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Latest items for ABO-PRACTICE-1

March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In September the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation (BCR) fired 10 officers (including the prison superintendent), demoted one, and banned a Ministry of Health worker from all BCR facilities after a female inmate in Tubmanburg Prison became pregnant; prison officials and the Health Ministry worker attempted a forced abortion to hide the pregnancy, making the woman extremely ill. The investigation revealed a corrections officer had raped the same woman in 2014. As of September the case had been turned over to the solicitor general, but the woman had not filed criminal charges" (2).
March 13, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Pursuant to the Recommendation 30(a), from a differential and rights approach, a broad framework for public policy on health was defined, which reiterates the obligation of health care providers to ensure safe abortions for all women and girls on the three decriminalized grounds, an issue that was discussed extensively in the 2015 report on follow-up to recommendations" (31). "Development of a set of clear and updated guidelines on the available technology for the provision of legal abortion services in an adequate manner, which address not only medical aspects, but biopsychosocial considerations relevant to dealing with the decisions and needs of women and girls regarding continuation of a pregnancy" (31). "The...more
March 11, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"119. In recent years, the abortion rate in Kazakhstan has shown a decline (2011 — 95,288, 2012 — 95,654, 2013 — 84,265, 2014 — 83,709, 2015 — 81,440, 2016 — 78,857). However, abortion continues to be one of the main regulators of the birth rate and one of the principal causes of maternal mortality. Along with a decrease by a factor of 1.7 in the number of abortions among adolescents up to 15 years of age, there has been an increase by a factor of 1.3 in the number of abortions among adolescents 15 to 18 years of age in 2016 compared with 2015. In order to raise awareness among...more
March 1, 2019, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"McDonald supports center-left policies she says will foster equality and boost social services. She wants to end Ireland's abortion ban…" (para 21).
Feb. 26, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included extrajudicial and unlawful killings; reports of torture and arbitrary detention; corruption; rape and abuse of women and children by illegal armed groups; forced abortion carried out by illegal armed groups; and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex persons" (1).
Feb. 21, 2019, 8:07 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"McDonald supports center-left policies she says will foster equality and boost social services. She wants to end Ireland's abortion ban…" (para 21).
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Women with disabilities, as well as pregnant women whose children were diagnosed with potential disabilities in utero, reported that some doctors insisted they terminate their pregnancies" (36). "The most significant human rights issues included torture; . . . allegations of pressuring women to have abortions; trafficking in persons; and suppression of independent trade unions" (1).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Major factors contributing to maternal mortality included lack of access to skilled medical practitioners, lack of family support for pregnant women seeking to visit health centers, and unsafe abortions" (page 21).
Feb. 1, 2019, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"A rape victim who was charged with attempted murder in El Salvador after giving birth to her abuser’s baby has been found not guilty and freed from jail. Imelda Cortez, 20, has been in custody since April 2017 after giving birth in a latrine to a baby girl fathered by her abusive stepfather. She was facing 20 years in prison after prosecutors argued that failing to tell anyone about the pregnancy or seek medical attention for the baby amounted to attempted murder" (para 1-3). "But on Monday morning, prosecutors reduced the charge from attempted murder to abandonment – and offence which carries a 12-month jail term. Then, in a dramatic...more
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"It is also concerned about: a) The criminalization of abortion without exceptions resulting in a high number of women and girls seeking unsafe abortions and increasing maternal mortality; b) The prohibition of the promotion, use, sale and purchase of emergency contraception, any policy or programme related thereto and the free or paid distribution and commercialization of emergency contraception, including when pregnancy results from rape or incest, and that the Supreme Court declared the constitutionality of this prohibition in 2012; c) The lack of studies to evaluate the impact of the criminalization of abortion and the prohibition of the prescription, sale and use of emergency contraception, including in cases of rape...more
Jan. 28, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Ireland is a predominantly Catholic country but the influence of the Church has waned in recent years and 66 per cent voted for the change at a referendum in May. In August, 200,000 turned out for the Papal Mass in Phoenix Park, Dublin, compared to 1.25 million at Pope John Paul II's in 1979" (para 2-3). This shows a shift regarding attitudes towards abortion that are influenced by the Catholic Church (CCS-CODER COMMENT). "'Historic moment for Irish women. Thanks to all who supported and well done to @SimonHarrisTD (the health minister) for steering this through both Houses,' Tweeted Varadkar [Prime Minister], who supported the referendum" (para 4). "'Just over 200...more
Jan. 8, 2019, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Miscarriages of justice have become shockingly commonplace, in a pious, macho culture which endorses the aggressive persecution of women deemed guilty of rejecting their principal roles as mothers" (para 4).
Jan. 8, 2019, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was nine months pregnant when she felt a piercing pain in her abdomen. She called emergency services, but started bleeding and lost consciousness before help arrived. As she came round, police officers surrounded her and accused her of murdering her baby by inducing an abortion. Vásquez, who was 24 at the time, was handcuffed and detained. She was hastily sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated murder (para 1-2).
Jan. 2, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-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 historic law change took two days to debate with dozens of MPs wishing to speak on the bill. The laws were passed with 50 votes to 41 with opposition MPs Steve Minnikin, Jann Stuckey and former opposition leader Tim Nicholls voting in favour of the changes. Katter's Australian Party's three MPs and One Nation MP Stephen Andrew voted against the changes, while Greens MP Michael Berkman and independent...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Pregnancy out of marriage/wedlock: . . . When deaf women become pregnant, they have been known to be forced to get an abortion. Source: Shan Women’s Action Network (SWAN)" (page 31).
Nov. 15, 2018, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The couples who visit Dr Saggar’s clinics are ‘very often Muslims, but not exclusively’. Some opt for no medical intervention, saying it is the will of God whether or not they have a damaged baby. 41 Others choose IVF, where the husband and wife create an embryo which can be pre-screened before it is selected for implantation in the mother’s womb, to ensure it has no genetic defect. Some couples already expecting a baby with an inherited problem are offered a termination. But it is their choice" (40, 41). Dr. Saggar's clinic offers testing services to consanguinous couples to determine their risk of having a disabled baby (SLE - CODER...more
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"However, it is concerned that the different levels of authority and competences within the State party’s federal structure result in a differentiated application of the law depending on whether or not appropriate harmonization of the relevant legislation has been conducted at the state level, such as with respect to the principle of non-discrimination and equality between men and women. The Committee notes with concern that this situation results in discriminatory provisions against women or to different definitions and sanctions related to, inter alia, rape, abortion, forced disappearances, trafficking, injuries and homicide for reasons of so-called honour, as well as on adultery across the 32 states of the State party" (3)....more
Oct. 28, 2018, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Without school, options are limited and the cycle of poverty continues. Maternal malnutrition, complications surrounding birth and abortion are all present" (para 11).
Oct. 27, 2018, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Mrs Chata allowed the pregnancy to go ahead, fearing her granddaughter could die from blood loss if she had an abortion" (para 37).
Oct. 25, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Juana Fernandez* was a university student and in the first few months of a new relationship when she discovered she was pregnant. She was not ready to become a mother in her early 20s, so Fernandez, from Montevideo, decided to have an abortion. At that time, abortion was illegal in Uruguay so she was forced to undergo a clandestine termination. It was a stressful time" (para 1-2). "'The [decriminalisation of abortion] was a historic moment – it helped break the stigma,' says Fernandez, now 35. 'It’s easier to talk with friends upfront about abortion, and the general public can see that this is a public health concern.' It has also...more
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In practice, authorities may allow abortions in the first four months of pregnancy in situations of rape or incest, or if the mother has a disability or her life is at risk. However, Sufan, the shelter director in Nablus, said, 'it is difficult, the mufti [religious jurist], hospital, and court all have to agree to allow the abortion'" (para 29).
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-PRACTICE-1

