San Marino abortion debate heats up ahead of historic referendum

by Angelo Amante and Emily Roe
September 20, 2021

SAN MARINO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - One of Europe's staunchest opponents to legal abortion could fall on Sunday when San Marino, a tiny and deeply Catholic republic landlocked in Italy, holds a referendum to overturn a law dating back to 1865.

A "Yes" vote will bring some relief for pro-choice supporters further afield who have been dismayed as authorities in countries like Poland and in the U.S. state of Texas have tightened laws.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/san-marino-abortion-debate-heats-up-ahead-historic-referendum-2021-09-20/


San Marino’s abortion referendum reveals social fissures

Arguments flare in the tiny, extremely conservative nation ahead of a vote on finally legalising abortion

Angela Giuffrida, Rome correspondent

Fri 17 Sep 2021

It didn’t take long for the debate in San Marino to turn toxic. Soon after
campaigning in the lead-up to a referendum on legalising abortion officially
got under way, the walls of the tiny country, landlocked within central Italy,
were slapped with posters from anti-abortion activists featuring a child with
Down’s syndrome. The caption read: “I’m an anomaly, does that mean I have fewer
rights than you?”

Other posters featured the image of a foetus alongside the message: “I’m a
child even at 12 weeks, save me!”

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/17/san-marinos-abortion-referendum-reveals-social-fissures


As Abortion Rights Expand, the U.S. Joins a Handful of Telling Exceptions

Recent shifts on access to abortion suggest democracy and women’s rights go hand in hand — and that the inverse might be true as well.

By Max Fisher
Published Sept. 9, 2021

The story of abortion rights in the 21st century can be seen in two world-shaking developments this past week. In the first, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively upheld drastic new abortion restrictions in Texas. A few days later, Mexico’s high court paved the way for nationwide legalization.

It may be tempting to see Mexico’s ruling as the more surprising, catapulting the world’s second most populous Catholic country on a deeply contentious social matter.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/world/abortion-rights-us.html


Government of Nepal moves to decriminalize abortion in response to rights campaign

JURIST Staff
AUGUST 30, 2021

After years of advocacy by women’s rights groups, the Government of Nepal has agreed to decriminalize abortion and protect the sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls. Nepalese law students Smriti Phuyal and Smriti Pantha from NLU Delhi and Kathmandu University School of Law file this exclusive report for JURIST from Kathmandu.

The move began when the Center for Reproductive Rights and its Nepal-based partners made a compliance report for the Universal Periodic Review (“UPR”) focusing on the barriers to safe abortion services in Nepal and its impact on the sexual and reproductive health rights of women.

Continued: https://www.jurist.org/news/2021/08/nepal-dispatches-government-of-nepal-moves-to-decriminalize-abortion-in-response-to-rights-campaign/


Texas poised to ban most abortions as court denies emergency motion

Law letting individuals sue those helping women access service will go into effect on 1 September unless federal court intervenes

Jessica Glenza
Mon 30 Aug 2021

Texas could become the first state in decades to ban most abortions, if a federal court allows a law called SB8 to take effect on 1 September.

A hearing was originally scheduled on Monday on whether the court should block the law. But the fifth circuit court of appeals cancelled the hearing late on Friday, and denied reproductive rights group an emergency motion on Sunday.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/30/abortion-law-federal-court-decision-texas


WA looks ahead to modernised laws as ‘historic’ abortion legislation passes

15 August 2021
By Naomi Neilson

In what has been praised as a “landmark achievement” by human rights lawyers, the Western Australian government has brought its legislation in line with the rest of Australia by passing a bill to create protective zones around abortion services. However, the state still has a long way to go to decriminalise and modernise its laws.

Western Australia has become the last state or territory in Australia to pass the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2021 and has finally unified the country’s protective zones around abortion services. Within these zones, obstructive and harassing behaviour targeted at patients and staff is prohibited.

Continued: https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/biglaw/32196-wa-looks-ahead-to-modernised-laws-as-historic-abortion-legislation-passes


The struggle to secure access to abortion in Argentina goes on

The Argentinian government must continue to dismantle barriers women face in accessing safe abortion.

Mariela Belski, Executive director of Amnesty International Argentina
9 Aug 2021

In recent months, Argentinians have had access to legal abortion for the first time. In December, Argentina became the fourth in Latin America to legalise abortion after the National Congress passed the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy Law.

Securing this right for women and pregnant persons was a milestone achievement and the culmination of decades of struggle, setbacks and progress. Now, new challenges emerge: the effective implementation of the law across a vast and unequal territory and the legal battles filed by conservative groups in the nation’s courts.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/8/9/the-struggle-to-secure-access-to-abortion-in-argentina-goes-on


Momentous revolution of women’s rights in Ecuador: An unceasing strive for liberation of abortion laws

Varshunn Bhan Miskeen & Aditya Pandey
August 7, 2021

With the Constitutional Court of Ecuador passing the verdict of decriminalizing abortion in all instances of rape, Ecuador has joined the group of countries who have decriminalized abortion in selective cases. The passing of this verdict has allowed the Ecuadorian women who had been raped and wanted abortion, to no longer be penalised for their actions. The judges of the Ecuador Constitutional Court had decriminalized the two articles with the ratio of 7 against 2 in favour of the verdict. Before, the law only allowed for this procedure only in the instance of critical risk to woman’s health or if a raped woman had a mental disability. Abortion under the two selective conditions has been legal since 1938.

Continued:  https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/legally-speaking/momentous-revolution-womens-rights-ecuador-unceasing-strive-liberation-abortion-laws


Fourth state in Mexico legalizes abortion, up to 12 weeks

Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz has become the fourth of the country’s 32 states to legalize abortion Associated Press
20 July 2021

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz became the fourth of the country’s 32 states to legalize abortion Tuesday.

The Veracruz state legislature voted 25-13 to allow abortions in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy.

Continued: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/fourth-state-mexico-legalizes-abortion-12-weeks-78957910


Mexico’s Veracruz state votes to allow abortion, joining three other regions

July 20, 2021
By Daina Beth Solomon

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's southeastern state of Veracruz will become the fourth state in the predominantly Roman Catholic country to clear away criminal penalties for elective abortion after lawmakers on Tuesday voted to decriminalize the procedure.

The initiative to allow abortions by choice passed in a 25-13 vote with one abstention, Veracruz's Congress said in a statement.

Continued: https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/mexicos-veracruz-state-votes-to-allow-abortion-joining-three-other-regions-100613822/