Chile legalizes abortion under some circumstances

In the summer of 2017, Chile legalized abortion under some circumstances. The legislation, which will take effect in January 2018, legalizes abortion in cases of “risk to the mother’s life,” “fetal malformation incompatible with life,” and rape.

Advocating for choice in Europe

Jennie Bristow reports on the 2014 Congress of the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraceptive Associates (FIAPAC) in Ljubljana on 2-4 October 2-4, 2014. She provides an up-to-date overview of Abortion laws in Europe that shows that Ireland and Poland “are noticeable for being out of step with the European norm” and she discusses

‘Therapeutic Abortion’ Could Soon Be Legal in Chile

Chile, one of the most conservative countries in Latin America, is getting ready for an unprecedented debate on the legalisation of therapeutic abortion, which is expected to be approved this year. In Chile, more than 300,000 illegal abortions are practiced annually – a scourge that is both cause and effect of many other social problems.

Spain: Conservative Government Abandons Abortion Law

In September 2014, the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy decided to suspend the reform of the 2010 abortion law that was approved under the socialist government of Jose Luis Zapatero, because of internal division over the legislative project. Though in July the justice minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon affirmed that the law would be approved “by the end of the summer” – technically before

Iran bans permanent contraception

Iran banned permanent contraception (vasectomy and similar intervnetions on women). The bill also bans the advertising of birth control in a country where condoms had been widely available and family planning considered entirely normal. The ban aims to reverse the decline in Iran’s population, but reformists see the law as part of a drive by conservatives to

Russia introduces fines for illegal abortion.

President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill on penalties for illegal abortion into law, the Kremlin announced on its website. The bill stipulates fines of 4,000 to 5,000 rubles ($143) for individuals, 10,000-30,000 ruble ($855) fines for officials and 100,000-150,000 ruble ($4,275) fines for legal entities. Previously, the proposed fine for officials had been close

Ireland: abortion guidelines spark condemnation on all sides

New irish guidelines on abortion require that a pregnant woman can have the termination or pregnancy certified (and thus performed) only when the life of the woman is in real danger, either for physical reasons, or due to suicidal intentions only an abortion could avoid that risk supervising clinicians had properly considered “the need to preserve

Abortion in the Philippines: A true story

It’s 10:30 PM, and three girls are about to meet up at a fast food chain. A girl wearing a jacket arrives with her boyfriend, kisses him on the cheek and wishes him a safe ride home. The second girl is carrying a box of blueberry cheesecakes with the note: “It gets worse before it