Guatemalan Congress Uses Fuego Volcano Tragedy as Smokescreen for Unpopular Anti-Abortion, Amnesty Bills

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Guatemalan Congress Uses Fuego Volcano Tragedy as Smokescreen for Unpopular Anti-Abortion, Amnesty Bills

Published 9 June 2018

If approved, the law would allow amnesties in cases of crimes against humanity in a country where 45,000 people were forcibly disappeared during the civil war.

A congressional body in Guatemala approved Friday two controversial bills as the citizens of the country are still struggling to cope with the aftermath of the deadly Fuego Volcano tragedy. One of the measures criminalizes abortion and bans same-sex marriage while the other would allow the state to give amnesties to persons implicated in crimes against humanity.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Guatemalan-Congress-Uses-Fuego-Tragedy-as-Smokescreen-for-Unpopular-Anti-Abortion-Amnesty-Bills-20180609-0004.html

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South Korea – Medical students support lifting abortion ban

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Medical students support lifting abortion ban

By Lee Min-ju
Published 2018.06.08

Medical school students in Korea announced that they supported a recent petition to the Constitutional Court to scrap the law banning abortion.

The petition was submitted by an obstetrics and gynecology doctor, who was indicted for performing 69 abortions from November 2013 to July 2015 at the request or with the approval of women.

Continued: http://www.koreabiomed.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=3461

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South Korea – Justice Ministry takes heat for abortion stance

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Justice Ministry takes heat for abortion stance

June 07,2018

The culture wars that consumed American society in the 1990s seems to have landed in Korea, with value-driven issues such as gay marriage and abortion proving to be hot button issues.

Korea’s Ministry of Justice is no stranger to controversy, being the center of debate in a conflict over investigative prerogatives between the national police and prosecutors. But even weathered Korean justice officials have little experience when it comes to matters of gender and sexuality, as such issues have been customarily overlooked in Korea’s relatively conservative society.

Continued: http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3049010

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Gibraltar government will NOT repeal abortion ban, saying it has ‘already dealt with gay marriage’

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EXCLUSIVE: Gibraltar government will NOT repeal abortion ban, saying it has ‘already dealt with gay marriage’

Gibraltar government says it will not consider revising its anti-abortion laws, despite the results of the recent Irish referendum vote
By Staff Reporter -
6 Jun, 2018

THE Gibraltar government has said it will not reconsider its anti-abortion laws despite Ireland’s recent landslide vote to repeal its ban.

Pro-choice campaigners had hoped it would put pressure on the Rock, but it seems their fight won’t be over any time soon.

Continued: http://www.gibraltarolivepress.com/2018/06/06/exclusive-gibraltar-government-will-not-repeal-abortion-ban-saying-it-has-already-dealt-with-gay-marriage/

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Inside the secret world of Brazil’s WhatsApp abortions

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Inside the secret world of Brazil's WhatsApp abortions
06 Jun 2018

In Brazil, where abortion is a crime, a WhatsApp group is offering a secret route for women who want to end a pregnancy. The BBC has investigated how the group works for months.

Reporter Nathalia Passarinho, producer Dina Demrdash, filmed by Ana Terra Athayde.

BBC 100 Women has been investigating the modern face of the "DIY abortion", with global online searches for abortion pills more than doubling over the last decade.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-latin-america-44326055/inside-the-secret-world-of-brazil-s-whatsapp-abortions

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Is abortion legal in Australia? It’s complicated

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Is abortion legal in Australia? It's complicated

By health reporter Olivia Willis
May 25, 2018

Ireland has just voted on whether to lift the country's controversial ban on abortion.

But in Australia, whether or not abortion is legal depends on where you live — as does the cost and availability of the procedure.

And that's because abortion laws are made by state and territory governments, not the Federal Government.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2018-05-26/is-abortion-legal-in-australia/9795188

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Amnesty chief calls Latin America’s abortion laws violence against women

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Amnesty chief calls Latin America's abortion laws violence against women
Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s secretary general, urges Argentina and others to reform draconian legislation and says human rights have deteriorated across region

Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Sun 15 Apr 2018

Latin America’s draconian abortion policies have resulted in the needless deaths of thousands of women, said Amnesty International’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, as he called for a decisive push for legalization of the procedure across the region.

“The criminalization of abortion is an extreme form of violence against women. It doesn’t reduce abortions – it just makes them unsafe,” Shetty told the Guardian in Buenos Aires after a meeting with Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/15/latin-america-abortion-laws-violence-against-women-amnesty-international-salil-shetty

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – Body Politics: Criminalization of Sexuality and Reproduction

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – Body Politics: Criminalization of Sexuality and Reproduction

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
March 20, 2018

On 12 March 2018 at the Commission on the Status of Women, Amnesty International launched two reports, a primer and a toolkit, in the series on Body Politics: Criminalization of Sexuality and Reproduction. The series focuses on the human rights impact of criminalizing abortion, sex work, sex outside of marriage, adolescent sexuality, HIV exposure, non-disclosure and transmission, same-sex sexual conduct and pregnancy. It provides both critical analysis and tools for advocacy planning. Training materials will be published soon. This work is the culmination of six years of research, analysis and engagement with key partners.

In the Foreword to the Primer, Anand Grover, Former Special Rapporteur on the right to health, a senior advocate and a founder-member of the Lawyers Collective in India, wrote:

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/amnesty-international-body-politics-criminalization-of-sexuality-and-reproduction/

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Ireland is holding a referendum on abortion – now let’s talk about Australia

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Ireland is holding a referendum on abortion - now let's talk about Australia
The Emerald Isle legalised same-sex marriage before us and looks like they could pip us to the post with reproductive rights too.

Jan 30, 2018
By Kate Wagner

We woke up to the progressive news Ireland will be holding a referendum on abortion. Their constitution as it stands now effectively bans terminations, deeming them illegal except in specific cases when there is a threat to the life of the mother.

Given the country's deeply religious roots, the fact criminalising abortion is enshrined in their constitution may not be shocking, but it is deeply troubling.

Continued: https://www.cosmopolitan.com.au/news/ireland-decriminalise-abortions-what-about-australia-25766

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The Criminalization of Abortion Began as a Business Tactic

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The Criminalization of Abortion Began as a Business Tactic
By Erin Blakemore // January 22, 2018

If you opened up the Leavenworth Times, a Kansas newspaper, in the 1850s, you’d see an ad for Sir James Clarke’s Female Pills. These pills, the advertiser bragged, were ideal for bringing on women’s periods—and were “particularly suited to married ladies.”

Then there was Madame Costello, a “female physician” who took out an ad in the New York Herald in the 1840s. She advertised to women “who wish to be treated for obstruction of the monthly period.”

Continued: http://www.history.com/news/the-criminalization-of-abortion-began-as-a-business-tactic

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