‘They Ordered Me To Get An Abortion’: A Chinese Woman’s Ordeal In Xinjiang

'They Ordered Me To Get An Abortion': A Chinese Woman's Ordeal In Xinjiang

November 23, 2018
Rob Schmitz

When the 37-year-old Chinese woman stepped over China's border into Kazakhstan last July, she felt free.

The woman — who doesn't want NPR to use her name for fear of retaliation by Chinese authorities — says after her husband died in 2015, she was left with two children, a tiny house in the countryside of China's Xinjiang region, and little else. She despaired of her future.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/23/669203831/they-ordered-me-to-get-an-abortion-a-chinese-womans-ordeal-in-xinjiang

USA – State Department removes reproductive rights indicators from annual country reporting

State Department removes reproductive rights indicators from annual country reporting

By Nancy Northup, opinion contributor

Last Friday’s release of the U.S. Department of State’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices has a gaping hole: the “Reproductive Rights” section has disappeared. This section was previously included for each one of the 195 countries covered by this comprehensive assessment of the state of human rights around the world With his confirmation now settled, Secretary of State Pompeo should understand — and reverse — his predecessor’s dramatic about-face in U.S. efforts to protect the rights of women.

The country reports form a critical body of evidence for capturing human rights conditions. They provide narrative evidence of compliance with human rights norms — an established part of international law — incorporating rights to free press, association, religion, fair trials and conditions of confinement, as well freedom from racial, ethnic and gender-based discrimination.

Continued: http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/385077-state-department-removes-reproductive-rights-indicators-from-annual

Trump’s State Department Erases Reproductive Rights From Human Rights Report

Trump’s State Department Erases Reproductive Rights From Human Rights Report

Apr 23, 2018
Ally Boguhn

The U.S. State Department’s annual human rights report this year omitted reproductive rights, sparking outcry from advocates.

The report, titled “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017,” is meant to “document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories” and is “used by a variety of actors, including the U.S. Congress, the executive branch, and the judicial branch as a factual resource for decision making in matters ranging from assistance to asylum.”

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/04/23/trumps-state-department-erases-reproductive-rights-human-rights-report/

Ireland: ‘Husband forced woman to have abortion’

‘Husband forced woman to have abortion’
Saturday, August 19, 2017
By Ray Managh

A Mauritian woman who became pregnant after marrying an Irishman was forced by her “violent and abusive” husband to have the baby aborted in a Manchester clinic, the High Court was told yesterday.

Barrister Shannon Michael Haynes told the court the 30-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, was now under threat of deportation and was seeking leave to challenge the legality of a decision by the Minister for Justice to refuse her permission to remain in Ireland.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/husband-forced-woman-to-have-abortion-457334.html