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 – 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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Ireland – Women should have option of abortion in event of rape or incest, group claims

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Women should have option of abortion in event of rape or incest, group claims
Removing Eighth Amendment will reduce shame associated with being victim of sexual assault, says Together for Yes

Apr 6, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Women should be given the option to terminate their pregnancies if they are the victim of rape or incest, the Together for Yes campaign has said.

Maeve Eogan, medical director of the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) at Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital, said women who conceive as a result of sexual violence currently have two options available to them - to travel abroad or to continue with their pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/women-should-have-option-of-abortion-in-event-of-rape-or-incest-group-claims-1.3452054

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Ireland – Why I was persuaded abortion up to 12 weeks should be allowed

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Why I was persuaded abortion up to 12 weeks should be allowed
Billy Kelleher: Evidence to Oireachtas committee highlighted difficulty of legislating for abortion in rape or incest cases

March 21, 2018
Billy Kelleher

Abortion is a very uncomfortable subject for anyone to discuss in great detail and there is no unanimous position on it.

Some say abortion is a human right; others believe it is an abomination and should never be allowed in any circumstances, even when the health of the mother is in danger, or when a fatal foetal abnormality is diagnosed or after a woman is raped or a victim of incest.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/why-i-was-persuaded-abortion-up-to-12-weeks-should-be-allowed-1.3433974

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