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Latest items for ABO-LAW-1

July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Some opposition groups and extremist elements reportedly banned women from teaching and girls from attending school, particularly in ISIS-controlled areas of Deir al-Zour Governorate. According to activists from Raqqa Governorate, ISIS segregated classrooms and removed women from the local councils in territories it controlled" (Pg 46-47).
July 19, 2019, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"The criminalization of abortion, subjecting both the woman procuring an abortion and any person assisting her to criminal liability (arts. 295-297 of the Criminal Code), and the barriers to access to abortion where it is legal, such as cases in which the pregnancy gravely endangers the women’s health or of rape or incest" (11).
July 18, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"That, in more than one third of districts, legal abortion is unavailable and in four of those districts as a result of the conscientious objections of health-care institutions" (9).
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Safe abortion has been provided in accordance with the 1997 Abortion Law and the 2002 MoH regulation on the implementation of the Abortion Law" (26).
July 11, 2019, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion is not criminalized in cases involving risk to the life of the pregnant woman or 'menstrual regulation'; however, such exceptions are rarely made" (10).
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda

"Abortion is illegal, and approximately 1,200 women died annually from unsafe abortions. On June 4, the Ministry of Health launched standards and guidelines on reducing morbidity and mortality from unsafe abortions, including increased access to family planning services and legal post-abortion care and services. Fear of arrest often made health-care professionals unwilling to attend to women who had undergone abortion" (Pg 29).
July 8, 2019, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Burundi

"The unavailability, unaffordability and inaccessibility of modern contraceptives and sexual and reproductive health services in the State party, the criminalization of abortion and the fact that 45 per cent of incarcerated women are serving sentences up to 20 years of imprisonment on conviction for abortion and infanticide" (12).
July 3, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: East Timor

"Couples and individuals have the right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of their children; manage their reproductive health; and have access to the means to do so free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. Economic, cultural, and religious considerations and distance (in rural areas) sometimes limited women’s reproductive rights. Unmarried women under age 20, for example, may be denied reproductive health services. Additionally, in many areas, service providers sometimes required a husband’s permission before providing reproductive health services. Healthcare was not readily available for complications associated with abortion due to overall lack of women’s healthcare and the criminalization of abortion. According to 2014 estimates from the UN Population Division,...more
July 3, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Albania

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (page 17).
June 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The criminalization of abortion and the restrictive conditions under which abortion is legally available, i.e., only in cases of threat to the life of the woman, thus excluding other circumstances such as threats to her health, rape, incest and severe impairment of the foetus" (11).
June 20, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda

"Ipas and the Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights Development reported that an average of 25 percent of women in prison were serving sentences for illegal abortion, and were often arrested after seeking emergency health care for the management of complications arising from abortion. The RCS disputed the findings, stating only 2 percent of women in prison were serving sentences for illegal abortion" (Pg 32-33).
June 19, 2019, 8:49 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"It also notes the approval of a protocol for therapeutic abortion that seeks to guarantee the life and health of women (…) Absence of measures to implement the Committee’s previous recommendations to revise legislation criminalizing abortion and to prevent unsafe abortions (CEDAW/C/GUA/CO/7, para. 36)" (12).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion is illegal in the Middle Eastern country unless a woman’s health is at risk and sexual relations outside of marriage are criminalised – with unmarried women faced with prosecution and even jail if they are found to be pregnant" (para 2).
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The law, as implemented, requires each woman with an unauthorized pregnancy to abort or pay the social compensation fee, which can reach 10 times a person’s annual disposable income" (54).
June 10, 2019, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Revision of the Penal Code (from 2014) — In order to suit its applicability to the current context, considering that the previous one was developed at the end of the XIX century. Although it was not yet promulgated (already approved by the Assembly of the Republic), the following great innovations of this code are: (i) Decriminalization of voluntary interruption of a pregnancy, after recognizing unsafe abortion as a public health problem" (6).
June 5, 2019, 11:40 a.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"At present, according to Armenian law, induced abortions are permitted only in the first trimester of the pregnancy, a 12-week period (GoA 2004). In the case of medical or social indications, induced abortions may be done up to 22 weeks of gestation" (4).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Statutory health insurance pays for medically indicated abortions as it is a legal requirement that statutory insurance covers the costs for medical treatments. In Vienna, women can apply for financial support for an abortion in personal, family-related or financial emergency situations. Out-patient abortions can be carried out in six hospitals" (27).
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"(b) Recently adopted legislative and policy measures aimed at restricting women’s access to abortion, namely the pre-abortion counselling and mandatory waiting periods of between 48 hours and 7 days before abortion services can be provided" (10).
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In Sint Maarten, abortion is illegal and the Penal Code criminalizes anyone who provides abortion-related information or services" (11).
May 13, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In accordance with section 218a (1) of the Criminal Code, the subjection of women who wish to have an abortion on request to mandatory counselling and a mandatory three-day waiting period (which the World Health Organization has declared to be medically unnecessary), and the fact that abortion in such cases is not paid for by health insurance (although in special cases, and after means testing, abortion may be covered in accordance with the Act on Pregnancies in Conflict Situations)" (14).
April 16, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that, under section 146 of the Penal Code (Amendment) Act of 2011, abortion is permissible only if it is procured in good faith for the purpose of saving the life of the mother or when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. The Committee is, however, concerned that the procurement of termination of pregnancy continues to be criminalized, even though it is classified as a misdemeanour that attracts a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment" (9).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Data on this topic are difficult to obtain in view of the restrictive law against abortion" (34).
April 9, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the measures taken to facilitate access to legal abortion services" (15).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (para 91).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Other human rights abuses during the year included . . . a coercive birth-limitation policy that, despite the lifting of one-child-per-family restrictions, in some cases resulted in forced abortion (sometimes at advanced stages of pregnancy)" (page 2). "Intense pressure to meet birth-limitation targets set by government regulations resulted in instances of local family-planning officials using physical coercion to meet government goals. Such practices included the mandatory use of birth control and the forced abortion of unauthorized pregnancies. In the case of families that already had two children, one parent was often required to undergo sterilization . . . Enforcement of the population control policy relied on education, propaganda, and economic...more
March 13, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In March 2017, the national food and drug monitoring authority INVIMA approved the sale of Mifepristone, an oral method of abortion which, combined with Misoprostol, significantly reduces complications and provides greater efficacy and safety in the procedure. Under General Health and Social Security System (SGSSS) services, medicines and procedures are made available for the practice of safe abortion" (32). This shows abortion is legal in the country (CCS-CODER COMMENT).
March 1, 2019, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion is legally available as a means of fertility regulation in Tajikistan" (97).
Feb. 23, 2019, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion is not yet decriminalized, given the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception" (11).
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).