Malta – UK parliamentarians write to Abela over ‘extreme concern’ about abortion laws

Small group of parliamentarians say UK's similar wording led to 'abortion on demand'

November 26, 2022
Times of Malta

Three UK parliamentarians and a number of members of the UK's House of Lords have written an open letter to Prime Minister Robert Abela to express "extreme concern" about proposed changes to Malta's abortion laws.

The letter was sent to Abela after the government unveiled legislative amendments that would allow doctors to terminate a pregnancy when a woman’s life or health is at serious risk.

Continued: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/three-uk-mps-lords-write-abela-extreme-concern-abortion-laws.997614


WA Government set to modernise state’s abortion laws, following community consultation

By Cason Ho
Nov 19, 2022

Women and medical practitioners have been asked to have their say on WA's decades-old abortion laws, which are among the toughest in the
country, as the state government prepares to overhaul the legislation. 

The changes on the table include fully decriminalising abortion, increasing the gestational limit for a procedure from 20 to 24 weeks, abolishing mandatory counselling and scrapping the need for a GP referral.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-20/wa-government-set-to-overhaul-abortion-law/101675792


Malta moves to ease EU’s last total ban on abortion

Nov 16, 2022
By Jessica Parker & Paul Kirby

Malta's government is to propose a change in the law to allow doctors to terminate a pregnancy if a mother's life or health is at risk. The small Mediterranean state has the only total abortion ban in the EU.

Ministers promised to review the law when a US tourist was denied an abortion after she began to miscarry. Andrea Prudente, who was 16 weeks pregnant, was told doctors could do nothing while the baby's heart was still beating.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63650476


Abortion legislation in Morocco an ‘absolute emergency’, Dr pleads

By Rédaction Africanews with AFP
Nov 14, 2022

The debate over abortion has flared in Morocco after a 14-year-old identified as Meriem died following a clandestine pregnancy termination in a rural village.

The founder of the Moroccan Association Against Clandestine Abortion adds his voice to calls for the legalization of the procedure. It (abortion legislation) is an absolute emergency because we are witnessing the consequences of not being able to have legal abortions on a daily basis", Dr Chafik Chraibi said.

Continued: https://www.africanews.com/2022/11/13/abortion-legislation-in-morocco-an-absolute-emergency-dr-chraibi-pleads/


Abortion under spotlight in conservative Morocco

Issued on: 13/11/2022
FADEL SENNA, AFP

Rabat (AFP) – The debate over abortion rights has flared in Morocco after a teenager's death following an unsafe termination, but social taboos continue to stall reforms.

"If I spoke out for abortion rights in front of my brothers, I'd be risking my life," said student Leila, 21, adding that she comes from a relatively "modern" family.

In September, a 14-year-old identified as Meriem died following an unsafe procedure in a rural village in the country's centre.

Continued: https://www.rfi.fr/en/international-news/20221113-abortion-under-spotlight-in-conservative-morocco


While Abortion Rights Shrink in U.S., This Small Country Expanded Access

The West African nation of Benin adopted one of the continent’s most liberal laws on abortion last year after hearing testimony from gynecologists about women dying from illegal abortions.

By Elian Peltier
Nov. 13, 2022

COTONOU, Benin — When lawmakers in the West African nation of Benin met last year to consider whether to legalize abortion, they heard shocking testimony from Dr. Véronique Tognifode, the country’s minister of social affairs, about what she had seen during her years working as a gynecologist.

She recounted how she and her peers had struggled to save women who had tried to end their pregnancies by ingesting dubious pills or bleach, inserting sharp objects into their bodies or getting illegal abortions from the dangerous hacks known locally as “mechanics.”

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/13/world/africa/benin-abortions.html


Malta to amend restrictive abortion laws

By Alice Taylor
Nov 6, 2022

Malta, one of the few European countries to have a blanket ban on abortion, is expected to amend its abortion laws in the coming months, Prime Minister Robert Abela told local media in an interview.

Under the current law, it is illegal for a woman to get an abortion or go through any procedure that may trigger one, regardless of the circumstances and even if her life is in danger. The situation came to a head in the summer when a pregnant American woman on holiday in the Catholic island-state started miscarrying but was refused a termination.

Continued:  https://www.euractiv.com/section/all/short_news/malta-to-amend-restrictive-abortion-laws/


Thailand’s New Abortion Access Law Is Part of a Bigger Trend

BY SANYA MANSOOR
OCTOBER 27, 2022

Thailand’s Public Health Ministry legalized abortions up to the 20th week of pregnancy on Thursday—an extension of a previous law which allowed termination of pregnancy within the first 12 weeks.

That 12-week allowance came as a result of a law expanding abortion rights enacted last year. These laws are a massive step for a country that criminalized abortion as recently as February 2020, when The
Constitutional Court of Thailand ruled that anti-abortion laws are unconstitutional.

Continued: https://time.com/6225758/thailand-abortion-access/


Finland reforms abortion law to replace outdated legislation

By The Associated Press
Wed., Oct. 26, 2022

HELSINKI (AP) — Lawmakers have approved a legislative reform that will ease the process of getting an abortion in Finland, which currently has the Nordic region’s strictest abortion law, dating back to 1970 and seen by many citizens as outdated.

Finland’s 200-seat Eduskunta legislature on Wednesday voted by a wide margin 125-41 in favor of a law reform that will, among other things, abolish the need for approval from two doctors to terminate a pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.thestar.com/news/world/europe/2022/10/26/finland-reforms-abortion-law-to-replace-outdated-legislation.html


Mexico’s Quintana Roo state decriminalises abortion

The move comes about a year after Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that penalising abortion was unconstitutional.

Published On 26 Oct 2022

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo has voted to decriminalise abortion, becoming the latest area to ease restrictions on the procedure as part of a “green wave” demanding greater reproductive rights across Latin America.

Nineteen lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favour with three against, approving a change in the law that would decriminalise abortion for women up to 12 weeks pregnant and remove a requirement for rape victims to report their abuser to access abortion.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/26/mexicos-quintana-roo-state-decriminalises-abortion