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Latest items for ABO-PRACTICE-1

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-PRACTICE-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)."Because of Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws, every year approximately 4,000 pregnant women travel to access abortion services in a foreign country"(para 7)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IM-DATA-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-DATA-1

"Likewise, the US is counting cases of microcephaly and other Zika-related birth defects in aborted fetuses — if officials learn about the cases and are able to test for presence of the virus. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started reporting on babies born in the US with birth defects linked to Zika infection, as well as pregnancies affected where the fetus wasn’t carried to term. That second category, called pregnancy losses, includes miscarriages, stillbirths, and terminations where the fetus is seen to have birth defects and tests positive for the virus"(para 29-30)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"A recent report from the WHO’s regional office for the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization — known as PAHO — acknowledged that fact. Of nearly 5,300 pregnant Colombian women suspected or confirmed to have been infected with Zika and whose pregnancies had concluded by the last week in April, 316 did not give birth. The report noted 68 percent of those pregnancies ended in abortions, while most of the rest ended in stillbirth"(para 9).The drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol [which induce abortions], are available in some countries in Latin America, including Colombia, [Dr. Rebecca] Gomperts told STAT"(para 16)."The researchers found statistically significant rises in requests [for abortion inducing pills] from ...more
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-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-PRACTICE-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 [the nonprofit Women on Web's] help.'Most of them didn’t arrive there. We know that. We track packages,' she said. WoW’s analysis showed appeals for abortion drugs in Brazil rose 108 percent when compared to what the organization would have anticipated based on previous years’ requests. Instead of the expected 582 requests for help from Brazil, it got 1,210"(para 16-18)."'I need to do an abortion because of the great ...more
Aug. 7, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Abortion has been legal in Nepal since 2002, and post-abortion care has been successfully integrated into hospitals. But that does not mean that women can easily obtain safe abortion services. The barriers are many, and women are often stigmatized for the decision to end a pregnancy" (para 3).
July 12, 2017, 2:48 a.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Usually this kind of abortion is sought most often by adolescent girls who become pregnant without their parents’ knowledge. Clandestine abortions usually take place in locations that lack even basic hygiene and are often performed by people who do not have even a minimum of training in the procedure. This means that medical problems develop that are difficult to cure, such as infections, genital trauma, perforation of the uterus and intestines and, sometimes, sterility...Most abortions [from January to July 1991 at the Augusto Ngangula Maternity Clinic in Luanda] occurred in cases where continuation of the pregnancy was deemed a threat to the health of the mother. Some abortions were authorized ...more
June 20, 2017, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Justice Breyer wrote that the requirement that abortion clinics meet the demanding and elaborate standards for ambulatory surgical centers also did more harm than good. ‘Abortions taking place in an abortion facility are safe — indeed, safer than numerous procedures that take place outside hospitals and to which Texas does not apply its surgical-center requirements,’ he wrote, reviewing the evidence. ‘Nationwide, childbirth is 14 times more likely than abortion to result in death, but Texas law allows a midwife to oversee childbirth in the patient’s own home’" (p 22-23)
June 5, 2017, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"'we couldn’t afford another child and I have so much work all the time, so much hardship. That’s why I went to the hospital. You have to spend money on them and their education. That’s why I was worried and wanted the abortion'" (1). This is a quote from Niruta at 7:59 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
June 5, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Without telling her husband, she attempted to have an abortion, a common recourse for girls who are forced to marry young and never learn about family planning. The procedure led to extensive blood loss, and Niruta feared for her life. 'I had pain all over my stomach,' Niruta explained. 'I cried, saying, ‘I am about to die!’' The fetus remained unharmed, and six months later, she realized that she was still pregnant. She delivered a baby girl just weeks before the earthquake" (para 6-7).
March 14, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-DATA-1

