[health] abortion

FREETOWN, 27 November 2012 (IRIN) - The new government is responding positively to health workers and youth groups who have long called for a change in the 1861 law banning abortion except in exceptional circumstances.

Access to state-provided abortion services has worsened since the Tunisian Revolution, according to the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD).

When rape is used as a weapon of war in places like Congo or Bosnia, thousands of women and girls can become pregnant, but a piece of 39-year-old U.S. legislation means that few if any aid groups are allowed to provide or even discuss abortion services with them.

There's a 38 year-old Congolese woman named Josephine who has probably never heard of U.S. Representative and Senatorial candidate Todd Akin. But, if she had, Josephine would know all too well how wrong Akin was when he said that a woman's body can "shut the whole thing down" and prevent a pregnancy if she experiences a "legitimate rape." When Josephine was 29, she, like many of the estimated 1.8 million other women and girls who were raped during the Congo's series of conflicts, became pregnant. Akin's comments will never affect Josephine, so she has little reason to care. But she cares very much about the U.S. legislative efforts to restrict abortion access, because that decades-long campaign, of which Akin is only an example, has changed her life permanently.

Pursuant to a month of heated discussions, Turkish government stated that they will not amend the existing laws on abortion in Turkey and restricted their changes to the subject of making caesar sections more difficult to implement. Social media whirled about a few days, press immediately forgot about the issue, but the snake never slept.

L’enquête menée par le Centre national d’études et d’analyses pour la population et le développement (Ceneap) au profit de l’Unicef, a révélé que la plupart des mères célibataires sont issues de familles défavorisées, prés de la moitié de ces femmes ont été victimes de harcèlement sexuel, de violence domestique et d’inceste.

An abortion hotline which has been set up in Pakistan is facing violent opposition. Islamic groups and political parties have condemned the hotline, which was launched yesterday, as "anti-Islamic" and "colonial", even though it will save the lives of thousands of women who die each year in backstreet abortion clinics. They have warned the organisers that they are at risk of reprisals.

La société marocaine n’est pas encore mûre pour aborder ce genre de sujet!». La PJDiste Bassima Hakkaoui conteste la tenue du premier congrès sur les grossesses non désirées. Organisé les 28 et 29 mai à Rabat par l’Association marocaine de lutte contre l’avortement clandestin (AMLAC), ce débat est, pour la députée, «prématuré» : «Ce n’est pas le moment de parler de l’avortement ni d’en débattre surtout de cette manière. Il n’y a toujours pas de base concrète pour le faire». Bassima Hakkaoui, qui a mis mal à l’aise plus d’un participant dès la première session du congrès, légitime sa prise de position par l’inexistence d’un projet de loi sur l’avortement qui pourrait servir de base à l’événement. « Le PJD avait engagé une discussion avec le président de l’AMLAC  pour que ce dernier expose la situation et que nous puissions en débattre. Cela dit, il n’y a pas de document sur lequel nous travaillons aujourd’hui ».

Dr George Tiller's murder underlines there is no common ground with anti-abortion zealots.
Nicaragua’s obligations under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment are examined in light of Amnesty International’s research findings from recent country visits.
Craintes pour la sécurité / Menaces de mort Nicaragua: Patricia Orozco (f), coordinatrice de la Campagne du 28 septembre pour la dépénalisation de l’avortement en Amérique latine et dans les Caraïbes, et chef de file du Mouvement autonome de femmes.
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