India: Woman’s plea for abortion: SC forms 7-doctor medical board

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Woman's plea for abortion: SC forms 7-doctor medical board

Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Jun 23 2017

The Supreme Court today constituted a medical board of seven doctors of the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata to ascertain health of a 24-week pregnant woman wanting to undergo abortion on the grounds of foetus abnormality.

A vacation bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul directed the medical board to submit the report by June 29 after ascertaining the health of the mother and the foetus. During the hearing, the counsel for the West Bengal government said it has been decided to constitute a team of seven doctors to ascertain the medical condition.

Continued at source: Deccan Herald: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/618820/womans-plea-abortion-sc-forms.html

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India: SC notice to govt on abortion deadline

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SC notice to govt on abortion deadline
Dhananjay Mahapatra | TNN | Jun 22, 2017

NEW DELHI: Delay in amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act to provide women a wider window to abort terminally ill fetuses is forcing many to move the Supreme Court for permission to end their pregnancies that are beyond the legally permissible termination period of 20 weeks.

The SC on Wednesday sought the Centre's response to a petition by a Kolkata-based pregnant woman challenging the validity of Section 3 of the MTP Act, 1971, which says pregnancy cannot be terminated after 20 weeks.

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/sc-notice-to-govt-on-abortion-deadline/articleshow/59261029.cms

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Northern Ireland: Majority support for abortion in NI new survey reveals

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Majority support for abortion in NI new survey reveals

Seanín Graham
17 June, 2017

AN OVERWHELMING majority of people in Northern Ireland believe abortion should be legalised in cases where a woman's life is at risk or when a fatal condition will result in the death of her baby, a major new study has revealed.

Ulster University researchers also discovered huge support for terminations in cases of rape and incest, while many respondents were opposed to women being prosecuted for buying online abortion pills.

Continued at source: Irish News: http://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/06/17/news/majority-support-for-abortion-in-ni-new-survey-reveals-1058450/

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Most of Northern Ireland strongly backs abortion law reform, survey finds

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Most of Northern Ireland strongly backs abortion law reform, survey finds

Three in four people back legal abortions for women pregnant through rape or incest and in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent

Friday 16 June 2017

A large majority of Northern Ireland’s population are in favour of reforming the region’s strict anti-abortion laws and back legal terminations for women made pregnant through sexual violence, a new survey has found.

Nearly 80% of the public in the region believe abortion should be legal when a woman has become pregnant as a result of rape or incest, according to the latest Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/16/northern-ireland-strongly-backs-abortion-law-reform-survey

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U.N. Committee: Criminalization of Abortion in Ireland Violates Woman’s Human Rights

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U.N. Committee: Criminalization of Abortion in Ireland Violates Woman's Human Rights
New Decision Marks Second Time the U.N. Human Rights Committee Calls for Abortion Law Reform in Ireland

06.13.17 - (PRESS RELEASE) The United Nations Human Rights Committee has just ruled for the second time that Ireland’s abortion laws subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. This new decision recognizes yet again that prohibiting abortion violates women’s human rights and calls on Ireland to reform its laws.

The U.N. Committee ruled in favor of Siobhán Whelan, who was denied access to abortion services in Ireland following a diagnosis of a fatal fetal impairment. The Committee held that Ireland must provide Ms. Whelan with reparations for the harm she suffered and reform its laws to ensure other women do not continue to face similar violations. The Committee instructed Ireland to legalize abortion and provide effective, timely and accessible abortion services in Ireland.

Continued at source: Center for Reproductive Rights: https://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/un-committee-criminalization-of-abortion-in-ireland-violates-womans-human-rights-0

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Ireland: State shelves cash aid plan in abortion cases

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State shelves cash aid plan in abortion cases
Department won't pay to repatriate remains in cases of fatal foetal abnormality

Mark O'Regan

April 2 2017 2:30 AM

Women who have UK abortions involving a fatal foetal abnormality will not have the remains repatriated to Ireland at the State's expense.

Last year, the Department of Health said such a proposal was receiving active consideration following the high-profile case of Amanda Mellet.

The Irishwoman made headlines worldwide after the UN found she suffered discrimination, plus cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, having been forced to travel to the UK to terminate a pregnancy. Her foetus had been diagnosed as having a fatal abnormality.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/state-shelves-cash-aid-plan-in-abortion-cases-35585951.html

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India: Denied abortion after foetus found abnormal, woman says: I wish my baby dies after birth

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Denied abortion after foetus found abnormal, woman says: I wish my baby dies after birth

A diagnostic test revealed that the foetus suffered from a birth anomaly called Arnold Chiari Type II syndrome — an underdeveloped brain and a distorted spine

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Updated: March 29, 2017

“What’s the use of diagnostic facilities if we can’t find a solution after diagnosing a defect in the foetus?” asks Dr Nikhil Datar, gynaecologist who counselled the woman.

When she found out last September that she was pregnant, the 28-year-old Mumbai resident was excited, and she quit her job in a private company’s administration department to “solely focus” on her baby. For three years, her husband, a 31-year-old HR manager, had planned for this day.

“Now I wish my baby dies after birth,” she says, her eyes swollen with tears and lack of sleep.

Continued at source: Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/denied-abortion-after-foetus-found-abnormal-woman-says-i-wish-my-baby-dies-after-birth-4590054/

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India: Another petition in SC for abortion after 20 weeks

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Another petition in SC for abortion after 20 weeks
Under the MTP Act, abortion is capped until 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai |
Published:February 3, 2017 3:13 am

ANOTHER Mumbai couple has petitioned the Supreme Court for relief under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, after a diagnostic test found their foetus had no kidneys and would not be able to survive. The hearing is for Friday.

This is the third such case in the span of a year. The SC made an exception last July to allow a rape victim to undergo abortion after 20 weeks of gestation. In January this year, a Dombivli resident had filed a similar petition and was granted relief.

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Source, Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/another-petition-in-sc-for-abortion-after-20-weeks/

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Ireland: Amnesty International “deeply concerned” at BAI ruling on abortion discussion

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21st December 2016, Amnesty International

Reports that the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has upheld a complaint against The Ray Darcy Show on RTE Radio One and will issue the programme with a warning are deeply concerning, said Amnesty International Ireland today. The complaint was made in response to an interview with Gaye and Gerry Edwards who appeared on the show to share their personal experience of an abortion following a fatal foetal impairment diagnosis.

“The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has a responsibility to ensure that broadcasting serves the public interest, including people’s right to seek information. Decisions like what has been reported today do not serve that function, and are deeply unhelpful,” said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.

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Source: Amnesty International

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Northern Ireland: Fatal foetal abnormality: David Ford’s abortion bill begins assembly passage

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Dec 6, 2016
BBC.com

Former justice minister David Ford's abortion bill is to begin its passage through the Northern Ireland Assembly later. The private bill seeks to legalise abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

If passed, it would enable women in that situation to access a legal termination in Northern Ireland. It follows a previous attempt by Mr Ford to change the law while justice minister.

The next stage will take place in the new year.

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Source: BBC.com

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