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

A Unanimous Supreme Court: Abortion Rights Lose a Buffer.

In the world as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia imagines it, anti-abortion advocates resemble Eleanor McCullen, a self-described “mother and grandmother” who stands outside a reproductive-health clinic in Boston and attempts to gently “counsel” approaching women out of getting an abortion.He also sees lawmakers and judges conspiring to silence the voices of those like Ms.

Treating Complications from Unsafe Abortion Drains Scarce Health Resources in Rwanda

In 2012, approximately 18,000 Rwandan women required treatment for complications resulting from unsafe abortion, costing an estimated $1.7 million. The finding comes in a new study, “The Health System Cost of Post-Abortion Care in Rwanda,” by researchers at the Guttmacher Institute, the University of Rwanda’s School of Public Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health.

Poland rejected the draft law on comprehensive sexuality education

Members of the Parliament voted against the bill introducing “Knowledge on human sexuality” as a compulsory subject in primary, middle and secondary schools. 368 MPs voted for rejection of the draft with only 63 opposite votes. The bill was submitted by the Vice-Deputy Speaker of the Sejm Wanda Nowicka and signed up to by the left-wing

Anti-Abortion Push Has Spain Debating Definition Of “Progress”

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Australian abortion law and practice

Abortion is the subject of criminal law in all Australian states and territories, except the Australian Capital Territory. Each state and territory has legislation prohibiting unlawful abortion.  Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have legislation in place that provides a statutory explanation of when an abortion is not unlawful.  In the

A veiled ban on abortion in Russia

On the 7th of July, Valery Draganov, a member of the Russian Federation’s Chamber of Deputies (Duma), introduced a bill on the “prevention of abortion and support for a child’s life before as well as after birth”. The proposed bill, which includes changes to the law “on the fundamental rights of children in the Russian

ECHR condemns Poland for treating a woman inhumanely by denying her a prompt diagnosis and abortion

On the 26th of May 2011, the the European Court of Human Rights [ECHR] condemned Poland in the first degree with a six to one majority, because it stopped a pregnant woman from having a prompt amniocentesis after tests that showed malformations in her foetus: due to the obstacles posed by the doctors, the woman