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Latest items for ABO-LAW-1

Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with concern that abortion for non-therapeutic reasons continues to be criminalized in the State party. It is also concerned about the large number of unsafe abortions carried out in the State party, which is one of the main causes of the high rate of maternal mortality" (15).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"But in this extremely Catholic country, even women who have been the victims of rape are forbidden to have an abortion. A bid to amend the law three years ago was vehemently rejected. Abortions, which have always been a taboo topic in Guatemala, continue to be considered a criminal offense; many women end up in prison for years for having had one" (para 14).
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:04 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"[T]hroughout Latin America, women find easy access to illegal abortion drugs via the Internet. In Brazil, for example, where abortion is illegal except in cases of rape, threat to maternal life, or anencephaly (where the fetus lacks a brain), abortion drugs play a vital role in the thriving black market. An estimated one in five Brazilian women under age forty has had an abortion" (para 11).
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In 1998, El Salvador passed a law banning abortion under all circumstances. Until that point, abortion was illegal except in cases involving risks to maternal life, severe fetal anomaly, and rape or incest. Since then, El Salvador has worked to enforce its ban, mounting an intensive effort to identify and prosecute those who violate the law..." (para 1). "If the first thing that happened when El Salvador banned abortion was the proliferation of illegal, black-market abortions, the second thing that happened was that doctors were enlisted in the law enforcement effort. The overwhelming majority of abortion cases in El Salvador begin in the hospital, with a doctor’s hunch that his...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"A 2016 regulation released by the PRC’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, and the State Food and Drug Administration bans nonmedical fetal sex diagnosis and aborting a pregnancy based on gender selection. It stipulates that no unit or individual should carry out or promote such procedures" (70).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"In the Philippines, while preference for sons is a traditionally accepted fact, sex-selective abortion remains an overlooked research theme due to the illegality of abortion in the country, along with the moral and religious underpinnings in a predominantly Catholic country" (para 7).
Aug. 28, 2021, 11:07 a.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"According to the Termination of Pregnancy and Sterilization Act, a pregnancy can be terminated only at the woman s own written request and after explanation by a doctor about the biological and medical nature of the abortion and associated risks, including possible complications. Pre abortion and post abortion counselling is provided by gynaecologists" (44).
Aug. 5, 2021, 10:20 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

Amidst an onslaught of harsh anti-abortion laws in US state legislatures, Tennessee legislators have introduced a bill that would give the biological father of a fetus a veto on an abortion procedure.
July 22, 2021, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Access to abortion is illegal in Nigeria, except when life is at risk, which means survivors of rape do not have access to safe and legal abortion" (Para 17).
July 12, 2021, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"When a 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped last year[2020] in Peru, she became one of the youngest victims in a shadow pandemic of gender-based violence that has skyrocketed around the world as the coronavirus crisis has unfolded[...]The girl later learned she was pregnant, but was denied a termination as abortion is still illegal in Peru, even in rape cases"(para 1,14).
July 9, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The court’s decision halted pregnancy terminations for fetal abnormalities, virtually the only type of abortion currently performed in the country. Abortions of pregnancies resulting from rape and those threatening the life of women are still formally legal"(para 16).
July 7, 2021, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: MARR-LAW-2, ABO-LAW-1

"The liberal change follows the recent trend in Ireland after historic votes to legalise same-sex marriage in 2015 and overturning the abortion ban last year[2018]"(para 9).
July 6, 2021, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Ecuador’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday in favor of decriminalizing abortion in cases of rape, a decision that paves the way for laws imposing prison sentences in such cases to be changed" (Para 1).
June 29, 2021, 9:03 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The liberal change follows the recent trend in Ireland after... overturning the abortion ban last year [2018]" (para 9).
June 25, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The deadline for having a legal abortion in Montenegro is 10 weeks, and access to the requisite testing is limited. But it has long been an "open secret" that some Montenegrin women travel to nearby Serbia or otherwise evade such guidelines for telltale tests of a fetus's gender" (Para 29).
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).