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Latest items for ABO-PRACTICE-1

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

"The Committee recommends that the State party legalize abortion in cases of rape, incest, threats to the life or health of the pregnant woman or severe fetal impairment, abolish punitive measures imposed on women who undergo abortion and enhance measures, such as through family planning and sexual education, to prevent unwanted pregnancy. It also recommends that the State party ensure affordable and confidential access to safe abortion and post- abortion services for women and girls without parental authorization or fear of stigma" (15).
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In El Salvador, and throughout Latin America, women find easy access to illegal abortion drugs via the Internet...Even in a poor country like El Salvador, almost everyone has a smartphone and, provided they have money and time, can go online to purchase the drugs that will end an unwanted pregnancy. To be sure, illegal abortion remains risky. Whether they use drugs or other means to terminate their pregnancies, many women experience complications from illegal abortion that necessitate medical attention. In Latin America, complications from illegal abortion constitute the leading cause of mortality in young women" (para 11-12). Despite illegality, self-inducing an abortion is a commonly accepted approach among women. (JLR-CODER...more
July 9, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Tens of thousands of women took to the streets in dozens of Polish cities and towns for a nationwide strike on Wednesday to protest a top court’s decision to ban nearly all abortions, even as the nation’s leading politician urged his conservative supporters to 'defend Poland'"(para 1)."'This is the only way we can win this war,' Mr. Kaczynski[Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the deputy prime minister] said, using martial language that critics said served as a call to arms.His remarks, made in a speech to Parliament on Wednesday and in a video posted Tuesday night to his supporters on Facebook, came as protests stretched into a sixth straight day and drew in the...more
July 6, 2021, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In the hours before the ruling, María de Lourdes Alcívar, the wife of President-elect Guillermo Lasso, said on her Twitter account: 'We pray to God that abortion is not approved in our country. It is murder'" (Para 5). "Meanwhile, one of Ecuador’s best known women’s rights activists, Lolo Miño, tweeted: 'I am crying as I write this because I don’t believe it! Today, girls and women who are the victims of rape in Ecuador have a second chance'" (Para 6).
June 10, 2021, 9:11 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In March, The Center for Reproductive Rights, together with the Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto and el Colectivo Feminista have worked to expose the consequences of El Salvador’s abortion ban. They have filed two cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of nine women who had serious pregnancy complications and were wrongfully imprisoned" (para 2). "In fact, in 1993, El Salvador became the first country in Latin America to instate the Day of the Right to Be Born, on the 28th of December" (para 12). "'Agrupación Ciudadana' took off in 2009 after Karina Clímaco was freed. She was sentenced to thirty years in prison for...more
June 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"with the remaining educational and preventive actions conducted by schools, in particular through shaping pro-family, pro-health and pro-social attitudes and promoting an integrated approach to human sexuality. The planned teaching content concerning knowledge about sexual life, the principles of informed and responsible parenthood, the value of the family, life in the pre-natal phase, methods and means of informed procreation and HIV/AIDS prevention allow male and female pupils to learn and understand the complexity of the topic, not only in the scientific aspect but in the social, cultural and ethical aspect as well" (45). "Since 2000, the number of pre-natal tests performed has been systematically increasing – in 2000 there were...more
May 18, 2021, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Coupled with restricted access to healthcare due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many women find it impossible to receive access to safe abortion care. According to Amnesty International, governments in the region deem abortion care as an inessential health service" (para 5). "Leah Hoctor, the Regional Director for Europe’s Center for Reproductive Rights, has called on many governments, including the Albanian government, to intervene. She states 'European governments must act urgently to guarantee safe and timely access to abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic'" (para 5).
April 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"…'pro-life' groups argue that the Constitution already provides too many loopholes, which could allegedly lead to what they term 'abortion on demand'" (para 4). "Both bills, however, have stirred controversy over similar questions, most poignantly the twin issues of access to abortion and the dissemination of accurate iformation about sexual health aimed at teenagers. Those opposed to the 2019 bill have called for it to be shelved, claiming that it amounted to a 'back door legalization of abortion'" (para 8). "This matter threatened to tank the entire constitutional reform project in 2010 as anti-abortion campaigners—chiefly Catholic and evangelical Christian religious leaders—appealed to voters' religious sentiments to reject the draft on...more
March 31, 2021, 9:27 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"“Explaining the necessity for such tests, the officials told the parents that some young girls have gone astray in search of a good life,” a correspondent for RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reported, quoting several parents who attended meetings in Mary Province schools Nos. 8 and 14. The parents said the officials cited alleged incidents of minors secretly giving birth at home or having abortions" (para 7-8).
March 31, 2021, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The measure still needs to be ratified by a second vote. However, support was clear on Thursday: with 88 legislators voting in favour, 28 opposed and seven abstentions. Honduras has a staunchly conservative majority, which referred to the measure as a 'shield against abortion'. 'What they did was set this article in stone because we can never reform it if 96 votes are needed [out of 128]', opposition MP Doris Gutierrez told AFP news agency" (para 7-9). "Mario Perez, a lawmaker with the ruling party of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, formally proposed the change last week, calling it a 'constitutional lock' to prevent any future moderations of the abortion law....more
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Ukraine is currently implementing a programme 'Reproductive Health of the Nation'. At present, the family planning system includes regional (city) centres for family planning and human reproduction and family planning offices in each region. Activities of family planning system are to prevent the main factors of reproductive health disorders including infections, sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies interrupted by abortion...Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey of households held in 2012 (MICS 2012) confirmed a strong tendency to reduction of the incidence of abortion and increase of delivery frequency" (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-PRACTICE-1

