South Africa: Private-member bill set to revive abortion debate

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Private-member bill set to revive abortion debate
Pregnancy termination amendment is intended to tighten conditions for allowing women to have abortions

08 December 2017
Tamar Kahn

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill has been tabled in Parliament, paving the way for an emotional debate on access to abortion when MPs return to their duties next year.

The draft legislation is a private-member’s bill introduced by African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Cheryllyn Dudley, who previously tried to restrict women’s access to abortion by proposing an amendment to the Constitution to include the right to life of the unborn child.

Continued at source: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/health/2017-12-08-private-member-bill-set-to-revive-abortion-debate/

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Ireland: Leo Varadkar reveals thoughts on abortion in US interview

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Leo Varadkar reveals thoughts on abortion in US interview
The Fine Gael leader also discussed coming out as gay and his mother’s reaction to it

By Emma McMenamy
10 SEP 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken about his thoughts on abortion in a revealing new interview.

He was speaking to the New York Times ahead of a referendum on the Eight Amendment to the Constitution which he is committed to holding next year.

The 38-year-old said: “As a doctor, I would perform pregnancy scans. And while I don’t accept the view that the unborn child, the fetus, if you prefer that term, should have equal rights to an adult woman, to the mother, I don’t share this view that the baby in the womb, the fetus, whatever term you want to use, should have no rights at all.

Continued at source: Irish Mirror: http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/politics/leo-varadkar-reveals-thoughts-abortion-11145189

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