Council of Europe warns on backlash to abortion access

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Council of Europe warns on backlash to abortion access

By Caterina Tani
BRUSSELS, Dec 6, 2017

A backlash against access to abortion in some EU member states in the past few years is "deeply troubling", the Council of Europe warned on Tuesday (5 December).

In the majority of EU countries abortions are legal, but in some states a wave of "retrogressive restrictions" are threatening women's health and well-being, the European human rights organisation's report said.

Continued at source: https://euobserver.com/health/140158

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Abortion in Malta at the time of the Knights

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Abortion in Malta at the time of the Knights
Sunday, December 3, 2017
by Giovanni Bonello

It is only during the rule of the Order of St John over Malta that abortion, its practices and its regulation, start being documented. Before that, total silence seems to shroud the subject. With the arrival of the Knights, written records become more systematic and extensive. The fact that civil governance fell under the tutelage of a Christian religious order may help to explain why abortion starts being a subject of interest.

Though no documentary evidence survives, Christianity’s ancient aversion to the termination of unborn life, would, almost certainly, have been reflected in the criminal law of the islands even before the Order’s rule. But the first positive enactment I could trace goes back to Grand Master Jean Paul Lascaris who, in January 1650, by magistral edict, formally criminalised abortion.

Continued at source: https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20171203/life-features/abortion-in-malta-at-the-time-of-the-knights.664703

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From Dublin to Brussels demand universal access to abortion by International Sec – WSM

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From Dublin to Brussels demand universal access to abortion by International Sec - WSM
Date Sun, 1 Oct 2017 10:53:10 +0300

The Workers Solidarity Movement in Ireland is in full support of the protests in Brussels on the 28th September demanding a guaranteed, free, and accessible access to abortion across Europe. The EU has stood by idly while the bodily autonomy of pregnant people continues to be violated by some member states including Ireland and Malta. It has similarly done nothing while other member states progressively attack reproductive rights based on the political whimsy of the controlling parties of ever-increasing conservative governments. We hope the this mobilisation will demonstrate the united commitment to reproductive freedom for all. ---- We stand with you in spirit as we prepare for our own mobilisation on the 30th of September for the Dublin March for Choice and it appears almost certain a constitutional referendum to remove the ban on abortion next summer. The text that follows is our position paper on abortion rights agreed by WSM national conference this summer.

Continued at source: http://www.ainfos.ca/en/ainfos35741.html

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Europe: Why we’re marching for reproductive rights

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Why we’re marching for reproductive rights
28 September 2017

Today, on the International Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, Friends of the Earth activists are taking to the streets in Brussels to demand women’s rights and bodily autonomy and the right to abortion for women across all European countries and around the world.

Sign the petition for reproductive rights in Europe

Abortion is still banned in Ireland and Malta, and highly restricted in Hungary and Poland. Elsewhere, even where access to abortion is legally guaranteed, it can still be denied in practice through the closure of abortion providers and funding cuts for expert staff. And in all countries the right to abortion is regularly threatened as right-wing reactionary politicians gain influence and use women’s rights as bargaining chips to win the support of conservative sectors of society.

Continued: Friends of the Earth Europe: http://www.foeeurope.org/women-rights-abortion-march-280917

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Malta: New Leader Of Green Party Against Abortion But In Favour Of Healthy Debate

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New Leader Of Green Party Against Abortion But In Favour Of Healthy Debate

'Nothing is ever static in politics'
Tim Diacono
20th September, 2017

In a relatively radical stance for Maltese politics, the new leader of green party Alternattiva Demokratika has said a national debate on abortion would be healthy for society... even though he is personally against its introduction.

Malta has the most restrictive abortion laws in the world but several Maltese women travel abroad to get an abortion every year. Despite the island's small population, official statistics show the number of Maltese women who travelled to the UK for an abortion in 2015 was the fifth highest in the world.

Continued at source: https://lovinmalta.com/news/news-politics/new-leader-of-green-party-against-abortion-but-in-favour-of-healthy-debate-1

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Malta: The time has come to legalise abortion

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The time has come to legalise abortion
Alice Taylor Sunday, 17 September 2017

It has been several months now since the morning-after pill was finally licensed for sale in Malta. I use the word licensed because it was always legal in other forms and dosages, it just wasn't licensed in that specific dose and for that specific purpose. After this milestone, all of us knew that it would only be a matter of time before the highly controversial issue of abortion reared its head.

This week, members of the National Youth Parliament called for an opened dialogue and consultation on the topic of abortion - and about time too.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-09-17/blogs-opinions/The-time-has-come-to-legalise-abortion-6736179095

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Malta: Youths call for consultation on abortion

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Youths call for consultation on abortion
Sept 13, 2017
Mtella' Settembru

In Malta, a group of nine youths presented a resolution at the National Youth Parliament titled "Sexual health and reproduction in Malta", that calls for abortion to be openly discussed and not treated as taboo. Many young women travel to other nearby countries to have abortions, which may be illegal and unsafe.

Continued at source: TVM: https://www.tvm.com.mt/en/news/mill-parlament-tazyouths-call-for-consultation-on-abortion-zghazagh-sejha-ghal-konsultazzjoni-dwar-l-abort/

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Malta issuing International Arrest Warrant for man involved in forced abortion

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Malta issuing International Arrest Warrant for man involved in forced abortion
Julian Bonnici Sunday
20 August 2017

The Maltese police are issuing an International Arrest Warrant for the partner of a woman who had her baby forcibly aborted last April allegedly by him and three accomplices, a police spokesperson has informed this newspaper.

“The police force is doing all that it is legally and physically possible to trace and bring back the partner of the victim to Malta,” the spokesperson said.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-08-20/local-news/Malta-issuing-International-Arrest-Warrant-for-man-involved-in-forced-abortion-6736178012

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Project: On Abortion by Laia Abril

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Project: On Abortion by Laia Abril

Written by Izabela Radwanska Zhang
Published on 4 May 2017

Every year, some 47,000 women die from backstreet abortions because of a lack of legal or free access: in her project, Abril shows the after-effects of this experience. This article was first published in the May issue of BJP

Laia Abril is no stranger to themes of distress. Bulimia, coping with the death of a child, the asexual community, virtual sex-performer couples – these are all topics that the Barcelona-based photographer has explored and attempted to demystify with her multi-layered, story-based practice. The subjects she tackles are complex and provocative, but ones she is able to connect with by way of female empathy, “where I can be involved emotionally”, she says.

Continued at source: http://www.bjp-online.com/2017/05/project-on-abortion-by-laia-abril/

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Times Of Malta Blames ‘Liberal Thought’ For Leading To Abortion Debate

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Times Of Malta Blames 'Liberal Thought' For Leading To Abortion Debate

And some readers are outraged

Chris Peregin
Feb 10, 2017

Times Of Malta shocked its more liberal readers this week after it made a public call to "fiercely" oppose abortion and fight back against "the onslaught of liberal thought emphasising individual choice".

Representing the voice of the newspaper, the editorial decried the introduction of the morning-after pill and civil unions for gay couples.

"Sadly, is has been a slow but gradual development to reach this point. First to go was the family model of mother and father through the Civil Unions Act that introduced gay marriage with adoption rights through the backdoor," claimed Tuesday's editorial, titled It’s Only Right If Abortion’s Wrong.

Continued at source: LovinMalta: https://lovinmalta.com/news/local/times-of-maltas-battlecry-against-abortion

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