"Abortion is still the primary means of family planning in Armenia, as it was in the Soviet era, and it is available free of charge on the state health service" (para 15).
March 14, 2017, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: IW-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Why would people pay a man to have sex with young girls and women? According to Stewart, the practice is viewed as a way to ritually cleanse girls after their first period, usually within a three-day window. Some families tell girls they will get infections if they don't have sex with a 'hyena', says Stewart. But it also happens in other life stages too - after an abortion or when a woman becomes a widow" (para 6-8).
Feb. 27, 2017, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In the Amhara and Tigray regions, girls were married as early as age seven" (30).
Feb. 1, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Aniva is by all accounts the pre-eminent 'hyena' in this village. It's a traditional title given to a man hired by communities in several remote parts of southern Malawi to provide what's called sexual 'cleansing'. If a man dies, for example, his wife is required by tradition to sleep with Aniva before she can bury him. If a woman has an abortion, again sexual cleansing is required" (para 3).
Jan. 27, 2017, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"A March 2016 Amnesty International/Red C poll on attitudes to abortion in Ireland found that the vast majority—87 percent—want access to abortion expanded, and overwhelmingly (72 percent) want it decriminalized" (para 14).
Jan. 26, 2017, 8:21 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"A decision by the Dominican Republic's constitutional court to reinstate a total ban on abortion is putting women's lives at risk, rights groups said" (para 1). "'This decision [to reinstate the total ban on abortion] takes women's and girls' human rights back to the 19th century,' Erika Guevara, Americas director at Amnesty International, said in a statement on Thursday. 'Its impact will be catastrophic for women and girls in the Dominican Republic who will continue to be criminalised, stigmatised and forced to seek out unsafe abortions because they are denied access to safe and legal medical treatment'" (para 5-6). "Sergia Galvan, spokeswoman for local rights group, the Women and Health ...more
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Poland already outlaws abortions, with exceptions made only for rape, incest, badly damaged fetuses or if the mother's life is at risk. In practice, though, some doctors, citing moral objections, refuse to perform even legal abortions. Polish women seeking abortions typically get them in Germany or other neighbouring countries or order abortion pills online" (para 5-6). "An anti-abortion initiative gathered 450,000 signatures in support of the total abortion ban. A parliamentary commission is now analyzing it. Lawmakers voted against considering a separate initiative for a more liberal abortion law. The matter has led to mass protests by women, the largest on Monday when thousands of women turned out dressed in ...more
Jan. 23, 2017, 9:13 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Eventually he drove her to a hospital with the aim of making her have an abortion, and flew into a rage when she refused the surgery, repeatedly punching her in the stomach. Even so, his behavior suggested he was ashamed: He never told the doctors that he wanted H. to abort, instead imploring her to ask for the procedure herself" (para 50).
Jan. 23, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"A new proposal by a group of parliamentarians from opposition party ARENA in El Salvador to increase jail terms for women accused of having an abortion to up to 50 years is scandalous, irresponsible and flies on the face of basic human rights standards, Amnesty International said. 'Parliamentarians in El Salvador are playing a very dangerous game with the lives of millions of women. Banning life-saving abortions in all circumstances is atrocious but seeking to raise jail terms for women who seek an abortion or those who provide support is simply despicable,' said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International" (para 1-2). "Following a change in the Penal Code in ...more
Jan. 10, 2017, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: MMR-DATA-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"The fact that the law on abortion criminalizes the procedure without providing any exception, the high incidence of sexual violence and unwanted pregnancies resulting in unsafe abortions, which account for 13 per cent of maternal mortality, and delays in adopting the abortion bill, which decriminalizes the termination of pregnancy based on various socioeconomic grounds;" (10-11)
Dec. 2, 2016, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The rate of legal abortion in Slovenia has been falling. It decreased from 15.2/1,000 in 2001 to 9/1,000 in 2011. The decrease was recorded in all age groups. In 2011, women in the 15 to 19 age group recorded the lowest number of permitted abortions (eight), while the highest number (1,081) was recorded for women in the 30 to 34 age group" (44-45)
Nov. 18, 2016, 5:18 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-PRACTICE-1, MURDER-PRACTICE-2, MARR-PRACTICE-1, ATDW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"About 50 people, including Azam [the father of an honor killing victim], members of his family and women’s rights activists, rallied on Monday in western Kabul, calling for justice. Women’s rights activist Veeda Saghari, who attended the demonstration, said violence against women is largely ignored by Afghanistan’s judicial sector. 'That is why all kinds of violence against women such as acid throwing, beating, stoning, informal community tribunal verdicts, burning, forced divorces, forced marriages, forced pregnancies, forced abortions have reached a peak,' she said" (para 9-10)
Nov. 17, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The accessibility of contraceptives and increased awareness of methods for preventing unwanted pregnancy have contributed to the fact that abortions have ceased to be a form of birth control" (36)
Nov. 8, 2016, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Continued attacks on hospitals and health facilities, and interference with patient transport by both government and non-government forces compound the consequences of all forms of violence, including rape and sexual assault, by limiting access to healthcare. Women and girls have been forced to carry pregnancies resulting from rape to term, either because it was too dangerous to travel to seek abortion or contraceptive services or because they were denied such services" (2).
Aug. 31, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"It regrets that women who undergo illegal abortions continue to face criminal sanctions in the State party and that women’s enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health and rights is being jeopardized by a number of bills under consideration in the National Congress, such as Bill No. 478/2008 (Estatuto do Nascituro)." (7)
Aug. 25, 2016, 10:14 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case.Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage at the age of 18 after reportedly being raped, was convicted of aggravated homicide after her crime was reclassified from ‘abortion’ to ‘aggravated homicide’ during her trial. She had already served seven years of her 30-year sentence.'The pardon was granted on 21 January following a complex judicial review by the Supreme Court of Justice, which also required a majority plenary vote by the Legislative Assembly. Guadalupe had served seven years of her 30 year sentence,' a ...more
Aug. 23, 2016, 5:13 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: BR-PRACTICE-1, BR-PRACTICE-2, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"Despite the existence of some reforms concerning the status of women in Turkey during the AKP period, there are still some important issues that made advocates of women’s rights criticise the government seriously. The announcement of Prime Minister Erdogan that all Turkish women should have three children and that the AKP would draft a law that would ban abortion outright or the turning of the State Ministry Responsible for Women’s Affairs into Ministry of Family and Social Affairs in 2012 can be regarded as various examples of those issues"(para 9)
May 23, 2016, 3:34 p.m.
Countries: India, South Africa
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In countries such as India and South Africa, abortion is available on broad grounds but access to services provided by qualified personnel remains uneven" (39).