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Latest items for ABO-LAW-1

Feb. 6, 2019, 1:20 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In April health officials denied an abortion for a 10-year-old girl allegedly raped and impregnated by her stepfather. Although the girl’s mother petitioned the Health Ministry for permission due to the health risk associated with pregnancy for such a young girl, the law allows abortion only when a mother’s life is in danger, and officials declared the girl appeared to be healthy. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and NGOs condemned the decision as well as the detention of the girl’s mother, who had filed several police reports alleging abuse in 2014. The girl gave birth by Caesarean section on August 13, and the stepfather remained in custody awaiting...more
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion remains a criminal offence in Northern Ireland unless it is necessary to preserve the life of the woman or there is a risk of real and serious adverse effect on the woman’s physical or mental health, either long-term or permanent… On the 29 June 2017, UK Government announced that women from Northern Ireland would be able to receive a publicly funded abortion in England. In Scotland, a statutory instrument was laid in Parliament on 21 September 2017, which will provide a legal basis for NHS Boards to provide free abortion care to women from Northern Ireland" (26).
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with concern: (a) The criminalization of abortion in cases of rape, incest or severe fetal impairment and the inaccessibility of high-quality post-abortion care; (b) The delay in the adoption of technical guidelines for therapeutic abortion, leading to unsafe abortions" (10).
Feb. 1, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Monday’s verdict was welcomed by campaigners who called for urgent reform to save other women suffering the dire consequences of El Salvador’s total ban on abortion" (para 9). "El Salvador is one of four countries where abortion is illegal in all circumstances, even if the woman is raped, her health or life is at risk, or if the foetus is seriously deformed. Abortion was criminalised 21 years ago, after legislators from across the political spectrum voted to strip women of their reproductive rights without any public debate or medical consultation about the consequences" (para 11-12).
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The law allows abortion only when a mother’s life is in danger" (page 21).
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the steps taken by the State party to adopt mental health legislation to regulate the procedures of entry, exit, treatment and confinement of patients in mental health centres. It is, however, concerned about: The limitation of legal abortion to cases in which there is a threat to the life of a pregnant woman or of severe fetal impairment" (pg. 11).
Jan. 28, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Irish parliament voted to legalise abortion on Thursday after a referendum earlier this year, a decision hailed by Prime Minister Leo Varadkar as a 'historic moment'" (para 1). "The new legislation permits terminations to be carried out up to 12 weeks of pregnancy - or in conditions where there is a risk to the life, or of serious harm to the health, of the pregnant woman. It would also allow terminations in cases of foetal abnormality which could lead to the death of the foetus either before or within 28 days of birth" (para 6-7).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:58 a.m.
Countries: Malta
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The change means Malta is now the only European Union country to totally ban abortion" (para 8). The change is referring to Ireland's legalization of abortion.
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"While abortion is permitted in certain circumstances, including rape, incest, threat to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman and when fetuses have a serious mental or physical defect, as set out in the Penal Code of 1977, women must still follow complex and onerous administrative procedures to obtain approval for abortion from the Termination of Pregnancy Committee" (pg 14).
Jan. 8, 2019, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Vásquez, now 32, is one of at least 19 women in El Salvador serving long prison sentences after suffering obstetric complications during pregnancy. Abortion has been banned in all circumstances since 1998. El Salvador is one of five countries where there are no exceptions, even if the woman is raped, her health or life is at risk, or if the foetus is seriously deformed" (para 3).
Jan. 2, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion will no longer be a crime in Queensland after a breakthrough vote in parliament. Women in the sunshine state will be able to seek abortions without risk of criminal persecution following law changes passed in state parliament on Wednesday evening. The Termination of Pregnancy Bill allows the termination of a pregnancy up to 22 weeks of gestation and after 22 weeks with consent from two independent doctors. Safe access zones of 150 metres will be introduced around the clinics to protect women from experiencing harassment from anti-abortion activists. Abortion will also be removed from the criminal code and made a health issue. New South Wales is now the only...more
Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee is further concerned that, under the Offences against the Person Act (1925), abortion is criminalized, without exceptions on grounds such as severe foetal impairment and when the pregnancy results from rape or incest" (page 11).
Nov. 30, 2018, 10:14 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion is legal in the case of an affected fetus in... Kuwait" (13).
Nov. 30, 2018, 10:14 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion on request is legal only in Bahrain… Abortion is legal in the case of an affected fetus in Bahrain" (13).
Nov. 30, 2018, 10:14 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion is legal in the case of an affected fetus in... Iraq" (13).
Nov. 30, 2018, 10:14 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion on request is legal only in Tunisia...Abortion is legal in the case of an affected fetus in... Tunisia " (13).
Nov. 30, 2018, 10:14 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion is legal in the case of an affected fetus in… Qatar" (13).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Government exerts undue interference in women’s reproductive health decisions. For example, the Government regulates birth spacing, makes abortions illegal, and requires a husband’s consent to be sterilized. If a woman is caught having an abortion she may be charged with a prison term from three to seven years, and if someone is found to be helping her, that provider may be sentenced up to three years" (page 15).
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that abortion is decriminalized in Mexico City and that in the rest of the country, abortion is legal in cases of rape. It also notes inconsistencies with respect to other legal grounds for abortion in the legal frameworks of the 32 states" (9).
Oct. 25, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In 2012, it decriminalised abortion to allow terminations during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, making the country the most progressive in Latin America for women’s reproductive rights" (para 3).
Oct. 25, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Argentina, Cuba, Guyana, Uruguay
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Apart from Uruguay, only Cuba and Guyana in the region allow elective abortions. In Argentina a bill to allow abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy was voted down in August" (para 4).
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortions are legal in the event of rape or when the life of the mother is threatened. Under the regulation women must apply for an abortion within 40 days of their last menstruation and, if married, have spousal agreement to undergo the procedure" (para 151)
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The 1960 Penal Code enforced in the West Bank and the 1936 Penal Code enforced in Gaza both criminalize abortion. Women can receive reduced sentences for an illegal abortion under the 1960 Penal Code if they cite 'honor' as the reason" (para 28).
Oct. 12, 2018, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"In June, the Guardian reported that the Jiangxi province ordered that women seeking an abortion after 14 weeks must get 'signed approval from three medical professionals' before they can access the procedure" (para 4).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:45 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"An increasing number of young Venezuelan women are going to extreme lengths not to give birth to another child. They are in an impossible bind, in a country where abortion is forbidden by law and a box of contraceptive pills costs the equivalent of up to 10 months’ salary at the minimum wage" (para 3). "Venezuela, where 70 percent of the population identifies as Catholic, has among the strictest abortion laws in Latin America. Abortion is forbidden even in the case of incest or if the fetus displays life-threatening malformations, and punished by six months to two years in prison" (para 22).
Sept. 26, 2018, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

Latin America is "home to four of the six countries in the world where abortion is banned in all circumstances: El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic (the two other countries are Malta and Vatican City)" (para. 3). "In 2008, the Ortega administration reformed Nicaragua’s penal code in a way that simultaneously decriminalized homosexuality while also imposing an abortion ban deemed by human rights organizations as 'a cruel, inhuman disgrace'" (para 9.).
Sept. 26, 2018, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Save for in Cuba, Mexico City, and Uruguay, it remains a crime in Latin America in most circumstances for a woman to terminate a pregnancy" (para. 3)
Sept. 26, 2018, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Malta
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

Latin America is "home to four of the six countries in the world where abortion is banned in all circumstances: El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic (the two other countries are Malta and Vatican City)" (para. 3).
Sept. 26, 2018, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

Latin America is "home to four of the six countries in the world where abortion is banned in all circumstances... Chile exited this club only last year... , but Brazil could take its place soon via a constitutional amendment" (para. 3).
Sept. 26, 2018, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Chile... began allowing abortions under very limited circumstances" (para.3).