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Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-DATA-1

"The 2015 White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea, published by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), a South Korean government-affiliated think tank, and the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report stated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions as recently as 2013. The KINU white paper found that, in some cases of live birth, the prison guards killed the infant or left the baby to die, and reported cases of guards sexually abusing or exploiting female prisoners"(2-3)."Prison guards reportedly raped women in prison camps and forced them to have abortions"(12)."The KINU [The Korean Institute for National Unification] 2015 ...more
Oct. 11, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Some parents are still getting illegal tests to find out the sex of their unborn child, in order to decide whether to get an abortion"(para 2)."Staff at the Yongjia county family planning department found that several married women in the area decided to get an abortion after being pregnant for less than two months, even though they had not violated any family planning regulations. It seems to have become a trend"(para 9)."China's national sex ratio at birth has remained high since the late 1980s, and reached 117 boys to 100 girls in 2011. And illegal sex identification and abortions are the direct causes behind this phenomenon"(para 30)
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Women and girls who have become pregnant as a result of rape during captivity have not been able to access safe and legal abortions" (para 47).
Sept. 21, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Exact stats aren't tracked, but there are an estimated 17,000 to 32,000 rape-related pregnancies in the United States each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. About 32% to 50% of impregnated rape victims keep their babies, according to various studies"(para 7-8)."After discovering that she was pregnant, Noemi briefly considered an abortion. But 'after I went to the doctor and I heard her heartbeat, it was kind of hard to say no,' Noemi said. It wasn't her daughter's fault that she was conceived in violence"(para 16)."Attorney Shauna Prewitt, who also became pregnant from a rape and chose to raise her child, believes society has created a 'biased prototype ...more
Sept. 20, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1

"In 2011, Amanda Mellet learned during the course of her pregnancy that the fetus had a fatal fetal impairment. She knew she could not continue with the pregnancy and asked her doctors for an abortion. However because Ireland outlaws abortion in almost all circumstances, she was forced to travel to the United Kingdom to end the pregnancy"(para 4)
Sept. 20, 2017, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Because of Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws, every year approximately 4,000 pregnant women travel to access abortion services in a foreign country"(para 7)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IM-DATA-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-DATA-1

"Likewise, the US is counting cases of microcephaly and other Zika-related birth defects in aborted fetuses — if officials learn about the cases and are able to test for presence of the virus. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started reporting on babies born in the US with birth defects linked to Zika infection, as well as pregnancies affected where the fetus wasn’t carried to term. That second category, called pregnancy losses, includes miscarriages, stillbirths, and terminations where the fetus is seen to have birth defects and tests positive for the virus"(para 29-30)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"A recent report from the WHO’s regional office for the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization — known as PAHO — acknowledged that fact. Of nearly 5,300 pregnant Colombian women suspected or confirmed to have been infected with Zika and whose pregnancies had concluded by the last week in April, 316 did not give birth. The report noted 68 percent of those pregnancies ended in abortions, while most of the rest ended in stillbirth"(para 9)."The drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol [which induce abortions], are available in some countries in Latin America, including Colombia, [Dr. Rebecca] Gomperts told STAT"(para 16)."The researchers found statistically significant rises in requests [for abortion inducing pills] from ...more
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-DATA-1

"'The researchers found statistically significant rises in requests [for abortion inducing pills] from women in countries where Zika was spreading locally, access to abortion was legally restricted, and the government had issued some type of warning to women, such as declaring a health emergency or advising women to delay pregnancy.The requests [for abortion inducing drugs] to WoW [the nonprofit, Women of Web] from Colombia and El Salvador rose nearly 39 percent and early 36 percent, respectively"(para 24-25)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"'Here Zika is a major problem and the health authorities do not help with it. … I have no resources at this time and want to ask for your help because fear overwhelms me. What if the baby is born sick?' an email from Venezuela asked"(para 23). This email was sent to Women of Web, an online nonprofit that sends abortion inducing drugs to women in countries where safe abortions are not generally available (ENB-Coder Comment)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"If this is an indication of the desperation women in affected countries feel, the steep rise in cases of microcephaly and other devastating birth defects observed in Brazil may not be repeated in countries whose [Zika] outbreaks started later, experts acknowledge.'I do wonder if in some of the other countries that they had more time to react, and you may see fewer cases of microcephaly because of the actions women are taking where it’s possible for them to take those actions [abortion],' said Dr. Abigail Aiken, lead author of the study"(para 5-6)."The drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol [which induce abortions], are available in some countries in Latin America, including Colombia, [Dr. ...more
Aug. 7, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"One of the troubling moments in the story of Niruta, married at 14, was her unsafe abortion after she realized that she was pregnant with a third child. She survived and eventually delivered a baby girl" (para 1-2).
July 12, 2017, 2:48 a.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"From January to July 1991, the Augusto Ngangula Maternity Clinic in Luanda recorded 11 cases of death from complications of clandestine abortions. During that same period, the hospital performed 403 authorized abortions and treated 139 patients who had spontaneous abortions, for a total of 553 abortions" (34)
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"The Committee is concerned at the high ratio of abortion...among teenage girls and women in the State party" (12)
May 31, 2017, 7:17 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, ABO-DATA-1

