concerns over a woman's mental health.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-40851323

Read more

UK: Thousands back calls for buffer zone around abortion clinics to stop protesters harassing women

0

Thousands back calls for buffer zone around abortion clinics to stop protesters harassing women

Fiona Simpson
Sunday 6 August 2017

Thousands of people have backed calls to ban pro-life protesters from “intimidating and harassing” women outside abortion clinics across the capital.

Campaigners have been pictured kneeling in prayer position outside a Marie Stopes clinic in Brixton Hill.

Women also reported being offered graphic leaflets showing dismembered foetuses outside a British Pregnancy Advisory centre in Richmond.

Continued at source: The Standard: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/thousands-back-calls-for-buffer-zone-around-abortion-clinics-to-stop-protesters-harassing-women-a3604391.html

Read more

India: Denying child rape victims permission for abortion condemned

0

Denying child rape victims permission for abortion condemned
C. Maya
Thiruvananthapuram, August 05, 2017

A collective feels it is tantamount to obfuscation of abortion laws, causing undesirable and damaging delays

A collective of public health experts, lawyers, and human rights activists have expressed serious concern over courts repeatedly refusing permission to child rape survivors to undergo abortion and thus forcing the children to carry their unwanted pregnancy to term.

The intervention of courts and the ad hoc medical opinion they receive in such matters tantamount to obfuscating of existing abortion laws, causing undesirable and damaging delays in these cases.

Continued at source: The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/denying-child-rape-victims-permission-for-abortion-condemned/article19436166.ece

Read more

Northern Ireland: This anti-abortion hijacking of Black Lives Matter is cynical and offensive

0

This anti-abortion hijacking of Black Lives Matter is cynical and offensive
Both Lives Matter has got away with a misleading ad. But using the language of human rights can’t hide its true agenda: subjugating women

Elizabeth Nelson
Friday 4 August 2017

It’s a fairly large number, 100,000, but nice and round. Easy to compute. Most of us could even divide it by 10, at a push. Apparently it is this convenient roundedness that led the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week to dismiss complaints about recent claims on a billboard that Northern Ireland’s abortion laws have saved “100,000” lives. In its statement, the ASA said: “We considered that 100,000 was a large, round number that readers would typically associate with estimates” – and was therefore unproblematic.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/04/anti-abortion-hijack-black-lives-matter-both-lives-matter-advert-northern-ireland

Read more

India – Sexual abuse of girls followed by refusal of abortion: adding insult to injury

0

India – Sexual abuse of girls followed by refusal of abortion: adding insult to injury
Aug 4, 2017
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

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 an abortion. Yet the feasibility of an abortion should never have been in question.

To make matters worse, the response of the medical board was clinically inaccurate and in some remarks seemed to be anti-abortion. They made doing an abortion appear to be more dangerous than if the child carried the pregnancy to term. And it led the judge, who seemed not to know better, to refuse the abortion.

Continued at source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/india-sexual-abuse-of-girls-followed-by-refusal-of-abortion/

Read more

Ireland: ‘Our reproductive health laws have come to the attention of the UN Torture Committee’

0

'Our reproductive health laws have come to the attention of the UN Torture Committee'

Ireland’s abortion laws are cruel, inhuman, degrading and discriminatory, writes Niall Behan.

Aug 4, 2017
Niall Behan CEO, Irish Family Planning Association

WHEN THE INTERNATIONAL experts on the United Nations Convention Against Torture reviewed Ireland last week, one of their principal areas of concern was reproductive coercion.

Felice Gaer, the Committee’s Vice-Chair and its longest serving member, grilled the state delegation about Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution—the Eighth Amendment—and the ways in which a woman’s right to informed consent and bodily autonomy during pregnancy and childbirth are affected by this provision.

And she had many questions about what she termed “this serious, difficult subject in Ireland of abortion”.

Continued at link: The Journal: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/our-reproductive-health-laws-have-come-to-the-attention-of-the-un-torture-committee-3526954-Aug2017/

Read more

Why Is India’s Abortion Law Failing Its Women On So Many Fronts?

0

Why Is India’s Abortion Law Failing Its Women On So Many Fronts?
The 46-year-old law is among the most liberal in the world, but that's cold comfort to women facing life-or-death situations.

August 4, 2017
Sonali Kokra, Lifestyle Editor

As a 10-year-old little girl, 32 weeks pregnant with her alleged rapist's child, prepares to deliver the baby in Chandigarh, little does she know that her tragic circumstances have rekindled the longstanding abortion debate in the country.

Last week, the Supreme Court, on the recommendations of a medical board set up to examine her for the feasibility of abortion, denied her plea to terminate the pregnancy. Close on her heels was the case of another victim, a 14-year-old mother from UP who made headlines this week when news broke that extreme poverty forced her to marry the man who admitted to raping her just so she could feed the child born out of her abuse.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/08/04/why-is-india-s-abortion-law-failing-its-women-on-so-many-fronts_a_23063014/

Read more

Global Experts Prioritize Tackling Conscientious Objection to Abortion

0

Global Experts Prioritize Tackling Conscientious Objection to Abortion
Montevideo, August 4, 2017

Fifty experts from 20 countries in Africa, the Americas and Europe, gathered at the first international convening on conscientious objection to abortion have concluded that the refusal to provide legal abortion services is hurting women all over the world and must be tackled.

The meeting, co-hosted by Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), featured policymakers, academics, health professionals, legal experts, and feminist activists who collectively established that objecting to the provision of voluntary abortion services on religious or moral grounds, is a chief barrier to safe abortion and endangers the lives of women.

Continued at source: Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition: http://srjc.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Uruguay-English-Declaration.pdf

Read more

Mothers caught up in El Salvador’s abortion ban put focus on families

0

Mothers caught up in El Salvador's abortion ban put focus on families

The Latin American country has one of the world's strictest laws against abortion, and dozens of women say they were wrongly jailed after suffering miscarriages. As El Salvador debates loosening the ban, they're trying to change the conversation.

Catarina Fernandes Martins, Correspondent
August 3, 2017

San Salvador—Mirna Ramírez was arrested for attempting to murder her daughter on the day she was born.

Ms. Ramírez was seven months pregnant when she suddenly went into labor at home, where she delivered her daughter. Neighbors rushed to help and arrived right after the birth. Afterward, though, saying they suspected she had been trying to abort the baby, they reported her to authorities. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Continued at source: Christian Science Monitor: https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2017/0803/Mothers-caught-up-in-El-Salvador-s-abortion-ban-put-focus-on-families

Read more

Chile’s Congress eases strict abortion ban, court battle awaits

0

Chile's Congress eases strict abortion ban, court battle awaits

August 3, 2017

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's Congress approved late on Wednesday night a bill that legalizes abortion in certain cases, though it will still need to win the approval of the nation's courts to go into effect.

After a complex and fractious process, the nation's Chamber of Deputies voted 70 to 45 to allow abortion when a woman's life is in danger, when a fetus in unviable, or when a pregnancy results from rape.

It followed fierce debate and a razor-thin vote to approve the bill in the nation's more conservative Senate in July, and a previous debate in the Chamber of Deputies which sent a slightly different version of the original bill to the Senate last year.
Continued at source: Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-abortion-idUSKBN1AJ23H

Read more

Historic decision: Chile’s National Congress legalizes abortion after 28 years of criminalization

0

Historic decision: Chile's National Congress legalizes abortion after 28 years of criminalization

Miles Chile dedicates this "day of greater dignity, respect and freedom to all those women who since 1989 were punished, stigmatized, humiliated or killed for having interrupted their pregnancy."

August 3, 2017

Today, 3 August, the Chilean Congress passed the abortion bill into law. Miles Chile has declared today "a day of dignity, respect and freedom honouring all the women who since 1989 were prosecuted, stigmatised, humiliated or killed for having terminated a pregnancy".

In fact, the three grounds for abortion contained in the abortion bill had already been approved by both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress.

