Despite law’s defeat, women fight on for abortion rights in Argentina

Despite law’s defeat, women fight on for abortion rights in Argentina

By Kathleen Durkin
posted on August 26, 2018

Women in Argentina may have lost a vote for the right to abortion on Aug. 9, but they are undaunted. They are not intimidated or afraid. They are angry. They are determined. They are optimistic. With renewed energy, they say they will keep on organizing until they win this fundamental right.

The current struggle is for legalization of elective abortions up to the 14th week of pregnancy; 62 percent of the population supports reform. The lower house of the Argentinian Congress had passed such a law on June 14, in response to the mass movement. However, the more conservative Senate narrowly defeated legalization on Aug. 9 with a 38-31 vote; two senators abstained. The majority of “no” votes were cast by men over the age of 50.

Continued: https://www.workers.org/2018/08/26/despite-laws-defeat-women-fight-on-for-abortion-rights-in-argentina/

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‘Women in Argentina live in hell’: calls for legal abortion grow

'Women in Argentina live in hell': calls for legal abortion grow
A groundswell of support for Argentinian women to be allowed terminations in the early weeks of pregnancy could soon culminate in a change to the law

Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Wed 14 Mar 2018

“When I tell people abroad that abortions are still illegal in Argentina, they say, ‘You must live in hell,’” says comedian Malena Pichot. “And yes, women in Argentina live in hell.”

The country has very restrictive abortion laws. Even when it is deemed lawful – in the case of rape, or when a woman’s life is in danger – doctors are often unwilling to proceed for fear of prosecution.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/mar/14/women-in-argentina-live-in-hell-calls-for-legal-abortion-grow

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Ensuring women’s sexual and reproductive autonomy key to gender equality

Ensuring women's sexual and reproductive autonomy key to gender equality, writes Amruta Fadnavis

Written By Amruta Fadnavis
Updated: Mar 10, 2018

Women, who constitute 49 per cent of India’s population, are increasingly contributing to the economy and are crucial drivers of the growth and progress we witness today. However, we will not be able to sustain this progress unless their health, specifically sexual and reproductive health issues, are prioritised in the national agenda.

Many women still do not have access to essential sexual and reproductive health services and infrastructure. They face vulnerabilities due to several economic and social barriers – lack of financial resources, skewed cultural norms, lack of information and stigma – that prevent them from accessing timely and life-saving services.

Continued: http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-in-sickness-and-in-health-2592362

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Nigeria – Women want access to abortion

Women want access to abortion

March 9, 2018
By Dorcas Jonah

The National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) has appealed to the Federal Government to remove legal restrictions on abortion to ensure safe services.

Mrs Gloria Shoda, President of NCWS, made call at a one day sensitisation workshop for women on ‘Unsafe Abortion’ organised in collaboration with IPAS as part of activities to mark the 2018 International Women’s Day in Abuja.

Continued: http://www.nan.ng/health/women-want-access-abortion/

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Ireland’s government approves abortion referendum bill

Ireland's government approves abortion referendum bill
Ministers agree wording for vote on repeal of ‘eighth amendment’ which enshrines abortion ban

Henry McDonald in Dublin and Harriet Sherwood
Thu 8 Mar 2018

The Irish government has agreed the wording of a national referendum on abortion to be held by the end of May which could radically transform the lives of thousands of women and signal a further loosening of the grip of the Catholic church.

The cabinet, meeting on International Women’s Day, approved a bill on Thursday allowing the long-anticipated referendum to go ahead.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/irelands-government-approves-bill-paving-way-for-abortion-referendum

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MPs from all sides call for abortion law in N Ireland to be relaxed

MPs from all sides call for abortion law in N Ireland to be relaxed
Letter follows UN declaration that forcing women in Northern Ireland to travel to England is human rights infringement

Jane Martinson
Wed 7 Mar 2018

More than 100 MPs and peers from all parties have written to the home secretary, Amber Rudd, calling for women in Northern Ireland to be allowed access to abortion services locally rather than having to come to England.

The letter, signed by 131 parliamentarians including eight Conservatives such as the former education secretary Justine Greening and the former chancellor Ken Clarke, the former Liberal leader David Steel and the shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, follows a UN declaration that forcing women to travel for an abortion is an infringement of their human rights.

continued: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/07/mps-from-all-sides-call-for-abortion-law-in-n-ireland-to-be-relaxed

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#IWD2018 – Some history of International Women’s Day

#IWD2018 – Some history of International Women’s Day

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
March 7, 2018

International Women’s Day has taken place for well over a century. Long before that, however, history notes that Hypatia of Alexandria, a philosopher, mathematician and astronomer of Roman Egypt was martyred in March 415, supposedly on the 8th, precisely because of her political influence as a defender of the sciences, of empiricism above dogmatism, and the space of women in various intellectual circles of her time.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/iwd2018-some-history-of-international-womens-day/

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Thousands of women go on strike in Ireland in protest at abortion ban

Thousands of women go on strike in Ireland in protest at abortion ban

Protesters wear black and are encouraged to take the day off work in action to coincide with International Women's Day

by Siobhan Fenton Dublin
Thursday 9 March 2017

Thousands of women have gone on strike in towns and cities across Northern Ireland and the Republic to protest the countries' abortion bans, as part of a day of action organised to coincide with International Women's Day.

Women wore all black and were encouraged to take the day off work as well as refraining from performing emotional labour, unpaid gendered expectations placed on women.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/abortion-ban-ireland-dublin-protest-strike-international-womens-day-a7621621.html

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Asia: Meet the ASAP Change Makers!

Meet the ASAP Change Makers!

Posted on 8 March, 2017 by Asia Safe Abortion Partnership

To commemorate #IWD2017, the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership is celebrating the work of their young women champions in promoting women’s access to safe abortion in their region. This blog series is an attempt to acclaim their power as #ASAPChangemakers!

Continued at source: ASAP-ASIA blog: http://asap-asia.org/blog/meet-the-asap-change-makers/#sthash.FAN5OyZw.ezbahQre.dpbs

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Canada spending $650-million on reproductive rights, including fighting global anti-abortion laws

Canada spending $650-million on reproductive rights, including fighting global anti-abortion laws
by Geoffrey York and Michelle Zilio
JOHANNESBURG and OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017

In a sharp reorientation of Canada’s foreign-aid strategy, the Trudeau government plans to spend $650-million on sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide – a move that could see Canada paying for a battle against anti-abortion laws in dozens of countries.

The three-year plan, announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday as he marked International Women’s Day, would finance a range of global programs, including contraception, reproductive health, legal abortion, sexuality education and advocacy work.

Abortion is illegal or severely restricted by law in an estimated 125 countries worldwide, mostly in Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East. But under the new plan, Canada could pay for advocacy groups to challenge those laws.

Continued at source: Globe & Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-announces-650-million-for-sexual-and-reproductive-health/article34237503/

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