"An estimated 15% of people who don’t wish to conceive do not use contraception, and almost one in three women will have an abortion" (p 29)
March 14, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-DATA-1

"Abortion is still the primary means of family planning in Armenia, as it was in the Soviet era, and it is available free of charge on the state health service" (para 15).
Feb. 27, 2017, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"According to a 2015 UNICEF report, 16 percent of women ages 20-24 were married before age 15 and 41 percent before age 18. According to the 2011 DHS, the median age of first marriage among women between the ages of 20 and 49 who were surveyed was 17.1 years, compared with 16.5 years in 2005" (30). "Child marriage was most prevalent in the Amhara Region, where approximately 45 percent of girls marry before age 18, and the median first marriage age was 15.1 years, according to the 2011 DHS, compared with 14.7 years in 2005" (30).
Feb. 3, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Illegal armed groups continued to force women to have abortions. Female combatants who demobilized from the FARC reported that women in the FARC were repeatedly forced to have abortions, with most being subjected to between one and seven abortions" (40).
Jan. 27, 2017, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"According to the UK Department of Health, Mellet was one of over 4,000 women from Ireland who accessed abortion services in England or Wales in 2011" (para 17).
Jan. 26, 2017, 8:21 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"The Dominican Republic's absolute ban on abortion has led to more than 90,000 unsafe abortions occurring in the country each year, according to the U.S.-based Center for Reproductive Rights" (para 10).
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"In practice, though, some doctors, citing moral objections, refuse to perform even legal abortions. Polish women seeking abortions typically get them in Germany or other neighbouring countries or order abortion pills online" (para 5-6). This indicates that few abortions actually occur in-country (KH-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 2, 2016, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"The number of legal abortions has been steadily decreasing. In 2011, the legal abortion rate was 9.0 per 1,000 women of reproductive age compared to 12.7 per 1.000 women of reproductive age in 2004" (4)
Nov. 30, 2016, 8:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Since it is prohibited, little reliable statistical data on abortion are available, but it is evident that the practice continues to be used to terminate unwanted pregnancies" (33).
Nov. 17, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"In recent years, the abortion rate has dropped to 5 per 1,000 from 39.9" (36)
Aug. 25, 2016, 10:14 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case.Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage at the age of 18 after reportedly being raped, was convicted of aggravated homicide after her crime was reclassified from ‘abortion’ to ‘aggravated homicide’ during her trial. She had already served seven years of her 30-year sentence"(para 1-2)."Rupert Colville said Ms. Vásquez’s petition was one of 17 cases presented before the Supreme Court in 2014 requesting pardons for women who are imprisoned on similar charges [had a miscarriage but then was initially charged for abortion which ...more
July 4, 2016, 9:14 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Abortion is one of the main causes of maternal death, accounting for 21.0% of all mortalities recorded in 2010" (30).
June 10, 2016, 7:17 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

According to official abortion statistics, 99,715 abortions were performed Germany in 2014. Continuing the downward trend, this is the lowest figure since the law was amended in 1996. The number of underage abortions has also dropped steadily: In 2014, there were 3,560 abortions by girls under the age of 18, which are less than half the figure for 2005 (7,247)" (37).
May 28, 2016, 6:59 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"The total abortion rate in Armenia is 0.8 per woman. This means that the average number of abortions among women in Armenia approximately corresponds to the half of the number of children per woman (Cumulative Birth Rate (CBR)=1.7). Age-specific abortion rate is highest among women aged 25-29, and these rates decrease among women of older age. According to the findings of 2010 ADHS, the GAR comprised 0.8, which is significantly lower than 1.8 and 2.6 indicators of the 2005 ADHS and the 2000 ADHS, that is, number of abortions has decreased about three times" (37). "31% of women surveyed has ever had an abortion; as against the 2005 and 2000 ...more
May 23, 2016, 3:32 p.m.
Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"One study suggests that women in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia would have an average of three abortions each if current levels prevailed throughout their reproductive lives" (38-39).
April 26, 2016, 2:17 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

“Twelve percent of women have had at least one abortion in their lifetime, and 7 percent have had an abortion in the past five years” (79). “In Cambodia, 12 percent of women age 15 to 49 reported having had one or more abortions in their lifetime” (79). “The practice of abortion varies slightly by urban-rural residence (17 percent in urban areas versus 11 percent in rural areas). The percentage of women who have had an abortion varies across provinces as well. The highest percentages are observed among women living in Phnom Penh (19 percent) and Banteay Meanchey (18 percent). By contrast, only 3 percent of women in Mondul Kiri/Ratanak Kiri ...more