However, there was not a majority to pass one clause permitting girls and adolescents under the age of 14 years who is pregnant due to rape to seek authorisation from a Family Court for an abortion if a parent or legal guardian refuses their permission.

This held up passage of the whole bill. What was required next was for a Joint Commission of 5 Senators and 5 Deputies to be constituted, who drafted a consensus report on that one clause to be taken for approval to both chambers. The vote on the report in the Commission took place on the evening of 1 August and was approved 6 to 4. The law was passed today, 3 August, by 70 to 45 in the Chamber of Deputies and 22 to 13 in the Senate, after lobbying to ensure there was no further delay.

Now the ten-person Constitutional Court must discuss the three grounds. As has been reported previously, even before the bill was passed by the Congress, the opposition had tabled a request to the Constitutional Court to rule on whether or not the three grounds for abortion are constitutional.

SOURCE: Miles Chile, 3 August 2017 (in Spanish) http://mileschile.cl/?p=4853
Translated by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

Read more

Ireland: 25 annoying things about being pregnant

0

25 annoying things about being pregnant

Amnesty International Ireland
Published on Aug 3, 2017

All pregnant women and girls are risk under the 8th Amendment. Watch until the end. Join our campaign: http://bit.ly/itstimecampaign #Repealthe8th #25annoyingthings

Continued at source: Amnesty International Ireland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P55gfs1Xos&feature=youtu.be

Read more

British attitudes to abortion

0

British attitudes to abortion

Posted on 03 August 2017
by Eleanor Attar Taylor, Senior Researcher

This year marks 50 years since abortions became legally available (under certain circumstances) in Britain and yet the issue is still making headlines. While concerns were voiced that abortion rights could be restricted as part of a Conservative deal with the DUP, in June, abortions for Northern Irish women travelling to Britain were made free on the NHS, a move spearheaded by Stella Creasy MP. And in March, Diana Johnson MP won the right to introduce a bill to fully decriminalise abortion, in an attempt to move away from current law which technically means a woman who ends her own pregnancy could face life imprisonment.

So how does the British public view abortions? And are these moves towards a more liberal legal approach to abortions likely to be popular among the public?

Continued at source: NatCen: http://natcen.ac.uk/blog/british-attitudes-to-abortion

Read more

Abortion Escorts in Ecuador are Breaking the Silence

0

Abortion Escorts in Ecuador are Breaking the Silence
August 3, 2017
by Kimberley Brown

Abortions are illegal in Ecuador—punishable by prison sentence and highly stigmatized. But this hasn’t stopped women from seeking them out. Instead, they go through the procedure clandestinely, under dubious circumstances and often completely alone. One group is trying to change that.

Las Comadres—which loosely translates as The Godmothers, or “a very close friend”—is a feminist group fighting back against the nation’s restrictive abortion laws. Members accompany women through their abortion procedures and provide them with medical and legal information. Last weekend, they ran their first national workshop walking women through the process.

The two-day abortion accompaniment workshop focused on these legal, medical and psychological issues women may face, and how to be prepared for them.

Continued at source: Ms. Magazine: http://msmagazine.com/blog/2017/08/03/abortion-escorts-ecuador-breaking-silence/

Read more

Ghana: ‘Black market’ abortion is killing our women – MP cries for liberalised laws

0

‘Black market’ abortion is killing our women - MP cries for liberalised laws

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Abubakar Ibrahim
Date: August 3, 2017

Member of Parliament for Binduri in the Upper East Region is advocating for the liberalization of Ghana’s laws to allow for abortion.

Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem is worried that the current laws which prohibit abortion is causing the death of thousands of women in the country, as some resort to unorthodox means referred to as the ‘black market’ to get pregnancies terminated.

Continued: Joy Online: http://www.myjoyonline.com/lifestyle/2017/August-3rd/black-market-abortion-is-killing-our-women-mp-cries-for-liberalised-laws.php

Read more

US: Abortion ‘reversal’: the latest sham from anti-choice activists trying to end women’s rights

0

Abortion 'reversal': the latest sham from anti-choice activists trying to end women's rights

Talking about abortion reversal, which is not evidence-based, could sow more confusion – exactly the intended effect by anti-abortion forces

Renee Bracey Sherman and Daniel Grossman
Wednesday 2 August 2017

For years, the anti-abortion movement has popularized the myth that patients regret their abortion, or are somehow coerced into having the procedure before they are ready. This falsehood forms the foundation for many restrictive laws that states have enacted in recent years, including requirements to make an extra visit to the clinic before the procedure, or wait up to 72 hours after receiving counseling before the abortion can be performed.

The latest tactic to advance this argument is the so-called abortion reversal – an unproven treatment that supposedly counters the effect of mifepristone, the first pill used in the two-drug regimen of medication abortion. “Reversal” advocates claim this therapy can give patients a “second chance” to keep their baby.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/02/abortion-pill-reversal-anti-choice-activism

Read more

Northern Ireland: Watchdog dismisses complaints over abortion billboard campaign

0

Watchdog dismisses complaints over abortion billboard campaign
The posters were put up in two locations in January
2 Aug 2017
Jack Quann

An advertising watchdog has found a billboard campaign on abortion was not misleading.

A poster by the pro-life campaign group, Both Lives Matter, appeared in two locations in Northern Ireland in January.

The poster featured the claim "100,000 people are alive today because of our laws on abortion. why change that?".

The British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) says it received 14 complainants, challenging whether the claim was misleading and could be substantiated.

Continued at source: News Talk: http://www.newstalk.com/reader/47.301/102650/0/

Read more

Canada: Make abortion clinic ‘bubble zones’ larger, advocates tell Ontario’s AG

0

Make abortion clinic 'bubble zones' larger, advocates tell Ontario's AG

'Protests should take place a safe distance from where patients are seeking healthcare,' letter says

By Kate Bueckert, CBC News
Posted: Aug 02, 2017

A letter calling on the province to keep protesters 150 metres away from abortion clinics and health care providers who provide abortion services has been signed by eight reproductive rights advocacy groups, including one from Kitchener.

Lyndsey Butcher, executive director of the Shore Centre — formerly Planned Parenthood — said new legislation being drafted by Attorney General Yasir Naqvi is based on laws in other provinces, which mandate protesters must stay 50 metres away.

Continued at source: CBC http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/abortion-clinics-bubble-zones-lyndsey-butcher-1.4232561

Read more

Argentina: Macri’s Minister Compares Abortion to Femicide, Sparks Outrage

0

Macri's Minister Compares Abortion to Femicide, Sparks Outrage

Published 1 August 2017
teleSUR

#NiUnaMenos, or #NotOneLess, is a movement that protests against femicides — the murder of women in most cases by their partner or ex-partners.

A former minister of Argentina's governing party has sparked outrage after comparing abortion to femicide, claiming that activists from the #NiUnaMenos movement were guilty of femicide if they decided to abort of a baby girl.

During a campaign speech, Esteban Bullrich coopted the anti-femicide rallying cry "Ni Una Menos" or "Not One Less" to argue against abortion rights.

Continued at source: TelesurTV: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Macris-Minister-Compares-Abortion-to-Femicide-Sparks-Outrage-20170801-0039.html

Read more

El Salvador: What It’s Like To Be The World’s First Abortion Refugee

0

What It's Like To Be The World's First Abortion Refugee

In 2011, María Teresa Rivera was sentenced to 40 years in prison for 'aggravated homicide' following a miscarriage in El Salvador. Five years later, free and living in Sweden, she finally speaks out about the horrific ordeals women across her home country are facing when it comes to abortion, homicide and the law.

By Katie O'Malley
Aug 1, 2017

The pain, both physical and psychological, of going through a miscarriage, is an experience no-one should have to endure.

However, little did 33-year-old María Teresa Rivera know that the death of her embryo would also be compounded by the loss of her freedom.

Continued at source: Elle: http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/culture/longform/a37441/first-abortion-refugee-maria-teresa-rivera-el-salvador/

Read more

South Africa: Parliamentarian tries to curb abortion

0

GroundUp: Parliamentarian tries to curb abortion

Terminating a pregnancy after 12 weeks will be much harder if a private member's bill passes.

Aug 1, 2017
By Safura Abdool Karim for GROUNDUP.

A Member of Parliament is trying to limit the right to abortion. Cheryllyn Dudley (ACDP) introduced a private member’s bill that proposes a severe departure from existing law.

Under current legislation, any woman may have an abortion up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy. From week 13 to 20, a woman may have an abortion if the pregnancy poses a risk to her or it would “significantly affect” her “social or economic circumstances”. This last reason makes South African abortion law different to many other countries. It makes abortions accessible to almost all women up to their 20th week.

Continued at source: Daily Maverick: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-08-01-groundup-parliamentarian-tries-to-curb-abortion/

Read more

U.S: Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women’s and Children’s Health and Well-being against Abortion Restrictions in the States- Volume II

0

Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women's and Children’s Health and Well-being against Abortion Restrictions in the States- Volume II

August 1, 2017

Anti-abortion politicians have quietly passed 391 laws restricting access to abortion since 2010. The politicians that push these laws often claim that they are necessary to protect the health and well-being of women, their pregnancies, and their children. Ample scientific evidence makes clear that restricting abortion is detrimental to women and families’ health.

This second volume of ‘Evaluating Priorities’ updates the Center for Reproductive Rights’ collaboration with Ibis Reproductive Health to explore anti-abortion politicians’ claims. The findings mirror those from the 2014 report: the more abortion restrictions a state has, the worse women and children fare when it comes to their health outcomes, and the fewer evidence-based supportive policies a state has.

The Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt pushed back on politicians’ claims that abortion restrictions protect women’s health and safety, favoring scientific evidence and women’s real life experiences over unproven or false claims. This report bolsters that message, illustrating that legislators should be taking their cues from data and their constituents’ needs to address the real health concerns in their states, and should stop playing politics with women’s reproductive rights and health.

Source: Center for Reproductive Rights: https://www.reproductiverights.org/EvaluatingPriorities

Read more

India: New guidelines allowing abortion till 24 weeks ‘only in rare cases’ may soon be issued

0

New guidelines allowing abortion till 24 weeks 'only in rare cases' may soon be issued

Section 5 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act permits a termination after the mandated 20 weeks only if it is "immediately necessary" to save the life of the mother.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Delhi: After a suggestion from the PM's office, the Centre has made changes to the previously proposed amendments to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had earlier proposed that the maximum time for abortions be raised from the existing 20 weeks to 24 weeks.

Continued at source: Zee Media Bureau: http://zeenews.india.com/health/new-guidelines-allowing-abortion-till-24-weeks-only-in-rare-cases-may-soon-be-issued-2029021

Read more

Nicaragua: Abortion Ban Threatens Health and Lives

0

Nicaragua: Abortion Ban Threatens Health and Lives
Publisher: Human Rights Watch
Publication Date: 31 July 2017

Nicaragua's total ban on abortion is putting women and girls' health and lives at risk, Human Rights Watch said today. The country's 2006 law punishing abortion - without any exceptions, even if pregnancies are life-threatening or resulted from rape - has driven abortions underground. The ban has not stopped abortion, but has made it more unsafe.

Women and girls with crisis pregnancies are getting unsafe clandestine abortions. Often too afraid to seek medical care when complications arise from such abortions, some women and girls delay seeking care and do not disclose to doctors the cause of complications. Medical providers, caught in a conflict between the law and medical ethics, have reported women and girls to police for suspected abortions. Under Nicaragua's criminal code, women and girls who terminate pregnancies face sentences of

Continued at source: Ref World: http://www.refworld.org/docid/597f3e094.html

Read more

Ireland: Abortion law drafts defended by Harris

0

Abortion law drafts defended by Harris

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
July 31 2017, The Times

Simon Harris has said that new abortion laws must be ready to go to fit Leo Varadkar’s timetable for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

The health minister defended his decision to start drafting legislation that could legalise abortion in certain circumstances before a special Oireachtas committee has had the time to decide if the constitutional ban should be lifted.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortion-law-drafts-defended-byharris-mgpqgsbpd

Read more

Call on government to make Irish abortion laws reflect that of rest of Europe

0

Call on government to make Irish abortion laws reflect that of rest of Europe
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Abortion Rights Campaigners say it is time Ireland's abortion laws are brought into line with the rest of Europe.

Campaigners have reacted to comments made by the UN this week which challenged Ireland’s lack of progression on the issue.

The comments came from a United Nation committee which found that Ireland violated the human rights of a woman who had to travel to Britain for an abortion after her baby was diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/call-on-government-to-make-irish-abortion-laws-reflect-that-of-rest-of-europe-799972.html

Read more

Ireland: Anti-abortion groups to display graphic images at protests

0

Anti-abortion groups to display graphic images at protests
Displays due to take place on Dame Street in Dublin, and Belfast and Manchester airports

Sat, Jul 29, 2017
Paul Cullen

Anti-abortion groups plan to display graphic images of aborted babies at events in Dublin, Belfast and Manchester today.

Three groups say they are organising “public education displays” in response to the recent decision of the British government to pay for abortions for Northern Irish women travelling to England.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/anti-abortion-groups-to-display-graphic-images-at-protests-1.3171304

Read more

International law and the provision of abortion services

0

International law and the provision of abortion services

Kirsten Sjøvoll considers whether the Supreme Court's approach to international law as an aid to interpretation of the ECHR is out of step with Strasbourg, and where this leaves international law as an interpretative aid generally

By Kirsten Sjovoll · On July 28, 2017

In R (A & B) v Secretary of State for Health [2017] UKSC 41 the Supreme Court considered whether the Secretary of State’s failure to exercise his power to require that abortion services be provided through the NHS in England – to women ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland – was unlawful. The question was whether he failed to discharge his duty under the National Health Service Act 2006, s 3 to “take such steps as he considers necessary to meet all reasonable requirements” for services. It also considered whether the continuing failure to provide such abortion services infringed the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR” of “the Convention”), art 14 in conjunction with 8. In particular, the Supreme Court considered to what extent these rights under the ECHR should be informed by other obligations and principles of international law.

Continued at source: Law of Nations Blog: https://lawofnationsblog.com/2017/07/28/international-law-provision-abortion-services/

Read more

Indian court rejects abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

0

Indian court rejects abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

28 July 2017

India's Supreme Court has refused to allow an abortion for a 10-year-old girl, allegedly raped by her uncle, on the grounds that she is too far into her pregnancy.

A doctors' panel told the court that, at 32 weeks, termination of the pregnancy would be "too risky".

Her pregnancy was discovered two weeks ago when she complained of stomach ache and her parents took her to hospital. A lower court had earlier turned down her plea on similar grounds.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40753409

Read more

“Niñas, No Madres” (Girls, Not Mothers) regional campaign, Latin America

0

“Niñas, No Madres” (Girls, Not Mothers) regional campaign, Latin America

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 28, 2017

Planned Parenthood Global, Amnesty International, Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida Mexico (GIRE) and Latin American Campaign against Unsafe Abortion (CLACAI) have joined efforts to raise awareness on forced motherhood and its impact on girls’ lives and futures across Latin America through the “Niñas, No Madres” (Girls, Not Mothers) regional campaign.  The campaign calls for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and safe, legal abortion services to end forced motherhood in girls in Latin America.

In the framework of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, the campaign launched a call to women to share on social media what was their dream when they were girls, along with a childhood photo. The response was amazing: women from all over the region lit up social media with the hashtag #NiñasNoMadres. The timelines, full of cute pictures, brought attention to the toll that forced motherhood has taken on thousands of girls in the region. More than 40 national and international media outlets published pieces about the campaign, including Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and  AJ+.

