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June 29, 2022, 10:39 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Overall, El Salvador has prosecuted at least 181 women who experienced obstetric emergencies in the past two decades, according to the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion, which has been working to win freedom for such women since 2009. At least 65 imprisoned women have been released with the help of the organization and its allies" (para 13).
June 29, 2022, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Over the last 20 years, El Salvador has criminally prosecuted 181 women who suffered obstetric emergencies" (para 13).
June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"[In Greenland] prevention is provided free of charge. But the abortion rate is high. Abortion is free of charge, but the rates are still at a high level compared to other countries" (39). "The official number of abortions in the Faroe Islands is decreasing and was historically low in 2017, with 29 per 1000 live born children, which is the lowest number in Europe (and lower than in the USA)...It has been argued that Faroese women travel to Denmark to have abortions. However, according to statistics this is not the case, since the number of abortions conducted in Denmark by women residing in the Faroe Islands was 22, over a...more
June 9, 2022, 5:16 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Ruiz had been working in a drop-in clinic in Tartagal when a 21-year-old came in. A team of doctors assessed the woman, who was 22 weeks pregnant, and determined she met the criteria for a late-stage abortion – her health was at risk. Ruiz prescribed misoprostol, a drug that induces miscarriage, and admitted the woman.. Days later the woman’s family filed a criminal complaint" (Para. 4). "In the first year since abortion was legalised, 64,164 terminations were recorded. The number of health centres that provided abortions increased from 907 to 1,347" (Para. 10). "In the province of Buenos Aires, home to a third of the population, the number of municipalities...more
May 16, 2022, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"In 2010, national unmet need for family planning was determined at 16.9 per cent, with highest unmet need among women in the interior: 34 per cent (MICS 2010). Due to relatively low use of contraceptives, the risk of unintended pregnancy is high, resulting in an estimated amount of 5,000 to 10,000 abortions per year, which is a rate of 43 to 86 abortions per 1.000 women, aged 15 44 years (Report Terborg, J. 2011). Data after 2010 will be made available through new MICS" (31).
May 12, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Although an illegal hiring practice, some employers continued to request pregnancy tests. There were two cases reported in the countryside of temporary workers who terminated their pregnancies once the condition became obvious, presumably due to fear of being fired" (13).
March 17, 2022, 12:30 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"More than 21,000 abortions take place in Ecuador each year, according to feminist group Trenzando Feminismos, most of them in dangerous illegal clinics" (Para. 13).
March 9, 2022, 9:26 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Prosecutors in Colombia open about 400 cases each year against women who have abortions or people who help them, according to the attorney general’s office. At least 346 people have been convicted in such cases since 2006. Nearly all of these abortion-related investigations have been in rural areas, involving girls as young as 11, according to researchers with Causa Justa. Illegal abortions can be unsafe and cause about 70 deaths a year in Colombia, according to the country’s health ministry" (para 24-26).
March 9, 2022, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Since 2005 there has been a decrease of 6.7% of the rate of abortion (No. of IVG for 1000 women aged between 15–49 years). The reduction is more rapid among women better educated, employed and married. More generally, it may be noted the steady decline in the abortion rate from 80’s up to date, when this has fallen by 43.5%. Italy is among the countries...with the lowest rate of abortion cases (11.1%)...The abortion rate of minors for...2006 [was] 4.9 out of 1000. This value is similar to previous years’, but with higher values in Northern and central Italy...the consent for surgery was released in 69.3% of cases by the parents...more
Feb. 24, 2022, 10:11 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Through August 18, the Attorney General’s Office reported opening 18 investigations related to cases of forced abortion" (25).
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"...In August the head of an association of women with disabilities with more than 600 members reported a significant number were victims of rape and sexual abuse. In addition, an estimated 50 percent of their members had been forced by their own families to undergo forced ligation (a form of sterilization), abortion, or both. She noted this practice persisted to a lesser extent during the last few years, thanks to intensive sensitization campaigns conducted by the association" (25).
Jan. 27, 2022, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization"(12).
Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"There were reports that these [two child] policies created pressure on women with more than two children to use contraception, including... termination of subsequent pregnancies" (47).
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"While there are no definite numbers, the abortion rates are above average" (1).
Dec. 10, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"On April 30, a psychologist who worked with persons with disabilities in state care facilities published an account of at least two young women who were recently forced to have abortions at psychoneurological dispensary #30 in the Moscow region" (56).
Nov. 11, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization"(21).
Oct. 14, 2021, 7:25 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"The country of 38 million people sees fewer than 2,000 legal abortions a year in Poland - which even before the ruling enforced some of the strictest termination restrictions in Europe - and the vast majority of those are carried out due to damaged fetuses. But women's groups estimate that up to 200,000 procedures are performed illegally or abroad" (para 14-15). "'[The] decision represents a total ban on abortion in Poland as 98 percent of legal terminations in Poland are related to fetal malformations,' Krystyna Kacpura, head of the Federation for Women and Family Planning, said after the court's ruling" (para 21). "Kacpura said the situation for women with modest...more
Sept. 21, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Significant human rights issues included: ...coerced abortion" (1). "NGOs and defectors reported that the state security officials subjected women to forced abortions for political purposes, to cover up human rights abuses and rape in particular, and to 'protect' ethnic purity, and not population control. KINU’s white paper for 2019 stated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions as recently as 2013" (20).
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"So what happened when abortion was outlawed in El Salvador? The evidence shows us that three things occurred: (1) abortion remained commonplace and rates did not drop even though it was illegal; (2) doctors become involved in law enforcement; and (3) innocent women were accused and convicted of abortion-related crimes. These three systems—the black market, health care, and criminal justice—all yield measurable consequences of the ban on abortion" (para 3). "Perhaps the most surprising thing about banning abortion is what doesn’t happen when abortion becomes a crime. Abortion does not go away. Indeed, the rates of abortion in countries with the most restrictive abortion laws are higher. This is true...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"State media claimed the number of coerced abortions had declined in recent years in the wake of loosened regulations, including the implementation of the two-child policy" (66). "As in prior years, population control policy continued to rely on social pressure, education, propaganda, and economic penalties, as well as on measures such as mandatory pregnancy examinations and, less frequently, coerced abortions and sterilizations... Regulations requiring women who violate the family planning policy to terminate their pregnancies still exist and were enforced in some provinces, such as Hubei, Hunan, and Liaoning. Other provinces, such as Guizhou and Yunnan, maintained provisions that require 'remedial measures,' an official euphemism for abortion, to deal with...more
Sept. 10, 2021, 3:10 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-DATA-1

