Bowing to U.S. demands, U.N. waters down resolution on sexual violence in conflict

Bowing to U.S. demands, U.N. waters down resolution on sexual violence in conflict

Michelle Nichols
Apr 23, 2019

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A U.S. threat to veto U.N. Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because President Donald Trump’s administration sees it as code for abortion, diplomats said.
Amal Clooney and Nadia Murad listen to Denis Mukwege speaking at the United Nations Security Council during a meeting about sexual violence in conflict in New York, New York, U.S., April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A German-drafted resolution was adopted after a reference was cut referring to the need for U.N. bodies and donors to give timely “sexual and reproductive health” assistance to survivors of sexual violence in conflict.

Continued: https://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN1RZ27T-OCATP

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UN waters down rape resolution to appease US’s hardline abortion stance

UN waters down rape resolution to appease US's hardline abortion stance
Measure on sexual violence in conflict passes after Trump administration threatened to veto document over references to reproductive health

Liz Ford
Tue 23 Apr 2019

The UN has backed a resolution on combatting rape in conflict but excluded references in the text to sexual and reproductive health, after vehement opposition from the US.

The resolution passed by the security council on Tuesday after a three-hour debate and a weekend of fierce negotiations on the language among member states that threatened to derail the process.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/apr/23/un-resolution-passes-trump-us-veto-threat-abortion-language-removed

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South Africa – Springs hospital lays criminal charge against nurse who performed illegal abortion

Springs hospital lays criminal charge against nurse who performed illegal abortion

23/04/2019
Canny Maphanga

The Far East Rand Hospital in Springs, Gauteng, has laid criminal charges against a nurse who performed an illegal abortion while off duty on Friday. The termination of the pregnancy at a home led to complications that resulted in the patient collapsing.

"The nurse apparently gave the patient oral medication and did some manipulation which led to complications that saw the patient collapse," the Gauteng Department of Health said in a statement on Tuesday.

Continued: https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/springs-hospital-lays-criminal-charge-against-nurse-who-performed-illegal-abortion-20190423

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New Zealand – Should our law override a woman’s right to decide about her own body – the abortion debate

Should our law override a woman's right to decide about her own body - the abortion debate

Apr 22 2019

OPINION: The Government is considering law changes to remove abortion from the Crimes Act,

Any move on abortion laws soon becomes a polarising issue.

The current potential change has seen marches by both pro-choice and pro-life groups. Some women have also been sharing their personal experiences. Journalist Paula Penfold decided to tell her own story on Stuff recently

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/112037462/should-our-law-override-a-womans-right-to-decide-about-her-own-body--the-abortion-debate

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South Korea – Abortion ban ruled unconstitutional; what should revisions be?

Abortion ban ruled unconstitutional; what should revisions be?

2019-04-21
By Bahk Eun-ji

After the Constitutional Court ruled last week that the country's 66-year-old abortion ban must be lifted, politicians face one of their toughest tasks in revising the relevant law: the legal limitations.

In its ruling, the court said banning abortion in the early stages of pregnancy was "an unconstitutional restriction that violates a woman's right to make her own decisions on personal matters."

Continued: https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/04/119_267438.html

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Ireland – Ten out of 19 maternity units have abortion services in place

Ten out of 19 maternity units have abortion services in place
The HSE has said that “service demand remains within the predicted limits” in relation to abortion services.

Apr 20, 2019

THERE ARE 10 maternity units providing abortion services out of a total of 19 units across the country, over three months after Ireland’s abortion laws have been legalised.

The HSE has said that nine maternity units had provided abortion services from the start of this year, and that one additional maternity unit had since begun to offer the service.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/rotunda-hospital-abortion-4578751-Apr2019/

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Only for ‘naughty girls’: Stigma lingers after South Korea abortion ban overturned

Only for 'naughty girls': Stigma lingers after South Korea abortion ban overturned

by Beh Lih Yi
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Apr 19, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR - South Korea is set to legalize abortion after a decadeslong ban was struck down, but women’s rights campaigners have warned those who undergo the procedure will still be “punished in the eyes of society.”

In a landmark verdict last week, a South Korean court ruled the ban — which dates from 1953 — unconstitutional and asked the government to legalize abortion by the end of 2020.

Continued: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/04/19/asia-pacific/social-issues-asia-pacific/naughty-girls-stigma-lingers-south-korea-abortion-ban-overturned/#.XLn5YaR7lPY

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Delhi: Five-year wait for law to ease abortion rules

Delhi: Five-year wait for law to ease abortion rules

TNN
Apr 19, 2019

NEW DELHI: Last month, when a woman in Maharashtra found out that her 22-week-old fetus had a brain condition that posed “substantial risk of serious physical handicap,” she had to move court because abortion is not allowed in India after 20 weeks. The woman and her husband would have been spared this trauma had a five-year old proposal to allow medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) up to 24 weeks in problematic cases become law.

It was in 2014 that the Union health ministry drafted the amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act for cases in which doctors diagnose fetal abnormalities or substantial risk to the mother or the child.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/mumbai-five-year-wait-for-law-to-ease-abortion-rules/articleshow/68948179.cms

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Trump Administration Expands Assault on Global Abortion Access

Trump Administration Expands Assault on Global Abortion Access

April 18, 2019
Nina Besser Doorley

In March, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced two significant escalations in the Trump administration’s attacks on sexual and reproductive rights globally: a new expansion to the already-devastating Global Gag Rule and the unprecedented use of the Siljander Amendment to attack funding for a multilateral organization, the Organization of American States.

While the latest expansion to the Global Gag Rule has been well publicized, the use of the Siljander Amendment—an obscure legislative provision that prohibits the use of US funds for abortion-related lobbying—to cut more than $200,000 in US funding to the Organization of American States (OAS) has received less attention. Nonetheless, the use of this provision sets a dangerous precedent by attempting to force global human rights bodies to bow to US political pressure.

Continued: https://iwhc.org/2019/04/trump-administration-expands-assault-on-global-abortion-access/

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