Campaigning for the Right to Safe Abortion: Highlights of the Year

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22 December 2016, by Safe Abortion
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE "OFFICIAL" LEVEL

January 2016

Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma refuses to sign the Safe Abortion Act, despite it being passed unanimously by the national Parliament twice with widespread support countrywide and from across Africa. He cannot veto it so he referred the new law to the Constitutional Review Committee in March. Then in June he called for it to be put to a referendum.

Peru government compensates young woman almost a decade after she was denied a legal abortion for anencephaly in historic UN Human Rights Committee abortion case, supported by a range of women's rights and abortion rights groups.

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights calls for decriminalisation of abortion across Africa in line with the Maputo Protocol.

European Union 2016 budget requires medical care in humanitarian settings to include access to safe abortion.

Guyana Madam Justice Roxane George has interpreted the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995 to permit mid-level providers to deliver medical abortion for pregnancies not more than eight weeks.

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion