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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
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"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).
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).