"'The greatest unfairness is that the poor are the victims of our archaic legislation,' said Camara, a law professor at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. 'Anyone with enough money can easily have an abortion at a private clinic. But if you are poor you are expected to go through the legal motions or risk your life in a backstreet clinic'" (para 9).
Feb. 6, 2021, 1:25 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"'Another cited as a key obstacle the religious belief that 'the fetus is a gift from God’” (para. 42).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"While noting efforts by the State party to achieve greater coverage of maternal health services, the Committee is concerned about the persistently high rate of maternal mortality in some states and the high rate of deaths resulting from unsafe abortion, lack of access to safe abortion, post-abortion care and high-quality services for the management of complications arising from unsafe abortion" (11). "The Committee urges the State party...To provide women with access to high-quality and safe abortion services, including to manage complications arising from unsafe abortion, and to increase access to and use of effective and affordable methods of contraception, including by subsidizing them, in order to reduce the use of...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Patients face anti-abortion protestors who harass and obstruct them as they attempt to access reproductive healthcare. There is no provision of safe access zones in Queensland, South Australia or Western Australia" (14).
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

“The Government has carried out public awareness campaigns to promote and protect women’s rights and to combat and prevent violence through seminars, conferences, radio and television debates, billboards, pro-life text messages sent via mobile phone, and training of family counsellors, police officials and health professionals, with a view to improving the services provided to users” (pp. 13). “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...more
Jan. 30, 2021, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In the past, Uighur women who were detained in camps and now live in Western nations have told of being forced to abort babies — including late in their pregnancies" (para 11).
Jan. 1, 2021, 1:09 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

