Malta – Muscat wants national debate on abortion

Muscat wants national debate on abortion
Not clear how he would seek to involve himself in debate

Jan 12, 2019
Ivan Martin

Outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat wants to start a national debate on the possible introduction of abortion after he steps down tomorrow.

Addressing Labour Party supporters for the last time as prime minister on Friday, Dr Muscat told a packed sports hall in Corradino that once he steps down from Castille, he planned on pushing for new civil liberties, which until now were considered taboo, but stopped short of being specific on what these may be.

Continued: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/muscat-wants-national-debate-on-abortion.762723


Women perform in favor of abortion before Mexican cathedral


Women perform in favor of abortion before Mexican cathedral

Published January 6, 2020
By the Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — A dozen women wearing green scarves lined up in front the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City’s central square on Sunday to call for legal and safe abortions throughout Mexico.

Abortion is highly restricted in the country of 120 million inhabitants, with the exception of the capital Mexico City and the southern state of Oaxaca, where the procedure is allowed up to 12 weeks of gestation.

To the sound of a metal spoon clanking against an iron frying pan, the women performed a variation of “A Rapist in Your Path” — the viral dance sequence concocted by the Chilean feminist collective La Tesis to protest violence against women. The moves are the same, but the words have changed; in this version, an “objector” stands in their path.

Continued: https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/01/06/women-perform-in-favor-of-abortion-before-mexican-cathedral/


India – Woman’s Right to Abort Pregnancy Not an Absolute Right, Centre Tells Supreme Court

Woman's Right to Abort Pregnancy Not an Absolute Right, Centre Tells Supreme Court
The government said unsafe abortions contribute to 8 per cent of maternal mortality in India and continue to be the third largest cause of maternal mortality.

Utkarsh Anand
Updated:December 16, 2019

New Delhi: The central government has submitted in the Supreme Court that a woman's right to abort is not an absolute right.

Seeking dismissal of a PIL that sought complete autonomy for a woman to determine whether or not to continue with her pregnancy, the ministry of health and family welfare referred to the statement of object and reasons of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971.

Continued: https://www.news18.com/news/india/womans-right-to-abort-her-pregnancy-not-an-absolute-right-centre-tells-supreme-court-2425473.html


UK – Religion shouldn’t restrict access to abortion in NI

NSS: religion shouldn’t restrict access to abortion in NI

Posted: Thu, 12 Dec 2019

The National Secular Society has urged the UK government not to allow religion to limit women's access to abortions in Northern Ireland in response to a consultation.

The government is consulting on a legal framework for abortion services in NI in the wake of an act of parliament which legalised abortion there in October.

Continued: https://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2019/12/nss-religion-shouldnt-restrict-access-to-abortion-in-ni


Argentina’s new government moves to guarantee access to abortion in rape cases

Argentina's new government moves to guarantee access to abortion in rape cases

Hugh Bronstein, Reuters
December 12, 2019

BUENOS AIRES — Women and girls in Argentina seeking to end pregnancies caused by rape will be guaranteed access to abortion under a protocol announced on Thursday aimed at reducing the latitude hospitals have in deciding whether or not to perform the procedure.

Argentine law allows abortion in case of rape or threat to the life or health of the mother. But abortion rights advocates say the law is not always applied across the largely Roman Catholic country and that local hospitals have too much power to decide which cases fall under the legal criteria.

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/health-pmn/argentinas-new-government-moves-to-guarantee-access-to-abortion-in-rape-cases


Costa Rica’s president says therapeutic abortions will be allowed

Costa Rica's president says therapeutic abortions will be allowed

December 12, 2019
Reuters

SAN JOSE — Costa Rica’s President Carlos Alvarado on Thursday issued a technical decree that will allow for therapeutic abortions in the Central American nation, despite opposition from religious and conservative political groups.

On paper, a 50-year-old law allows a pregnancy to be terminated only if the mother’s health is at risk, but a lack of regulatory clarity at hospitals has meant the law could not be applied.

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/health-pmn/costa-ricas-president-says-therapeutic-abortions-will-be-allowed


Slovakia’s Latest Regressive Abortion Bill Rejected: How Can Regressive Measures Against Women’s Reproductive Rights Be Countered?

Slovakia’s Latest Regressive Abortion Bill Rejected: How Can Regressive Measures Against Women’s Reproductive Rights Be Countered?

8 Dec, 2019
by Adrianne Ramirez
Organization for World Peace

On 5th December, the proposed regressive abortion law in Slovakia was rejected following a Parliamentary vote. The draft legislation required women seeking abortion care to undergo a mandatory ultrasound scanning, to view and obtain the embryo or foetus’ ultrasound image, and where technically possible, to listen to its heartbeat. Furthermore, it sought to prohibit abortion advertising as well as imposing a fine of up to 66,400 EU on those who order or disseminate it. Proposed by a centre-right party in the ruling coalition, it was the latest step in a campaign to tighten restrictions on abortion in Slovakia, in wake of the September protests that demanded a total ban. Though rejected, the mere possibility of this legislation being approved depicts tangible hazards on women’s reproductive rights. Beyond its local implications, it consequently contributes to the recent erosion of these rights worldwide.

Continued: https://theowp.org/slovakias-latest-regressive-abortion-bill-rejected-how-can-regressive-measures-against-womens-reproductive-rights-be-countered/


Slovakia – in sixth vote – backs abortion rights

Slovakia - in sixth vote - backs abortion rights

December 5, 2019
Molly Millar

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Slovakia narrowly defeated a bill on Thursday that would have forced women seeking an abortion to see images of their unborn child - and hear its heartbeat - in the country’s sixth vote on reproductive rights this year.

The legislation in overwhelmingly Catholic Slovakia would have been the first of its kind in the European Union, raising fears among human rights organizations of setting a precedent in nations pursuing a conservative social agen

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-women-abortion/slovakia-in-sixth-vote-backs-abortion-rights-idUSKBN1Y92FY


Australia – Decriminalisation not deregulation for SA abortion laws

Decriminalisation not deregulation for SA abortion laws

Posted on Dec 5 2019
by Crispin Savage

The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) based at the University of Adelaide has recommended major changes to South Australian abortion laws in its report to the Attorney General published today .

“SALRI’s report recommends that abortion is decriminalised by making it a regulated medical procedure under health law as opposed to a criminal law issue,” says the Director of the SA Law Reform Institute, the University of Adelaide's Professor John Williams.

Continued; https://www.adelaide.edu.au/newsroom/news/list/2019/12/05/decriminalisation-not-deregulation-for-sa-abortion-laws