Latin America is the only region in the world where births among girls under 15 years old is on the rise. Forced motherhood in girls is an urgent public health and human rights problem.

In Guatemala, five girls under the age of 14 become pregnant every day. In Nicaragua, the number of pregnant girls aged 10-14 years old increased 47% from 2001 to 2009. In Ecuador, pregnancy among girls under the age of 15 has increased by 74% in the last decade. In Peru, every year, more than 1,100 births are to girls 12-13 years old.

Planned Parenthood Global has produced the report “Stolen Lives” in English and Spanish, which summarizes qualitative and quantitative research conducted in Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Peru to document the dire physical, mental, and social health consequences of forced pregnancy on girls living in these countries. This report was used as input for the Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy recently released by the Organization of American States’ Committee of Experts of the Follow-Up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI), which issues recommendations to States, including “ensuring that all pregnancies in girls are considered high risk and allowing legal termination of pregnancy.”

Join us in demanding a better future for girls in Latin America. Follow the campaign on Facebook @ninasnomadres and visit http://www.ninasnomadres.org for more information.

SOURCE: Planned Parenthood Global, email 17 July 2017

------------------------------------
Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/ninas-no-madres-girls-not-mothers-regional-campaign-latin-america/

Read more

India: 10-Year-Old Rape Survivor Can’t Have Abortion, Says Supreme Court

0

10-Year-Old Rape Survivor Can't Have Abortion, Says Supreme Court

Reported by A Vaidyanathan, Edited by Shuchi Shukla | Updated: Jul 28, 2017 16:28 IST

New Delhi: A 10-year-old raped by her uncle will not be allowed to have an abortion, the Supreme Court ruled today, rejecting the petition by a Supreme Court lawyer. The court said it was basing its decision on the assessment of doctors who said that a medical termination was not safe either for the girl or the foetus. She is 32 weeks pregnant.

The court had earlier this week asked doctors at Chandigarh's PGI to examine the girl to see if an abortion was safe. It has today ordered that proper medical care be provided to the girl child.

Continued: http://m.ndtv.com/india-news/supreme-court-rejects-10-year-old-rape-survivors-abortion-plea-rejected-over-risk-to-her-life-1730408?pfrom=home-topstories

Read more

India: Opinion: Denying abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim is to inflict more violence on her

0

Opinion: Denying abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim is to inflict more violence on her

The Supreme Court denied medical termination of pregnancy after doctors said it was not safe either for the girl or the foetus.

July 28, 2017
Subha Sri B

On Friday, the Supreme Court refused to allow an abortion for a pregnant 10-year old girl who was raped allegedly by her uncle. The Chandigarh resident’s plea for abortion was turned down last week by the district court. News reports also suggest that she had an anomaly in her heart and had to be operated for it three years ago.

The doctors’ panel at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh who examined the girl said that a medical termination was not safe either for the girl or the foetus, NDTV reported.

Continued at source: Scroll.in: https://scroll.in/pulse/845428/opinion-denying-abortion-to-a-10-year-old-rape-victim-is-to-inflict-more-violence-on-her

Read more

US anti-abortion group quietly fights bid to end El Salvador’s draconian ban

0

US anti-abortion group quietly fights bid to end El Salvador's draconian ban

- Human Life International has been directing funds to El Salvador since 2000
-Thousands of women have been denied abortions even in cases of rape

Molly Redden and Nina Lakhani

Thursday 27 July 2017

El Salvador’s absolute ban on abortion – long considered one of the world’s most ruthless – is facing its greatest challenge in years. Buoyed by shifting public attitudes, reproductive rights activists are making headway on a bill to loosen the law for victims of rape and human trafficking, women carrying nonviable pregnancies, and women who risk death or illness.

But support for keeping the ban is formidable – and may have an outside source of help: a US-based anti-abortion group that has quietly funneled funds to El Salvador’s main advocates for the ban.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/27/el-salvador-abortion-ban-human-life-international

Read more

A U.S. Nonprofit Is Funding the Fight to Imprison Women for Abortions in El Salvador

0

A U.S. Nonprofit Is Funding the Fight to Imprison Women for Abortions in El Salvador

By Christina Cauterucci
July 27, 2017

A U.S. anti-abortion nonprofit is funding the fight against legal abortion in El Salvador, funneling between tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars to an organization that supports the Central American country’s punishing laws. Reproductive-rights activists are currently rallying behind a bill that would allow for abortions in cases of rape, nonviable fetuses, and life-threatening health complications. Since 1998, abortions have been prohibited by law under all circumstances in the country—by most accounts, the world’s strictest abortion ban.

Continued at source: Slate: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2017/07/27/u_s_nonprofit_funds_fight_to_imprison_women_for_abortions_in_el_salvador.html

Read more

What It Was Like to Be an Abortion Provider in the U.S. Before Roe v. Wade

0

What It Was Like to Be an Abortion Provider in the U.S. Before Roe v. Wade
Michael Stone
Jul 27, 2017

Dr. David Grimes performed his first abortion in 1972 as a medical student at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Five years before, North Carolina had joined Colorado and California in becoming the first states to legalize abortions in a few select scenarios: rape, incest, physical or mental defects in the child, and threats to the health or life of the mother.

The Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade made abortion legal, upon the mother’s request, across the nation. The decision came shortly before Grimes graduated from medical school, and he would go on to perform the procedure many times in his 42-year OB-GYN career. Now retired, he is an author of Every Third Woman in America: How Legal Abortion Transformed Our Nation.

Continued at source: Time: http://time.com/4873317/abortion-provider-interview/

Read more

Families, fertility and feminism: landmarks in women’s rights

0

Families, fertility and feminism: landmarks in women's rights

Women have fought long and hard to secure access to family planning and abortion, and reduce maternal mortality. A modern timeline of that struggle tells a story full of highs and lows

by Liz Ford
Thursday 27 July 2017

Women have been joining forces to agitate for their right to a better life for centuries, but some of the most significant changes have occurred over the past four decades.

It has been a journey of big leaps, small steps and setbacks. Four international women’s conferences, a bunch of UN resolutions and two sets of global goals have all played their part.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jul/27/families-fertility-feminism-landmarks-in-womens-rights-timeline

Read more

Nigeria: FG plans reduction in hospital bills

0

FG plans reduction in hospital bills

Soji-Eze Fagbemi - Abuja Health News
July 26, 2017

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday, said the Federal Government is planning to reduce hospital bills in public hospitals.

According to the minister, the plan is part of the various measures being considered to drastically bring down high maternal mortality rate in the country.

Continued at source: Tribune Online: http://tribuneonlineng.com/fg-plans-reduction-hospital-bills/

Read more

Philippines: Duterte told: Therapeutic abortion allowed to save women’s lives

0

Duterte told: Therapeutic abortion allowed to save women’s lives

By: Tonette Orejas
Inquirer Central Luzon
July 26, 2017

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Therapeutic abortion, or the medical procedure that terminates pregnancy to be able to save the life of a woman, is allowed in the Philippines, according to a women’s health group.

The group made the statement in reaction to the anti-abortion posture President Duterte expressed in his State of the Nation Address on Monday.

“In Philippine jurisprudence, it is recognized that therapeutic abortion is allowed to save the life of the woman,” lawyer Clara Rita Padilla, EnGendeRights executive director, said.

Continued at source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/917566/duterte-told-therapeutic-abortion-allowed-to-save-womens-lives

Read more

Nigeria: FG Inaugurates Task Force on Maternal Mortality Reduction

0

FG Inaugurates Task Force on Maternal Mortality Reduction

July 26, 2017
By Jessica Onyegbula

Abuja – The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday inaugurated a task force on accelerated reduction of maternal mortality in Nigeria.

Adewole, inaugurating the task force in Abuja, said that it has three months to ensure a road map on reduction of maternal mortality in the country.

The minister said that the high Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in the country was unacceptable and had become imperative to address the challenge as soon as possible.

