Bahamas – “No abortion talks,” says Dr. Sands

“No abortion talks,” says Dr. Sands

October 30, 2018
Theo Sealy

Abortion is not a part of the government’s discussions as it prepares for the creation and roll-out of a patient’s rights bill, confirmed Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands. Dr. Sands shot down rumours Monday that The Bahamas would be considering the introduction of abortion in a patient’s rights bill.

The health minister kicked into damage control yesterday following statements made by Senior Nursing Officer in the Ministry of Health Sherry Armbrister which suggested that government was in the process of working on a patient’s rights bill which would include the right of women to decide whether or not they want an abortion.

Continued: https://ewnews.com/no-abortion-talks-says-dr-sands

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Stop regression on sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls, UN experts urge

UN OHCHR NEWS RELEASE – Stop regression on sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls, UN experts urge

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Oct 19, 2018

Rollback and regression on respect for international human rights norms threatens the sexual and reproductive health rights of women, including women with disabilities, UN human rights experts warned on 5 September 2018.

In a joint statement, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) said access to safe and legal abortion, as well as related services and information are essential aspects of women’s reproductive health. Access to such services is a prerequisite for safeguarding women’s human rights to life, health, equality before the law and equal protection of the law, non-discrimination, information, privacy, bodily integrity and freedom from torture and ill treatment, the Committees said.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/un-ohchr-news-release-stop-regression-on-sexual-and-reproductive-rights-of-women-and-girls-un-experts-urge/

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Jailing of Teen Sparks Calls for Reform of Indonesia Abortion Laws

Jailing of Teen Sparks Calls for Reform of Indonesia Abortion Laws

August 08, 2018
Max Walden

JAKARTA — Activists have welcomed the release of a 15-year-old girl from jail on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on “humanitarian grounds” following her arrest for a home abortion after being repeatedly raped by her older brother.

They worry, however, that proposed changes to the nation’s criminal code will reinforce the criminalization of abortion, target sexual minorities and even outlaw disseminating information about contraception.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/a/indonesia-abortion-laws/4518391.html

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UK politicians call for Northern Ireland abortion reforms

UK politicians call for Northern Ireland abortion reforms
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where abortion is illegal unless pregnancy poses a serious health risk.

22 Jul 2018

More than 170 politicians from the UK and Ireland have signed a letter calling on the UK government to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland.

The cross-party letter, published in UK newspaper The Sunday Times, said the "current situation for women [in Northern Ireland] cannot be ignored or allowed to continue".

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/uk-politicians-call-northern-ireland-abortion-reforms-180722081907466.html

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Jamaica – No need to mislead

No need to mislead

Alyssa Nebel & Linnette Vassell
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

In her commentary 'Don't distort abortion conversation, Member of Parliament (MP) Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, published by the Jamaica Observer on July 2, 2108, Phillipa Davies, spokesperson for Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, makes some very misleading statements to justify her organisation's opposition to legalising the termination of pregnancy under specific conditions. She argues that neither the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) nor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) discuss abortion. This argument stems from a surface reading of the SDGs and what seems to be a shallow understanding of CEDAW. In addition, Davies cherry-picks content from the recommendations of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and consequently presents a one-sided and selective interpretation.

Continued: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/opinion/no-need-to-mislead_138002?profile=0

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Women’s rights face global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism – UN experts warn

Women's rights face global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism – UN experts warn
22 June 2018

Women’s rights are under threat from a “backlash” of conservatism and fundamentalism around the world, a United Nation panel warned on Friday.

“Alarming pushbacks have been progressing across regions of the globe”, through what the Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice described as “alliance of conservative political ideologies and religious fundamentalisms,” in its report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

“Practices such as polygamy, child marriage, female genital mutilation, so-called honour killings, and criminalizing women for sexual and reproductive behavior, have no place in any society,” said a statement from the working group, adding that “there is no acceptable justification for waiting for the elimination of discrimination against women.”

Continued: https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/06/1012892

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Government ‘using devolution as an excuse’ to avoid abortion reform in Northern Ireland, campaigners warn

Government 'using devolution as an excuse' to avoid abortion reform in Northern Ireland, campaigners warn
Exclusive: Theresa May accused of being ‘held hostage’ by DUP

Lizzy Buchan Political Correspondent
March 16, 2018

The Government is using “devolution as an excuse” to avoid liberalising abortion laws in Northern Ireland, campaigners claim, saying Theresa May is being “held hostage” by her alliance with the DUP.

Ministers have been accused of “extraordinary” inconsistency in their stance, after parliamentary questions revealed that the UK Government might consider imposing same-sex marriage in the province but that it would not intervene on the issue of abortion.

Continued: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-devolution-northern-ireland-abortion-reform-theresa-may-dup-a8258841.html

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MPs from all sides call for abortion law in N Ireland to be relaxed

MPs from all sides call for abortion law in N Ireland to be relaxed
Letter follows UN declaration that forcing women in Northern Ireland to travel to England is human rights infringement

Jane Martinson
Wed 7 Mar 2018

More than 100 MPs and peers from all parties have written to the home secretary, Amber Rudd, calling for women in Northern Ireland to be allowed access to abortion services locally rather than having to come to England.

The letter, signed by 131 parliamentarians including eight Conservatives such as the former education secretary Justine Greening and the former chancellor Ken Clarke, the former Liberal leader David Steel and the shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, follows a UN declaration that forcing women to travel for an abortion is an infringement of their human rights.

continued: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/07/mps-from-all-sides-call-for-abortion-law-in-n-ireland-to-be-relaxed

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Malta – Need to reform abortion law – Nils Muižnieks

Need to reform abortion law - Nils Muižnieks

Monday, February 26, 2018
Nils Muižnieks

When I visited Malta last November, I noted how the very restrictive legislation on abortion jeopardised women’s rights. I was also particularly struck by the lack of an open debate about this issue. It is, therefore, encouraging that some voices are now starting to challenge the taboo that still surrounds discussions on abortion. To increase the chances of this debate leading to positive change for all women, it is necessary that discussions be well informed and avoid misconceptions.

Some argue that access to abortion care is not a matter of women’s human rights. Others, in Malta and elsewhere, question whether this is a human right at all.

Continued: https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180226/opinion/need-to-reform-abortion-law-nils-muiznieks.671761

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The situation in Northern Ireland constitutes violence against women – CEDAW Inquiry

The situation in Northern Ireland constitutes violence against women - CEDAW Inquiry
Feb 23, 2018

CEDAW Finds Human Rights Breaches by UK Government
Report on inquiry welcomed by Alliance for Choice

The UK violates the rights of women in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting their access to abortion, a UN expert committee has found.

Alliance for Choice are interested to note that the CEDAW Inquiry report has been published today. Emma Campbell Co-Chair says,
"We want to make humble thanks to the incredible women who bravely gave their testimonies to the CEDAW committee. Alliance for Choice, along with the Family Planning Association and NIWEP, feel vindicated in the report's findings on the many Human Rights breaches occurring daily due to the political lack of will in both Stormont and Westminster. We hope that the UK government will now recognise its responsibility to women in NI and legislate to implement the Committee's recommendations.

Continued: http://www.alliance4choice.com/news/2018/2/the-situation-in-northern-ireland-constitutes-violence-against-women-cedaw-inquiry

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