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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)
Aug. 31, 2018, 11:40 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

“Health-care providers and pregnancy counsellors cannot freely provide information on abortion for fear of being prosecuted for violating the Regulation of Information Act of 1995” (12)
Aug. 31, 2018, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

“Between 2004 and 2015, the share of public officials— including the Governor (or mayor for the District of Columbia) and state legislators (or city council members for the District of Columbia)—who were pro-choice increased in 14 states and decreased in 22 states. The share of pro-choice officials stayed the same in the other 14 states and the District of Columbia” (xx)
Aug. 31, 2018, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

“Between 2004 and 2015, the share of public officials— including the Governor . . . and state legislators (or city council members for the District of Columbia)—who were pro-choice increased in 14 states and decreased in 22 states. The share of pro-choice officials stayed the same in the other 14 states and the District of Columbia” (169)
Aug. 31, 2018, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

“As of December 2014, the governor and majority of state legislators in 21 states were anti-choice . . . including California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Oregon, and Vermont—the governor (or in the case of the District of Columbia, the mayor) and the majority of legislators (city council for the District of Columbia) were pro-choice” (170)
Aug. 31, 2018, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

“Between 2004 and 2015, the percentage of women living in counties with at least one abortion provider declined in 22 states, increased in 24 states, and stayed the same in four states and the District of Columbia” (168)
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"It also notes with concern the widespread use of conscientious objection among medical practitioners, thereby limiting access to safe abortion services, which are guaranteed by law" (page 11-12).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In October 2012 the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy Act (IVE, No. 18987) was adopted; it decriminalizes the termination of pregnancy under certain circumstances and on certain conditions. The Executive Branch adopted the Act by decree in November 2012. After its approval, however, initiatives were set in motion opposing the decriminalization of abortion, which culminated in a repeal referendum, at which fewer than 9 per cent of eligible voters voted yes, clearly indicating that the citizenry were unwilling to accept its repeal . . . Conscientious objection is provided for in the regulatory decree of the IVE Act, and 30 per cent of the gynaecologists employed by SNIS declared such an...more
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"[The Committee] is particularly alarmed by the practice of raping girls, known as “beading”, which is prevalent among the Samburu people and justified as a cultural practice, and its consequences, including unsafe, forced abortions" (5)
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"[The Committee] notes with concern the high maternal mortality rate, in part owing to unsafe abortions, and that the State party’s restrictive and unclear legal framework on abortion leads women to seek unsafe and illegal abortions" (11)
May 10, 2018, 7:17 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"With regard to medical practice, the judges ruled that doctors should not be required to seek judicial authorization before carrying out this type of procedure. They establish that, in order for a termination to proceed, the woman must complete an affidavit attesting to the fact that she was raped so that the medical professionals attending her are able to perform the procedure without bearing criminal liability. The Supreme Court also urges the authorities to introduce hospital guidelines for non-punishable abortion and calls on judges to “refrain from making access to terminations subject to court approval and to leave such procedures exclusively down to the decision of the patient and her...more
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-DATA-1

"It notes its concern regarding…the excessive use of abortion as a method of family planning" (12).
April 20, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned: about campaigns, including recent poster campaign, supported by the State Party that stigmatize abortion and seek to negatively influence the public view on abortion and contraception; the limited access to emergency contraceptives; the subjection of women who want surgical abortion to mandatory bias counseling and three-day medically unnecessary waiting period; and at the increasing resort to conscientious objection by health professionals in the absence of adequate regulatory framework. The Committee is also concerned at the limited access to modern, efficient methods of contraception" (8).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, MMR-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee reiterates its concern about the limited access to adequate health-care services, including sexual and reproductive health services, the persistence of teenage pregnancy and the high and almost unchanged infant and maternal mortality rates, especially among young women and girls, which are mostly due to pregnancy or childbirth -related complications as well as to unsafe abortions. The Committee is concerned that medical fees and costs for treatment or medication continue to limit access to health care for most women. The Committee notes the intention of the State party to lower the level of sanctions for abortion and to consider introducing further grounds under which abortion could be made legal....more
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The very limited implementation of Constitutional Court ruling C-355 (2006), which guarantees access to legal abortion under the grounds of life or health risks for the mother, rape and serious malformations of the foetus; the public campaigning against its implementation by high authorities of the State party; and the prevalence of invasive and expensive abortion procedures; The high number of unsafe abortions and the refusal by health professionals to provide post-abortion services to women; The high prevalence of teenage pregnancy; The high rate of childbearing women who use sterilization as a family planning method" (Pg 10).
March 16, 2018, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"[Erdogan] backs strict limits on access to abortion, comparing the procedure to airstrikes on civilians" (para 14).
Feb. 14, 2018, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The limited availability and accessibility of abortion services owing to the significant number of health personnel conscientiously objecting to carrying out such operations" (14).
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is gravely concerned about the extremely high rate of maternal mortality and draws the link to the rising incidence of unsafe abortion which accounts for almost one third of all maternal deaths," (10).
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Nevertheless, the Committee is deeply concerned about the stagnation of the maternal mortality rate, attributable in part to unsafe abortions, the limited access to legal abortion (contrary to the legislation and the decision taken by the Supreme Court in 2012), the frequent refusal of doctors to perform an abortion based on conscientious objection and cases involving the prosecution of women who have undergone abortions" (12).
Jan. 19, 2018, 6:30 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Ms. Lee went to a hospital and had an abortion. But as a graduate of a Catholic high school where she had been shown graphic videos portraying abortion as murder, she felt scared and tormented by guilt" (para 2). "Last fall, more than 230,000 people signed an online petition submitted to the presidential office, known as the Blue House, calling for abortion to be legalized. The activists are seeking to bring the law closer to the current reality. The ban on abortion is rarely enforced, and it is relatively easy for women to find willing doctors at clinics" (para 6-7). "And few women or doctors are prosecuted for abortion. Last...more
Jan. 18, 2018, 5:27 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