Continued at source: Sundiata Post: http://sundiatapost.com/2017/07/26/fg-inaugurates-task-force-on-maternal-mortality-reduction/

Read more

El Salvador: Women criminalized for abortions

0

Women criminalized for abortions
Latinamerica Press
7/26/2017

El Salvador is one of the seven countries in Latin America and the Caribbean where abortion is strictly prohibited.

Evelyn Hernández was 18 years old when she was raped by a gang member in April 2016, and leaving her pregnant. She was 28 weeks pregnant when she started feeling stomach pains and it was in the latrine of her house where she gave birth to a baby who died. She lost consciousness as she lay bleeding profusely; her mother rushed her to the hospital, where she was accused of having induced an abortion, and was detained.

Continued at source: Latin American Press: http://lapress.org/articles.asp?art=7442

Read more

Pro-Life? Trump Administration is Endangering Women’s Lives

0

Pro-Life? Trump Administration is Endangering Women’s Lives
By Nina Besser Doorley
7/25/17

Last Wednesday night, the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee finalized a foreign assistance bill that guts funding for women’s health around the world. During a debate over the proposal, which would likely increase unsafe abortions and maternal deaths, Republican legislators boasted on Twitter that their legislation “protects the sanctity of life.” In reality, the funding package does exactly the opposite: It undermines global health priorities and endangers women’s lives.

Continued at source: Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/trump-administration-pro-life-endangers-women-641520

Read more

Sierra Leone News: Safe Abortion Act stranded between Parliament and State House

0

Sierra Leone News: Safe Abortion Act stranded between Parliament and State House

July 25, 2017

The “Safe Abortion Act, 2015, has stalled somewhere between Parliament and State House. The Act will change the 150-year old colonial “1861 Abortion Law” to allow women and girls to terminate a pregnancy in any circumstances up to 12 weeks. The Bill would also allow abortion in cases of incest, rape and foetal impairment up to 24 weeks.

In Sierra Leone, the country with the world’s worst maternal mortality, abortion is illegal in nearly all circumstances and unsafe abortion is estimated to account for 10% of maternal deaths. The World Health Organization estimates that Sierra Leone has the world’s highest maternal mortality ratio at 1,360 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2016.

Thousands of adolescent girls become pregnant in Sierra Leone every year and account for almost 50% of all births.

Continued at source: Awoko: http://awoko.org/2017/07/26/sierra-leone-news-safe-abortion-act-stranded-between-parliament-and-state-house/

Read more

US: Dear Secretary Tillerson: This is Why I Had to Resign

0

Dear Secretary Tillerson: This is Why I Had to Resign

By: Varina Winder
July 25, 2017

On my first day at the State Department, nearly six years ago, I cried. Standing in a bare-bones conference room under an American flag, I choked up with pride as I repeated the oath of office:

“I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Six years later, I cried again when I walked out the State Department door one last time. Only this time, those tears were for the loss of American leadership, and the needless, tragic deaths of far too many women and children under the heartless policies of the Trump administration.

Continued at source: Womens e-news: http://womensenews.org/2017/07/dear-secretary-tillerson-this-is-why-i-had-to-resign/

Read more

Nigeria: Lagos averts 189,800 unsafe abortions, maternal deaths through family planning

0

Lagos averts 189,800 unsafe abortions, maternal deaths through family planning

Posted on Jul 25, 2017
By Gabriel Olawale

The Lagos State Ministry of Health, LSMoH, has said that the uptake of family planning, by 600,000 women in less than six months helped the state in averting 46,000 unsafe abortions, 143,000 unintended pregnancies and 800 maternal deaths.

Speaking through the Director, Family Health & Nutrition, Dr. Folashade Oludara, the ministry said such development helped in preventing needless deaths.

Continued at source: Nigeria Today: http://www.nigeriatoday.ng/2017/07/lagos-averts-189800-unsafe-abortions-maternal-deaths-through-family-planning/

Read more

South Africa: The Place Where You Can Get An Abortion At 8 ½ Months

0

The Place Where You Can Get An Abortion At 8 ½ Months
Kerrie Simon-Lawrence
July 24, 2017
whimn.com.au

In South Africa, the illegal termination trade is flourishing.

South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world. Photo: Stocksy

There’s something that stands out at most traffic intersections in South Africa’s Johannesburg. It’s not the purple bursts of Jacaranda blooms that punctuate the sidewalks; nor is it the men and women who tap on your window to sell you knock-off Louis Vuitton phone cases. It’s the signs. Sticky-taped to telegraph poles, electricity boxes, even bus stops. “Pain-free abortion. Success guaranteed. Cheap.” The signs aren’t intended to shock, but rather to service an ever-growing market.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion in South Africa. Government clinics offer safe abortion free-of-charge to women who are less than 20 weeks’ pregnant. If that’s the case though, then why are the backyard-style posters not only growing in numbers, but also in demand?

Continued at source: WHIMN: http://www.whimn.com.au/talk/news/the-place-where-you-can-get-an-abortion-at-8-months-warning-graphic-content/news-story/c5ffb9d7f5d8131f2f8270e54926a334

Read more

Q&A: Human Rights Law and Access to Abortion

0

Q&A: Human Rights Law and Access to Abortion

Updated July 24 2017

Is abortion a human rights issue?

States’ obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights include areas of sexual and reproductive health and autonomy. Where access to safe and legal abortion services are unreasonably restricted, a number of women’s and girls’ human rights may be at risk. These include:

  • Right to life
  • Rights to health and health care
  • Right to information
  • Rights to nondiscrimination and equality
  • Right to be free from cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment
  • Right to privacy
  • Right to decide the number and spacing of children
  • Right to security of person
  • Right to liberty
  • Right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress
  • Right to freedom of conscience and religion

Continued at source: Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/07/24/qa-human-rights-law-and-access-abortion

Read more

Two Brave Women Are At The Centre Of The Fight For Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland, And They Need Your Help

0

Two Brave Women Are At The Centre Of The Fight For Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland, And They Need Your Help

July 24, 2017
Barbara Davidson Writer, campaigner, mother-of-two.

Northern Ireland women's rights have suddenly become a major political issue, after being ignored or misunderstood by many people in the rest of the UK for years. In light of the DUP-Conservative partnership, many people are waking up to the harsh realities of life for women in Northern Ireland, where having an abortion is a criminal offence in almost all circumstances.

Northern Ireland's abortion laws have recently been hotly debated everywhere from the House of Commons to news bulletins across the country. But behind the dramatic debates, two women from Northern Ireland are at the centre of the fight for reproductive rights in the region.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/barbara-davidson/ireland-abortion-rights_b_17551822.html

Read more

New Zealand: Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

0

Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

NAME WITHHELD
July 24 2017

Firstly let me say I’m not 17, I wasn’t drunk or high or promiscuous. I don’t have any STIs, I’m in a loving relationship and I desperately want a baby.

However, eight days ago I was one of 11,000 Kiwis this year who will have an abortion.

I know some people reading this will be appalled knowing what I chose to do. That for some people abortion is simply not an acceptable choice. I accept your viewpoint, I was brought up to share it and I apologise that my choice has hurt someone who could have gone on to be a wonderful human being. Or a horrible one, it’s hard to know. But the fact of the matter is, many of you will be of the opinion that I shouldn’t have had the chance to make that choice.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/95040103/abortion-services-are-failing-vulnerable-kiwi-women

Read more

India court hears 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion plea

0

India court hears 10-year-old rape victim's abortion plea

24 July 2017

India's Supreme Court has ordered doctors to examine a pregnant 10-year-old rape victim whose parents want permission for her to abort her baby.

The child is reported to be 26 weeks pregnant and doctors say her body is not developed enough to carry a baby.

Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors confirm the mother's life is in danger.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40702252

Read more

India: Child denied abortion, mother asks: What does a 10-yr-old know

0

Child denied abortion, mother asks: What does a 10-yr-old know

The girl, subjected to repeated rape, allegedly by her maternal uncle, is approximately 30 weeks pregnant, according to doctors at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh, who have examined the girl.

