The Next Battleground for Abortion Rights: Morocco
The North African country is emerging as a key battleground on abortion, with an increasingly assertive movement seeking a break with conservative laws.
By Alice Morrison
Sept 23 2019
It’s midnight and moonless as a group of women gathers outside the Ministry of Health in Rabat, Morocco. They have assembled to wage war on Morocco’s abortion laws, which prohibit abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is in immediate danger. Their weapon of choice? Sanitary towels covered in fake blood and slogans they affix to the walls of the ministry.
“No uterus — no opinion.”
“My body, my rules.”
“Abortion for all — women decide.”
Anti-abortion flyers found in breach of South Australia electoral laws
By Rebecca Puddy
Posted Feb 7, 2019
Anti-abortion campaigners say they have been ordered by the Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA) to stop letterboxing flyers and driving a mobile billboard around Adelaide.
The ECSA's decision comes ahead of Saturday's by-election in Cheltenham and Enfield. It follows legislation being introduced to Parliament late last year to remove abortion from the state's crimes act.
Isle of Man becomes first place in British Isles to decriminalise abortion
15 January 2019
The Isle of Man has become the first place in the British Isles to decriminalise abortion.
The new law will allow abortion for any reason up to 14 weeks and in certain circumstances between 15 and 23 weeks. From 24 weeks until birth, abortion will be permitted when pregnancy would cause risk to the mother's life or if the baby when born would suffer serious impairment or die shortly after birth.
New Isle of Man abortion law moves a step closer
7 November 2018
Decriminalising abortion on the Isle of Man has moved a step closer after reforms were given unanimous backing by Tynwald members.
The Abortion Reform Bill will make it legal for women to have a termination on request within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Dignity clause incorporated into Abortion Reform Bill
Friday, 6 July 2018 - Politics
A late alteration to the Abortion Reform Bill was added last week, to ensure any remains are treated with dignity.
Legislative Council last week approved the bill. Numerous, mainly technical, amendments were approved, while attempts by Bishop Peter Eagles to impose new restrictions were unsuccessful.
LegCo approves Abortion Reform Bill
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
The Abortion Reform Bill has been approved fully by the Legislative Council.
This morning, MLCs dealt with all of its clauses - including 71 proposed amendments - and then suspended rules so that they could take the third and final reading at the same sitting. At that point, the historic vote to approve wide-reaching change was 8-1 in favour, with only Bishop Peter Eagles voting against.
The bill will still need to go back to the House of Keys for final approval, however.
Bishop's witnesses begin their evidence in abortion debate
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Witnesses called by Bishop Peter Eagles to support his arguments against aspects of the Abortion Reform Bill began their evidence this morning.
The Bishop, who is also set to table a series of amendments to the Abortion Reform Bill at the clauses stage, warned that unless he could be persuaded otherwise, he would vote against the second reading of the bill.
He called three witnesses to go before the Legislative Council today.
Isle of Man abortion reform bill passed by House of Keys
May 1, 2018
Plans to change the Isle of Man's abortion laws have been approved by the House of Keys by a margin of 22-2.
The Abortion Reform Bill would allow women to have terminations within the first 14 weeks of their pregnancy, with other restrictions also being eased.
Under existing Manx law, abortions can only be carried out if a pregnancy is the result of rape or because of mental health concerns.
Abortion reform: Were extreme protests just a 'moment in time'?
Friday, 16 March 2018
A claim was made this week that that further extreme anti-abortion protests were unlikely.
Chris Robertshaw (Douglas East) made the assertion as he questioned the need for a proposal to introduce a law creating safety zones around areas where abortion services would be provided.
MHKs show their colours as the abortion bill is introduced
Sunday, 28 January 2018
By Adrian Darbyshire in Politics
Battle lines are being drawn ahead of the first real parliamentary debate on proposed abortion reform.
The Abortion Reform Bill went through the formality of a first reading in the House of Keys on Tuesday.