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Latest items for ABO-LAW-1

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).
Sept. 26, 2018, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Cuba, Uruguay
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, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"However, a blanket prohibition exists in the Central American states of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua" (para 30). The prohibition refers to legal abortion. (CCS-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In Latin America, unrestricted abortion is legal in Uruguay, Cuba and Mexico City" (para 28).
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:19 a.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Argentina has narrowly approved a bill to legalise abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy... as the lower house Chamber of Deputies passed the bill by 129 votes to 125.The bill will now go before the Sneate where it faces an uphill battle become law" (para 1-3). "As in most Latin American countries, abortion is illegal in Argentina, except in cases of rape or when the life or health of the woman is at risk. The bill, if passed by the Senate, would decriminalize abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and beyond that in cases where the fetus suffers from conditions not compatible with life outside the...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In reference to the Committee’s concluding observation 40 expressing concern that less than half (41.4 per cent) of married women aged 15-49 use modern contraceptive methods and concern about the incidence of clandestine abortions which often result in serious health complications for women, and in reference to the recommendation in paragraph 41 of the concluding observations to continue efforts to increase access to contraceptive services and raise awareness of the importance of using contraception and the risks of unsafe abortion, the Sultanate responds as follows: regarding spacing between births, the Ministry of Health provides primary and secondary consultation services in the primary health-care centres for all women wishing to space...more
Sept. 15, 2018, 3:35 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances in Paraguay. The only exception is when a pregnancy has life-threatening complications. This narrow exception is not enough to protect the lives, health, and dignity of girls and women in the country. Abortion is illegal in Paraguay for pregnancies that resulted from rape or incest. It is illegal when the pregnancy poses a serious – but not life-threatening – health risk, and when a fetus has no hope of surviving outside the womb" (para 2-3). "In 2015, a 10-year-old girl in Paraguay became pregnant after she was raped by her stepfather. Her mother requested permission for the girl to have an abortion, but...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Police said initial investigations indicated that unmarried girls and women who visited the clinic for an abortion were persuaded by staff to give birth and sell their babies" (para 7). This clinic is described earlier in the article as being a private nursing home/charity. It appears that abortions are legal, at least in certain cases (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In May the government passed a law authorizing abortion in cases of rape, incest, or severe deformation, expanding existing legislation that allowed abortion in case of danger to the life of the mother" (28).