Argentina’s women have not been beaten on abortion – change will come

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Argentina’s women have not been beaten on abortion – change will come
The ‘senadores percha’ who voted against legalisation have won a hollow victory but cannot stand in the way of progress

Claudia Piñeiro
Fri 10 Aug 2018

Argentina’s senators could not understand what was being debated: legal abortion or clandestine abortion? Or they did not want to understand? Thirty-eight senators voted for the absolute rejection of a bill to allow legal termination, without showing any willingness to introduce changes or improve the proposals. They simply said “no” – as if they were judges instead of legislators. They showed an arrogant attitude, absolutely detached from a reality in Argentina where there are women who die every year from complications arising after clandestine abortions.

To reject the bill, they pronounced all kind of barbarities from their seats: proclaiming that they were saving embryos, without explaining how, and even suggesting that intrafamily rape does not imply violence.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/10/argentina-women-abortion-hollow-senate-victory

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NSW abortion law ‘could be thrown out’

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NSW abortion law 'could be thrown out'

June 13 2018
Jamie McKinnell

A NSW law providing "safe zones" around the state's abortion clinics could be thrown out by the courts and needs redrafting, warns a state government minister who opposed it.

Pru Goward, the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence - and a former minister for women and former sex discrimination commissioner - has faced calls for her sacking since she voted against the bill last week.

Continued: https://www.araratadvertiser.com.au/story/5466086/nsw-abortion-law-could-be-thrown-out/?cs=7

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MADAGASCAR – Seven boys and seven girls?: A response to Senator Olivier Rakotovazaha

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MADAGASCAR – Seven boys and seven girls?: A response to Senator Olivier Rakotovazaha

Jan 16, 2018
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

During the debate in the Malagasy Parliament on 13 December 2017, referring to the abortion clauses in the new family planning law, Senator Olivier Rakotovazaha said: “Abortion is not consistent with Malagasy culture. Our blessings encourage even young married women to give birth to seven girls and seven boys.” This is a response to the Senator from Richard J Randriamandrato, special advisor to the President of the Malagasy Senate since February 2016, published in L’Express on 3 January 2018:

The adoption by the Parliament of the Law on Reproductive Health and Family Planning is good news. An important step in the field of public health has been taken. This law will allow State and non-State actors involved in the field to strengthen the education of families, and particularly of young girls and boys, to avoid unwanted pregnancies. We therefore welcome this advance, which can be credited to the Minister of Public Health, Professor Lalatiana Andriamanarivo, a world renowned paediatric surgeon who had the courage to defend the bill as early as June 2017.

Continued at source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/madagascar-seven-boys-and-seven-girls-a-response-to-senator-olivier%e2%80%88rakotovazaha/

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