Birmitrapur police inspector-in-charge suspended for role in rape and abortion of minor

Birmitrapur
police inspector-in-charge suspended for role in rape and abortion of minor
Further investigation
into the case is underway and action would be taken against those found guilty,
she said.

Published: 27th June 2020
By Express News Service

ROURKELA: Inspector-in-charge (IIC) of Birmitrapur police station AC Majhi was
placed under suspension on Friday for his role in the rape and abortion of a
minor girl. Confirming the suspension, DIG (Western Range) Kabita Jalan said a
new IIC has taken charge of Birmitrapur police station. Further investigation
into the case is underway and action would be taken against those found guilty,
she said.

A lady DSP has been entrusted with investigation of the case. Earlier,
Sundargarh district child protection officer (DCPO) S Jena had lodged a
complaint with Raiboga police against six persons for raping the girl and later
aborting her foetus basing on the report of child welfare committee (CWC) and
the victim’s statement.

Continued:  https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2020/jun/27/birmitrapur-police-inspector-in-charge-suspended-for-role-in-rape-and-abortion-of-minor-2162094.html


Croatia ex-president gives middle finger to anti-abortion politicians

Croatia ex-president gives middle finger to anti-abortion politicians

June 20, 2020

ZAGREB: Croatia´s female ex-president on Friday became the latest woman to give the middle finger to several conservative politicians for their anti-abortion statements during campaigning for next month´s parliamentary election.

Many Croatian actresses, journalists and other female public figures have taken part in the campaign which has seen women posting pictures on social media of themselves symbolically raising their middle fingers.

Continued: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/675040-croatia-ex-president-gives-middle-finger-to-anti-abortion-politicians


Election Campaigners’ Attacks on Abortion Draw Condemnation in Croatia

Election Campaigners’ Attacks on Abortion Draw Condemnation in Croatia
Responding to condemnations of abortion in the election campaign, women’s rights activists and a government minister have called them “unacceptable” and “barbaric”.

Anja Vladisavljevic, Zagreb
June 18, 2020

Strong condemnations of abortion – even when accessed by rape victims – by candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for July 5 have drawn an angry reaction from supporters of women’s right to choose.

In a video debate on Wednesday, organised by the daily Vecernji list, Goran Jandrokovic, from the ruling conservative Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ, and the nationalist singer Miroslav Skoro, leader of the new right-wing Homeland Movement, expressed hostile views to all abortions – both agreeing that “life begins with conception”.

Continued: https://balkaninsight.com/2020/06/18/election-campaigners-attacks-on-abortion-draw-condemnation-in-croatia/


Abortion And The Law In India

Abortion And The Law In India

Sangram Chinnappa & Abeera Dubey
10 Jun 2020

On 22nd May 2020, out of barely 30 cases enlisted on the daily board of Bombay High Court, 4 cases were for medical termination of pregnancy. One such case was of a 13-year old minor girl who was 22-weeks pregnant. The petition was filed through the girl's mother, a pavement dweller living in Thane. The girl in the case is a survivor of heinous rape alleged to have been committed by her own father. It has been reported that the father used to regularly abuse the girl, she then moved to south Mumbai to live with her aunt and stayed with her during the lockdown.

On 14th May, the girl told her aunt about the assault, after which she fell ill and was taken to the hospital. She was later diagnosed to be 22 weeks pregnant. When she went with her aunt to file the FIR at Crawford Police Station they wrongly refused to lodge her complaint and directed her to go to Thane Police Station. This was not an easy task as the entire country was in lockdown due to COVID-19. After they finally managed to lodged the FIR at the Thane Police Station under various sections of IPC and POCSO she was taken to taken to a JJ Hospital for an abortion. As she was already beyond the 20 week limit stipulated in the law, her family was informed that their only recourse was to get a judicial order from the High Court. The family which has a tough time making ends meet and without any source of income due to the Pandemic were made to run from pillar to post to find a lawyer who could help them out pro bono as they could never afford the fees for filing a Writ Petition in the High Court.

Continued: https://www.livelaw.in/columns/abortion-and-the-law-in-india-158149


18.5 lakh in India didn’t get access to abortion facilities in lockdown

18.5 lakh in India didn’t get access to abortion facilities in lockdown
In some instances, where the pregnancy exceeded 20 weeks, the Karnataka High Court, gave relief during the lockdown.

