Open Letter to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Open Letter to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Nov 10, 2017
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Open Letter To:
Ms Catalina Devandas Aguilar
Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
c/o sr.disability@ohchr.org / crpd@ohchr.org

RE: “Concluding observations on the initial report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” CRPD/C/GBR/CO/1, 29 August 2017 (As adopted during the 18th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (14 -31 August 2017)

9 November 2017

Dear Ms Devandas Aguilar and members of the CRPD,

I am the International Coordinator of the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion and an abortion rights advocate for more than 35 years, living in the UK. I am writing to you in a personal capacity regarding the “Concluding observations on the report of the UK to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, as above.

Your recommendations to the UK overall are absolutely fair and just, but I am writing to take issue with those related to abortion, and to explain why. These are as follows:

Equality and non-discrimination (art. 5)

The Committee is concerned about perceptions in society that stigmatize persons with disabilities as living a life of less value than that of others and about the termination of pregnancy at any stage on the basis of fetal impairment.
The Committee recommends that the State party amend its abortion law accordingly. Women’s rights to reproductive and sexual autonomy should be respected without legalizing selective abortion on the ground of fetal deficiency.

My concerns regarding these recommendations are threefold: the first is to do with your definition of “a person”. The second is to do with the reasons why women have abortions vs. how different laws address and codify reasons for abortion as legal or illegal grounds. The third is that I believe including any ground for abortion in the law whatsoever – apart from permitting abortion at the woman’s request – is a mistake because it serves to restrict women’s autonomy and decisions over their own bodies.

Continued at source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/open-letter-to-the-special-rapporteur-and-committee-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/

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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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Women’s Link sues the health department of the Region of Murcia, Spain, for violating the right to a dignified abortion

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Women’s Link sues the health department of the Region of Murcia, Spain, for violating the right to a dignified abortion

The organization is representing Ana, a woman who was denied information regarding her fetus’s condition by the health department, and so was prevented from accessing abortion services in a dignified manner.

On International Women's Day, March 8, Women’s Link is demanding access to a safe, legal and dignified abortion for all women in Spain

Country: Spain Date: 07/03/2017

Madrid, March 7, 2017 – Women’s Link is suing the health department of the Region of Murcia, Spain, for violating the rights of their client Ana (not her real name), a woman who was denied information on the serious condition affecting her fetus for almost six weeks. Due to this violation of her right to information, as well as the discrimination she faced in the Santa Lucía de Cartagena Public Hospital in Murcia, she was not able to access abortion services in a dignified way, and as a result suffered serious physical and psychological harm.

Continued at source: Women's Link Worldwide: http://www.womenslinkworldwide.org/en/news-and-publications/press-room/women-s-link-sues-the-health-department-of-the-region-of-murcia-spain-for-violating-the-right-to-a-dignified-abortion

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Ireland: Citizens Assembly Hears Abortion Travel Stats

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Citizens Assembly Hears Abortion Travel Stats

04 February 2017

The Citizens' Assembly has heard that almost three and a half thousand irish women travelled from this coungry to England or Wales for an abortion in 2015.

A consultant in fetal medicine from Birmingham's Women and Children Hospital says that 135 of these were seeking a termination due to a fetal anomaly.

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Source, FM104: https://www.fm104.ie/news/citizens-assembly-hears-abortion-travel-stats/

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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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Chilean Constitutional Commission agrees to send the abortion bill to the full Senate

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Chilean Constitutional Commission agrees to send the abortion bill to the full Senate!!!
by Safe Abortion, Jan 17, 2017

AND LAST MINUTE SOLIDARITY REQUEST!!!

– Please sign the petition in support of the bill at: contacto@oge.cl

Por favor, firmen la petición en apoyo del proyecto de ley a: contacto@oge.cl

Following a vote today, 17 January, in the Constitutional Commission of the Chilean Senate, the fantastic news is: the abortion bill was approved by the Commission by a vote of three in favour and 2 against. It can now be taken to the floor of the full Senate.

In a last-minute effort in the week before the vote, Chilean human rights NGO Corporación Miles launched four videos. The videos contain raw accounts by women of their experiences of pregnancies with severe and fatal fetal anomalies. They have been disseminated through social networks one at a time, each time to thousands of people – last Wednesday and Thursday 11-12 January, Sunday 15 January and Monday 16 January, with a clear appeal to the Senators to vote for the decriminalisation of abortion on three grounds.

