While the Global Gag Rule was designed to reduce abortion, there’s no evidence that it has. And the policy’s domino effect has had negative effects on people’s lives in ways that have nothing to do with abortion.
Although abortion is permitted in Bolivia in three cases, just six women have had access to legal abortion in this country. The reasons: judicial barriers as well as doctors who oppose abortion.
A new Council of Europe report reiterates what we already know – availability of legal abortion reduces the rate of unsafe abortion.
Late last week Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez vetoed a reproductive health bill that would have legalized abortion to the twelfth week of pregnancy.
Uruguay’s legislature has passed an abortion liberalization law. Will President Tabaré Vasquez ignore widespread unsafe abortion in the country and veto the bill?
What leads the women of Africa to their graves during pregnancy and childbirth? Nutrition, education, high fertility, female genital mutilation, improper care at delivery and inadequate health facilities all play a part.
The Polish Health Minister recently proposed a new health department that would register and track women’s pregnancies to ensure abortions were not obtained illegally.
To combat maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia far higher than Millennium Development Goal targets, governments must ensure women’s right to safe abortion.
An estimated one million illegal abortions occur in Brazil each year, yet very few women have ever been imprisoned on for seeking abortion care. That may be about to change. In April, officials took a brisk departure from the nation’s relative “tolerance” of illegal abortion practice, arresting the head of a two decade-old family planning clinic for providing abortions and seizing the medical records of nearly 10,000 women.
Women on Waves is now providing safe abortions off the coast of Ecuador, focusing attention on the reproductive justice activists fighting against a society that has strictly criminalized abortion.