Israel’s health minister wants to make it easier to get abortions

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
DECEMBER 3, 2021

As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Washington on the most significant abortion case to reach the court in decades, Israel’s health minister laid out his plans to simplify what he called Israel’s “chauvinistic” abortion process on Wednesday.

“It should be a given — the rights to a woman’s body are the woman’s alone,” Nitzan Horowitz told the Israeli news site Ynet. “Any decision or medical procedure such as the choice of whether to perform an abortion must be in the hands of the woman. We have no moral right to decide for her how to deal with an unwanted pregnancy.”

Continued: https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/israels-health-minister-wants-to-make-it-easier-to-get-abortions-687730


Iran doubles down on abortion and contraception restrictions

By Miriam Berger
Dec 1, 2021

Iranians long had degrees of access to free contraception at public health facilities, part of family planning policies aimed at limiting population growth.

In recent years, policy shifts have whittled away such programs. The changes have culminated under a new law — meant to address an emergent demographic shift — which critics have decried as a major setback for women’s and reproductive rights.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/12/01/iran-doubles-down-abortion-contraception-restrictions/


Iran death penalty threat for abortion unlawful: UN rights experts

16 November 2021
United Nations

A new Iranian law that raises the prospect of the death penalty for abortion has been condemned by independent human rights experts, who have declared that is in “clear contravention of international law”.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the experts called on the Iranian authorities to repeal the ‘Youthful Population and Protection of the Family’ law, which was ratified by Iran’s Guardian Council on the first of November.

Continued: https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/11/1105922


Getting an Abortion in Egypt: Silence is the Real Killer

EGYPTIAN STREETS
28 MAY 2021

I can still feel how the air left my chest when I saw the second line appear on
the test.

I always thought I would know exactly what I wanted if I ever found out I was
pregnant. In reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I had always
considered myself well-informed, pro-choice, pragmatic, but when the
hypothetical became reality, I was stunted.

Continued: https://egyptianstreets.com/2021/05/28/getting-an-abortion-in-egypt-silence-is-the-real-killer/


Israel’s Abortion Rate Continues 32-Year Decline

Experts credit increased access to contraception, sex-ed and population growth

TARA KAVALER
01/05/2021

Referrals in Israel to pregnancy termination
committees, from which approval is required before undergoing the procedure,
have been trending downward since 1988, as has the number of abortions
performed, according to new data from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics
(CBS).

In 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, 17,688 females in
Israel turned to the committees. Some 99.4% were approved for an abortion,
while only 106 applications were rejected.

Continued: https://themedialine.org/life-lines/israels-abortion-rate-continues-32-year-decline/


Legal but not accessible: abortion in Turkey from an ethical perspective

By Gender DSC
23/11/2020

Can abortion just be a medical decision?
As has been reported by Amnesty International, “Around 47,000 women die as a result of unsafe abortions every year.” The testimony of Rajat Khosla, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Research and Advocacy shows the peril of the siege over women’s bodies. Although the political authorities try to establish their presence under the subject of religious sensitivity with the slogan that “abortion is murder”, many women have died as a result of the operations carried out under improper conditions.

In countries where abortion is restricted or prohibited, women who are wealthy have the chance to get an abortion abroad and return to their countries, while the poor have to terminate their pregnancy using dangerous methods such as clothes hangers, as in Argentina.

Continued: https://diem25.org/legal-but-not-accessible-abortion-turkey-from-ethical-perspective/


Poland, Saudi Arabia and 29 others join US-led anti-abortion declaration on women’s rights

OCT 23, 2020

Poland, Saudi Arabia and 29 other countries have joined the United States in signing a declaration on women’s health that denies the right to abortion, promotes “the family as foundational to society”, and emphasises “each nation’s sovereign right” to implement its own policies in these areas.

The document – officially titled the Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women’s Health and Strengthening the Family – is seen as a rebuke to United Nations human rights bodies that have sought to protect access to abortion, notes the Washington Post.

Continued: https://notesfrompoland.com/2020/10/23/poland-saudi-arabia-and-29-others-join-us-led-anti-abortion-declaration-on-womens-rights/


Abortion increasingly hard to access in Turkey

By FARIBA NAWA
Oct 6, 2020
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When Sevilay, a 38-year-old, stay-at-home mom in Istanbul, learned she was pregnant with a third child, she agonized over what to do.

“I became very upset when I learned about my
pregnancy. I wondered whether I could do it or not. I was already having a hard
time with two kids. There was nobody that could help me.”

Continued:   https://news.wbfo.org/post/abortion-increasingly-hard-access-turkey


Turkey – Restriction on access to abortion is human rights violation: Top court

September 11 2020
ANKARA

Turkey’s top court has ruled that a woman’s rights were violated when she was denied an abortion for a pregnancy that was the result of sexual assault.

A 17-year-old young woman got pregnant as a result of sexual assault in 2017 and the survivor’s family complained about the perpetrator in the southern province of Mersin, according to the Constitutional Court’s decision.

Continued: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/restriction-on-access-to-abortion-is-human-rights-violation-top-court-158182


Progressively Speaking: Abortion laws and police women’s bodies

Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild takes a controversial topical issue and looks at a Reform Jewish angle

By RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD
July 31, 2020

Kanye West recently launched a bid to become US president on an anti-abortion ticket and the issue has since been in the headlines.

Discussion about abortion is necessarily complex and frequently freighted with contextual perspectives. Yet an examination of Jewish sources reveals that certain matters are clear since Biblical times.

Continued: https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/progressively-speaking-abortion-laws-and-police-womens-bodies/