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June 10, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In Latin America, not many countries give women the right to decide about their bodies. Most of them penalise the decision of terminating an unwanted pregnancy. In fact, the exceptions are, Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico City and Oaxaca (Mexican state), Guyana, French Guiana and, very recently, Argentina. The abortion ban in El Salvador, in particular, has terrible consequences for women" (para 1). "In this interview, we will focus on one of the so many injustices that Salvadoran women are suffering, the draconian abortion law that prevents women from accessing abortion under any circumstance—not even in cases of rape, incest, or to save a woman’s life. More than 25 women are in...more
June 10, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: Argentina, Cuba, Guyana, Mexico, Uruguay
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In Latin America, not many countries give women the right to decide about their bodies. Most of them penalise the decision of terminating an unwanted pregnancy. In fact, the exceptions are, Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico City and Oaxaca (Mexican state), Guyana, French Guiana and, very recently, Argentina. The abortion ban in El Salvador, in particular, has terrible consequences for women" (para 1).
June 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The legal situation in Poland has not changed compared to the previous reporting period and is still regulated by the Act of 7 January 1993 on family planning, protection of the human embryo and conditions for termination of pregnancy. Pursuant to the Act, termination of pregnancy may be performed exclusively by a doctor when: (1) Pregnancy poses a risk to the life or health of the pregnant woman; (2) Prenatal tests or other medical reasons indicate that severe and irreversible foetal impairment or untreatable disorders threatening its life are highly likely; (3) It may be reasonably suspected that a pregnancy is the result of a crime. A doctor is entitled...more
May 18, 2021, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Albanian law severely limits access to abortion" (para 5).
April 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"While it makes some bolder proposals, on the contentious issue of abortion, the Reproductive Healthcare Bill of 2019 does not challenge or modify the Kenyan Constitution adopted in 2010, which makes abortion legal only in specific cases, namely if a medical professional deems the health or life of the mother to be at risk, or if an emergency operation is needed. According to a 2019 Supreme Court ruling, these provisions include pregnancies that resulted from rape. Meanwhile, assistance in procuring an abortion outside of these circumstances is still severely punished by the Penal Code" (para 10). "Meanwhile, doctors still lack clarity and training on how to perform safe abortions and...more
March 31, 2021, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Cuba, Uruguay, Guyana and Argentina are the only Latin American countries to permit abortion in the first weeks of pregnancy" (para 16).
March 31, 2021, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Cuba, Uruguay, Guyana and Argentina are the only Latin American countries to permit abortion in the first weeks of pregnancy" (para 16).
March 31, 2021, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Cuba, Uruguay, Guyana and Argentina are the only Latin American countries to permit abortion in the first weeks of pregnancy" (para 16).
March 31, 2021, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Cuba, Uruguay, Guyana and Argentina are the only Latin American countries to permit abortion in the first weeks of pregnancy" (para 16).
March 31, 2021, 3:06 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Nicaragua, El Salvador and Haiti also have complete bans on abortion" (para 15).
March 31, 2021, 3:06 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Nicaragua, El Salvador and Haiti also have complete bans on abortion" (para 15).
March 31, 2021, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Nicaragua, El Salvador and Haiti also have complete bans on abortion" (para 15).
March 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Its latest move comes in response to Argentina legalising abortion last month" (para 4).
March 31, 2021, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Parliament in Honduras has initially approved a bill that will make it virtually impossible to legalise abortion in the country. The new measure will require at least three-quarters of Congress to vote in favour of modifying the abortion law, which is among the strictest in the world. Honduras forbids abortion under any circumstance, even rape or incest" (para 1-3). "The new legislation in Honduras hinges on an article in the constitution that gives a fetus the same legal status of a person. Constitutional changes have until now been permitted with a two-thirds majority, but the new legislation raises that bar to three-quarters within the 128-member body. The measure still needs...more
March 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that the Abortion Act (1967) does not extend to Northern Ireland, where, with limited exceptions, abortion continues to be illegal, with detrimental consequences for women’s health" (12).
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"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)" (36).
Feb. 13, 2021, 7:44 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, GIC-LAW-1, ABO-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

