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

"Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was nine months pregnant and working at a school cafeteria when she felt extreme pain in her back, like the crack of a hammer. She called 911 seven times before fainting in a bathroom in a pool of blood. 2. The nightmare that followed is common in El Salvador, a heavily Catholic country where abortion is banned under all circumstances and even women who suffer miscarriages and stillbirths are sometimes accused of killing their babies and sentenced to years or even decades in prison. When Vásquez regained consciousness, she had lost her nearly full-term fetus. Instead of an ambulance, officers drove her in the bed of...more
June 29, 2022, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"A woman has been jailed for 30 years in El Salvador for 'aggravated homicide' after suffering a miscarriage. The mother-of-one, 28, had an obstetric emergency while pregnant in 2019 and took herself to hospital seeking urgent medical care. The woman, identified only as Esme, lost her unborn baby during treatment and now the Central American country has imposed its draconian anti-abortion laws on the housewife. A woman has been jailed for 30 years in El Salvador for 'aggravated homicide' after suffering a miscarriage...Hospital staff often report women who are miscarrying to the police" (para 1-4, 6). "The sentencing has prompted fury among pro-choice groups in El Salvador and fuelled dire...more
June 21, 2022, 8:35 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the introduction, in June 2017, of a scheme to enable women from Northern Ireland to obtain access to abortion services in England with coverage by the National Health Service" (12).,
June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-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. The health system is extremely attentive to the high abortion rate. Sexual health is a high priority. Naalakkersuisut works to strengthen the prevention work by including sexual health in the upcoming public health program in an interdisciplinary collaboration" (39). This indicates that society generally approves of abortion, but there is a concern about the high rates of abortion (JLR-CODER COMMENT). "In December 2013 a new counselling service, focusing on abortion, was established under the Ministry of Health and...more
June 9, 2022, 5:16 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In Rio Grande, the province’s largest city, a helpline that tries to dissuade women from having an abortion is promoted in the public hospital. All the hospital’s doctors have declared themselves conscientious objectors, notes Cuomo. The law allows individual doctors to opt out on moral grounds but the institution has to ensure access to an abortion. Women are often sent to another city for late-stage abortions, in this case the provincial capital, Ushuaia, 220km away" (Para. 15). "Gabriela Chavez, a nurse in Resistencia, the capital of the northern province Chaco, says there is a fear among health professionals of a backlash to providing abortions but things are changing. 'A few...more
April 26, 2022, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In practice, the legislation criminalises protests outside abortion clinics. The ban also applies to the harassment or intimidation of healthcare professionals working at abortion clinics"(para 5).
March 9, 2022, 9:27 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"A recent survey by the nonpartisan firm Ipsos found that while 82 percent of Colombian respondents supported abortion in some circumstances, just 26 percent supported it in all cases — and the court’s decision is likely to cause friction as abortion rights activists, policymakers, health care providers and others determine how it should be carried out" (para 27).
Feb. 28, 2022, 4:35 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"A number of women charged under the 1998 penal code, which makes it illegal to perform, self-induce, or consent to an abortion under any circumstances, asserted they had suffered miscarriages, stillbirths, and other medical emergencies during childbirth. Legal experts pointed to serious flaws in forensics collection and medical interpretation in many of these cases"(9).
Jan. 13, 2022, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization"(38).
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"The society's attitude towards abortion is very negative. Women are not allowed to abort" (1).
Nov. 12, 2021, 8:08 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"In a statement issued Tuesday, the Bolivia’s Bishops’ Conference urged “authorities to respect and protect the right to live and the right to be healthy of both the girl, who is a victim of rape, and the unborn baby. Both lives should and ought to be protected" (para 9).
Oct. 14, 2021, 7:25 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Protesters targeted Catholic churches across Poland on Sunday in the fourth straight day of upheaval against a near-total ban on abortion in the EU country. Demonstrators chanted 'we've had enough!' and 'barbarians' inside a church in the western city of Poznan in scenes that were repeated across the deeply Catholic country. The protesters were reacting to Thursday's ruling by Poland's constitutional court that an existing law allowing the abortion of damaged fetuses was 'incompatible' with the constitution" (para 1-3). "Protesters, brandishing placards bearing expletives and others saying 'I wish I could abort my government', clashed with police and supporters of the ban outside a landmark church in central Warsaw. Local...more
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).