The big picture: Women around the world are fighting for abortion rights

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The big picture: Women around the world are fighting for abortion rights

Haley Britzky
June 17, 2018

Argentina took a step towards legalizing abortions last week after the lower house of its legislature sent a bill to the Senate that would allow the procedure in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, the BBC reports.

The big picture: Women in countries around the world are fighting for abortion rights, but the Guttmacher Institute reported that 42% of women of reproductive age worldwide still live in countries where abortion is "highly restricted," meaning it's entirely illegal or only allowed to "save a woman's life or protect her health."

Continued: https://www.axios.com/women-worldwide-abortion-rights-ireland-argentina-el-salvador-2d42e9c7-a985-43e4-abaf-cd396632befa.html

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‘Savita!’: why the Irish abortion vote touched women the world over

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'Savita!': why the Irish abortion vote touched women the world over

Finally, a woman’s death at the hands of an old madness did not mean nothing

Van Badham
Wed 30 May 2018

The photograph from the Irish referendum that brought me undone was of white-haired men in the street holding a yellow banner. It read “Grandfathers for Yes”. It came across my phone as I traversed Melbourne in the 86 tram only a couple of days before the vote, like a lobbed bomb of hope and love, relief and change. I sobbed aloud.

It struck with specific weight because there’d been another photo circulating a week earlier of Irish men the same age in a sadly more familiar scenario. “Vote NO” read their own pink signs, “Support women, protect babies, save lives.” That one had left me not in hot tears but a cold rage.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/30/savita-why-the-irish-abortion-vote-touched-women-the-world-over

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Latin America lagging behind on women’s rights

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Latin America lagging behind on women’s rights

By Hugo Sánchez and Julia R. Arévalo
euroefe.es | translated by Freya Kirk
Feb 19, 2018

Imprisoned for having an abortion, forced to keep a child born out of rape, pushed to commit suicide: women still pay a heavy price in Latin America, where several countries’ legislation greatly restricts abortion. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.

Women’s rights in South America were the main issue during a conference before the 10th Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EUROLAT), held last September in El Salvador. El Salvador is now ranked as the most violent country in the world, mainly due to gang activities.

Continued: https://www.euractiv.com/section/development-policy/news/latin-america-lagging-behind-on-womens-rights/

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Dominican Feminists Mobilize Against Criminalization of Abortion

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Dominican Feminists Mobilize Against Criminalization of Abortion

Published 14 December 2017
by Professor Jose Maria Sison

The Dominican Republic has one of Latin America's highest rates of maternal mortality, with 106 deaths for every 100,000 births.

The Investigation Center for Feminine Action (CIPAF) in the Dominican Republic is calling for public support for its bid to legalize abortion when a mother's life is at risk, when a fetus is deformed, or when a pregnancy is caused by rape.

The CIPAF's demands have been heard by lawmaker Magda Rodriguez, head of the legislative commission on gender equality, and representatives of the Women Ministry, who have previously "showed interest" in the campaign.

Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Dominican-Feminists-Mobilize-Against-Criminalization-of-Abortion-20171214-0031.html

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Dominican vote opens door to possible easing of total abortion ban

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Dominican vote opens door to possible easing of total abortion ban

Anastasia Moloney
July 13, 2017

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Congress in the Dominican Republic rejected upholding the nation's total ban on abortion this week, approving a step that would allow the procedure for ending life-threatening pregnancies and those resulting from rape or incest.

The lawmakers in the lower house voted against a decision in May by the Dominican Senate, which turned down recommendations made by President Danilo Medina to amend the criminal code and ease the nation's abortion ban.

Continued at source: Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-dominican-abortion-women-idUSKBN19Y2I5

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Major Victory for Women in Dominican Republic as Law Criminalizing Abortion Gets Stalled

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Major Victory for Women in Dominican Republic as Law Criminalizing Abortion Gets Stalled

Published 11 July 2017

Opening avenues for discussion over decriminalizing abortion, the Dominican Republic Chamber of Deputies ruled against a new Penal Code on Tuesday that would have prohibited abortion under any circumstances.