“P. and S. v. Poland (no. 57375/08) (30 October 2012): The applicants were a daughter and her mother. In 2008, at the age of fourteen, the first applicant became pregnant after being raped. The applicants complained in particular about the absence of a comprehensive legal framework guaranteeing the first applicant’s timely and unhindered access to abortion under the conditions set out by the applicable laws, and about the disclosure of information about the case to the public. They further complained that the first applicant’s removal from the custody of her mother and placement in a juvenile shelter and later in a hospital had been unlawful, and submitted that the circumstances...more
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"A 10-year-old girl who is pregnant with twins after she was raped by a neighbour has been forced to continue with her pregnancy after human rights campaigners lost their fight to secure a legal route to abortion. The plight of the girl, who is understood to be five months pregnant and lives in southern Senegal, highlights the heavy cost women and children are paying for a Napoleonic law on abortion that is still in force in the former French colony" (para 1-2). "'Senegal's abortion law is one of the harshest and deadliest in Africa. A doctor or pharmacist found guilty of having a role in a termination faces being struck...more
Feb. 6, 2021, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In July 2019, MPs backed amendments which required the government to change abortion laws and extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland if devolution was not restored by 21 October 2019" (pp. 7)
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Accessing or providing abortion services is criminalised in many Australian states and territories" (14). "Due to the lack of public funding for abortion services, many pregnant women cannot afford abortions or have to travel long distances. Access to abortions is also threatened by moves in some states to expand legal personhood to include foetuses" (14).
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

“Under the Constitution, the State protects life, and the interruption of pregnancy is regulated under the current Criminal Code. The draft new Criminal Code establishes the applicable circumstances and sanctions for the performance of abortion. This topic calls for a broad discussion among those who support free access to abortion and those who support the prohibition of any means of eliminating a fetus (intrauterine life)” (pp. 40).
Jan. 24, 2021, 1:46 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In October legislation passed by the UK Parliament to decriminalize abortion and provide for marriage equality in Northern Ireland in 2020 came into force when the region’s devolved government failed to reconvene having been suspended since January 2017" (para 8).
Jan. 1, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

“Various anti-abortion laws have been in force in each state of the US since at least 1900. Alabama’s new law bans all abortion from the time a 'woman [is] known to be pregnant' – with no exceptions. Five states - Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi and Louisiana - have passed bills which prohibit abortion after about six weeks” (para. 41-43).
Jan. 1, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

“Generally Australia allows abortion up to 22 weeks. It was decriminalised across the whole country this year after the last remaining state where it was illegal, New South Wales, voted to reform its laws” (para. 40).
Jan. 1, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Malta
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

“Six countries — El Salvador, Malta, the Vatican, Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua — refuse abortions to women under any circumstances, even if it's to save her life” (para. 36). “Malta is the only country in the European Union where abortion is illegal” (para. 37).
Jan. 1, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

“Six countries — El Salvador, Malta, the Vatican, Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua — refuse abortions to women under any circumstances, even if it's to save her life” (para. 36).
Jan. 1, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

“In England, Scotland and Wales, you can legally have an abortion at up to 23 weeks and 6 days of pregnancy, in line with the Abortion Act 1967” (para. 38).
Jan. 1, 2021, 1:09 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

“Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless a mother's health is in danger. A 14-year prison sentence threatens anyone who carries out an 'unauthorised' abortions” (para. 20).
Dec. 30, 2020, 1:04 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Argentina on Wednesday became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize abortion...making it legal for women to end pregnancies for any reason up to 14 weeks. After that, there will be exceptions allowed for rape and the woman’s health."
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:47 p.m.
Countries: Malta
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The development pushes Poland further away from the European mainstream, as the only EU country apart from tiny Malta to severely restrict access to abortion" (para 3). The development refers to a ruling in Poland that restricts abortion to only being permissible under cases of rape, incest or a threat to the health or life of the mother (CAT - CODER COMMENT).