Written by Parul , Adil Akhzer , Saurabh Prashar | Chandigarh
July 23, 2017

SHE loves to draw, and her favourite cartoon on television is Pokemon. Her elder sister says her favourite subject is English, though for many months now, she has not attended school. At their one-room home, the servant quarters of a government official’s residence in Chandigarh, the 10-year-old girl walks around for a few minutes in the lawn — “doctors have said she should remain active”, says the mother.

Continued at source: Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/child-denied-abortion-mother-asks-what-does-a-10-yr-old-know-4763037/

Read more

India: 26 weeks-abortion safer than giving birth for 10 year-old raped girl

0

26 weeks-abortion safer than giving birth for 10 year-old raped girl
Abortion safer than giving birth at age 10

Jul 23, 2017
Sanchita Sharma
Hindustan Times

A 10-year-old child serially raped by her uncle was denied permission to terminate her 26 weeks pregnancy by a Chandigarh Court last week because of fears that an abortion so late in the pregnancy could kill her.

Continuing the pregnancy is a bigger threat to the pregnant child’s life and sanity. Medically, the chances of the little girl dying carrying her rapist’s foetus to term are far higher than getting an abortion at 26 weeks.

Continued at source: Hindustan Times: http://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/26-weeks-abortion-safer-than-giving-birth-for-10-year-old-raped-girl/story-qctr2tDTfOUcs0GyMgZM3I.html

Read more

68th Foundation Day – Family Planning Association of India

0

68th Foundation Day – Family Planning Association of India

July 22, 2017
Vincent Belho
General Manager, FPA India, Nagaland Branch, Kohima

Established in 1949, the Family Planning Association of India (FPA India) is a founding member of International Planned Parenthood Federation. FPA India strengthens a voluntary commitment to advocate for SRH and Rights and, choices. It promotes access to SRH information and services related to family planning, safe abortions, HIV/AIDS and sexuality to poor, marginalised and vulnerable populations including young people. Its work in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) covers safe motherhood and child survival, empowerment of women, male involvement, adolescent health and youth development.

Continued at source: Morung Express: http://morungexpress.com/68th-foundation-day-family-planning-association-india/

Read more

Zambia: Media, civil society urged to work together on reproductive health

0

Media, civil society urged to work together on reproductive health

July 22, 2017
ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka

GOVERNMENT has called on the media and civil society organisations to co-exist to ensure information on sexual and reproductive health is made available to the public in a more accurate and relevant manner.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services director of press and media development, Isaac Chipampe also implored the media to tone down on political rhetoric and instead write more on challenges affecting people, especially on their health.

Speaking during a breakfast meeting yesterday, Mr Chipampe said sexual and reproductive health matters and the magnitude on unsafe abortion in Zambia need to be disseminated and enable the public to know.

Continued at source: Daily Mail: https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media-civil-society-urged-to-work-together-on-reproductive-health/

Read more

India: Abortion plea for raped 10-year-old

0

Abortion plea for raped 10-year-old
Our Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, July 22, 2017

A lawyer has petitioned the Supreme Court to allow a 10-year-old "rape survivor" in her 26th week of pregnancy to abort the foetus "in the interest of justice, equity and good conscience".

Indian law bans abortions beyond 20 weeks unless there's an immediate threat to the would-be mother's life.

Alakh Alok Srivastava's petition, which is yet to be listed for hearing, says the girl's uncle had repeatedly raped her and that her pregnancy "has left many medical experts dumbfounded" because of her age. It adds that the girl's doctors have said her pelvic bones are not fully developed because of her age and, therefore, "tolerating a full-term pregnancy at this tender age is very risky".

Continued at source: Telegraph India: https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170723/jsp/nation/story_163412.jsp

Read more

India: The MTP Act 2014 makes safe abortion easier, it should be passed

0

The MTP Act 2014 makes safe abortion easier, it should be passed

Given the fact that the basket of contraceptives that should be available to couples are not always accessible, abortion is one way a woman has control over her body and can deal with an unwanted pregnancy

Jul 22, 2017
Lalita Panicker
Hindustan Times

The figures are chilling – 10 women die every day from unsafe abortions making this the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India. Clearly, these are the result of back alley procedures owing to the fact, in part, that at least 80% of women don’t know that abortion is legal in India. And unfortunately, many doctors still tend to associate abortions with gender-based sex selection under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act, 1994, which is illegal. The very word abortion raises the hackles of the conservatives whether in Trump’s America or right here. It is somehow seen as encouraging promiscuity and in the Indian context sex selection.

Continued at source: Hindustan Times: http://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/the-mtp-act-2014-makes-safe-abortion-easier-it-should-be-passed/story-AbdzBcTLagR3I388Uh6tAL.html

Read more

UK: Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

0

Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

22 July 2017

Boots has said it is "truly sorry" for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills.

The pharmaceutical company was criticised after telling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) it was avoiding "incentivising inappropriate use".

It now says it is looking for cheaper alternatives to the Levonelle brand.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40689763

Read more

Canada: Universal access needed for abortion pill, advocates urge

0

Universal access needed for abortion pill, advocates urge

Laura Payton, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer
Published Friday, July 21, 2017

OTTAWA -- An organization that advocates for women's sexual health rights has given the provincial premiers a November deadline to provide universal access to Mifegymiso, a drug used to end a pregnancy.

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is challenging the provinces to offer the medication free of charge to those who want it. New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta have already started offering it in place of surgical abortions.

Continued at source: CTV News: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/universal-access-needed-for-abortion-pill-advocates-urge-1.3512176

Read more

India: 10 year-old rape victim denied an abortion by court after becoming pregnant

0

India: 10 year-old rape victim denied an abortion by court after becoming pregnant

'There are risks and abortion at this stage is tough, but for the girl who is still developing, the scars will be many' says a Delhi-based gynaecologist

Derek Hawkins, Washington Post
July 21, 2017

​A court in India on Tuesday ordered a 10-year-old girl whose parents say she was raped and impregnated by her uncle to carry her foetus to term, ruling she is too young and her pregnancy too advanced to have an abortion.

The girl, who has not been identified, is six months pregnant and sought medical attention after her maternal uncle allegedly raped her several times, CBS News reported.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/india-latest-news-rape-victim-girl-10-year-old-abortion-denied-pregnant-rapist-sexual-assault-a7853426.html

Read more

Chile – Abortion on three grounds: lack of preparedness and ineffectiveness of the State in the handling of women’s rights

0

Chile – Abortion on three grounds: lack of preparedness and ineffectiveness of the State in the handling of women's rights

July 21, 2017, International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

As we reported in Campaign news on Wednesday, 18 July, repeated in our newsletter earlier today, on Tuesday night the last Committee in the Chilean congress passed the abortion bill with all three grounds for abortion intact. On Wednesday, it was passed in the Senate. Then, yesterday, Thursday 20 July, it went back to the full Chamber of Deputies, which had passed it a year ago. It was also expected to pass there. However, when the vote finally came last night, the bill fell by one vote because one member of the ruling coalition, which supports the bill, unexpectedly abstained, and several others were absent.

In response, Miles Chile and thousands of supporters of the bill gathered in the Plaza Italia, on the steps of the congress building, to protest. In a news report published today, 21 June, Miles Chile held the legislative and executive powers responsible and described the fiasco as an "embarrassing blunder that exposes the ineffectiveness of the political class".

Claudia Dides, Director of Miles Chile, said: "Everyone knows that some deputies and senators will always be absent for any vote, but this could and should have been taken into account by the ruling coalition and this outcome prevented. It is well known, they said, that when it comes to dealing with a draft law, its passage should never be taken for granted until it actually becomes law. This negligence on the part of the government is insulting to the human rights of women."

She added: "The opposition, who steadily torpedoed this draft law, were violating basic human rights and even plan an appeal to the Constitutional Court against the bill if it becomes law, for it to be declared unconstitutional. This persistent rejection by sectors of the population who obey only their own religious beliefs, instead of supporting a secular State, will go down in history in the same way as those who denied women the right to vote."

