An Irish woman in Argentina: Now, both my countries have voted for abortion

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An Irish woman in Argentina: Now, both my countries have voted for abortion
The decriminalisation of abortion in Argentina has been brought within striking distance

June 18, 2018
Sophie Parker in Buenos Aires

As Ireland took to the polls on May 25th, Argentina was celebrating May Revolution Day, commemorating the first successful revolution in South America’s Independence process. As I followed events across the ocean from my adopted home in Buenos Aires, I couldn’t help but think of Ireland’s Eighth Amendment referendum in terms of revolution: not exactly a “quiet” one, to use the Taoiseach’s word, but as part of a worldwide uprising that is increasingly difficult to drown out.

By the time the Eighth Amendment was repealed in Ireland, the debate in Argentina’s Congress on the decriminalisation of abortion was well under way. On June 14th, just before 10am, the streets around the Congress building erupted with roars of jubilation and relief as the nail-bitingly close result was revealed: the bill, first presented over a decade ago by the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion alliance, had passed.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/an-irish-woman-in-argentina-now-both-my-countries-have-voted-for-abortion-1.3534574

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Need to pay attention to India’s illegal abortions

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Need to pay attention to India’s illegal abortions

Over 75 per cent abortions estimated to occur in India annually are done bereft of health facilities and around 5-7 per cent abortions that are done outside licensed facilities use other methods that are possibly dangerous. The figure may be higher as non-institutionalised abortions cannot be recorded. The situation is even worse for single and divorced women and those living in rural regions, reports Subhangi Singh

By Tehelka
June 18, 2018

A dozen women are sitting around a lavish living room in Chandigarh, full of bubbling chatter and cocktail flutes. A gripping game called ‘Never Have I Ever’ is in full swing. Nina (name changed) raises her glass and declares, “Never have I ever had an abortion!” The room suddenly falls silent and everybody, except Nina, takes a sip from their respective glasses. It is a kitty party. Most of the women are married. The conversation invariably veers towards recurrent abortions in married and divorced women. Nina whispers that Shehnaz (name changed) tops the list as “she keeps having these abortions now and then.”

Continued: http://www.tehelka.com/need-to-pay-attention-to-indias-illegal-abortions/

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Argentina – Women In This Country Face 4 Years In Prison For Getting An Abortion

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Women In This Country Face 4 Years In Prison For Getting An Abortion
The law could finally be about to change however.

Charlotte Willis
June 15, 2018

The lower house of Argentina's congress has narrowly approved a bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Photo: AFP / Eitan Abramovich

For weeks, Argentina has been in a state of contention surrounding a bill that proposes to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Abortion is currently illegal in the South American nation in all situations except in cases of rape or when the life or health of the woman is at risk. Women seeking terminations also have to apply to a judge for permission, which critics argue can unnecessarily delay the procedure.

Continued: https://www.whimn.com.au/talk/think/women-in-this-country-face-4-years-in-prison-for-abortion/news-story/0df02123cb4eb52002c3fa99b05300d9

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Argentina steps closer to legalising abortion

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Argentina steps closer to legalising abortion

14 June 2018

Catholic Argentina's lower house has backed a bill legalising abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

After a divisive debate lasting more than 22 hours, 129 members of the Chamber of Deputies voted in favour and 125 against while one abstained.

The bill will now have to go to the Senate.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44486190

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Argentina congress takes historic step towards legalising abortion

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Argentina congress takes historic step towards legalising abortion

Lower house votes 129-123 to allow abortion in first 14 weeks
If senate approves bill President Macri has said he will sign it

Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Thu 14 Jun 2018

The lower house of Argentina’s congress has narrowly approved a bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, in a historic victory for the country’s growing women’s movement.

Tens of thousands of women – many wearing the green headscarfs which have become a symbol of the movement – braved a freezing winter night to stand vigil outside the congress building in Buenos Aires during the marathon 20-hour debate.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/14/argentina-congress-vote-legalise-abortion

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Argentina’s historic vote on legalising abortion

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Argentina's historic vote on legalising abortion
Activists managed to convince legislators that legalising abortion is an urgently needed matter to be addressed.

Teresa Boby Teresa Bo
June 14, 2018

"Legal abortion in a hospital" sang hundreds of people outside Congress. It was a long and tense debate that lasted for 23 hours.

At times rumours took over the crowds who feared the vote would maintain the status quo.

But when the vote came, there was pure joy among those who have been fighting for months to shed light on one of the most covered-up issues in Argentina.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/argentina-vote-legalising-abortion-laws-180614181011136.html

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Activists: Senegal’s Abortion Laws Lead Women to Infanticide, Prison

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Activists: Senegal's Abortion Laws Lead Women to Infanticide, Prison

June 14, 2018
Sofia Christensen

Infanticide is the second most important cause of female incarceration in Senegal. Rights groups, who have raised concern over the conditions of women's detention, blame the country's restrictive laws on abortion. Many are calling on the government to loosen its legislation.

Aminata, a name she chose to hide her true identity, was asleep with her two youngest children when police came to her home in the town of Mbour in the middle of the night.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/a/activists-senegal-abortion-laws-lead-women-to-infanticide-prison/4438964.html

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‘My body, my choice’: Argentina moves closer to legal abortion with key vote

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‘My body, my choice’: Argentina moves closer to legal abortion with key vote
The chamber of deputies is voting on a crucial bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy

Elizabeth Sulis Kim
Wed 13 Jun 2018

Even as calls for women in Argentina to be given the legal right to abortion have grown louder on its cities’ streets, a change in the law had seemed unlikely – until now.

But a vote on abortion on Wednesday could transform Pope Francis’s homeland from a country where women can go to jail for having an unlawful termination to one of Latin America’s most progressive countries on reproductive rights.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jun/13/my-body-my-choice-argentina-moves-closer-to-legal-abortion-with-key-vote

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Argentina’s historic vote to decriminalize abortion, explained

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Argentina’s historic vote to decriminalize abortion, explained
Argentina’s Congress has taken up a bill to decriminalize abortion. It probably won’t pass, but activists say it’s a victory regardless.

By Emily Stewart
Jun 13, 2018

Across Latin America, 97 percent of women live in countries with restrictive abortion laws. Argentina’s lower legislative house is debating whether to change that and pass a bill that would decriminalize abortion in the country up to the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

The vote is expected to be close, and even if it does pass, it’s unlikely to get through the Argentine Senate. Still, activists see the fact that the issue is being voted on at all as a major step for women’s rights in the country and throughout the region.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/2018/6/13/17460824/argentina-abortion-bill-ni-una-menos

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Tanzania: Unsafe Abortion, the Silent Killer in Tanzania

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Tanzania: Unsafe Abortion, the Silent Killer in Tanzania

June 13, 2018

ALTHOUGH pregnancy termination is restricted by law in Tanzania, it is widely practiced and almost always unsafe, and contributes to the country's high maternal morbidity and mortality. Yet the majority of abortion-related deaths are preventable, as are the unintended pregnancies associated with abortion.

Better access to contraceptives, more comprehensive post abortion care and greater availability of safe abortion services within the current legal framework are critical.

Continued: http://allafrica.com/stories/201806140063.html

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