"An increasing number of young Venezuelan women are going to extreme lengths not to give birth to another child" (para 3). "For women who don’t have the kind of support Darling had and can’t afford sterilization, a last, and far more dangerous, option exists: home-induced abortion" (para 21). "Anna, a 27-year-old single mother of two who was a month-and-a-half pregnant, had decided to go through with it. 'Imagine if I have another baby now in these conditions. There aren’t even diapers or anything. I don’t work. What can I do?' she said. 'If the situation was different, I would have my baby.' Anna went to her neighbor, Janine, who had...more
Sept. 26, 2018, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Since 1998, more than 150 women in El Salvador have been prosecuted for illegal abortions" (para. 3 ).
Sept. 26, 2018, 3:01 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

On August, 2018 "a bill to legalize abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy was defeated in the Argentine Senate" (para. 1). Pope "Francis apparently reached out to Argentine Powered By legislators personally to push them to oppose the measure. Pedro Guastavino, a proabortion rights senator, told the BBC that the pressure from the Catholic Church was so relentless that he had to 'dodge crucifixes'” (para.6).
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:19 a.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The debate has divided Argentine society, which is still heavily influenced by the Catholic Church" (para 6)."President Mauricio Macri is stronglhy opposed to the bill [to legalize abortion] but has said that he would not veto it if it was passed by both houses" (para 7). "When the result was announced, many anti-abortion protesters in the street hugged each other and wept - while abortion rights activists wildly cheered" (para 16). The article, through paragraphs 17 to 23 cites quotes said during the debate by the legislators and members of the Church, thus showing how divided society is regarding abortion as well as the strong religious convictions influencing many of...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, ABO-PRACTICE-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. 20, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The people at the clinic asked for the person I was living with, and invited him. That was when they told him I was pregnant, and he accepted the pregnancy. But immediately [when] we came out of the clinic he took me to a man to abort the pregnancy. I refused and he said if I would not abort we should separate. Then I moved to the camp. I gave birth almost a year ago but the man has refused to take responsibility" (para 30).
Sept. 15, 2018, 3:35 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Last week, a 14-year-old girl in Paraguay died during childbirth. She became pregnant after she was raped by a 37-year-old man... 'Her body was not ready for a pregnancy,' said the hospital director" (para 1). "Every day in Paraguay four girls suffer sexual violence, and two girls under age 15 give birth, according to data from the Ministry of Health... These are the brutal and inevitable consequences of Paraguay’s abortion law" (para 7).
Aug. 31, 2018, 11:40 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

“Women and girls without means to travel outside the State party to obtain an abortion, such as poor women, asylum seekers and migrant women and girls, may be compelled to carry their pregnancies to full term or to undertake unsafe abortion, which may lead to severe mental pain and suffering” (12)