In the first video, Natalia Ahumada, aged 35 from Valparaiso, describes how her daughter was found to have skeletal dysplasia and died in the womb at 33 weeks of pregnancy. She says: “In the public hospital, I was told that my daughter had genetic mutations. I was treated for anxiety and depression. You can’t forget that you are a woman with a non-viable pregnancy who is suffering. I was hospitalized alongside post-partum women with healthy newborns, who I had to share a room with until the delivery, knowing that my daughter was dead.” As if that were not enough, she says: “Because of the lack of information while I was in hospital, I had to wait another week to bury her.”

On the evening of 12 January, the testimony is from Rosita Fuica (23) from Los Angeles, who talks about her experience in a hospital that denounced her to the police for having suffered a miscarriage at home.

On 15 January, a video was circulated with the story of Andrea Quiroga (aged 40) in Santiago, who suffered a pregnancy with a fetus incompatible with life. And on 16 January, Paola Valenzuela (aged 42), talks about the drama of learning her pregnancy was affected by amniotic band syndrome when she was 36 weeks pregnant, and that the child in her womb was being mutilated as it developed because of a fatal problem with all its organs, which meant it would die.

“These are real stories, touching, daunting, about damage to the dignity of women in the extreme. We appreciate the courage of Natalia, Rosita, Andrea and Paola to publicise their testimonies to sensitise the parliamentarians. We hope that the bill will not only be voted on and approved by the Commission, but also in the Senate Chamber,” said the director of Miles, Claudia Dides, in a statement.

Reportaje en español desde Chile:

La Tercera: http://www.latercera.com/noticia/aborto-dificl-panorama-enfrentara-proyecto-la-proxima-semana/

El Mostrador: http://www.elmostrador.cl/noticias/multimedia/2017/01/12/video-mensaje-para-senadoras-y-senadores-chilenos-los-crudos-testimonios-de-mujeres-que-abortaron/

Publimetro: https://www.publimetro.cl/cl/nacional/2017/01/12/testimonios-mujeres-video-buscan-impulsar-ley-aborto.html

El Ciudadano: http://www.elciudadano.cl/2017/01/12/350957/miles-lanza-conmovedora-campana-a-favor-del-aborto-en-tres-causales-mujeres-entregan-crudos-testimonios/

SOURCE: Email from Claudia Dides C, Corporación MILES, 12 January 2017

 

Source, International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion:
http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/the-reality-of-abortion-for-fetal-anomaly-four-videos/

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Montreal woman who had late abortion says she made the right decision

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Charlie Fidelman, Montreal Gazette
Published on: December 22, 2016

The Montreal woman who ended her pregnancy at 35 weeks says the experience was so painful that she will never speak about it in public again.

Reaction to her late-term abortion provoked dozens of comments on social media, some compassionate but many vitriolic, with some going so far as to call the woman a baby killer. Why not have the baby and put it up for adoption, demanded one Facebook commentator.

The woman, who asked that her name not be used to protect her identity, told the Montreal Gazette the decision to end her pregnancy was heartbreaking.

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Source: Montreal Gazette

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Donald Trump’s views on abortion are dangerous – and even British women aren’t safe

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by Ann Furedi Chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service

20 October 2016 • 4:29pm

Donald Trump sought to flex his pro-life credentials in this week’s third and final presidential debate by painting a gruesome picture of late term abortion. He claimed that his rival, Hillary Clinton, would allow doctors to 'rip the baby out of the womb' just days before birth.

The presidential candidate, who has jumped gamely between various positions on abortion – from declaring himself pro-choice to calling for “some sort of punishment” for women who have abortions (before rowing back on that one too) – also said he would appoint judges who would overturn Roe v Wade, America’s constitutional right to abortion.

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Source: The Telegraph

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Calls for legal reform to allow late-stage abortions in UAE

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Shireena Al Nowais
October 18, 2016

ABU DHABI // Doctors and mothers have called for a change in the law to make terminating a pregnancy permissible even when a foetus has passed 120 days.

They say babies are being born with abnormalities that cannot be detected until much later in pregnancy, risking the life of both mother and child.

One mother was told a few weeks before she gave birth that her baby had a chromosomal abnormality that would cause all his organs to gradually shut down, and he would live for less than a year. Grief-stricken and helpless, she must now watch her little boy die.

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Source: The National

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