The protest was "against a National Congress that denies the most basic human rights of women and against an Executive that, in spite of knowing full well the difficulties and obstacles over many years in all the attempts to pass this into law, were just not up to the job at the final moment".

It is not over yet, however. Claudia Dides concluded by announcing: "We will be watching what happens next very closely, as the legislature negotiates a conclusion regarding this bill, and in particular we will be watching what happens in the Constitutional Court, because we do not rule out appealing to that Court ourselves."

SOURCE: Miles Chile, translated from the Spanish, 21 July 2017 (http://mileschile.cl/?p=4778)

Read more

Women’s Health Is Under Threat Everywhere

0

Women’s Health Is Under Threat Everywhere
I am haunted by the face of an 11-year-old Kenyan girl.

Terry McGovern
07/21/2017

The Trump Administration is set on undoing public health progress with policies that restrict sexual and reproductive health and rights in the U.S. and around the world.

I am haunted by the face of an 11-year-old Kenyan girl. Her beautiful, clouded eyes, and her searching, troubled expression. Early in July, I listened as her mother spoke haltingly of the family member who raped her daughter. She shook her head, saying, “I believe God is good. I should forgive him.”

All I could think about was how a pregnancy could have killed the girl and made her yet another maternal mortality statistic. There is a crisis of pregnancy-related maternal mortality in Kenya, and adolescent girls bear the brunt. Thankfully, this girl and her mother were able to get counseling at one of the country’s only gender-based violence centers. Sometime later she was able to end her pregnancy.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/womens-health-is-under-threat-everywhere_us_597211aee4b00e4363df029e

Read more

Bid to ease Chile’s abortion ban hits roadblock

0

Bid to ease Chile's abortion ban hits roadblock
July 20, 2017

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's Chamber of Deputies fell one vote short of passing the Senate version of a bill easing the country's strict abortion law, a surprise setback to President Michelle Bachelet and abortion rights advocates.

The Senate narrowly passed a bill on Wednesday that would legalize abortion when a woman's life is in danger, when a fetus is unviable or when a pregnancy results from rape.

Continued, Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-abortion-idUSKBN1A52W8

Read more

Sierra Leone: teenage girls are dying from unsafe abortions and risky pregnancies

0

Sierra Leone: teenage girls are dying from unsafe abortions and risky pregnancies


Abortion is illegal in Sierra Leone, with one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the world. Attitudes need to change to save the lives of young girls

Hannah Mitchell
Thursday 20 July 2017

I recently saw a girl in clinic with terrible complications following a caesarean section. The operation had been botched and she had an infection around her uterus. She was in terrible pain and critically unwell. This was in the children’s clinic; the girl was 14 years old.

This scenario is all too common. She is just one of the thousands of adolescent girls estimated to have become pregnant this year in Sierra Leone. In 2013 the country had the 7th highest teenage pregnancy rate in the world, 38% of women aged 20-24 had their first baby before the age of 18. Sierra Leone is by no means an exception. Worldwide teenage pregnancy is a huge issue, 11% of births globally are to women aged 15-19, with the majority of these taking place in low- and middle-income countries.

Continued at The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/jul/20/teen-pregnancy-sierra-leone-involve-men

Read more

Nepal: Cutting the lifeline

0

Cutting the lifeline
‘Protecting life’ under the Trump administrtion in the US will put more Nepali women's lives on the line

14-20 July 2017 #867
Nepali Times Buzz
Kate Ryan

Last week, governments and private partners gathered in London for the 2017 Family Planning Summit. The goal: to evaluate progress toward commitments to improve healthcare for more than 120 million women worldwide from 2012-2020.

More than half-way to 2020, only 30 million women have been reached. At a time when activities need to be sped up, the United States, the leading bilateral funder of family planning worldwide, just pulled out billions of dollars from organisations serving the world’s poorest nations, claiming they funded abortion services.

Continued at source: Nepali Times: http://nepalitimes.com/article/Nepali-Times-Buzz/globe-rallies-to-aid-nepals-women,3841

Read more

India: Court rejects abortion plea of minor’s parents

0

Court rejects abortion plea of minor’s parents

The court of additional district and sessions judge Roonam R Joshi passed the orders on the basis of medical report submitted by the doctors of Gynecology Department of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:July 19, 2017

Disposing the application moved by the parents of a 10-year-old rape victim in which they had sought permission for abortion, a local court observed that girl cannot undergo abortion as it can pose serious health issues.

The court of additional district and sessions judge Roonam R Joshi passed the orders on the basis of medical report submitted by the doctors of Gynecology Department of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

Continued at source: Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/chandigarh/court-rejects-abortion-plea-of-minors-parents-chandigarh-4757232/

Read more

Chile moves towards legalising abortion in limited cases

0

Chile moves towards legalising abortion in limited cases

19 July 2017

Senators in Chile have voted in favour of a proposal which would end the country's total ban on abortions.
The measure would allow abortion in cases of rape, if the mother's life was at risk or if the foetus would not survive the pregnancy.
Currently, women can be prosecuted if they have an abortion.

The bill, which has the backing of President Michelle Bachelet, will now go back to the Chamber of Deputies for approval.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40653903

Read more

Chile passes bill to legalize abortion in certain cases

0

Chile passes bill to legalize abortion in certain cases

After fraught debate, senate votes to legalize abortion when a woman’s life is in danger, when a fetus is unviable and when a pregnancy results from rape

Reuters in Santiago
Wednesday 19 July 2017

Chile’s senate has narrowly passed a bill to legalize abortion in certain cases, in a win for President Michelle Bachelet’s center-left coalition and for rights groups that have campaigned for years against the country’s strict ban.

After a long and sometimes fractious overnight debate, the senate voted to legalize abortion when a woman’s life is in danger, when a fetus is unviable and when a pregnancy results from rape.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/19/chile-abortion-mother-rape-life-legalization

Read more

U.S.: Two Years Later, What Has Come of David Daleiden’s Accusation That Planned Parenthood ‘Sells Baby Parts’?

0

Two Years Later, What Has Come of David Daleiden’s Accusation That Planned Parenthood ‘Sells Baby Parts’?

Jul 19, 2017, 12:24pm Imani Gandy & Jessica Mason Pieklo

It has been two years this week since the anti-choice activist David Daleiden and his front group, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), first burst onto the scene to accuse Planned Parenthood affiliates of illegally profiting from fetal tissue donations—or as Daleiden put it, “baby parts.”

The allegations were, and are, absurd. In fact, they are so absurd—and Daleiden’s conduct in editing and releasing the videos is so egregious—that amidst a flurry of lawsuits, a federal court just ordered him in contempt of court and handed him a bill for more than $130,000.

Continued at source: Rewire: https://rewire.news/ablc/2017/07/19/two-years-later-come-david-daleidens-accusation-planned-parenthood-sells-baby-parts/

Read more

Abortion is in the news and in the courts across India

0

Abortion is in the news and in the courts across India
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 18, 2017

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 since the 1970s has had a law allowing abortions on a wide range of grounds.

The problem is multifaceted. There is a huge lack of safe abortion services. There is confusion about what is legal and what is not, particularly in relation to the illegality of sex determination and how that is being confused with the legality of second trimester abortion up to 20 weeks. Many women believe they do not meet the criteria for a legal abortion even though they do, such as young and unmarried women. Or they are in sexual relationships that would condemn them if they revealed their need for an abortion to family members or a clinician. Some doctors demand husband’s permission, which is not legally required. Others charge extortionate fees.

So women go to unauthorised providers, not all of whom are safe. They may choose confidentiality over safety. Many others buy medical abortion pills over the counter without a prescription or information on how to use the pills effectively. Many have no problems but some get bleeding problems and incomplete abortions. This gives the pills a bad name when the problem is lack of information on safe and effective use. Hence, some clinicians condemn the pills to the media.

