Turkey – Diyarbakır hospitals impose de facto ban on abortion

Public and private hospitals in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakır refuse to carry out abortion operations, arguing it is “forbidden.” Abortion on demand has been legal until the 10th week of pregnancy since 1983 in Turkey.

Sunday July 14 2024

Public and private hospitals in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakır province refuse to carry out abortion operations on demand, despite being legal.

In Turkey, abortion has been legal under Articles 5 and 6 of the Law on Population Planning since May 27, 1983, and is subject to the consent of the pregnant until the 10th week of pregnancy. Although the right to abortion on demand is guaranteed by law, in practice women may face various obstacles in the country.

Continued: https://www.duvarenglish.com/diyarbakir-hospitals-impose-de-facto-ban-on-abortion-news-64662

UAE to permit abortions in rape and incest cases in landmark legal reform

Experts say move is a progressive step that will protect women's health

Shireena Al Nowais
Jun 19, 2024

The UAE is to permit women to undergo abortions in cases where the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest. The decision marks a key milestone in the UAE's evolving abortion laws, with experts saying it will serve to bolster the health and safety of women living in the Emirates.

The Cabinet Resolution No. (44) of 2024 related to the Medical Liability law states that abortion is allowed "if the pregnancy is the result of intercoCrimes and Penalties Lawurse with a female against her will, without her consent, or without adequate volition" and "if the person who caused the pregnancy is an ancestor of the woman or one of her mahram [ineligible for marriage] relatives".

Continued: https://www.thenationalnews.com/news/uae/2024/06/20/uae-to-permit-abortions-in-rape-and-incest-cases-in-landmark-legal-reform/

UAE Clarifies Abortion Rules, Procedures

New regulation calls for the establishment of committees to evaluate abortion requests on a case-by-case basis

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Health and Prevention announced new regulations on abortion last week, clarifying the cases in which a woman is allowed to terminate her pregnancy.

The new regulation allows women to request an abortion during the first 120 days of pregnancy. A committee will then examine the request, and if the committee finds a medical case for the abortion, the woman will be allowed to undergo an abortion. According to regulation, abortions will be performed only by specialist obstetrician-gynecologists in licensed healthcare facilities.

Continued: https://themedialine.org/by-region/uae-clarifies-abortion-rules-procedures/

UAE ministry announces abortion regulations

All cases of abortion should be performed in an authorised facility by a licensed physician

by Angel Tesorero
Sat 8 Jun 2024

The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) on Saturday announced the procedures and controls for cases where abortion is permitted, aimed at “preserving the pregnant woman’s life, ensuring her safety, and enhancing oversight of healthcare facilities in the country".

Abortion is permitted "under clear conditions and controls", Mohap said, adding that a committee shall be established in each health authority to thoroughly examine abortion requests.

Continued: https://www.khaleejtimes.com/lifestyle/health/uae-ministry-announces-abortion-regulations

Turkish top court rules rights violated in delayed abortion case

Turkey’s top appeals court found a rights violation in the case of the woman whose abortion request was delayed past the 20-week legal limit by a prolonged legal process.

Friday June 07 2024
Duvar English

Turkey’s Constitutional Court (AYM) on June 6 accepted the application of A.J., who was sexually assaulted in 2019 and unable to terminate her pregnancy due to prolonged legal processes, and ruled that her rights had been violated.

The decision was published in yesterday's issue of the Official Gazette. The AYM's ruling highlighted that the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Turkey’s southeastern Urfa province failed to consider the 20-week legal limit for abortion. The court emphasized that future cases should take this limit into account.

Continued: https://www.duvarenglish.com/turkish-top-court-rules-rights-violated-in-delayed-abortion-case-news-64476#google_vignette

Iran – Raisi Administration Criticized for Inconsistent Abortion Policies

May 18, 2024
Iran International Newsroom/

President Ebrahim Raisi's recent remarks describing Iran's abortion statistics as "alarming," have sparked accusations of hypocrisy.

Critics argue that his administration, despite heavy investment, has failed to provide accurate data on abortion rates, contradicting his public stance.

Continued: https://www.iranintl.com/en/202405187222

Khamenei’s Failing Hand: Abortion Rates Defy Iran’s Population Policy

March 13, 2024
Majid Mohammadi

A notable paradox in population dynamics has emerged recently in Iran.

On one front, the government aims to increase the population by two-fold – and as soon as possible. To achieve this, it has severely restricted abortion and contraception, and simultaneously promotes pregnancy and childbearing.

But, year after year, individuals are instead opting to have fewer children, standing in opposition to the government's ambitious population policy. In essence, Iranians have effectively countered Khamenei's population policy – and defeated its goals.

Continued: https://www.iranintl.com/en/202403135943

Syria – Despite risks, Women resort to unsafe abortions in Idlib

Enab Baladi

Women in Idlib province face societal difficulties and pressures when they decide to undergo an abortion. These pressures come from relatives, neighbors, and even doctors, despite the woman’s need for the procedure in some cases.

Some believe that abortion is religiously forbidden in Islam and other religions, and this applies not only to Idlib but to many countries that criminalize such operations, considering it as taking a life.

Continued: https://english.enabbaladi.net/archives/2024/02/despite-risks-women-resort-to-unsafe-abortions-in-idlib/

Change in UAE law on abortion eases consent rules, protects pregnant woman’s life

According to the law, consent shall not be a condition in emergency cases that require immediate surgical intervention

by Sahim Salim / Nasreen Abdulla
Mon 19 Feb 2024

An amendment to an existing UAE law has made it easier for medical professionals to conduct an abortion if the mother’s life is in grave danger. According to lawyers in the country, this significant change puts the pregnant woman in charge of her health.

“The amendments to the law updated the previous provisions to assert that only the consent of the pregnant woman, and not her husband, is required to commence an abortion operation (among other conditions),” said Hadiel Hussein, senior associate at BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP.

Continued: https://www.khaleejtimes.com/uae/change-in-uae-law-on-abortion-eases-consent-rules-protects-pregnant-womans-life#google_vignette

Biden’s Support For Israel Is Fracturing The Reproductive Rights Movement

Reproductive justice workers believe Biden is contributing to a maternal and reproductive health crisis in Gaza. They’re deeply frustrated with him and the big reproductive rights groups that are backing him.

By Alanna Vagianos
Feb 16, 2024

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris celebrated what would have been the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade in late January — their first campaign event of 2024. The “Restore Roe” rally in northern Virginia made it clear that the Biden/Harris ticket will center abortion rights in the reelection campaign. The theater was filled with the president’s supporters and leadership from national reproductive rights organizations who have endorsed him, including Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women and Reproductive Freedom for All.

Only a few minutes into Biden’s speech, several protesters interrupted, calling for a cease-fire in Israel’s U.S.-backed military operation in Gaza, which has killed more than 28,000 Palestinians and set off a maternal and reproductive health crisis.

Continued: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/biden-israel-support-fractures-reproductive-rights-movement_n_65ce3765e4b04daca6961613