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Latest items for ABO-DATA-1

Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"The Committee is also concerned at the lack of information on the incidence of unsafe abortion and its impact on women’s health, including maternal mortality" (page 11).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"This inability to access or afford healthcare services lead many women in rural areas to unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions" (page 14). "Women therefore often rely on untrained local practitioners for illegal abortions because they have no access to reproductive information to prevent unwanted pregnancies" (page 15). "Nearly 5% of all pregnancies end in abortions, which are one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in part because of reliance on untrained local practitioners" (page 15).
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Salhieh, the chief prosecutor, said that prosecutors obtained permission for seven women to have abortions in 2017, all in cases in which the women alleged that the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest and they were in the early stages of pregnancy" (para 29).
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:19 a.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"According to official health ministry statistics, more than 17 percent of the 245 recorded deaths of pregnant women and girls in 2016 were due to abortion. NGOs say some 500,000 clandestine abortions a year are carried out every year" (para 27).
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"According to an OHCHR fact-finding mission, some women discovered to be pregnant in Da’esh captivity were forced to have abortions" (para 235)
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"…the committee notes with concern: ...The high abortion rate among adolescents" (10).
Aug. 24, 2018, 12:29 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"The Committee . . . remains concerned, however, at the prevalence of HIV and AIDS and unsafe abortions, which have contributed to the increase in the maternal mortality ratio" (page 12).
Aug. 20, 2018, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines

". . . early pregnancies, unsafe abortions and HIV/AIDS infections are increasing, in particular among adolescent girls" (page 11).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"From December 2012 to November 2013, 6,676 interruptions of pregnancy were carried out, with no reports of maternal mortality on that account and only two cases of serious complications, one of them because of an unsafe abortion. Health system coverage is 40 per cent public and 60 per cent private. Of all women treated, 18 per cent were under 19 years of age, while 82 per cent were 20 or more. Of those who consulted on a VTOP, 6.3 per cent ended up continuing the pregnancy. An average of 70 per cent used birth control after the VTOP" (page 29).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Abortion rates recently hit a 17 year low (down to 14.4 per 1000 women aged 15-44 years)" (page 27).
June 25, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

Table 8 lays out the number of abortions rom 2010 to 2015, disaggregated by age (38). In 2015, there were 11,465 abortions (38).
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti

"It notes its concern regarding…the excessive use of abortion as a method of family planning" (12).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1

"That unsafe abortions are prevalent irrespective of efforts by the State party to provide access to abortion services in specific cases, such as where there is a substantial risk that continuation of the pregnancy would gravely impair the physical or mental health of the mother, or that the child would be born with severe fetal impairment, or where the pregnancy resulted from rape, incest or other felonious intercourse" (12).
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia

"The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NAM/CO/3, paras. 24 and 25) and commends the State party for its successful programmes aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The Committee remains concerned, however, at the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and unsafe abortions, which have contributed to the increase in the maternal mortality ratio in the State party. The Committee is particularly concerned that, while abortion is permissible on prescribed grounds such as rape, incest, threat to the health and life of the pregnant woman and foetal malformation, pursuant to the Abortion and Sterilization Act of 1975, women still undergo complex and onerous administrative procedures to obtain approval for abortion. The...more
March 13, 2018, 10:57 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"In recent decades abortions have declined. The abortion rate among certain groups of women with immigrant backgrounds is far higher than in the general female population" (33).
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"The CDMX in the framework of sexual and reproductive rights, within the program of Legal Interruption of Pregnancy (ILE) has performed 154071 interventions" (page 22).
March 7, 2018, 6:52 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

Table 1 shows that in 2012, there were 46 reported cases of abortion, and in 2013 there were 68 reported cases (12).
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1

"The Committee is concerned, however, about...The criminalization of abortion, except when the life of the pregnant woman or girl is at risk, and the fact that it compels women, in particular those living in rural areas, to resort to unsafe abortions" (14).
Jan. 19, 2018, 6:30 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"According to a government estimate, based on a survey of women of childbearing age, 169,000 abortions were conducted in 2010. That number, which represents close to 16 abortions per 1,000 people, gives South Korea the 10th highest abortion rate among the 35 mostly high-income countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But independent analysis by public health scholars suggests that the real number is much higher. According to research by Park Myung-bae, a professor at Pai Chai University in the city of Daejeon, the annual tally is as high as 500,000 or more — greater than the number of babies born in South Korea in...more
Jan. 18, 2018, 5:27 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

“Official statistics are hard to come by, but the Federation for Women and Family Planninghas estimated that around 150,000 illegal abortions are carried out each year” (para 8).
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Activists put the number of women jailed on abortion-related charges at 49-some for a procedure that millions of women worldwide consider their right, others following medical emergencies or miscarriage (the term in Spanish is 'spontaneous abortion'). Other estimates give double that number of women imprisoned" (para 5).
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea

"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

"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

"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

"'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)