In Maharashtra, for example, a state government committee investigating deaths in Sangli district allegedly linked to illegal abortions has recommended classifying medical abortion pills the same as narcotics to try to stop sex selective abortions, instead of addressing the problem of discrimination against girls and women. The dean of the Government Medical College in Sangli, who heads the committee, has claimed that abortion pills are poison and called them a “weapon”. In March 2017, a young woman died after allegedly being given medical abortion pills by a homeopathic doctor with no abortion training. Also earlier this year, another state committee had recommended mandatory tracking of every pregnant women with a female fetus, and another recommended tracking every pregnant woman. Suchitra Dalvie, head of the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, told Scroll In that this confuses the law forbidding sex determination and the law allowing abortion, but this often falls on deaf ears. Ravi Duggal from the Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes argued that these restrictions would lead to bribery of health professionals, victimise women and violate their rights.

Lastly, abortion is only permitted up to 20 weeks of pregnancy in most cases, and because tests for fetal anomaly are often done after 20 weeks, clinicians cannot do abortions in these cases and women end up going to a high court to get permission. The numbers of these cases are growing, or at least the numbers reported in the news are growing. This month, a 19-year-old rape survivor approached a court in Gujarat. She had been raped by a member of her family, did not realise she was pregnant until her father asked her aunt to take her to a doctor. So she was 24 weeks pregnant, beyond the legal time limit, when she sought permission for an abortion on mental health grounds.

While the courts mostly seem willing to give such permission, they are not required to do so, and the delay and cost are high. In one recent case, the woman received a diagnosis of a fatal heart anomaly in the fetus at 21 weeks, but it took a good month for the case to be heard at court and then the abortion had to be arranged. She was 26 weeks pregnant by then. Most women will not have the wherewithal to go to court in this way. According to Dr Devi Shetty, who was treating the woman, a low number of radiologists to screen the high numbers of women who seek screening is also responsible. He called for the law to be reformed to allow abortions up to at least 28 weeks in such cases.

In another case, also reported this month, a woman who had received a diagnosis of a severe neurological condition in her 27th week was refused an abortion by the Supreme Court because the panel of doctors who reviewed her case did not believe it was serious enough. The baby has since been born and is not expected to live. It emerged that the panel of doctors did not include a specialist in neurology.

Hence, the situation is extremely problematic, to say the least. There is a lot of pressure on the central government to improve the situation as the number of doctors seeing women with serious and fatal fetal anomalies speaks out. Pune’s Dr Chaitanya Umarji, who specialises in foetal medicine, said every week he sees a woman seeking abortion beyond the 20-week deadline.Pune’s Dr Chaitanya Umarji, who specialises in foetal medicine, said every week he sees a woman seeking abortion beyond the 20-week deadline.Pune’s Dr Chaitanya Umarji, who specialises in foetal medicine, said every week he sees a woman seeking abortion beyond the 20-week deadline. One specialist in Pune was quoted in the Times of India to say she sees three women a week, for example. But the current government is not yet moving on many of these issues in spite of promises. Pune’s Dr Chaitanya Umarji, who specialises in foetal medicine, said every week he sees a woman seeking abortion beyond the 20-week deadline.

At a recent two-day conference, aimed at building a coalition of safe abortion advocates in India, organised by the Ipas Development Foundation, the issues of low contraceptive use, repeated unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions were central. According to Vinoj Manning, their director, close to 10,000 doctors in the public sector in 13 States have been trained for providing safe abortion services to women. The first safe abortion guidelines issued in 2010 were significant of the national commitment to making abortion safer and have been followed by other progressive policy, including a mass media campaign. However, promises to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 that would allow mid-level health workers to provide safe abortion services have not been fulfilled, and lack of access to second trimester abortion, both before and after 20 weeks of pregnancy, because of fear of accusations of sex selection, all need urgent attention.

Also at the meeting, Dr Atul Ganatra of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society of India (FOGSI) said that conflict in laws and lack of clarity about laws have resulted in denial of safe abortion services to girls below the age of 18 for fear of prosecution. He called for public education, including for legal experts, on the abortion law and an increase in the 20-week time limit. A representative of Population Services International in India claimed that reduced profits due to price controls had meant many pharmaceutical companies in India has stopped producing medical abortion pills as well.

SOURCES: The India Saga, 11 July 2017 ; The Diplomat, by Ritu Mahendru, 11 July 2017 ; Times of India, 5 July 2017 ; Daily News & Analysis, by Maitri Porecha,  5 July 2017; Times of India, by Prithvijit Mitra, 5 July 2017 ; Hindustan Times, by Sadaguru Pandit, 6 July 2017 ; Times of India, 11 July 2017 ; Scroll In, by Priyanka Vora, 17 July 2017 ; PHOTO


Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/abortion-is-in-the-news-and-in-the-courts-across-india/

Read more

Abortion in Kosovo, an almost impossible mission

0

L’avortement au Kosovo, une mission quasi impossible
(Abortion in Kosovo, an almost impossible mission)
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 18, 2017

In Kosovo, the law allows women to have abortions up to the 10th week of pregnancy, and abortion remains a difficult journey. But some are ready to take all the risks.

“Attitudes do not change. In Kosovo, an abortion is always seen as very bad.”These words of Iliriana Gashi, director of Women for Women Kosovo, leave no doubt as to the image of abortion in Kosovo. Still taboo, abortion is rejected by the public authorities and the majority religions of the country – Islam and Christianity.

Yet abortion has always been legal in Kosovo. Before 1999, it was legal under Serbian law. In April 2006, more or less the same grounds for legal abortion were enshrined in the new laws of Kosovo, then under United Nations administration.

The law says that a woman over 18 years of age and pregnant less than ten weeks may have an abortion. This is two weeks less than in France, where one can have an abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy (or 14 weeks of amenorrhoea). After this, abortion can only be considered in “cases of danger to the woman and/or the fetus”. A minor must get the authorization of her parents.

But the reality is even worse. Of the 122 gynaecological clinics in Kosovo, only five are permitted by the Ministry of Health to provide abortions, according to a report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) published at the end of 2006. And only one of those clinics is a public clinic, that is, where the services are free. That is the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, in Pristina. But even there, posters against abortion can be found on the walls, as reported by Le Courrier des Balkans et Prishtina Insight in 2016. The posters say: “Abortion is a crime committed by the mother. ”

Even so, according to UNFPA estimates, there are between 28 and 50 abortions for every 100 live births in Kosovo. In France, there are 26.4 abortions per 100 live births. Many women have abortions because they live in poverty, but this is not the only reason. “They do not want to have many children, because they wish to give their children more education they themselves have received,” Iliriana Gashi told Kosovox.

For those that exceed the legal limit, one solution remains: the backstreets. Private clinics, not licensed by the Ministry of Health, illegally providing abortions. Here, the operation costs between 20 and 50 €, according to the President of Women for Women Kosovo. A large sum of money, since the average salary in Kosovo is 300€ per month. The conditions are precarious and women are likely to suffer complications: infections, bleeding, problems during subsequent pregnancies… even death in the most extreme cases.

Another solution, that costs less, also exists. Pills of misoprostol, available on sale in pharmacies, called Cytotec. But the public authorities are not interested in this problem.

“Our leaders are conservative for the most part,” explains Iliriana Gashi. The subject of abortion and, more generally, of the rights of women, is an uncomfortable one. This is also the view of Dejona Mihali, from the opposition party Vetevendosjë (Self-Determination). “In Kosovo, in the face of fear of blame by the family and society, abortions are most of the time conducted in secret in private clinics where the Ministry of Health has no entry. “In Kosovo, a woman’s right to decide freely about her body is still far from being respected.”

SOURCE: Kosovo Vox, by Manon Gayet, 1 Juillet 2017 (Translated from the French) ; PHOTO


Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/lavortement-au-kosovo-une-mission-quasi-impossible/

Read more