Slovak conservatives hope to tighten abortion law, rights groups protest

Radoslav Stoklasa, Reuters
Sep 24, 2020

BRATISLAVA — Christian lawmakers in Slovakia hope to win parliamentary approval for a tightening of abortion rules in a vote expected on Friday, part of a trend towards more socially conservative policies across parts of central Europe.

If adopted, the new regulation would still allow abortion on demand until 12 weeks but would double waiting periods to 96 hours, ban clinics from advertising services and make women declare their reasons for termination.

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/crime-pmn/slovak-conservatives-hope-to-tighten-abortion-law-rights-groups-protest


Malawi – Religious leaders express support for abortion bill

Sep 22, 2020
Malawi24 Reporter

Religious leaders under the Religious Network for Choice (RNC) in Malawi have expressed support for the Termination of Pregnancy Bill and have condemned assertions that those who support the bill are evil.

At a press conference in Blantyre today, the RNC members said individual faith leaders and religious mother bodies that are against the bill want to portray those that are supporting the bill as evil people who do not care about the unborn babies and their rights.

Continued: https://malawi24.com/2020/09/22/religious-leaders-support-abortion-bill/


‘Global action’ day behind push for legalized abortion in Mexico

by: Salvador Rivera
Posted: Sep 22, 2020

TIJUANA (Border Report) — Several groups in
the city of Tijuana have pledged to demonstrate on Monday demanding access to
safe, free and legal abortions, which is illegal in many parts of Mexico and
many other countries around the world.

One woman named Cristal said the day of “global action” march will shed light
on what she called, “the need for the right to an abortion.”

Continued: https://www.borderreport.com/health/global-action-day-behind-push-for-legalized-abortion-in-mexico/


Kenya – Explainer: Reproductive Healthcare Bill, 2019

Every person has the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

by HENRY MAKORI
21 September 2020

Opinion is sharply divided over the Reproductive Healthcare Bill, 2019 that is before Parliament. It has led to strong exchanges between supporters and opponents.

The sponsor of the Bill, Nakuru Senator Susan
Kihika, explains in the Memorandum of Objects and Reasons that the proposed law
is meant to actualise the constitutional guarantee that every person has the
right to the highest attainable standard of health, including the right to
reproductive healthcare (Article 43).

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/2020-09-21-explainer-reproductive-healthcare-bill-2019/


India – For a more progressive abortion law

V S Chandrashekar
Sep 19 2020

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Amendment Bill 2020 is due to be discussed in an upcoming Rajya Sabha session. This is the second time, in its 49 years of existence, that the MTP Act will be amended. While introducing the Bill in the Lok Sabha, the Health Minister highlighted the government’s intent to improve access to safe, affordable and legal abortion services for women without compromising on safety, quality of care and more importantly to ensure dignity, autonomy, confidentiality and justice for women who need to terminate their pregnancies.

The Amendment Bill proposes some welcome changes-- it replaces the phrase “married woman and her husband” with “woman and her partner”; increases the upper gestation limit to 20-24 weeks for “certain categories of women”; reduces opinion required for termination of pregnancy between the 12th and 20th week of gestation from two providers to one and removes upper gestation limit for foetal abnormalities ‘necessitated by the diagnosis of a Medical Board.”

Continued: https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/in-perspective/for-a-more-progressive-abortion-law-889672.html


Slovakia: Draconian restrictions on abortion would endanger the lives of women and girls

16 September 2020
Amnesty International

Lawmakers in Slovakia must reject a draconian law that would impose new barriers to abortion and endanger the health and wellbeing of women and girls, said Amnesty International, ahead of the start of a parliamentary plenary session that will debate on a new abortion bill.

If passed, the law would introduce additional barriers to women and girls seeking abortion, doubling unnecessary waiting periods, imposing new medical authorization requirements for abortion on health grounds and forcing them to state their reasons for seeking care.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/09/slovakia-draconian-restrictions-on-abortion-would-endanger-the-lives-of-women-and-girls/


Malawi’s Liberalized Abortion Bill Sparks New Debate

By Lameck Masina
September 15, 2020

BLANTYRE - Anti-abortion activists in Malawi are protesting plans by the National Assembly to debate a bill that would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest.  Malawi's abortion rights activists argue the Termination of Pregnancy Bill would help prevent the 12,000 deaths annually from illegal, unsafe abortions.

Abortion is currently illegal in Malawi and punishable by a maximum of 14 years in prison except in cases where pregnancy threatens the life of a woman.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/africa/malawis-liberalized-abortion-bill-sparks-new-debate


Kenya condemns women to ‘death by unsafe abortion’, campaigners warn

September 5, 2020, Thomson Reuters Foundation
By Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI: Thousands of women are dying every year in Kenya due to botched backstreet abortions, campaigners have warned, 10 years after the introduction of safeguards to abortion access when a woman’s life is in danger.

Kenya’s 2010 constitution broadened access to abortion, permitting it when a woman’s life is at risk or in case of an emergency, and guaranteeing the right to life and reproductive health services.

Continued: https://www.thedispatch.in/kenya-condemns-women-to-death-by-unsafe-abortion-campaigners-warn/


Brazil abortion debate: Gov’t imposes new rules for rape victims

Why a 10-year-old child has reignited the debate on abortion in Brazil.
(3 minute video)

by Monica Yanakiew
1 Sep 2020

Brazil has imposed new rules for rape victims seeking an abortion, requiring them to look at the fetus before the procedure.

Doctors are also obligated to report their cases to the police.

This comes two weeks after anti-abortion rights activists surrounded a hospital to stop a 10-year-old girl from terminating her pregnancy.

Al Jazeera's Monica Yanakiew reports from Rio de Janeiro.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/brazil-abortion-debate-govt-imposes-rules-rape-victims-200901160743666.html


France – ’Feminist icon’ changed abortion laws

August 28, 2020

Tunisian-born French human rights lawyer Gisele Halimi was 12 when she made her first stand as a feminist. It was 1939, and, in her Sephardic Jewish home in majority-Muslim Tunisia, she went on an eight-day hunger strike against her parents' rules.

She demanded that they treat her equally to her two brothers, not force her to serve them their meals, not impose religious fervour upon her and also allow her to read. Her father, whom she later said had been disappointed to have a daughter, caved in. That night, she wrote in her diary: “I have won my first little piece of liberty.”

Continued: https://www.smh.com.au/national/feminist-icon-changed-abortion-laws-20200828-p55qa2.html