Abortion campaigners target Sajid Javid over Northern Ireland

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Abortion campaigners target Sajid Javid over Northern Ireland
Pro-choice MPs seek to put down amendment to grant right to access terminations

Rajeev Syal
Mon 11 Jun 2018

Sajid Javid will come under pressure from a crossbench group of MPs to bring forward a bill that would allow reformers to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland.

More than 30 MPs have pledged to send the home secretary written questions on Monday demanding the domestic abuse bill be brought before parliament by the autumn. This would allow pro-choice MPs to put down an amendment that would give women in Northern Ireland the right to access terminations.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/11/abortion-campaigners-target-sajid-javid-over-northern-ireland

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It’s time for the Philippines to decriminalize abortion

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It’s time for the Philippines to decriminalize abortion
Most of the women who are hospitalized and die from complications from unsafe abortion are poor, Roman Catholics, married, with at least 3 children, and have at least a high school education

Clara Rita Padilla
June 01, 2018

Last May 25, in a historic referendum, Ireland paved the way to increase access to abortion. The Irish citizens who voted to repeal the 8th amendment to the Constitution providing equal protection to the life of the woman and the unborn have won. This is great news for Irish women and for women living in restrictive abortion laws.

Finally, the overwhelming vote of 66.4% to repeal the 8th amendment is in line with women’s right to health. It clearly manifests respect for women’s right to decide and a significant step to save women’s lives and freedom from disability that result from denial of access to safe and legal abortion.

Continued: https://www.rappler.com/thought-leaders/203572-time-decriminalize-abortion-philippines

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Belgium to debate removal of abortion from penal code

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Belgium to debate removal of abortion from penal code
Opposition parties believed to be broadly in favour of decriminalisation

Daniel Boffey in Brussels
Wed 2 May 2018

Belgian MPs are taking a major step towards the decriminalisation of abortion after a parliamentary majority emerged in favour of following France and Luxembourg in treating the procedure as a woman’s right.

The federal parliament decided on Wednesday to start debating the removal of abortion from the penal code after a large survey of the public indicated its approval, and the minister of public health for the francophone Walloon region of Belgium offered her support.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/02/belgium-to-debate-removal-of-abortion-from-penal-code

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UK – RCN survey ‘signals support’ for decriminalisation of abortion

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RCN survey 'signals support' for decriminalisation of abortion

2 May, 2018
By Steve Ford, News Editor

Members of the Royal College of Nursing have “signalled support” for removing criminal sanctions from termination of pregnancy legislation, said the body in the wake of a consultation.

It revealed today that the results of a UK-wide poll of RCN members showed 73.7% of respondents had voted in favour of removing criminal sanctions from legislation relating to abortion.

Continued: https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/policies-and-guidance/rcn-survey-signals-support-for-decriminalisation-of-abortion/7024312.article

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Isle of Man set to decriminalise abortion

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Isle of Man set to decriminalise abortion
More than 3,600 individuals and groups responded to the Abortion Reform Bill consultation

Alina Polianskaya
April 29, 2018

Abortion is set to be decriminalised on the Isle of Man as part of a radical reform.

The changes are set to turn the self-governing crown dependency, where abortion is currently only allowed in very limited circumstances, into one of the world’s most progressive places for reproductive rights.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/isle-of-man-decriminalise-abortionalex-allinson-a8328231.html

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Number of Tasmanians travelling interstate for abortions rises fivefold

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Number of Tasmanians travelling interstate for abortions rises fivefold
Marie Stopes chief executive says the state needs abortion care funding reform

Calla Wahlquist
Fri 27 Apr 2018

The number of Tasmanians travelling interstate for abortions has increased fivefold since the state’s only dedicated abortion clinic shut in January, Marie Stopes Australia has said.

The chief executive of Marie Stopes, Michelle Thompson, said the number of women from Tasmania who were visiting the Melbourne clinic had increased from about two a month to 10 or 12 a month since the closure of the Hobart clinic, which offered surgical terminations of pregnancies up to 12 weeks.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/apr/27/number-of-tasmanians-travelling-interstate-for-abortions-rises-fivefold

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Zimbabwe Network Learning Discussion on Unsafe Abortion

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FEATURE: ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe Network Learning Discussion on Unsafe Abortion

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

Thabisani Ncube, Sex Rights Africa Network Coordinator, AIDS Foundation of South Africa writes:

We carried out a Network Learning Discussion on 26 March 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe, that brought quite a number of civil society organisations (CSOs) with different capacities and operational fields who also work around ending unsafe abortion. We realised there was need for a space for CSOs working in the area to consolidate their efforts around understanding the legal framework and spaces for engaging duty bearers and policy makers. We are still going to follow up on the issue as we left it unresolved as to whether we should go for a model law on ending unsafe abortion or a call to action or even both, following up on the African Union campaign to decriminalise abortion. This is a report from that discussion meeting, which includes text from some of the documents shared there.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/feature-zimbabwe-zimbabwe-network-learning-discussion-on-unsafe-abortion/

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The coming battle to liberalise abortion—in Britain

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The coming battle to liberalise abortion—in Britain
While the Republic of Ireland prepares for a referendum on the 8th amendment, British activists are gearing up to fight their own battle for liberalisation

by Sian Norris
April 12, 2018

At the end of May, Ireland is set to become the latest European country to legalise abortion. A referendum to repeal the country’s 8th Amendment could lead to the end of restrictive laws which, according to the United Nations, violate women’s human rights. That would leave just two European nations where abortion remains illegal: Malta and Northern Ireland. But there are three other nations in Europe that retain highly restrictive laws which criminalise abortion unless performed under certain circumstances. And one of those is Great Britain.

There is a widespread assumption in this country that the 1967 Abortion Act, part of Roy Jenkins’s raft of reforms which created the “permissive society,” decriminalised abortion in England, Scotland and Wales. That’s not strictly accurate. The 1967 Act provided exemptions under which women would not be prosecuted according to the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.

Continued: https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/the-coming-battle-to-liberalise-abortion-in-britain

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Cyprus – Parliament decriminalises abortion

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Parliament decriminalises abortion

March 30th, 2018
George Psyllides Cyprus

After years of discussion parliament on Friday passed with an overwhelming majority a law decriminalising abortion.

The controversial matter – which had remained largely stagnant out of fear of reprisal from the church – was voted into law with 33 votes in favour, eight against and five abstentions.

It allows termination of an unwanted pregnancy up to 12 weeks of gestation. In case of rape, an abortion can take place up to 19 weeks.

Continued: http://cyprus-mail.com/2018/03/30/parliament-decriminalises-abortion/

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Use evidence to inform Isle of Man draft abortion bill debate, urge researchers

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Use evidence to inform Isle of Man draft abortion bill debate, urge researchers

Public Release: 22-Jan-2018
BMJ

  • Isle of Man has one of the most restrictive abortion laws of any European jurisdiction
  • Parliamentary debates to widen eligibility criteria for new law are on January 23 and 30
  • Evidence backs comprehensive, accessible services for Manx women of all ages

The most up to date evidence shows that women in the Isle of Man need full spectrum, accessible abortion services, free of any age or timing restrictions, conclude researchers in an editorial, published online in BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Their conclusions come as the Isle of Man parliament-The Tynwald-holds the first debate on new draft abortion legislation this week (Tuesday 23 January) to allow Manx women to have greater access to abortion services through the island's healthcare system.

Continued: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/b-uet012218.php

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