#25YearsOfWomen’sHell – 25th disgraceful anniversary of the Polish anti-abortion law

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#25YearsOfWomen’sHell – 25th disgraceful anniversary of the Polish anti-abortion law
Jan 9, 2017
Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning

7th January 1993 Act on Family Planning, Human Embryo Protection and Conditions of Legal Pregnancy Termination (later: the Act) has had a detrimental effect on women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights for 25 years. Due to the anniversary and upcoming debates about two abortion-related citizens’ bills[1] in the Parliament, the Federation for Women and Family Planning has launched the #25YearsOfWomen’sHell campaign so as to illustrate the fictional character of the Act and its multiple negative effects. Follow memes with the hashtag to learn and share facts about SRHR in Poland.

80 pro-choice organizations have supported and signed the Federation’s statement concerning the “Save women” bill on women’s rights and conscious parenthood so as to appeal to the MPs for a fact-based, open-minded and genuine debate in the Parliament as well as for a vote in favour of the bill.

Continued at source: http://en.federa.org.pl/25yearsofwomenshell/

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Poland: 25 years of Women’s Hell

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25 years of Women’s Hell
7 January 2018
by Wanda Nowicka

25 years ago on January 7th 1993 the Polish Parliament passed the anti-abortion in Poland under the pressure of the Roman Catholic Church despite numerous protests and opposition in the entire country. It ignored 1,5 million of signatures under the initiative of national referendum collected in shops, health centers and in the streets.

After 25 years of restrictive legislation it is evident how damaging this law turned out to be for Polish women. Their life, health and dignity have been in great danger, It deprived them capacity to decide about their life.

Continued at source: http://nowicka-wanda.blog.onet.pl/2018/01/07/25-years-of-womens-hell/

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Unsafe abortions cause high maternal death rate in Sierra Leone

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Unsafe abortions cause high maternal death rate in Sierra Leone

Jan 6, 2017
Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality and unsafe abortions account for 10 percent of those deaths, says a report by the country's health ministry and a non-profit organisation IPAS.

Women in Sierra Leone are dying from unsafe abortion methods as President Ernest Bai Koroma refused to sign a law legalising abortion in the West African country.

Sierra Leone's parliament has twice passed a bill that would allow women to terminate a pregnancy up to 12 weeks.

But the bill has failed to become a law and it's been held up by religious groups who oppose it.

Continued at source: https://www.trtworld.com/mea/unsafe-abortions-cause-high-maternal-death-rate-in-sierra-leone-13951

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Malta: PD breathes sigh of relief following anti-abortion assurances

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PD breathes sigh of relief following anti-abortion assurances
hFarrugia says AG should draft opinion to confirm government view

Saturday, January 6, 2018
by Philip Leone Ganado

The Democratic Party welcomed yesterday the government’s clarification that a Bill intended to fight domestic violence would not decriminalise abortion under any circumstances.

Godfrey Farrugia, one of the PD’s two members of Parliament, said the Attorney General should nevertheless draft an opinion to confirm the government’s interpretation of the proposed law.

Continued at source: https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180106/local/pd-breathes-sigh-of-relief-following-anti-abortion-assurances.667121

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Ireland: Archbishop urges Catholics to speak out against abortion

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Archbishop urges Catholics to speak out against abortion
Eamon Martin asks the faithful to become ‘missionaries for life’ ahead of referendum

Sat, Jan 6, 2018
Michael Barry

The Catholic Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, has urged members of the Church to become “missionaries for the cause of life” in the run-up to the abortion referendum later this year.

In a pastoral message for 2018 released on Saturday, the archbishop said Catholics should ignore the “strong pressures to remain silent” and speak to their relatives, friends, colleagues, and public representatives about the importance of “cherishing the precious gift of life at all times from conception to natural death”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/archbishop-urges-catholics-to-speak-out-against-abortion-1.3347360

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Brazilian women break taboo to talk about illegal abortions

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Brazilian women break taboo to talk about illegal abortions

By Renata Brit, Sarah DiLorenzo
The Associated Press on January 4, 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO — The doctor was late. So the women sat quietly in the waiting area of a clinic in an upscale neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro until they were overcome by thoughts of what they were about to do and what might happen to them. They began to talk.

One woman said she was in a relationship with a drug lord and knew he would force her to have “his” baby if he found out she was pregnant. Another was a successful businesswoman who had separated from her children’s father and become pregnant accidentally by another man. A third just cried.

continued at source: http://www.canadianinquirer.net/2018/01/04/brazilian-women-break-taboo-to-talk-about-illegal-abortions/

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Malta: New law would decriminalise abortion in some cases, PD warns

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New law would decriminalise abortion in some cases, PD warns
Government denies that that is the case

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Democratic Party has warned that a Bill currently before parliament could decriminalise abortions in Malta if there is the prior and informed consent of the woman involved.

The party was commenting on the Gender-based Violence and Domestic Violence Bill, which will see Malta adopting the Council of Europe Convention on prevention and combating violence against women.

Continued at source: https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180102/local/new-law-would-decriminalise-abortion-in-some-cases-pd-warns.667030

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USA: Underage refugee rape victims barred from abortions because it’s ‘in their best interest’, says Trump official

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Underage refugee rape victims barred from abortions because it's 'in their best interest', says Trump official

''I am mindful that abortion is offered by some as a solution to a rape' says Trump official

Mythili Sampathkumar New York
Friday 22 December 2017

The administration of US President Donald Trump has said it bars abortions for refugee minors who were raped because it is in their “best interest”.

According to court documents in the case of a 17-year-old alleged rape victim in federal detention who tried to get an abortion, the head of the US Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and noted anti-abortion activist E. Scott Lloyd said in a memo: "I am convinced that assisting with an abortion in this case is not in her best interest.”

Continued at source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/refugee-rape-victims-underage-no-abortion-us-donald-trump-orr-aclu-e-lloyd-minors-children-a8124761.html

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How UK anti-abortion activists use American tactics to shock and shame women

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How UK anti-abortion activists use American tactics to shock and shame women
Phoebe Braithwaite
19 December 2017

50 years after the 1967 Abortion Act, the anti-abortion movement is consolidating – with transatlantic support.

Anti-abortion activists gathered outside the UK Houses of Parliament on 27 October to protest 50 years since the passing into law of the UK’s 1967 Abortion Act. Nina Naidu* was working nearby, and went to take a closer look.

Like many women in the UK, she had previous, personal experience with both abortion and virulent anti-choice demonstrators. Earlier this year, the 24-year-old decided to terminate a pregnancy, and was accosted by protestors on the way to her appointment.

Continued at source: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/phoebe-braithwaite/uk-anti-abortion-american-tactics-shock-shame

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U.N. appalled at 30-year sentence for woman under El Salvador abortion law

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U.N. appalled at 30-year sentence for woman under El Salvador abortion law

December 15, 2017
Reuters Staff

GENEVA (Reuters) - A 30-year prison sentence for a woman in El Salvador who said her child was stillborn is appalling, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell said on Friday.

The Second Court of Appeal of San Salvador on Wednesday upheld the sentence for Teodora Vasquez, who was convicted in 2008 of aggravated homicide in the death of her child the previous year.

Prosecutors said Vasquez strangled the baby after birth. Her lawyers said she suffered health complications and the baby was stillborn.

Continued at source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-elsalvador-abortion/un-appalled-at-30-year-sentence-for-woman-under-el-salvador-abortion-law-idUSKBN1E91T1

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