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Latest items for ABO-PRACTICE-1

July 20, 2019, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Nevertheless, the Committee notes with concern: (c) The use of abortion, including unsafe abortion, as a means of contraception" (10).
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports that ISIS transferred some Yezidi women captives from Iraq to Syria (see section 1.g.). There was limited information available regarding their treatment in 2017; however, previous reports from Iraq found that ISIS forced Yezidi women whom they had impregnated to have abortions. There were no reports of involuntary sterilization. Estimates on maternal mortality and contraceptive prevalence are available at: www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/monitoring/maternal-mortality2015/en/" (Pg 45).
July 19, 2019, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"The criminalization of abortion, subjecting both the woman procuring an abortion and any person assisting her to criminal liability (arts. 295-297 of the Criminal Code), and the barriers to access to abortion where it is legal, such as cases in which the pregnancy gravely endangers the women’s health or of rape or incest" (11).
July 18, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned: (b) That the costs of modern forms of contraception for the purpose of preventing unintended pregnancies and abortion on request are not covered by public health insurance; (c) That an amendment to the Healthcare Act in 2009 introduced a mandatory 48-hour waiting period, compulsory counselling and, in the case of girls under 18 years of age, parental consent before abortion, as well as the duty of doctors to report each case of a woman seeking abortion to the National Health Information Centre with personal details; (d) That, in more than one third of districts, legal abortion is unavailable and in four of those districts as a...more
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Between 2007 and 2016, the MoH trained 1,733 health care service providers (medical doctors, midwife physicians and midwives) and 647 health facilities on safe abortion. Trained health care providers in the 647 health facilities have applied consistent and safe abortion services according to the WHO Guidelines using manual Vacuum Aspiration. In 2015, 21,541 safe abortions and 9,081 spontaneous abortions with post-abortion care were conducted. The MoH will continue to train health care service providers on safe abortion skills at health centers and raise awareness on safe abortion services to ensure women, especially in rural areas, have increased access to safe abortion services" (26).
July 9, 2019, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The refusal of health professionals and entire hospitals to perform medical abortions, thus causing women to seek unsafe and illegal abortions, the use of abortion as a means of contraception, the discontinuation of funding for the provision of free contraceptives in 2013 and the lack of awareness among adults of modern means of contraception" (12).
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1

"Abortion is illegal, and approximately 1,200 women died annually from unsafe abortions. On June 4, the Ministry of Health launched standards and guidelines on reducing morbidity and mortality from unsafe abortions, including increased access to family planning services and legal post-abortion care and services. Fear of arrest often made health-care professionals unwilling to attend to women who had undergone abortion" (Pg 29).
June 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of the current national sexual and reproductive health plan and the introduction of guidelines on the provision of comprehensive post-abortion services, requiring full confidentiality and medical secrecy for women who undergo an abortion" (10). "High rates of maternal mortality, mainly owing to the resort to unsafe abortions and health professionals refusing to conduct therapeutic abortions and reporting women who seek abortion-related assistance to the police" (11). "The criminalization of abortion and the restrictive conditions under which abortion is legally available, i.e., only in cases of threat to the life of the woman, thus excluding other circumstances such as threats to her health, rape, incest and...more
June 20, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1

"Ipas and the Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights Development reported that an average of 25 percent of women in prison were serving sentences for illegal abortion, and were often arrested after seeking emergency health care for the management of complications arising from abortion. The RCS disputed the findings, stating only 2 percent of women in prison were serving sentences for illegal abortion" (Pg 32-33).
June 19, 2019, 8:49 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"It also notes the approval of a protocol for therapeutic abortion that seeks to guarantee the life and health of women" (12).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Ms Almayouf, who is a photographer, said occasionally Saudi women find furtive ways to illegally have abortions but this is generally only accessible to those who are rich or well-connected" (para 12). "Ms Begum said it is possible to get an abortion in the country if you have the 'right connections' – noting that 'backstreet abortions happen like in any country where abortion is criminalised'. The male guardianship system is another factor which prevents women from being able to travel abroad for an abortion as their male guardian may not allow them to go. A spokesperson for UK abortion provider Marie Stopes said: 'We had a woman come over from...more
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to further reduce the high abortion rate by reinforcing barriers to access to safe abortion services and the ‘Give me life’ campaign. It remains concerned that abortion continues to be used as a method of birth control owing to the lack or insufficient availability of modern contraceptives" (10).
May 16, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included coerced or forced abortions imposed by ISIS on its victims" (1). "There were reports that ISIS forced Yezidi women whom they had impregnated to have abortions. There were no reports of involuntary sterilization" (42).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"2014, the MOPH also collaborated with GRPA, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to conduct a training-of-trainers of medical professionals for 20 doctors and 16 nurses who provide abortion services. The following year, the GRPA added an abortion anti-stigma training workshop with 30 youths and 5 adults" (35).
April 25, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (35).
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).