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Oct. 27, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"For more than 16 years, El Salvador has criminalized abortion in all circumstances—even when necessary to save a woman’s life—imposing harsh criminal penalties on both women and physicians" (para 3).
Oct. 20, 2017, 11:53 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The KINU 2011 White Paper on North Korean Human Rights indicated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions" (3)
Oct. 11, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Some parents are still getting illegal tests to find out the sex of their unborn child, in order to decide whether to get an abortion"(para 2)."Xiao Zhu used gene detection technology, which claims to be able to predict a baby's sex by analyzing a small amount of the pregnant mother's blood.The procedure is illegal on the Chinese mainland, so many parents-to-be are looking to Hong Kong clinics that offer this service. The government is trying to battle against countless generations of preference for boys"(para 6-7)."Yongjia county police collected more than 100 fetus sex test results sent to local women and found that most of the tests were done by two ...more
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"safe and legal abortion services are not available" (para 15). "The Iraqi government should amend the penal code, at least to allow safe and legal abortions for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence and who wish to terminate their pregnancies" (para 47).
Sept. 20, 2017, 5:03 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1

"In 2011, Amanda Mellet learned during the course of her pregnancy that the fetus had a fatal fetal impairment. She knew she could not continue with the pregnancy and asked her doctors for an abortion. However because Ireland outlaws abortion in almost all circumstances, she was forced to travel to the United Kingdom to end the pregnancy"(para 4)
Sept. 20, 2017, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Ireland’s abortion laws subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, according to a landmark decision from the United Nations Human Rights Committee. This ground-breaking ruling marks the first time that, in response to an individual complaint, an international human rights court or committee has recognized that by criminalizing abortion a state has violated a woman’s human rights. A detailed overview of the Committee's decision is available in this fact sheet.The U.N. committee ruled in favor of Amanda Mellet, who was denied access to an abortion in Ireland in 2011 after learning her pregnancy involved a fatal fetal impairment and found the prospect of continuing her pregnancy unbearable. The ...more
Aug. 30, 2017, 12:31 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"A 10-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped by her stepfather, and who is now at least 20 weeks pregnant, may be forced to give birth because of India’s restrictive abortion law" (para 1). "A medical board in the northern Indian state of Haryana said on Monday that the girl’s life had not been endangered by the pregnancy, a necessary condition under the law for most abortions conducted after 20 weeks. India enacted that law in part to discourage the widespread termination of female fetuses in a part of the world where boys are preferred" (para 3).
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The researchers found statistically significant rises in requests [for abortion inducing pills] from women in countries where Zika was spreading locally, access to abortion was legally restricted, and the government had issued some type of warning to women, such as declaring a health emergency or advising women to delay pregnancy.The requests to WoW [the nonprofit, Women of Web] from Colombia and El Salvador rose nearly 39 percent and early 36 percent, respectively"(para 24-25)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-LAW-1, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"'The researchers found statistically significant rises in requests [for abortion inducing pills] from women in countries where Zika was spreading locally, access to abortion was legally restricted, and the government had issued some type of warning to women, such as declaring a health emergency or advising women to delay pregnancy.The requests [for abortion inducing drugs] to WoW [the nonprofit, Women of Web] from Colombia and El Salvador rose nearly 39 percent and early 36 percent, respectively"(para 24-25)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"'Here Zika is a major problem and the health authorities do not help with it. … I have no resources at this time and want to ask for your help because fear overwhelms me. What if the baby is born sick?' an email from Venezuela asked"(para 23). This email was sent to Women of Web, an online nonprofit that sends abortion inducing drugs to women in countries where safe abortions are not generally available (ENB-Coder Comment)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol [which induce abortions], are available in some countries in Latin America, including Colombia, [Dr. Rebecca] Gomperts told STAT. In Brazil, however, they are banned, and authorities have been seizing prescriptions sent to Brazilian women who seek WoW’s help.'Most of them didn’t arrive there. We know that. We track packages,' she said"(para 16-17)
Aug. 7, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"the pain and suffering of her attempted abortion were needless because she could have gone to any government clinic to have a safe abortion. Abortion has been legal in Nepal since 2002, and post-abortion care has been successfully integrated into hospitals" (para 2-3).
Aug. 3, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places Kyrgyzstan under Category V, which indicates that the abortion laws are without restriction as to reason. However, this category notes that "all countries in Category V have gestational limits of 12 weeks unless otherwise indicated" (1). This is not indicated for Bahrain. There are also no notes regarding spousal authorization or parental authorization/notification, which could indicate that these are not required or are not addressed by the law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 3, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places Angola in Category I, which prohibits abortions altogether; however, a note for Category I indicates that "laws that make no explicit exception to save a woman’s life are generally interpreted to permit life-saving abortions on grounds of 'necessity'"(1). It is unclear if this is the situation in Angola. There are also no notes regarding spousal authorization or parental authorization/notification, which could indicate that these are not required or are not addressed by the law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 3, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places the Maldives under Category II, which indicates that abortions are permitted to preserve physical health and to save a woman's life. However, this category also notes that laws under Category II "do not explicitly permit abortion to protect a woman's mental health but in many cases may be interpreted to allow abortion on those grounds (1)." It is unclear if this is the situation in the Maldives. Spousal authorization is required to obtain an abortion. There are no notes regarding abortion in cases of rape, incest, or fetal impairment. This could indicate that abortion is not permitted in these circumstances or is not addressed by the law. ...more
July 13, 2017, 5:58 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