“Now, attempts are underway to introduce a total ban on abortion in Poland...But many Poles, already alarmed by a spate of actions that appear to endanger civil liberties, are taking to the streets” (para 3). "The number of legal abortions carried out remains very small. That’s partly because the grounds on which a procedure can be requested are so restrictive, and partly because obtaining an abortion remains very difficult because of the so-called conscience clause, which allows medical staff to refuse to perform an abortion if it goes against their personal beliefs" (para 9). "These attempts to mobilise support in favour of restricting abortion yet further are, however, being fiercely...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In Burkina Faso, abortion is allowed only in specific cases: when the pregnancy results from rape, incest or danger to the life or health of the mother. But abortion remains taboo in the country, a Christian and Muslim society laced with animistic traditions" (para 15). "'Some women who have had a back street abortion come and see us when they are in a critical situation, so we drive them to the hospital,' Zampou said. 'We don’t practice abortion at the clinic because we don’t want to get on the state and the population’s bad side . . . and take the risk to close the center if the population talks...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Ramirez was convicted under anti-abortion laws so draconain that not only seeking to terminate a pregnancy but even suffering a miscarriage or complicated premature birth can put a woman behind bars for as long as 40 years under charges of aggravated murder. Pro-Choice activists say El Salvador's enforcment of anti-abortion legislation is harsh even among countries where the law comes down emphatically against terminations. It has created a culture of suspicion, they say, in which women are presumed guilty and reported by the very health professionals they turn to for help" (para 3). 'The atmosphere in the public health service has become pernicious. Doctors and staff fear that failure to...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-DATA-1

"The 2015 White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea, published by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), a South Korean government-affiliated think tank, and the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report stated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions as recently as 2013. The KINU white paper found that, in some cases of live birth, the prison guards killed the infant or left the baby to die, and reported cases of guards sexually abusing or exploiting female prisoners"(2-3)."Prison guards reportedly raped women in prison camps and forced them to have abortions"(12)."The KINU [The Korean Institute for National Unification] 2015...more
Oct. 27, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"A Salvadoran woman wrongfully imprisoned after a miscarriage is being released, according to the San Salvador Third Tribunal of Sentences (Tribunal Tercero de Sentencia de San Salvador) ruling today. Serving three years of a 40 year sentence, Maria Teresa is suffering from serious health complications stemming from a kidney infection she developed prior to her miscarriage that was left untreated" (para 1-2). "In November 2011, without ever realizing she was pregnant, Maria Teresa went into early labor, experiencing heavy bleeding and ultimately miscarried in a public restroom. Her family called emergency services and at the hospital the police were called on the suspicion that she induced an abortion" (para 8)....more
Oct. 11, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-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)."'A test showed that there was no Y-chromosomal DNA in my blood, so my husband and I decided to have the abortion,' said Xiao Zhu (pseudonym), a resident of Yongjia county, East China's Zhejiang Province. Pregnant Xiao Zhu sent a sample of her blood to a Hong Kong-based medical organization to find out the sex of her fetus. The absence of Y-chromosomal DNA showed that there was a high possibility it was a girl.The day after receiving the test result, Xiao Zhu had an abortion"(para...more
Sept. 21, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Exact stats aren't tracked, but there are an estimated 17,000 to 32,000 rape-related pregnancies in the United States each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. About 32% to 50% of impregnated rape victims keep their babies, according to various studies"(para 7-8)."After discovering that she was pregnant, Noemi briefly considered an abortion. But 'after I went to the doctor and I heard her heartbeat, it was kind of hard to say no,' Noemi said. It wasn't her daughter's fault that she was conceived in violence"(para 16)."Attorney Shauna Prewitt, who also became pregnant from a rape and chose to raise her child, believes society has created a 'biased prototype...more
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)