“In 2014, a Kenyan nurse was sentenced to death after being found guilty of carrying out an abortion on a woman who later bled to death. This means doctors are unwilling to take the risk, amid religious and political pressures, too” (para. 21-22).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:47 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"[A]bortion will only be permissible in Poland in the case of rape, incest or a threat to the mother's health and life, which make up only around two per cent of legal terminations conducted in recent years" (para 2). "Curbing access to abortion has been a long-standing ambition of the party, but it has stepped back from previous legislative proposals amid widespread public backlash" (para 5). The party referred to here is the nationalist Law and Justice party in Poland (CAT - CODER COMMENT). "Abortion rights activists say access to the procedure was often declined in recent years in Poland even in cases when it would be legal" (para 23)....more
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In cases of pregnancy with a female foetus, a woman’s reproductive rights are often denied because her husband will coerce her to terminate the pregnancy; ‘If husband gets to know that the fetus is female, he asks for termination of pregnancy’" (para 39).
Sept. 29, 2020, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In addition, the legality of abortion is ambiguous, forcing many women to try to do it themselves or see illegal abortion providers" (para 2). "Although Tanzania ratified the African Union's 2005 Maputo Protocol on women's rights--which endorsed abortion rights-- and also recognizes colonial-era British case law permitting abortion in some circumstances, national law mandates 14-year sentences for anyone 'unlawfully' performing an abortion and seven years for women who try to make themselves miscarry-- but without defining 'unlawfully', said Sarah C. Keogh, a Guttmacher Institute researcher and the study's lead author" (para 4). The severity of these punishments suggests that Tanzanian culture places a social taboo on abortion (RAO-CODER COMMENT). "Women...more
Aug. 30, 2020, 12:51 a.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"A group of conservative and religious groups that filed the complaint said the reforms violated the nation's constitution, which states, 'the right to life is inviolable from conception until death.' The ruling cannot be overturned or appealed, according to the Associated Press" (para 3). "Human rights advocates have battled religious and conservative groups in the predominantly Catholic nation for years. Experts have noted time and again that banning abortion does not deter women from terminating pregnancies" (para 5). "'Its impact will be catastropic for women and girls in the Dominican Republic who will continue to be criminalized, stigmatized, and forced to seek out unsafe aboirtions because they are denied access...more
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

“At 4am last Friday, a group of 20 officials from the Shandong Province Family Planning Commission forced their way into the home of Zhou Guoqiang and his wife Liu Xinwen. The officials kicked down the door of the family's home. Mr Zhou was held down while his wife was pulled from her bed and taken away. Liu Xinwen, 33, was taken to the People's Hospital of Fangzi District in Weifang City where she was injected with an abortion-inducing drug. Her baby, which she would later discover was a boy, died a day later in her womb. It took a further day for the foetus to be delivered. Her husband was...more
Aug. 11, 2020, 7:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

“The practices of foeticide and infanticide stem from a preference for the male child – for the dictates of certain cultural and ritualistic practices that require the involvement of male progeny. A culture that hinges on patriarchy and primogeniture involving the male child has seldom any importance accorded to a girl child. The practice is only among the more recent manifestations of a long history of gender bias. There are a huge web of factors that feed into these practices, such as the commercial value for the medical fraternity that black-market abortion services, and even rampant consumerism that encourages sexism and the continued reiteration of stereotypes” (para 8).more
Aug. 10, 2020, 4 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In August, the Supreme Court ruled that rape victims need not file a criminal complaint to access abortion services, and that health providers did not have to verify that a crime was committed to perform the abortion" (para 18). "In November, the UN Human Rights Committee (...) emphasized its concern for high rates of unsafe abortions and obstacles in accessing abortions in rape cases, in violation of Mexican law" (para 36).
Aug. 9, 2020, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Chile faces other important human rights challenges. Women encounter significant barriers to abortion in situations where abortion is allowed by law" (para. 2). "Of 1,148 specialist medical doctors working in public hospitals, over 50 percent object to providing abortions after rape, 28.5 percent when the fetus is unviable, and 20.5 percent when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk, according to a report issued by the Chilean Ministry of Health in June" (para. 14).
Aug. 8, 2020, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Fear of prosecution drives some women and girls to have illegal, unsafe abortions" (para 19).
Aug. 7, 2020, 3:49 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"On September 30, a court in Rabat convicted and sentenced Hajar Raissouni, a 28-year-old journalist, to one year in prison for having an abortion and sex outside marriage after police arrested her on August 31. A prosecutor publicly disclosed deeply personal details about her sexual and reproductive life, and a judge refused to provisionally release her pending trial" (para 10). "The court sentenced Raissouni's fiance, Rifaat al-Amin, to one year in prison. The doctor accused of performing Raissouni's abortion received a two-year prison sentence, while a medical assistant and an office assistant both received suspended sentences for taking part in the procedure. All the individuals denied the charges. Raissouni, Al-Amin,...more
July 31, 2020, 4:52 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Restrictions on abortion and difficulty accessing reproductive services remain serious concerns" (para 1).