2018: the fight for abortion rights gets real
This year we made some historic gains for women's freedom.
Ella Whelan, Columnist
27th December 2018
2018 has been a big year for pro-choice campaigners. Across the world, women (and men) have argued for more liberal abortion laws – and in some cases they won the argument.
First there was Ireland. In May, ‘Yes’ voters won a landslide victory in a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. The Eighth Amendment enshrined the ‘right to life’ of the unborn, meaning that abortion in the Republic of Ireland was prohibited even in cases of fatal fetal abnormality, rape and incest.
Parliament decriminalises abortion
March 30th, 2018
George Psyllides Cyprus
After years of discussion parliament on Friday passed with an overwhelming majority a law decriminalising abortion.
The controversial matter – which had remained largely stagnant out of fear of reprisal from the church – was voted into law with 33 votes in favour, eight against and five abstentions.
It allows termination of an unwanted pregnancy up to 12 weeks of gestation. In case of rape, an abortion can take place up to 19 weeks.
CYPRUS – Hide the abortions and then prosecute the doctors who provide them
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Feb 23, 2018
In Cyprus, the criminal code was amended in 1986 to permit abortion, if two doctors agree, in cases of risk to the woman’s life or health, or serious fetal anomaly, and with police certification also in cases of rape. The law does not specify a time limit, but in the north of Cyprus the limit is 10 weeks. There are many private clinics providing abortion on the island, charging 600€ on average (median income in Cyprus is ± 1,170 € per month).
In July 2016, an “abortion scandal” made the news when two doctors and later four other doctors were all indicted for carrying out abortions over ten weeks of pregnancy, including one said to have been at 34 weeks of pregnancy. Many of their patients were Turkish women who travelled from Turkey to Cyprus.
Outcry over woman arrested for having an abortion
October 12th, 2017
George Psyllides Cyprus 59 Comments
There was outrage on Wednesday over parliament’s failure to amend abortion legislation after police in Nicosia detained a woman who had an abortion and the doctor at a private clinic who carried out the procedure.
The two appeared before a court on Tuesday which remanded them in custody for five days. She had been eight weeks pregnant. Although illegal except under special circumstances, it is a well-known fact that private clinics carry out abortions freely in Cyprus.