Jailing of Teen Sparks Calls for Reform of Indonesia Abortion Laws

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Jailing of Teen Sparks Calls for Reform of Indonesia Abortion Laws

August 08, 2018
Max Walden

JAKARTA — Activists have welcomed the release of a 15-year-old girl from jail on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on “humanitarian grounds” following her arrest for a home abortion after being repeatedly raped by her older brother.

They worry, however, that proposed changes to the nation’s criminal code will reinforce the criminalization of abortion, target sexual minorities and even outlaw disseminating information about contraception.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/a/indonesia-abortion-laws/4518391.html

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Protests in Indonesia as girl raped by brother is jailed for abortion

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Protests in Indonesia as girl raped by brother is jailed for abortion
Activists file a complaint against judges who sentenced a 15-year-old girl to six months’ jail

Kate Lamb in Jakarta
Wed 1 Aug 2018

Indonesian activists have filed an official complaint against three judges in Sumatra, who sentenced a teenage girl to six months in prison for having an illegal abortion after she was repeatedly raped by her brother.

An alliance of women’s rights and child protection activists met with members of the Indonesian Judicial Commission in Jakarta on Monday to urge them to investigate, saying the decision to imprison the girl was “grossly unfair”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/01/protests-in-indonesia-as-girl-raped-by-brother-is-jailed-for-abortion

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Raped and jailed: Indonesian girl’s plight prompts call to legalize abortion

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Raped and jailed: Indonesian girl's plight prompts call to legalize abortion

August 1, 2018
Beh Lih Yi

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Calls to decriminalize abortion grew louder in Indonesia on Wednesday after a teenage girl who was raped by her brother was jailed for six months for terminating her pregnancy, sparking anger among activists who demanded her immediate release.

The 15-year-old, from Jambi province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, was sentenced last month after a judge found her guilty of having an abortion, according to rights groups including Amnesty International.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-rights-women/raped-and-jailed-indonesian-girls-plight-prompts-call-to-legalize-abortion-idUSKBN1KM4H1

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Indonesia – Activists demand review of rape victim’s punishment for abortion

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Activists demand review of rape victim’s punishment for abortion

Jon Afrizal
The Jakarta Post
Sun, July 22, 2018

Activists criticize the six-month imprisonment of a 15-year-old girl in Batanghari, Jambi who aborted her rape-related pregnancy, asking the government to review the case.

A women’s activist from Embun Pagi Women School in Jambi, Zubaidah, said Sunday that the girl’s case had a legal fallacy.

“This case must not be viewed as an abortion case,” she said Sunday. Abortion is a crime in Indonesia but there are some exceptions. Zubaidah said the girl’s case should be seen as a medical emergency, thus an exception.

Continued: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/07/22/activists-demand-review-of-rape-victims-punishment-for-abortion.html

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Indonesia girl jailed for abortion after being raped by brother

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Indonesia girl jailed for abortion after being raped by brother
15-year-old sentenced to six months for terminating pregnancy after six-week limit

Agence France-Presse in Jakarta
Sat 21 Jul 2018

A 15-year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her older brother has been jailed for six months for having an abortion, an official said on Saturday.

The girl was sentenced on Thursday alongside her 17-year-old brother in a closed hearing at Muara Bulian district court on the island of Sumatra, the court spokesman Listyo Arif Budiman said.

“The girl was charged under the child protection law for having an abortion,” he said.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/21/indonesia-girl-jailed-for-abortion-after-being-raped-by-brother

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Indonesia – A 15-Year-Old Girl Is Imprisoned for Abortion After Her Brother Raped Her Repeatedly

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A 15-Year-Old Girl Is Imprisoned for Abortion After Her Brother Raped Her Repeatedly

By Cristina Maza
On 7/20/18

A 15-year-old girl in Indonesia was sentenced to six months in jail on Thursday for having an abortion after her brother raped her repeatedly.

The girl’s brother, whose age is unknown, was charged with the abortion and with sexually abusing his sister. He admitted to raping his sister at least eight times and threatening to physically harm her if she refused his sexual advances. He was given two years in prison as a result.

Continued: https://www.newsweek.com/15-year-old-girl-imprisoned-abortion-after-her-brother-raped-her-repeatedly-1034489

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Indonesia – New research shows abortions with support of non-medically trained counselors could offer safe alternative for women in legally-restrictive contexts

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New research shows abortions with support of non-medically trained counselors could offer safe alternative for women in legally-restrictive contexts
July 18, 2018

A new study published by Ibis in BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health shows that a safe-abortion hotline staffed by trained abortion counselors can help women who are more than 12 weeks pregnant to safely self-manage medication abortion. Results suggest that this model has the potential to be as effective as providing medication abortion in a clinic and could provide a safe option for women who need an abortion after 12 weeks in restrictive legal settings.

“Even in places where abortion is legal, structural and institutional barriers can delay women from accessing abortion care. These barriers are even greater in contexts where abortion is legally restricted,” said Caitlin Gerdts, PhD, vice president for research at Ibis and lead author of the study.

Continued: https://ibisreproductivehealth.org/news/new-research-shows-abortions-support-non-medically-trained-counselors-could-offer-safe

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Indonesia – Police investigate alleged incest, abortion in Jambi village

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Police investigate alleged incest, abortion in Jambi village

Jon Afrizal
The Jakarta Post
Sun, June 10, 2018

Batanghari Police have arrested a woman and her two children after an investigation connected them to the recent discovery of a badly decomposed male fetus that was found on an oil palm plantation near Pulau village, Muara Tembesi district, Batanghari regency, Jambi.

The suspects, AD, 38, AS, 18, and WA, 15, are being held under the Child Protection Law and the Criminal Code (KUHP). AS is accused of raping his sister, WA, while she and her mother have been charged with aborting the 8-month-old fetus. AS could face 15 years in prison if found guilty and AD and WA 10 years.

Continued: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/06/09/police-investigate-alleged-incest-abortion-in-jambi-village.html

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UN says Canadian funding for reproductive health agency critical after U.S. cuts

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UN says Canadian funding for reproductive health agency critical after U.S. cuts

Michelle Zilio, OTTAWA
December 6, 2017

The head of the UN reproductive health and rights agency says Canada's financial support has been critical to the agency's work after President Donald Trump cut U.S. funding this year.

Natalia Kanem, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, says the withdrawal of almost $70-million (U.S.) in American funding will put millions of women's lives at risk in the years to come. Dr. Kanem, who was in Ottawa on Wednesday to launch the agency's annual population report, said the Canadian government's renewal of $15.6-million (Canadian) in funding is "lifesaving" for vulnerable women and girls in some of the poorest regions of the world.

Continued at source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/un-says-canadian-funding-for-reproductive-health-agency-critical-after-us-cuts/article37230933/

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Indonesia: Delayed Abortion Regulation Denies Abuse Victims’ Rights: Critics

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Delayed Abortion Regulation Denies Abuse Victims' Rights: Critics

Aug 21, 2017

The government’s sluggish effort to provide legal and safe abortion services has largely denied the rights of the people, especially victims of rape, to proper reproductive health services, say women’s rights campaigners. Three years after the Health Ministry’s Decree on Reproductive Health went into force, the much-awaited service remains elusive. The decree is a follow-up to Law No. 36/2009 on Health, which legalizes abortion for rape victims and as a life-saving measure.

Continued at link: Jakarta Post (through Press Reader): https://www.pressreader.com/indonesia/the-jakarta-post/20170821/281539406074102
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/21/delayed-abortion-regulation-denies-sexual-abuse-victims-rights-critics.html

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