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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UK: The Conservatives’ New Vice Chair For Women Wants Abortion To Remain A Criminal Act

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The Conservatives' New Vice Chair For Women Wants Abortion To Remain A Criminal Act
Tory MP Maria Caulfield last year argued that decriminalising abortion could threaten the "dignity and rights of the unborn child".

Posted on January 8, 2018
Laura Silver, BuzzFeed News Reporter

The Conservatives' new vice chair for women has vehemently opposed a reform that would see abortion taken out of criminal law.

In a debate about the issue last year, Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes, who was appointed to the position during Monday's cabinet reshuffle, told the Commons: "I, and many colleagues who share my views, will not be silenced as we seek to be a voice for the voiceless, and as we argue for more modern and humane abortion law that upholds not only the dignity and rights of women but the dignity and rights of the unborn child."

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/the-conservatives-new-vice-chair-for-women-wants-abortion?utm_term=.huYWdj7w1#.ihpbk0QwY

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UK: MP Maria Caulfield, Who Opposed Decriminalising Abortion, Appointed Tory Vice Chair For Women

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MP Maria Caulfield, Who Opposed Decriminalising Abortion, Appointed Tory Vice Chair For Women
'It is an appalling decision.'

Jan 08, 2018
Kate Forrester, Political reporter, HuffPost UK

Abortion rights campaigners say they are “incredibly disappointed” Maria Caulfield has been made Conservative vice chair for women in Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle.

The Lewes MP said she was “delighted” with the job, which will see her serve alongside newly-installed party chair Brandon Lewis and vice chair James Cleverly.

Continued at source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/abortion-rights-campaigners-incredibly-disappointed-maria-caulfield-is-new-tory-chair-for-women_uk_5a537acee4b01e1a4b17a2ef

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Queensland orders review of abortion laws

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Queensland orders review of abortion laws
The Australian
December 26, 2017

MICHAEL MCKENNA

Decriminalising abortion in Queensland is a step closer with the launch of a Palaszczuk government-ordered review that will draft “modernising’’ legislation to go before parliament next year.

Queensland’s Law Reform Commission began advertising at the weekend for public submissions into the overhaul of anti-abortion laws that have ¬remained largely unchanged in the state’s criminal code since 1899.

Continued at source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/queensland-orders-review-of-abortion-laws/news-story/49d97f14ca5f73cb9de45f8165e55113

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Ireland: ‘Vital’ that abortion not be a crime, says Zappone

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‘Vital’ that abortion not be a crime, says Zappone
Minister’s vexed remarks come as committee reviewing amendment set to make proposals

Dec 7, 2017
Kitty Holland, Sarah Bardon

Abortion should be legal, safe and freely available to anyone who needs it, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said.

In her strongest comments to date, Ms Zappone said the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution must be removed and should not be replaced with other constitutional wording.

In a speech delivered at Dublin City University on Thursday evening, the Minister said decriminalisation of abortion was “vital”, while the 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act needed to be replaced with a law “under which abortion is safe, legal and available to all who need it”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/vital-that-abortion-not-be-a-crime-says-zappone-1.3319483

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UK: Remove risk of prison for having an abortion, medics’ group urges Jeremy Hunt

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Remove risk of prison for having an abortion, medics’ group urges Jeremy Hunt
Kat Lay, Health Correspondent
November 23 2017

An influential medics’ group will begin lobbying the government to decriminalise abortion, after a vote by its council today.

The decision, by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), will put pressure on Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, to permit women in England to take termination drugs at home, as they can in Scotland.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/remove-risk-of-prison-for-having-an-abortion-medics-group-urges-jeremy-hunt-health-secretary-faculty-of-sexual-and-reproductive-healthcare-fjqj7g0cn

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UK: Remove risk of jail for having an abortion, demand 16,000 medics

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Remove risk of jail for having an abortion, demand 16,000 medics
Kat Lay Health Correspondent

November 23 2017

Abortion in the UK should be fully decriminalised, a group of medical professionals will say today in a landmark move.

The country faces a “crisis point in abortion provision” and reform of the law is needed, the president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, which represents 16,000 GPs, specialists, nurses and midwives, will warn.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/remove-risk-of-jail-for-having-an-abortion-demand-16-000-medics-fkvgnnl2x

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