New Isle of Man abortion law moves a step closer

New Isle of Man abortion law moves a step closer

7 November 2018

Decriminalising abortion on the Isle of Man has moved a step closer after reforms were given unanimous backing by Tynwald members.

The Abortion Reform Bill will make it legal for women to have a termination on request within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-46112880

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Ghana – MP Pushes For Law On Safe Abortions

MP Pushes For Law On Safe Abortions

Nana Kwame Asamoa-Boateng
November 6, 2018

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku in the Greater Accra Region, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, has called on parliament to consider a legal regime to guide the conduct of safe abortions since abortion is considered criminal under Section 58 of the Criminal Offence Act of 1960 (Act 29) as amended by the PNDC Law 102 of 1985.

According to him, 10,000 women and girls in Ghana die annually through attempted and unsafe abortions while 27 die daily through unsafe abortions.

Continued: http://dailyguideafrica.com/mp-pushes-for-law-on-safe-abortions/

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New Zealand – Editorial: Abortion law needs to catch up with real life

Editorial: Abortion law needs to catch up with real life

6 Nov, 2018

Abortion is not a subject most people want to discuss, either as personal experience or as a matter of public policy. New Zealanders who remember our abortion debate of the 1970s probably have no wish to repeat it, but it looks likely the country will need to. The Labour Party wants to remove abortion from the criminal law and treat it as a health matter. Justice Minister Andrew Little has taken the first step, getting advice from the Law Commission on how that might be done.

The debate of 40 years ago ended, as difficult issues often do, in a compromise that satisfied neither side. The Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 set out conditions under which abortion could be legally performed in New Zealand. Essentially two doctors had to decide that a pregnancy met one of the conditions under which abortion was permitted on the Crimes Act.

Continued: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12154868

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Ireland – Health Committee hearing on abortion bill amendments

Health Committee hearing on abortion bill amendments

Tuesday, 6 Nov 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Oireachtas Select Committee on Health has concluded its first day of deliberation over amendments to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

The Committee has concluded ten sections out of 26 sections, in which there are 180 amendments.

So far the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has not accepted any changes in the legislation.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1106/1008921-oireachtas-pregnancy-bill/

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Ireland – Harris says abortion legislation doesn’t mention the word ‘abortion’ for legal reasons

Harris says abortion legislation doesn't mention the word 'abortion' for legal reasons
The Health Minister also said he wants the Bill to be inclusive of members of the trans community.

Nov 6, 2018

SIMON HARRIS HAS said the word ‘abortion’ is not mentioned in the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill due to legal advice.

The Health Minister and members of the Oireachtas Health Committee are meeting today to consider amendments to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

A number of TDs want the wording of the Bill to be changed, with Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith saying not using the word ‘abortion’ is an “obfuscation and a deliberate ignoring what’s going on here”.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-legislation-ireland-2-4324746-Nov2018/

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Ireland – Public did not ‘vote for abortion in all circumstances’ – Simon Harris

Public did not ‘vote for abortion in all circumstances’ – Simon Harris
Abortion Bill: TDs debate 180 proposed amendments by pro-choice and anti-abortion TDs

Tue, Nov 6, 2018
Patsy McGarry, Colin Gleeson

Minister for Health Simon Harris argued that the public did not “vote for abortion in all circumstances” earlier this year as he resisted calls for all regulations surrounding the termination of pregnancy not to carry a criminal sanction if breached.

The Minister was speaking as the Oireachtas Health Committee debated some of the 180 proposed amendments to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 put forward by pro-choice and anti-abortion TDs.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/public-did-not-vote-for-abortion-in-all-circumstances-simon-harris-1.3688034

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Norway Will Negotiate Discriminatory Elements in Abortion Act

Norway Will Negotiate Discriminatory Elements in Abortion Act

November 5, 2018

Prime Minister Erna Solberg does not want to change abortion practice in Norway, but will remove “discriminatory element in the law”, according to Dagens Næringsliv.

Solberg has been criticized for her willingness to negotiate changes in the Abortion Act, as she needs the support of Christian Democrats (KrF) for her bourgeois government.

In an interview with the newspaper, Solberg says that women should still be able to use abortion right after 12 weeks if there is a high risk of the child having serious disabilities.

Continued: https://www.tnp.no/norway/politics/norway-will-negotiate-discriminatory-elements-in-abortion-act

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Russia’s abortion debate highlights limit to church-state partnership

Perspectives | Russia’s abortion debate highlights limit to church-state partnership
The church has been pushing for a ban on abortion. The Kremlin isn’t interested.

Diana Dukhanova
Nov 5, 2018

Russia is an acknowledged leader of the global movement to assert "traditional" values. Yet when it comes to abortion – a bedrock issue for most traditionalists – the Kremlin is sticking to a largely pro-choice stance that puts it at odds with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Tension over abortion has been simmering for years between the church (ROC) and government. In September 2016, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill signed a petition to the federal government to ban abortion, calling for fetuses to receive the same legal protections as living persons. The petition's sponsor, leading Russian anti-abortion group For Life!, reached its goal of collecting 1 million signatures in August 2017, and late last year submitted the petition to President Vladimir Putin.

Continued: https://eurasianet.org/perspectives-russias-abortion-debate-highlights-limit-to-church-state-partnership

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Jamaica – Letter of the Day | Break down barriers to abortion

Letter of the Day | Break down barriers to abortion

Published:Saturday | November 3, 2018

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Jamaica, like many developing countries across the world, is in need of laws that create space for safe-abortion care. Many persons in Jamaica, particularly men, seem to have this notion that women shouldn't have the right to access abortion care because it is their duty to carry children no matter how having that child may affect their life.

Professor Wendel Abel, head of The University of the West Indies' (UWI) Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, stated on Tuesday, October 10, 2018, at a Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange: "Unsafe abortion accounts for the third leading cause of maternal death. And why this is important is that maternal deaths and under-five deaths are sensitive measures of the quality of our healthcare."

Continued: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/letters/20181103/letter-day-break-down-barriers-abortion

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Ireland – Nine TDs want law to ensure aborted foetuses are buried or cremated

Nine TDs want law to ensure aborted foetuses are buried or cremated
A number of TDs have put down amendments ahead of the three-day discussion of the proposed abortion legislation next week.

Fri Nov 2, 2018

ANTI-ABORTION TDS have proposed that the remains of a foetus be either buried or cremated following termination of pregnancy.

The measure is just one of several amendments put down ahead of the three-day discussion of the proposed abortion legislation at the Oireachtas Health Committee next week.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-law-burial-foetus-4319054-Nov2018/

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