"This historic event marks a milestone for those who defend the right to autonomy," Colectiva Mujer y Salud, a non-profit organization, said in a statement at the end of the Lower House vote.

Hours before the meeting, members of the human rights organizations and women health collectives held a demonstration outside the Congress.

Continued at source: Telesurtv: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Major-Victory-for-Women-in-Dominican-Republic-as-Law-Criminalizing-Abortion-Gets-Stalled-20170711-0032.html

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Dominican Women Take to the Streets to Demand Abortion Rights

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Dominican Women Take to the Streets to Demand Abortion Rights

Published 25 June 2017

The Dominican Republic records one of the region's highest rates of maternal mortality with 106 victims for every 100,000 births.

Hundreds of women took to the streets of the capital of the Dominican Republic Sunday, demanding the country's lawmakers approve a bill that would decriminalize abortion when the pregnancy is threatening the mother's life, when it's the result of a rape, or when the fetus won't be able to survive outside the uterus.

Continued at source: TelesurTV: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Dominican-Women-Take-to-the-Streets-to-Demand-Abortion-Rights-20170625-0030.html

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Dominican Republic to uphold total ban on abortion

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Dominican Republic to uphold total ban on abortion

On May 31, the Dominican Senate voted to uphold a total ban on abortion. Even in cases of rape and incest, and when the woman’s life is in danger.
June 1, 2017 by Raquel Rosario Sanchez

On May 31, the Dominican Senate voted to uphold a total ban on abortion. The country is among six countries worldwide that have banned abortion in all circumstances, including when the life of the mother is in danger. Others are: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Vatican City, Malta, and Chile. The Senate had the opportunity to change the grim situation of reproductive rights and access in the country on Wednesday, however, they voted to uphold the archaic legislation by a margin of 27 to two.

Continued at source: Feminist Current: http://www.feministcurrent.com/2017/06/01/dominican-republic-uphold-total-ban-abortion/

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Dominican Republic: Senate faces golden opportunity to decriminalize abortion

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Dominican Republic: Senate faces golden opportunity to decriminalize abortion
31 May 2017

Senators in the Dominican Republic must scrap one of the world’s most restrictive laws on abortion and begin to protect the rights of millions of women and girls, Amnesty International said ahead of a vote that could decriminalize abortion in certain circumstances.

“Senators in the Dominican Republic have a golden opportunity to protect the lives of millions of women and girls. They must seize the moment and scrap one of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws contained in a Criminal Code which dates back to the 19th century,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

Continued at source: Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/05/dominican-republic-senate-faces-golden-opportunity-to-decriminalize-abortion/

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Return Of ‘Global Gag Rule’ Could Be Setback For Health Care, Abortion Rights In Dominican Republic

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Return Of 'Global Gag Rule' Could Be Setback For Health Care, Abortion Rights In Dominican Republic
By Rodrigo Cervantes
Published: Monday, April 10, 2017

SANTO DOMINGO — While politicians in Arizona debate the possibility of more regulations on abortions, in the Dominican Republic, in contrast, the debate centers on its legalization. But recent pro-life policies in the United States could reverse course for Dominican health services.

Near the boisterous Washington Avenue in Santo Domingo, a battling women’s rights organization is in hiding.

La Colectiva Mujer y Salud looks like any other house — for a reason. It had to remove its name from the facade after receiving threats from those who oppose its cause.

La Colectiva, as some people call it, has been on the front line of a struggle to decriminalize abortion. The Dominican Republic is currently one of the six countries in the world where a woman can go to jail for getting an abortion — and so can whoever helps, including doctors.

Continued at source: KJZZ: http://kjzz.org/content/458266/return-global-gag-rule-could-be-setback-health-care-abortion-rights-dominican

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