Published: 02nd June 2020
By Chetana Belagere, Express News Service

BENGALURU: A 12-year-old girl from a poor, illiterate tribal family of rural Karnataka, who got pregnant after a sexual assault, had to go back and forth between medical facilities and the court to terminate her pregnancy during the lockdown. She is not alone. In the last three months, at least 18.5 lakh women across the country did not have access to abortion facilities. A survey conducted in 12 states by Ipas Development Foundation, which collaborates with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to improve the availability of comprehensive contraceptive care, showed,

Continued: https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2020/jun/02/185-lakh-in-india-didnt-get-access-to-abortion-facilities-in-lockdown-2150999.html


Abortion ‘doulas’ in Chile risk prison, saying women need their help

Abortion 'doulas' in Chile risk prison, saying women need their help
“We are doing this because the law is insufficient."

May 28, 2020
By Liam Miller

SANTIAGO, Chile — The woman anxiously removes the SIM card from the cheap cellphone and cuts the chip into pieces before sweeping the fragments into the trash. When her nerves pass, she allows herself a small sigh of relief.

Despite using a "burner" phone like those associated with drug deals in TV crime series, this woman is using it for a different purpose. A college-educated professional, she's one of several women in a group of abortion "doulas," part of a clandestine network willing to break the law and face prison to help women obtain abortions, as long as it's medically safe to do so.

Continued: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/abortion-doulas-chile-risk-prison-saying-women-need-their-help-n1154506


India – Ensure Timely Aid To Rape Survivors For Abortion: Rajasthan High Court

Ensure Timely Aid To Rape Survivors For Abortion: Rajasthan High Court
The court said that a pregnant woman, even in a normal situation, has the right to demand termination of pregnancy as per the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.

Jaipur, Press Trust of India
May 02, 2020

The Rajasthan High Court has directed the state government to frame guidelines to ensure that women who become pregnant due to rape are provided timely legal and medical assistance so they can exercise their reproductive choice in terms of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.

A division bench of justices Sandeep Mehta and PS Bhati gave the direction while hearing a special writ petition filed by the state government challenging a decision by a single bench, which had rejected the plea of a minor rape survivor of Churu seeking termination of her pregnancy stating "the foetus in womb had a right to life as guaranteed under Article 21 of the constitution".

Continued: https://www.ndtv.com/jaipur-news/ensure-timely-aid-to-rape-survivors-for-abortion-rajasthan-high-court-2222316


#NiñasNoMadres: Argentines protest against the forced pregnancy of young girls

#NiñasNoMadres: Argentines protest against the forced pregnancy of young girls
'A pregnant girl is a raped girl'

Translation posted 6 April 2020

The only jurisdictions in Latin America where abortion is legal on request are Cuba, Uruguay, and a few states in Mexico. In Argentina, abortion is legal in only two circumstances: When the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother's life, and when the pregnancy is the result of rape.

On February 19, pro-choice activists demonstrated in front of the Argentine National Congress, in the capital Buenos Aires, calling for the approval of a bill that would make abortion fully legal. Protestors also demanded that the right to abortion in circumstances that are already allowed by Argentine law is also fulfilled.

Continued: https://globalvoices.org/2020/04/06/ninasnomadres-argentines-protest-against-the-forced-pregnancy-of-young-girls/


Argentina’s new government moves to guarantee access to abortion in rape cases

Argentina's new government moves to guarantee access to abortion in rape cases

Hugh Bronstein, Reuters
December 12, 2019

BUENOS AIRES — Women and girls in Argentina seeking to end pregnancies caused by rape will be guaranteed access to abortion under a protocol announced on Thursday aimed at reducing the latitude hospitals have in deciding whether or not to perform the procedure.

Argentine law allows abortion in case of rape or threat to the life or health of the mother. But abortion rights advocates say the law is not always applied across the largely Roman Catholic country and that local hospitals have too much power to decide which cases fall under the legal criteria.

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/health-pmn/argentinas-new-government-moves-to-guarantee-access-to-abortion-in-rape-cases


Argentine health chief quits in abortion fight with conservative president

Argentine health chief quits in abortion fight with conservative president

Marina Lammertyn, Reuters
November 22, 2019

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s health secretary resigned on Friday after a protocol he signed the day before, aimed at making abortion more available, was revoked by conservative President Mauricio Macri, less than a month before he is to leave office.

“Unfortunately, the repeal of the protocol forces me to resign my position as the nation’s secretary of health,” Adolfo Rubinstein said in his resignation letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/health-pmn/argentine-health-chief-quits-in-abortion-fight-with-conservative-president