‘Dear reader, put yourself in the position of a child raped and denied an abortion’

‘Dear reader, put yourself in the position of a child raped and denied an abortion’

Esperanza Meraki

28 September 2018

I am a 14-year-old aspiring human rights activist and this is why I believe in women’s and girls' right to safe abortion in cases of rape.

Abortion is a very complicated topic, as there is no black or white; there is an infinite amount of shades of grey in between. Many people across the world are anti-abortion and pro-life. Some believe that abortion is murder and women should not be given that choice, but I believe this is problematic and unfair because there are many cases when a woman should have the right to terminate a fetus.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/esperanza-meraki/dear-reader-i-urge-you-to-put-yourself-in-position-of-child-who-has-been-raped

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Geraldine Kennedy: Why I am a reluctant Yes to repeal Eighth Amendment

Geraldine Kennedy: Why I am a reluctant Yes to repeal Eighth Amendment
It’s a long way from what I voted against in 1983 to the right to abortion at 12 weeks ‘without any indication’

April 27, 2018
Geraldine Kennedy

There have been almost 30 referendums since the Constitution was adopted in 1937. I have covered the vast majority of them in my journalistic career. There have been more abortion questions put to the people in referendums than any other single issue in the history of the State. So, I have become something of a specialist on abortion. The referendum on May 25th is the sixth time around for me.

The first time was on September 7th, 1983, when the Eighth Amendment was put into the Constitution. It is hard to believe that it was held almost 35 years ago. This means every voter under the age of 53 years or so, depending on their political awareness, has no personal memory of that campaign.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/geraldine-kennedy-why-i-am-a-reluctant-yes-to-repeal-eighth-amendment-1.3476601

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

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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Zimbabwe: Illegal abortion: A major public health concern

Illegal abortion: A major public health concern
December 27, 2017

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor

When Ms Mildred Mapingure of Chegutu was raped by Courage Chamboko during an armed robbery in 2006, she never imagined that events of that fateful night would haunt her for the rest of her life.

Soon after the traumatising incident Ms Mapingure immediately reported the matter to Chegutu Police so that she could be assisted to get medical assistance and stop her from conceiving.

Continued at source: http://www.herald.co.zw/illegal-abortion-a-major-public-health-concern/

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Nicaragua’s Abortion Ban Makes Victims the Criminals

Nicaragua’s Abortion Ban Makes Victims the Criminals

September 28, 2017
Janet Walsh, Deputy Director, Women’s Rights Division

For more than six years, Ana’s partner raped her repeatedly in their home several hours from Nicaragua’s capital. He threatened, humiliated, and tormented Ana and their two young children. When she begged him to leave, he refused.

Twice, the rapes resulted in unwanted pregnancies. The first time, Ana told her partner she wanted to get a clandestine abortion. “He said he would kill me,” Ana told me. Afraid for her life, she continued the pregnancy and gave birth to her second child.

Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/09/28/nicaraguas-abortion-ban-makes-victims-criminals

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India: Denying child rape victims permission for abortion condemned

Denying child rape victims permission for abortion condemned
C. Maya
Thiruvananthapuram, August 05, 2017

A collective feels it is tantamount to obfuscation of abortion laws, causing undesirable and damaging delays

A collective of public health experts, lawyers, and human rights activists have expressed serious concern over courts repeatedly refusing permission to child rape survivors to undergo abortion and thus forcing the children to carry their unwanted pregnancy to term.

The intervention of courts and the ad hoc medical opinion they receive in such matters tantamount to obfuscating of existing abortion laws, causing undesirable and damaging delays in these cases.

Continued at source: The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/denying-child-rape-victims-permission-for-abortion-condemned/article19436166.ece

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India – Sexual abuse of girls followed by refusal of abortion: adding insult to injury

India – Sexual abuse of girls followed by refusal of abortion: adding insult to injury
Aug 4, 2017
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

On 28 July, the case of a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after being sexual abused by her uncle hit the news in India. According to reports, the family approached the district court in Chandigarh for permission for the child to have an abortion in the first part of July. It took until 15 July for the judge to order a medical board to examine the girl and submit a report on the feasibility of an abortion. Yet the feasibility of an abortion should never have been in question.

To make matters worse, the response of the medical board was clinically inaccurate and in some remarks seemed to be anti-abortion. They made doing an abortion appear to be more dangerous than if the child carried the pregnancy to term. And it led the judge, who seemed not to know better, to refuse the abortion.

Continued at source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/india-sexual-abuse-of-girls-followed-by-refusal-of-abortion/

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US anti-abortion group quietly fights bid to end El Salvador’s draconian ban

US anti-abortion group quietly fights bid to end El Salvador's draconian ban

- Human Life International has been directing funds to El Salvador since 2000
-Thousands of women have been denied abortions even in cases of rape

Molly Redden and Nina Lakhani

Thursday 27 July 2017

El Salvador’s absolute ban on abortion – long considered one of the world’s most ruthless – is facing its greatest challenge in years. Buoyed by shifting public attitudes, reproductive rights activists are making headway on a bill to loosen the law for victims of rape and human trafficking, women carrying nonviable pregnancies, and women who risk death or illness.

But support for keeping the ban is formidable – and may have an outside source of help: a US-based anti-abortion group that has quietly funneled funds to El Salvador’s main advocates for the ban.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/27/el-salvador-abortion-ban-human-life-international

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Chile: The Senate has agreed two days to debate and vote on the abortion law reform bill

The Senate has agreed two days to debate and vote on the abortion law reform bill
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 18, 2017

The Chilean Senate in committee is moving again on the abortion bill. This bill has gone further in the legislative process than any previous one since democracy was reinstituted in Chile. The current Committee set the dates of 17 July from 3pm to 9pm and 18 July from 3pm until the debate closes with a vote, to discuss the bill yet again and finalise its clauses. First, on 17 July, reports on the discussions in the previous months in the Commissions on Health, Constitution and Finance were tabled by their chairs.

Some Senators are talking about trying to bring back clauses that were rejected in these previous rounds of debate – some want to bring back in more liberal clauses, others more restrictive ones. One point of continuing contention is how many staff in an abortion clinic can claim conscientious objection. One senator stated he was going to vote against rape as a legal ground.

Observers on both sides of the question were in the balcony watching the proceedings, which are ongoing as we write this. When this session finalises the clauses in the bill, it will be reviewed by the entire Senate.

Claudia Dides, Director of Corporación Miles said: “We are very pleased to have reached this stage, in spite of the years of delay on the part of the most conservative sectors. There are some things we don’t like, but this is certainly positive news and we hope that on 18 July they will approve the three grounds of the bill , including the ground of rape”.

It is now two and a half years since the bill was first tabled by President Michelle Bachelet in January 2015.

SOURCE: Miles Chile, 13 July 2017 ; VISUAL ; Look for breaking news on 18 July on @Safe_Abortion and safeabortionwomensright


Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/the-senate-has-agreed-two-days-to-debate-and-vote-on-the-abortion-law-reform-bill/

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India: 19-year-old rape survivor seeks high court nod to abort

19-year-old rape survivor seeks high court nod to abort

TNN | Updated: Jul 5, 2017

AHMEDABAD: A 19-year-old rape survivor from near Godhra has approached Gujarat high court seeking permission to terminate her 24-week pregnancy.

The girl has complained that she is "totally innocent and will have to face punishment for her entire life for the crime committed by someone else".

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/19-year-old-rape-survivor-seeks-hc-nod-to-abort/articleshow/59448172.cms

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