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Latest items for ABO-LAW-1

April 20, 2018, 1:18 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned...That a new bill that envisages making abortion for girls between 16 and 18 years of age dependent on the consent of the parents, caretakers or legal guardians was approved in February 2015 by the lower chamber of the parliament" (10).
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion, which ranks third among the causes of maternal mortality in the country, is prohibited except in the cases specified in Act No. 049-2005/AN of 21 December 2005 on reproductive health. In all health facilities with the requisite technical capacity, post-abortion care is ensured through manual vacuum aspiration of the uterus (MVA)" (31).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the achievements of the State party in reducing maternal and infant mortality and notes the information provided by the delegation of the State party that all women migrant workers are covered by health insurance. However, the Committee notes with concern: The criminalization of abortion except in very limited cases, which do not include incest, rape and threat to the health of the pregnant woman; That women having reportedly been accused of illegal abortion following miscarriages were faced with criminal charges" (pg 9).
April 7, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee is also concerned at the criminalization of abortion and the absence of exceptions in cases of rape or incest" (Pg 8).
April 5, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of a plan by the Ministry of Public Health in 2013 for the delivery of a comprehensive package of primary health-care services, the establishment of primary health-care centres throughout the State party and the progress achieved in reducing maternal mortality. The Committee is concerned, however, about the limited access of women and adolescent girls to sexual and reproductive health services in rural and remote areas in the State party. It is also concerned about the insufficient monitoring of private health-care providers, which are the majority providers of specialized health services for women. The Committee further notes with concern the high number of unsafe abortions owing ...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s significant achievements in reducing infant and maternal mortality, but is concerned about the limited freedom experienced by women in their family planning and their choices of birth methods. It is particularly concerned about the reports that women are often subjected to overly medicalized births and caesarean operations without having been consulted beforehand. The Committee is also concerned about the amendments in 2015 to the law on voluntary termination of pregnancy (2007), which impose stringent conditions in the form of four separate obligatory consultations prior to abortion, in addition to fees. The Committee recommends that the State party provide for adequate safeguards to ensure that ...more
April 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"It also notes that the State party has established a medical protocol of options for abortion. The Committee is, however, concerned: (a) That the amendment on 15 July 2009 to article 141 of the Penal Code (Decree-Law No. 19/2009) has further restricted women’s access to safe and legal abortions by stipulating that abortion is legal only when necessary to protect the life of the mother and that, in such cases, it must be authorized by a panel of three doctors, and by allowing other health professionals to lodge an objection to the proposed abortion" (11).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the intention of the State party to lower the level of sanctions for abortion and to consider introducing further grounds under which abortion could be made legal. The Committee is, however, concerned about the high prevalence of abortion, the restrictive laws governing abortion and the ensuing high rate of health complications among women and girls. The Committee reiterates its previous recommendation (see CEDAW/C/MDG/CO/5, para. 31) and calls upon the State party: . . . (d) To legalize abortion, at least in cases in which pregnancy is harmful to the mother’s health and in instances of incest, rape and severe fetal impairment, and remove punitive measures for women ...more
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The criminalization of abortion, the restrictive conditions under which abortion is available and the lack of implementation of the rule issued by the Constitutional Court in 2014 abolishing the requirement of judicial authorization for abortion in cases of rape" (10).
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
Variables: ISTD-DATA-1, ISTD-DATA-2, MMR-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1

"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 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the efforts made by the State party to improve the health status of women, but notes with concern: (a) The high rates of maternal mortality and child mortality; (b) The high number of adolescent pregnancies and the insufficient measures taken to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health services and information, including modern contraceptives; (c) The fact that abortion is criminalized except when the life or health of the pregnant woman is at risk, and the impact that that has on the high maternal mortality rate; (d) The disproportionately high HIV prevalence among women and the prevalence of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; (e) The fact that, in ...more
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The very limited implementation of Constitutional Court ruling C-355 (2006), which guarantees access to legal abortion under the grounds of life or health risks for the mother, rape and serious malformations of the foetus; the public campaigning against its implementation by high authorities of the State party; and the prevalence of invasive and expensive abortion procedures" (Pg 10).
March 17, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In light of the 1997 law prohibiting all forms of abortion, El Salvador recognizes the limitations this situation creates for the full enjoyment and exercise of sexual and reproductive rights by Salvadoran women" (30).
