New Zealand – The abortion debate: Her uterus, her decision – just give her compassion and respect

The abortion debate: Her uterus, her decision - just give her compassion and respect

Lynley Tulloch
Jun 03 2019

OPINION: In New Zealand there has been a recent upsurge in the abortion debate with a call to decriminalise abortions.

It is a crime to have an abortion in New Zealand unless you have certification from two consultants who agree that the mental or physical health of the mother is in danger, or that the baby would have a serious disability. How draconian is that?

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/113199326/the-abortion-debate-her-uterus-her-decision--just-give-her-compassion-and-respect

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JAMAICA – Decriminalising abortion in Jamaica: Christians say ‘Yes’

JAMAICA – Decriminalising abortion in Jamaica: Christians say ‘Yes’

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
April 26, 2019
by Joan French and Statement of Committed Christians

In mid-2018, following the death of a constituent from a botched abortion, Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn made her protest against the existing laws regarding abortion public via the media. She presented a Motion to the Parliament proposing the decriminalisation of abortion and its replacement by a civil law setting out the conditions under which women would be able to access legal and safe termination of pregnancies. Under Jamaican Statutory law a woman can be sentenced to life imprisonment for attempting to terminate a pregnancy, and accomplices or facilitators up to three years. While it is arguable that the Common Law accepts abortion ‘if the life of the mother is in danger’, some doctors have been challenged by the State when they have performed abortions according to their interpretation of that provision.

The result of this situation is that women who choose abortion often have them performed in unsafe conditions, risking their lives. The World Health Organization estimates that 22,000 abortions are performed in Jamaica each year. (WHO, Unsafe Abortions 2004). Many of those who survive suffer serious complications such as severe infections, gangrene in the uterus, haemorrhaging, tearing of the cervix, uterine perforation, laceration of the vaginal wall. The situation disproportionately affects women who are poor and young, since those who have money can find qualified doctors who will perform their abortions for a considerable fee.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/jamaica-decriminalising-abortion-in-jamaica-christians-say-yes/

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Trinidad & Tobago – Decriminalising abortion

Decriminalising abortion

Dr. Gabrielle Jamela Hosein
Diary of a Mothering Worker
Entry 330
Apr 24, 2019

THERE ARE women in every neighbourhood in TT who have terminated a pregnancy at least once. From here, our support to current efforts to decriminalise abortion in Jamaica should be clear.

In TT, women can risk jail and pay for a private medical procedure. If they cannot pay, or because poverty, age, lack of information and partner violence prevented them from being supported enough in this life decision, they could end up in hospital with various harms caused from unsafe options, as more than 2,000 women do here every year.

Continued: https://newsday.co.tt/2019/04/24/decriminalising-abortion/

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30+ Caribbean women’s groups call for decriminalisation of abortion

30+ Caribbean women’s groups call for decriminalisation of abortion

Friday March 29, 2019

The undersigned social justice and women’s organisations and individual advocates note the Jamaican parliamentary consultations under way on the law on abortion.

We encourage Jamaica to follow the example of other countries within CARICOM, which have led the way with legislation that decriminalises the termination of pregnancy – Barbados (1983) and Guyana (1995). As well, Belize, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines have expanded the exceptions that allow for abortion under the criminal law.

Continued: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20190329/30-caribbean-womens-groups-call-decriminalisation-abortion

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It is time that Jamaica decriminalises abortion

It is time that Jamaica decriminalises abortion

By Staff Writer
Mar 6, 2019

Dear Editor,

We, the undersigned social justice and women’s organisations and individual advocates, note the parliamentary consultations on the law on abortion in Jamaica.

Within CARICOM, Barbados (1983) and Guyana (1995) have led the way with legislation that decriminalizes the termination of pregnancy. Belize, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have expanded the exceptions that allow for abortion under the criminal law.

Continued: https://www.stabroeknews.com/2019/opinion/letters/03/07/it-is-time-that-jamaica-decriminalises-abortion/

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Australia – Morrison lambasts Labor for raising abortion before election

Morrison lambasts Labor for raising abortion before election
PM says debate does not ‘unite Australians’ after Labor promises to require public hospitals to provide services

Paul Karp
Wed 6 Mar 2019

Scott Morrison has blasted Labor for raising the issue of publicly funded abortions just before an election, saying he did not believe the discussion to be “good for the country”.

The prime minister said the issue was better left to the states and territories to decide and he was “disappointed” the opposition had announced its policy “in a very politically charged context”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/06/labor-require-public-hospitals-abortion-services

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Northern Ireland abortion protest led by Derry Girls and cross-party MPs at Westminster

Northern Ireland abortion protest led by Derry Girls and cross-party MPs at Westminster
Karen Bradley must 'stop hiding behind the excuse of devolution' and decriminalise terminations, says Amnesty

Maya Oppenheim, Women's Correspondent @mayaoppenheim
Feb 26, 2019

Female MPs and the stars of the TV programme Derry Girls marched on Westminster to call for the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland has a ban on abortions in almost all cases – even rape or incest. Abortion is only permitted when there is a risk to the life of the mother, or a serious risk to her physical or mental health.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/northern-ireland-abortion-protest-derry-girls-westminster-a8798281.html

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Derry Girls join Northern Ireland abortion protest

Derry Girls join Northern Ireland abortion protest
Cast members march on Westminster to lobby secretary of state for change in law

Mattha Busby
Tue 26 Feb 2019

Stars of the hit television show Derry Girls have joined a group of female MPs in a march on Westminster calling for the extension of abortion rights to Northern Ireland.

The women, including the actors Siobhan McSweeney and Nicola Coughlan, formed part of a group of 28 to symbolise the number of people who leave Northern Ireland for England and Wales each week to have an abortion.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/26/derry-girls-northern-ireland-abortion-protest

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Abortion laws in the different states and territories in Australia

Abortion laws in the different states and territories in Australia

By Kieran Jorgensen
17/02/2019

Abortion laws around Australia differ radically, thanks to each state and territory having its own legislative body and legal code. In almost all states (with the exception of NSW) abortions are legal, although sometimes restricted. In NSW there are numerous exceptions to performing abortions being a crime, with the effect that the procedure is functionally accessible.

Continued: https://bestinau.com.au/abortion-laws-in-the-different-states-and-territories-in-australia/

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Manx abortion reforms to be introduced after new law receives Royal Assent

Manx abortion reforms to be introduced after new law receives Royal Assent

15 January 2019

Women on the Isle of Man will soon be able to request an abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Tynwald President Steve Rodan said the Abortion Reform Act had received Royal Assent, meaning that the UK's Ministry of Justice has given its approval.

The Manx government is yet to announce when the new law, proposed by Ramsey MHK Alex Allinson, will be introduced.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-46879046

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