Brazilian doctors condemn new rules on abortion

Lise Alves, The Lancet
WORLD REPORT| VOLUME 396, ISSUE 10254, P808, SEPTEMBER 19, 2020
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31956-5

Experts say that the new rules for health workers will discourage access to health services and increase the risk of unsafe abortion. Lise Alves reports from São Paulo.

An ordinance passed by Brazil's Health Ministry at the end of August, 2020, related to abortion has led to widespread criticism by doctors. Under the new rules, medical staff must report rapes to police and health workers must offer the patient a chance to see the embryo or fetus via ultrasound before abortion.

Continued: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31956-5/fulltext


The case of the girl from Espírito Santo: Is this a new turning point in the long journey for abortion rights in Brazil?

11 Sep 2020
by Sonia Corrêa

Since 1940, Brazilian law has permitted abortion in cases of rape,  and sexual intercourse with persons under 14 years old is automatically  defined as rape. In 1999, the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s issued the Technical Protocol orienting Care for Victims of Sexual Violence (MoH Protocol),  considered by WHO as a main  global reference for sexual and reproductive health policies. Though revised in 2005 and 2012, its content has not been substantially altered.

On August
8th, 2020, the Brazilian press reported the case of a 10-year-old girl who
became pregnant after being raped by her uncle, who lived with her, and her
grandmother in the municipality of São Mateus, state of Espírito Santo
(neighboring Rio de Janeiro). After suffering from abdominal pains,  the
girl was taken to a local hospital. She told the medical team that she had been
abused since she was 6 years old.

Continued: https://sxpolitics.org/the-case-of-the-girl-from-espirito-santo-is-this-a-new-turning-point-in-the-long-journey-for-abortion-rights-in-brazil/21576


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


Women’s groups drop Guatemala abortion clause over church dissent

Women’s groups drop Guatemala abortion clause over church dissent

Published on Sept 5, 2018
AFP

Women’s rights activists were forced into a hasty retreat Tuesday in the face of fierce church-led opposition to proposed legislation to loosen strict abortion laws.

Sponsors of the bill aimed at protecting underage victims of sexual abuse opted to remove a controversial clause that would decriminalize abortion for girls aged 14 or under who have been abused.

The influential Catholic and Evangelical churches organized a massive rally on Sunday to protest against the bill and in support of “life and the family.”

Continued: https://www.journalducameroun.com/en/womens-groups-drop-guatemala-abortion-clause-over-church-dissent/


PARAGUAY – It’s three years and three months…

PARAGUAY – It’s three years and three months...

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 13, 2018

… since we published the photo above, taken during a protest against a case that has come back into the news this week. Along with human rights and women’s groups across Latin America in 2015, we joined the chorus of voices condemning the government and a hospital in Paraguay for refusing to allow a 10-year-old child who had been sexually abused by her stepfather to have an abortion. When the girl’s mother took her daughter to hospital suffering from stomach cramps and vomiting, she did not realise the girl was more than six months pregnant. et she was arrested and imprisoned for supposedly allowing the abuse to happen, and only after the girl had delivered was she released with all charges dropped.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/paraguay-its-three-years-and-three-months/


Turkish court rules for girl’s abortion, releases rape suspect

Turkish court rules for girl’s abortion, releases rape suspect
December 13 2017
AFYONKARAHİSAR

Turkish court rules for girl’s abortion, releases rape suspect

An 11-year-old pregnant girl has undergone abortion after a court ruling allowed her in the Central Anatolian province of Afyonkarahisar, Doğan News Agency reported on Dec. 13.

The girl turned out to be two and a half months pregnant when she complained of stomach ache after going to a public hospital on Nov. 7.

The hospital then reported the situation to the police.

Continued at source: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-court-rules-for-girls-abortion-releases-rape-suspect-124051


Indian girl allowed abortion amid claims doctors ‘afraid to help’ child rape victims

Indian girl allowed abortion amid claims doctors ‘afraid to help’ child rape victims

Supreme court approves termination for 13-year-old who fell pregnant after assault but case highlights concerns that medics do not understand relevant law

Amrit Dhillon in New Delhi
Thursday 7 September 2017

The Indian supreme court has ruled that a 13-year-old rape victim in Mumbai who was left pregnant after the attack can have a termination. It follows a landmark ruling last month that said doctors should make greater effort to support victims of sexual assault regardless of the country’s abortion laws.

On 25 August, the court ruled that precious time was lost, and added distress caused, to girls and their families when they were forced to bring their individual cases to court. Doctors have been criticised as being far too fearful when dealing with the victims of child rape.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/sep/07/indian-girl-13-allowed-abortion-supreme-court-ruling-doctors-afraid-to-help-child-rape-victims


“Not a woman’s choice”: India’s abortion limit puts women at risk, say campaigners

"Not a woman's choice": India's abortion limit puts women at risk, say campaigners

Roli Srivastava
September 5, 2017

MUMBAI, Sept 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - They didn’t pop open boxes of sweets or send out excited phone messages when their first child was born at public hospital on a rainy Mumbai night in July.

The couple had known from the 24th week of the pregnancy that their child would be born with Arnold Chiari Type II syndrome - a structural defect in the brain.

Since abortions in India are allowed only up to 20 weeks of pregnancy, the couple petitioned India’s Supreme Court to allow them a to terminate the pregnancy, which was by then 27 weeks. The court rejected their plea.

Continued at source: Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/india-women-abortion/not-a-womans-choice-indias-abortion-limit-puts-women-at-risk-say-campaigners-idUSL8N1LE26E


Mumbai doctors check if 13-year-old rape survivor is fit to undergo abortion

Mumbai doctors check if 13-year-old rape survivor is fit to undergo abortion

While the doctors from the hospital said the report has been sent to the Apex Court on Friday, the girl’s lawyers claimed the court hasn’t received it
Sep 04, 2017
Aayushi Pratap, Hindustan Times

A team of doctors from Sir JJ Hospital on Friday checked a thirteen-year-old rape survivor from the city’s western suburbs, who is now in the 32nd week of pregnancy, to find out if she can safely undergo abortion.

While the doctors from the hospital said the report has been sent to the Apex Court on Friday, the girl’s lawyers claimed the court hasn’t received it.

Continued at source: Hindustan Times: http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/mumbai-hospital-doctors-check-if-13-year-old-rape-survivor-is-fit-to-undergo-abortion/story-DfSMquFPrZbk6SvKl6V4PO.html


India: Minor rape victims should not be denied permission to abort: SC

Minor rape victims should not be denied permission to abort: SC

Amit Anand Choudhary | TNN
Aug 25, 2017

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday said that a minor rape victim should not be forced to knock the doors of the court for getting permission to terminate her pregnancy arising out of any sexual offence.

It also favoured setting up of a trust for the benefit of the Chandigarh-based 10-year-old girl rape survivor, who recently delivered a child after being denied abortion.

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/minor-rape-victims-should-not-be-denied-permission-to-abort-sc/articleshow/60224537.cms