Poland takes steps to restrict abortion pill; but pro-life advocates want it completely banned

WARSAW, Poland, February 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Poland wants to make the so-called emergency contraception ellaOne available by prescription only, but the Right to Life Foundation criticized the Minister of Health for not completely banning the abortifacient drug. The Polish government under the Law and Justice party has begun drafting legislation to regulate hormonal contraceptives, which are

Croatia Top Court Rejects Abortion Ban Demand

Croatia’s top court rejected calls to ban abortion in a landmark ruling on Thursday, following years of campaigning by Catholic Church-backed conservatives to overturn a 1970s law. A demand to review the law allowing abortion was filed by conservative activists in the staunchly Catholic country in 1991 when Croatia proclaimed independence from the former Yugoslavia,

Judge Blocks Medicaid Cuts to Planned Parenthood in Texas

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked Texas from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, ruling the state had presented no credible evidence to support claims the organization violated medical or ethical standards related to abortion procedures. The ruling, a preliminary injunction issued by Sam Sparks, a United States District Court judge in the

Where Is Abortion Illegal? Brazil Decriminalizes Early-Pregnancy Terminations Amid Zika Virus Debate

Anti-abortion sentiment may be starting to shift in Latin America. Brazil’s Supreme Court this week decriminalized early-term abortions, overturning prison sentences for five ex-employees of a Rio de Janeiro abortion clinic on the grounds that terminating pregnancies within the trimester should not be considered a crime, according to teleSUR. The country previously prohibited abortion except in

Trump reinstates ban on US funding for abortion overseas

BY JESSIE HELLMANN – 01/23/17 11:58 AM EST President Trump on Monday reignited the war over abortion by signing an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or “promote” abortions. The so-called Mexico City policy, established by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984, blocks federal funding for international family

Philippines will give free birth control to millions of women

By Kristine Guerra  JANUARY 12, 2017 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order directing government agencies to provide contraception to 6 million Filipino women who don’t have access to birth control and other reproductive health-related services. The executive order implements a landmark legislation signed by Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III. The Responsible Parenthood

Portugal Lawmakers Overturn Veto on Gay Rights, Abortion Law

VOA News LISBON, PORTUGAL —  Same-sex couples will soon be able to adopt children in Portugal after lawmakers voted to overturn a presidential veto, with parliament also removing some abortion restrictions Wednesday. Left-of-center parties in the Portuguese parliament used their majority to ensure that gay couples obtain the same adoption rights as heterosexuals. Parliament initially

The Case For Legalizing Abortion in Haiti

By Kenny Moise (Woy Magazine) Called the Poto Mitan in Haitian Creole, women account for 50.49% of the Haitian population and are the center pillar of most households. From commerce to education, their contributions to society are undeniable. As the prosperity of the nation relies on its citizens’ well-being, women’s health is a public health priority when

The Day Peruvian Women Rebelled

As in other days, the day I rebelled I was walking home from school by myself. I was 13, and I liked to wear the skirt of that godawful Peruvian school uniform above my knees. I loved my legs, and I had recently waxed them for the first time. It was Lima in the 1990s,

Advocate: 13-Year-Old in Mexico Denied Abortion in Rape

Officials in northern Mexico have denied an abortion to a 13-year-old girl who was raped by a family acquaintance, an advocacy group said Monday. Abortion is legal in Mexico in cases of rape. But Regina Tames, director of the Group for Information on Reproductive Choice, said officials in Sonora state are relying on a judge’s