¨The Court’s (Inter-American Court of Human Rights) unequivocal articulation of the right of women to make decisions concerning reproductive health, without being subjected to discrimination based on stereotypes or power relations, is important in this first case by an international or regional tribunal addressing this in the context of sterilization. It could also apply to other reproductive health care contexts, such as the case for abortion¨(para 5)
July 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places Côte d'Ivoire in Category I, which prohibits abortions altogether. However, Côte d'Ivoire's law contains an explicit exception to save a woman's life. There are no notes regarding spousal authorization or parental authorization/notification, which could indicate that these are not required or are not addressed by the law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
July 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places Lesotho under Category I, which prohibits abortions altogether without an explicit exception to save a woman's life; however, a note for Category I indicates that "laws that make no explicit exception to save a woman’s life are generally interpreted to permit life-saving abortions on grounds of 'necessity' (1). It is unclear if this is the situation in Lesotho. There are no notes regarding spousal authorization or parental authorization/notification for abortions, which could indicate that these are not required or are not addressed by the law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
July 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places Angola in Category I, which prohibits abortions altogether; however, a note for Category I indicates that "laws that make no explicit exception to save a woman’s life are generally interpreted to permit life-saving abortions on grounds of 'necessity' (1). It is unclear if this is the situation in Angola. There are also no notes regarding spousal authorization or parental authorization/notification, which could indicate that these are not required or are not addressed by the law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
July 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places Barbados in Category IV, which permits abortions on socioeconomic grounds, to save the woman's life, and for a woman's physical or mental health. A note also indicates that Barbados permits abortion in cases of rape, in cases of incest, and in cases of fetal impairment. Abortions in Barbados also require parental athorization/notification. There no notes regarding spousal authorization for abortions, which could indicate that this is not required or is not addressed by the law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
July 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places Bahrain under Category V, which indicates that the abortion laws are without restriction as to reason. However, this category notes that "all countries in Category V have gestational limits of 12 weeks unless otherwise indicated" (1). This is not indicated for Bahrain. There are also no notes regarding spousal authorization or parental authorization/notification, which could indicate that these are not required or are not addressed by the law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
July 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places the Bahamas under Category II, which indicates that abortions are permitted to preserve physical health and to save a woman's life. However, this category also notes that laws under Category II "do not explicitly permit abortion to protect a woman's mental health but in many cases may be interpreted to allow abortion on those grounds (1)." It is unclear if this is the situation in the Bahamas. There are no notes regarding abortion in cases of rape, incest, or fetal impairment. This could indicate that abortion is not permitted in these circumstances or is not addressed by the law. There are also no notes regarding spousal authorization ...more
July 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places the Maldives under Category II, which indicates that abortions are permitted to preserve physical health and to save a woman's life. However, this category also notes that laws under Category II "do not explicitly permit abortion to protect a woman's mental health but in many cases may be interpreted to allow abortion on those grounds (1)." It is unclear if this is the situation in the Maldives. Spousal authorization is required for an abortion. There is no note regarding parental authorization/notification for abortions, which could indicate that this is not required or is not addressed by the law(MAD - CODER COMMENT)
July 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places Gambia under Category III, which indicates that abortion is permitted to preserve mental heath, physical health, and to save the woman's life. There are no notes regarding abortion in cases of rape, incest, or fetal impairment. This could indicate that abortion is not permitted in these circumstances, or abortions in these circumstances are not addressed by the law. There are also no notes regarding spousal authorization or parental authorization/notification, which could indicate that these are not required or are not addressed by the law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
July 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places Madagascar under Category I, which prohibts abortions altogether without an explicit exception to save a woman's life; however, a note indicates that "laws that make no explicit exception to save a woman’s life are generally interpreted to permit life-saving abortions on grounds of 'necessity' (1). It is unclear if this is the situation in Madagascar. There are also no notes regarding spousal authorization or parental authorization/notification, which could indicate that these are not required or are not addressed by the law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
July 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places Afghanistan in Category I, which prohibits abortions altogether; however, there is a note indicating that Afghanistan's law makes an explicit exception for abortions to save a woman's life. There are no notes regarding spousal authorization or parental authorization/notification, which could indicate that these are not required or are not addressed by the law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
July 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

The table places Libya under Category I, which prohibts abortions altogether. However, there is a note indicating that Libya's law makes an explicit exception for abortions to save a woman's life. Parental authorization/notification is required for abortions, but no notes are made regarding spousal authorization. This could indicate that spousal authorization is not required or is not addressed by the law (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
July 12, 2017, 3:14 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Induced abortion is illegal in Bangladesh unless for clinical reasons" (1)
July 12, 2017, 3:09 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In Bangladesh, the penal code permits induced abortion only to save a woman’s life" (198)
July 12, 2017, 2:48 a.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion is still considered a crime in Angola" (34)