"There were no confirmed reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization"(23).
July 29, 2021, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Britt said another concern he had was that teens would abort their children instead of having a baby out of wedlock" (Para 10).
June 25, 2021, 6:09 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Those who refused to terminate illegal pregnancies or pay fines would be referred to the internment camps, according to one government notice from a county in Ili, unearthed by Mr. Zenz, the researcher" (para 44).
June 10, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"There are nearly 25 women who have been criminalised and are being processed for the Salvadorean abortion ban. They have suffered obstetric emergencies, such as unassisted premature births or spontaneous abortions. We are following their cases and accompanying them and their families, as many of them are mothers and their children are left alone suffering their mothers’ absence. At the moment, we have proposed commutations of their sentences, and there are still some open cases. Also, in the pandemic we are following the habeas corpus strategy (requirement that an arrested person be brought before a judge or court before being detained or imprisoned) and fighting for the freedom of 14...more
June 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Since 2000, the number of pre-natal tests performed has been systematically increasing – in 2000 there were 1,654 invasive pre-natal tests performed, whereas in 2009 – 5,795. Detailed information on the number of tests performed is included in table A.12.1 (annex). The results of pre-natal tests indicating a high likelihood of severe and irreversible foetus impairment or incurable disease threatening its life are the most common reason for termination of pregnancy. The presented data show that the number of termination of pregnancy procedures taking place as a result of pre-natal tests indicating a high likelihood of severe and irreversible foetus impairment or incurable disease threatening its life is increasing year...more
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Since 2005 there has been a decrease of 6.7% of the rate of abortion (No. of IVG for 1000 women aged between 15–49 years). The reduction is more rapid among women better educated, employed and married. More generally, it may be noted the steady decline in the abortion rate from 80’s up to date, when this has fallen by 43.5%. Italy is among the countries...with the lowest rate of abortion cases (11.1%)...The abortion rate of minors for...2006 [was] 4.9 out of 1000. This value is similar to previous years’, but with higher values in Northern and central Italy...the consent for surgery was released in 69.3% of cases by the parents...more
April 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Meanwhile, the country registers numbers of unsafe abortions that are among the highest in Africa" (para 1).
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"According to this research, the employees of the HIV service organizations more often see violence against women [including] ...compelling abortion (46 per cent)" (25). "According to the MHC data the level of legal abortions procured in MHC institutions has decreased from 9.45 in 2010 to 7.39 in 2013 (per 1,000 women of childbearing age)...There was also a decrease in the number of pregnancies among girls and adolescent girls...The proportion of women who made at least one abortion increases from 3.5 per cent at the age of 20 - 24 years to 38.8 per cent at the age of 45 - 49 years" (36). "In the group of 40 - 49...more
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

"Forty women were held in custody in Senegal on charges linked to the crimes of abortion or infanticide in the first six months of last year, official figures show. According to estimates, hundreds of women die every year from botched illegal terminations. 'For a termination to be legal in Senegal, three doctors have to certify that the woman will die unless she aborts immediately. Poor people in Senegal are lucky if they see one doctor in their lifetime, let alone three,' Camara said. 'A single medical certificate costs 10,000 CFA francs ($20), which is prohibitive. We had a previous case of a raped nine-year-old who had to go through with...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 1:09 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ABO-DATA-1

“Mothers in Kenya feed their babies Coca Cola to kill them because they're unable to get abortions, according to human rights activists.The African country is in the grip of an infanticide 'crisis', as mothers seek ways to cope with or get rid of unwanted children. Some have turned to using Coca Cola, ginger beer or other fizzy drinks, which they feed them instead of breast milk. Newborns get all their nutrients from milk and, without it, can starve to death within days” (para. 1-4). “Significant numbers of babies are also left to die in rubbish dumps or rivers, later retrieved by workers as part of daily life” (para. 5). “Others...more