Women’s movement sweeps Latin America to loosen abortion restrictions

Dec 1, 2020
By Daina Beth Solomon and Cassandra Garrison

MEXICO CITY/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Several weeks pregnant and about to start a job away from home, Lupita Ruiz had no doubts about wanting to end her pregnancy, despite knowing she could face jail time for having an abortion under a law in her state of Chiapas in southern Mexico.   

She asked friends for help until she found a doctor two hours from her town who agreed to do it in secret.

Continued: https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/world/womens-movement-sweeps-latin-america-to-loosen-abortion-restrictions-526103/

Abortion in the Philippines: bill to decriminalise terminations would save women’s lives, its author says

Maro Enriquez
30 Nov, 2020

Filipino lawyer and human rights activist Clara Rita Padilla did not expect a photo she posted on Facebook in May would be so popular. In the picture, she looks sombre as she holds up a copy of a controversial proposed law she had drafted.

“Amid the Covid-19 havoc, here is the bill that I’m finalising to decriminalise abortion in the Philippines,” she wrote. “This bill, when passed into law, can save women’s lives.”

Continued: https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-relationships/article/3111885/abortion-philippines-bill-decriminalise-terminations

Argentina: Thousands march against abortion legalization bill

Thousands of anti-abortion activists have taken to the streets across the country to protest against a new bill to legalize abortion. The bill is backed by President Alberto Fernandez.


Thousands of people have held demonstrations across Argentina against a new government-backed bill to legalize abortion.

Protesters were seen taking to the streets on
Saturday with Argentine flags and sky-blue scarves which identify the anti-abortionists.
They also carried signs with slogans like "Save Both Lives!" and
"March for the Unborn."

Continued: https://www.dw.com/en/argentina-thousands-march-against-abortion-legalization-bill/a-55762380

Malawi: Youths in Mzuzu, Nkhatabay Endorse Abortion Bill

28 NOVEMBER 2020
Nyasa Times (Leeds)
By Phillip Pasula

Youths from Mzuzu and Nkhata-Bay have spoken in support of the proposed Termination of Pregnancy Bill, saying if passed it will help in safeguarding their sexual reproductive health rights.

The youths sounded their concerns at Ilala Crest Lodge on Thursday where they had a meeting as part of 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence for the year 2020 which begins from 25th November to 10th December.

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/202011290054.html

Abortion is legal in Namibia, but only if a woman is in danger or has been sexually abused.

Activists are demanding reform.

By Aisha Salaudeen, and Bukola Adebayo, CNN
Thu November 26, 2020

(CNN) What do you do when your country is torn between decriminalizing abortion and maintaining its colonial abortion laws? Start a debate.

That's the idea being put forward by Esther Muinjangue, Namibia's deputy minister of health and social services.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/26/africa/namibia-abortion-reform-intl/index.html

Kenya: Groups Want Kenya Out of Deal ‘Unfair’ to Women

26 NOVEMBER 2020
The Nation (Nairobi)
By Nasibo Kabale

In recent weeks, the country has witnessed a heated debate on the right to health for women as the Senate went into the second reading of the Reproductive Healthcare Bill.

What has been a bone of contention in the Bill is the right to access to sexual and reproductive healthcare as well as the termination of pregnancy which has led to many inaccurately branding it as the 'abortion Bill'. Unsafe abortion remains a leading cause of deaths and injuries related to pregnancy in Kenya.

Continued:  https://allafrica.com/stories/202011270108.html

Fernández starts push to legalise abortion before end of year

President Alberto Fernández sends bill to Congress seeking to legalise abortion in first 14 weeks of pregnancy, firing the starting pistol on another epic legislative showdown.

Nov 21, 2020

Campaigners on both sides of the abortion debate stepped up their activism this week, with an epic legislative showdown over the procedure’s legalisation looming on the horizon.

To cheers from the pro-choice camp, President Alberto Fernández announced Tuesday that his government had sent a bill to legalise the procedure in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy to Congress. The initiative is expected to be dealt with in extraordinary sessions at the turn of next month, with a potential vote due before the end of the year.

Continued: https://batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/fernandez-starts-push-to-legalise-abortion-before-end-of-year.phtml

South Korea’s government is making it easier to get an abortion

Feminists do not think its proposal goes far enough. Opponents of abortion are also up in arms

Nov 21st 2020

The worst thing about it was the shame. “I worried about how other people would judge me for doing something illegal, what my parents and my friends would say if they found out,” says Kim Min-kyoung, a 24-year-old student from Seoul who decided to terminate a pregnancy last year. The second-worst thing was paying: how to find $1,000 without prompting awkward questions.

Both these problems should soon be slightly less severe for women in South Korea. If a bill under consideration by the National Assembly becomes law, a woman will be able to obtain an abortion up to 14 weeks into a pregnancy with ease. From 15 to 24 weeks in, she will still be able to do so provided she attends a counselling session and waits 24 hours before making a final decision. Her reason for ending the pregnancy must also fall into one of a series of approved categories. This regime would greatly expand access to abortion and thus put an end to expensive illicit procedures. It has prompted an unsurprising backlash from anti-abortion activists, but feminists are not entirely happy either.

Continued, behind paywall: https://www.economist.com/asia/2020/11/21/south-koreas-government-is-making-it-easier-to-get-an-abortion

Planned Parenthood Hails New Law Allowing 12-week Abortion

By Khaosod English
November 19, 2020

BANGKOK — A leading family planning organization on Wednesday welcomed a legal amendment that would allow abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and protect doctors who perform the operations from prosecution.

The change to Thailand’s Criminal Codes was approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday, and is expected to come into effect by February 2021. A spokesman for the Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand said the protection of rights to abortion would help save women from undergoing unsafe prodecures to terminate their pregnancy. 

Continued: https://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/2020/11/19/planned-parenthood-hails-new-law-allowing-12-week-abortion/

High hopes for abortion rights to expand in Argentina

Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Nov 18, 2020

BOGOTA, Nov 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A fresh effort to make abortion legal in Argentina has a better chance of success than did previous failed efforts, supporters said on Wednesday, given political change and unprecedented backing by the president in the South American country.

Argentine center-left President Alberto Fernandez presented the bill to Congress this week to legalize abortion, saying reproductive rights are a public health issue.

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/crime-pmn/high-hopes-for-abortion-rights-to-expand-in-argentina