The Repro Legal Defense Fund is a new initiative that will support people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for self-managed abortions.
Jun 9, 2021
Rafa Kidvai, Rewire
Since 2000, dozens of people have been unjustly accused of a crime for ending
their own pregnancy—that is, self-managing abortion outside of a clinical
setting—or for helping a loved one do so. And those are just the cases we know
of to date.
As lawyers and advocates for reproductive justice who fight attacks on
self-managed abortion, we’ve tracked these unjust investigations, arrests, and
prosecutions across the United States, both in localities where self-managed
abortion is explicitly criminalized and in places where police and prosecutors
have manipulated laws to target people.
Having an abortion, helping someone get one, is a crime in Malta
June 1, 2021
No women have been imprisoned for abortion-related crimes in the past 25 years, it has emerged.
The information was supplied in parliament by Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri in reply to a question by Nationalist MP Edwin Vassallo.
3 out of 4 abortions that occurred in Africa and Latin America were unsafe.
by NANCY AGUTU, Senior Digital Reporter
08 April 2021
A 15-year-old minor has been arrested after procuring an abortion in Kabartonjo in Baringo county.
DCI director George Kinoti said detectives rescued the foetus from the verge of death after the minor threw it in the toilet.
DEC 11, 2020
Judge Amy Coney Barrett's recent confirmation into the Supreme Court could be a potential threat to abortion access and lead to even more "underground" abortions if the procedure becomes illegal in certain states, experts say.
Though underground abortions have continued in the wake of Roe v. Wade due to certain states' time-limiting abortion laws, those numbers could see a steep increase if states don't take individual responsibility to protect abortion rights, Carole Joffe, a sociologist and co-author of "Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America," told Insider.
International Campaign for Safe Abortion
July 22, 2020
After suffering three terrible years of being in prison and being put on trial
– not just once but three times – Evelyn Hernandez has finally been acquitted
by Salvadoran “justice”. What had she done? She had a miscarriage as a
teenager in 2016, but was initially jailed for 30 years. She was successively
accused of “aggravated homicide with premeditation” and then of "homicide
aggravated by negligence". This time, the prosecutor decided not to
challenge her acquittal yet again. She is now finally free, age 22, to live her
life. Sixteen other women are still in prison accused of abortion or homicide,
however, which may also been miscarriages or stillbirths instead. The courts in
El Salvador don’t seem to mind which it is.
by Clément Arbrun, 10 July 2020
For a history of the gross injustice done to her, go to
https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/page/2/?s=El+Salvador, where the first
two pages of this history can be found (going backwards) followed by similar
cases of other women as well.
These women say they had miscarriages. Now they're in jail for abortion.
By Kate Smith, Gilad Thaler
May 28, 2020 / CBS News
Watch the CBS News Digital documentary "Jailed for Abortion in El Salvador" in the video player above. It premieres on CBSN tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Seven months pregnant, Manuela, a mother of two, said she miscarried at her modest home in rural El Salvador. But the police, and a judge, didn't believe her. They charged and convicted her for aggravated homicide, sentencing her to 30 years in prison.
But Manuela only served two of those years. In 2010, she died alone in a hospital of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a disease her lawyers say caused her to miscarry.
Rwanda to release 50 women jailed for having abortions
Activists welcome pardons, but call for relaxation of abortion laws and an end to punitive measures such as life sentences
Christophe Hitayezu in Kigali
Published on Thu 21 May 2020
Rwanda is to release 50 women who were jailed for having abortions after a personal pardon was issued by the country’s president, Paul Kagame.
Human rights activists welcomed the pending release of the women, six of whom had been given life sentences – the highest penalty available to the courts – two serving 25 years and the others terms ranging from 12 months to 20 years.
As Rwanda frees women arrested on abortion charges, questions come on abortion rights in Africa
May 21, 2020
The president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, has pardoned some 50 women who were arrested and prosecuted for the offenses of either having an abortion or assisting in the process.
This follows another 52 who were released last year for the same crime. The country’s Justice Minister, Johnston Busingye, said the most recent release consists of the last batch of women prosecuted for the termination of pregnancies.
Rwanda orders release of young women jailed over abortions
by Ignatius Ssuuna, The Associated Press
Posted May 19, 2020
KIGALI, Rwanda — Rwanda’s president has pardoned and ordered the release of 50 young women who were jailed for having or assisting with abortions.
Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said the women released Tuesday were the last to be freed. Last year, President Paul Kagame ordered the release of 52 women.
U.N. group says Salvadoran women unfairly locked up for abortion crimes
Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation
March 2, 2020
BOGOTA, March 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Three Salvadoran women put in prison for abortion-related crimes were detained unfairly and arbitrarily, a United Nations expert group will say in coming weeks amid growing calls for the Central American nation to ease its total abortion ban.
While the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention does not have the authority to order release of a detainee, rights groups hope its recommendation will put pressure on El Salvador to review cases of women behind bars for abortion-related crimes.