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, ISTD-PRACTICE-1, ISTD-DATA-1, IRP-PRACTICE-1, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, MMR-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the numerous measures taken by the State party to address maternal mortality and expand universal health coverage, but remains concerned about: (a) The persistently high rates of maternal mortality, the limited health infrastructure for pregnant women, the insufficient number of skilled personnel attending births and women’s limited access to essential obstetric care; (b) The lack of comprehensive education on sexual and reproductive health and rights and family planning services, and the limited access to modern contraceptives; (c) The criminalization of abortion (art. 305 of the Penal Code); the restrictive conditions under which abortion is available under the code of professional conduct (i.e. only in cases of threats ...more
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the introduction of prenatal programmes aimed at preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. The Committee remains concerned, however, at the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and of clandestine abortions, which have contributed to the increase in maternal mortality in recent years. The Committee calls upon the State party: (a) To intensify the implementation of HIV/AIDS response strategies, especially preventive strategies, and to continue to provide free antiretroviral treatment to all women and men living with HIV/AIDS, including pregnant women so as to prevent mother-to-child transmission; (b) To step up efforts to reduce the incidence of maternal mortality, such as providing safe abortion and post-abortion care services" (page 9-10).more
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: ABO-LAW-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). "In 2014, article 30 of the LGV harmonized the Regulations of the General Health Law Regarding Availability of Medical Attention Services, so that health personnel cannot place conditions on emergency contraception or interruption of pregnancy for women who are victims of sexual violence, with the presentation of a complaint. In 2016, the NOM 046-SSA2-2005 was modified; for domestic and sexual violence and violence against women who are considering voluntary abortion in case of sexual violence, in accordance with the LGV, it obligates health personnel to ...more
March 7, 2018, 6:52 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Law Commission has formulated a comprehensive draft Bill recommending the liberalization of the current strict approach contained in the Penal Code. The proposal has been formulated in consultation with medical professionals and recommends that termination of pregnancies be permitted in limited circumstances such as rape and where the foetus is established to have congenital abnormalities. A policy decision on the proposals is awaited" (23).
March 5, 2018, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In Costa Rica, the only situation of abortion that is not punishable is regulated in article 121 of the Penal Code, which refers to cases where there is danger to the mother’s life or health" (27).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Act 2006-16 of 21 June 2006 on Reproductive Health (RH), through its implementing decree, authorizes assisted medical procreation and abortion in cases of rape and incest" (pg 18). "In the context of the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality, many innovative strategies have been implemented, in particular through the provision of essential neonatal obstetrical care (SONE), emergency neonatal obstetrical care (SONU), prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI), and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) care at the community level: reproductive health outreach teams, health care quality assurance, post-abortion care, a “husbands’ school”, dual-protection social marketing (family planning and HIV prevention), fairground activities and ...more
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"As for women's right to voluntary termination of pregnancy, Article 32 states that women are granted the right to decide themselves the maternity issue" (Pg 34). "Although the Single Package includes coverage of services related to pregnancy, childbirth, post-partum period by NHIC, abortion services at the woman's request are not included in it, so women have to pay these costs. Experts mention cases of breach of confidentiality in the provision of abortion services, the anonymous of abortions not being provided by the law" (Pg 36).
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).
Feb. 14, 2018, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The limited availability and accessibility of abortion services owing to the...the lack of health centres providing these services, leading pregnant women to undergo unsafe abortions" (14).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The law prohibits termination of pregnancy except on medical grounds and under a specific set of conditions. It is an offence to deliberately terminate a pregnancy, whether with or without the mother’s consent. The penalty in cases where a woman dies as the result of having a termination or a termination procedure will vary depending on the circumstances. A woman who terminates her own pregnancy or has a termination performed by a third party faces a penalty of from 6 months to 3 years in prison. Mitigating factors will be taken into account if the woman was motivated by the desire to protect her honour. The same applies to descendants ...more
Feb. 7, 2018, noon
Countries: Chile
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"...the Committee deeply regrets that all the recent parliamentary initiatives aimed at decriminalizing abortion have failed in the State party, including those where the health or life of the mother are at risk, in cases of serious foetus malformation or rape. While welcoming the statement made by the delegation that the right to life of the mother prevails where her health or life is at risk, the Committee reiterates the concern expressed in its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/CHI/CO/4, para. 19) that abortion remains a criminal offence in all circumstances" (8).
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The Committee recommends the State party to decriminalize abortion by repealing articles 383 to 390 of the 1996 Criminal Code prohibiting abortion [and] eliminate the procedural obstacles that effectively hinder access to legal abortion, including the requirement, in cases of rape, to obtain a judicial decision recognizing the criminal act and limiting the performance of abortion in case of rape or incest to the first 10 weeks of gestation," (10).
Jan. 30, 2018, 6:23 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In October, Australian media reported that authorities transferred a female detainee from Nauru to Sydney for medical treatment. She was reportedly one of two Somali women who alleged they were raped at the Nauru detention center. Media claimed she came to Sydney for an abortion, a procedure that is illegal in Nauru" (2-3). This is a report regarding an illegal immigrant who was detained and then sent to Sydney for medical treatment. It is implied that there are more lax abortion laws in Australia than in Nauru. Abortion laws vary from state to state within Australia (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The criminalization of abortion, except when the life or health 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 and illegal abortion" (Pg 15).
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Decision of the Supreme Court (F., A.L. s/ Medida autosatisfactiva, ruling of 13 March 2012) interpret[s] the Criminal Code provisions concerning the legal interruption of pregnancy" (2). "Nevertheless, the Committee is deeply concerned about the stagnation of the maternal mortality rate, attributable in part to unsafe abortions, the limited access to legal abortion (contrary to the legislation and the decision taken by the Supreme Court in 2012)" (12).
Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"abortion is criminalized even when a woman is a victim of rape or incest" (Pg 10).