UN will challenge Ireland further if abortion law unchanged, Oireachtas told


UN will challenge Ireland further if abortion law unchanged, Oireachtas told
Anti-abortion professor declines to give evidence to ‘kangaroo court’
Nov 8, 2017
Sarah Bardon

Ireland will face further cases before the United Nations if it fails to change abortion laws, an Oireachtas committee has been advised.

The committee examining the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution was warned the State would be further criticised by the UN human rights committee and be forced to pay compensation to individual women if the status quo remained.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/un-will-challenge-ireland-further-if-abortion-law-unchanged-oireachtas-told-1.3284727

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State pays €30k in compensation to woman denied abortion in Ireland


State pays €30k in compensation to woman denied abortion in Ireland

Shane Phelan
November 7 2017

The State has paid €30,000 in compensation to a woman who had to travel to the UK for an abortion after a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis.

The settlement with Siobhan Whelan was agreed in recent days, Independent.ie has learned.

It also involves a commitment to fund supports for the Co Wexford woman.

Continued at source: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/state-pays-30k-in-compensation-to-woman-denied-abortion-in-ireland-36298487.html

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Kenya: Health providers must be protected by the law adequately


Health providers must be protected by the law adequately
By Evelyne Opondo
Published Sat, November 4th 2017

On October 19, the Court of Appeal put an end to Jackson Namunya Tali’s nearly nine years in prison. In the momentous decision, the three-judge bench ruled that mere suspicion, however strong, is not probative of an offence in the criminal justice system.

Tali, a trained nurse who operated a clinic in the outskirts of Nairobi, was arrested in 2009 and accused of assisting a woman procure an unsafe abortion that consequently led to her death. Rather than being charged with the offence of unlawful abortion, he was charged with murder, convicted and imprisoned at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.

Continued at source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001259242/health-providers-must-be-protected-by-the-law-adequately

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Kenya: Separate Justice Ndung’u abortion opinion from case


Separate Justice Ndung'u abortion opinion from case

Evelyne Opondo
Mon 10th Jul 2017

Recently, the media ran a story about Supreme Court judge Njoki Ndung'u allegedly calling on fellow judges to back access to safe abortion in Kenya.

The statement was allegedly made during the annual judges' colloquium that was held in Mombasa last week.

As a follow up, an article was published in The Standard of July 7, 2017, in which a civil society group - the African Organisation for Families - in a petition to the Chief Justice, accused Justice Ndung'u of taking sides in the debate over abortion even though there is an abortion case currently pending in court.

Continued at source: Standard Media: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001246841/separate-justice-ndung-u-abortion-opinion-from-case

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Kenya: What situations allow for ending pregnancy early


Nov. 28, 2016
By JOHN MUCHANGI, @jomunji, Kenya Star

The Constitution does not permit abortion but provides an exception.

Article 26(4) allows abortion if in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is a need for emergency treatment or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law.

This is an advancement from the old constitution which only allowed abortion to protect the pregnant woman’s life.

Evelyne Opondo, the regional director for Africa at the Nairobi-based Centre for Reproductive Rights, says Kenyan women are yet to benefit from the new law. She says thousands of women continue to die in illegal, unsafe abortion procedures.

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Source: Kenya Star

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