Publications and News Round Up: India, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, England & Wales, Scotland, Poland
19 December 2016
Building Youth Leadership in the Region
ASAP has supported 28 Youth Projects, conducted by their Youth Champions, in 12 countries through its Small Grants Programme in the last five years. These are in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. For example, in Afghanistan, a doctor conducted a two-day training programme for 15 obstetricians and gynaecologists at the Malalai Hospital in Kabul, on post-abortion care and gender and rights issues. 

Poverty and abortion complications in Peru

In Peru, abortion is illegal, except when it is the only option to prevent death or permanent health damage to the woman. In such cases, abortion is regulated by a technical guideline approved in 2014, which aims to improve access to this procedure, although it is not being broadly used by Peruvian doctors.  

Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, by Jessica Hanae Zafra-Tanaka, Nicolaz Merino-Garcia, Alvaro Taype-Rondan, 9 December 2016  DOI: 10.1136/jfprhc-2016-101606
Reform of abortion law in Uruguay: context, process and lessons learned 
On October 22, 2012, Uruguayan President José Mujica signed into law the “Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy” bill …which was the fruit of more than two decades of advocacy, led by feminist organizations in alliance with trade unions, student groups and other actors, including the medical sector and key political leaders. Abortion reform in Uruguay has been the focus of several excellent studies...

La ley, los juicios y el encarcelamiento por aborto en Argentina

por Alice Finden, Investigadora del International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion

Este informe resume la legislación y políticas sobre aborto en Argentina y los casos sobre juicios y encarcelamiento por aborto entre 2011 y 2016. Traducido al español por María José Barajas, Asistente de la Secretaría Ejecutiva del Consorcio Latinoamericano Contra el Aborto Inseguro-CLACAI.

FULL TEXT en español; FULL TEXT in English, 8 de noviembre de 2016
New Zealand national-led Government is out of touch with reality around abortion
"The Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act is 40 years old. It was written at a time when abortion was so stigmatised that the royal commission could openly design the law to force women to carry their pregnancies to term in most cases. Only the liberal interpretation of certifying consultants over the years has caused abortion to be more widely available than intended. Over the years, roughly 98% of abortions have been granted on mental health grounds..."

Consequences of abortion law reform in Victoria, Australia: perspectives of 19 abortion providers

In Victoria, Australia, abortion was decriminalised in October 2008, bringing the law in line with clinical practice and community attitudes. However, according to interviews with 19 abortion service providers from a range of health care settings and geographic locations in the state in 2014-15, while abortion law reform was a positive event, it was perceived to have changed little about the provision of abortion...

‘Repeat abortion’, a phrase to be avoided? Qualitative insights into labelling and stigma

In recent years there has been growing international interest in identifying risk factors associated with ‘repeat abortion’, and developing public health initiatives that might reduce the rate. This article draws on a research study looking at young women's abortion experience ...

Our bodies, our choice: The case for a Scottish approach to abortion

This joint report from Engender, Amnesty Scotland, NUS Scotland, Close the Gap, Scottish Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland and Zero Tolerance sets out women’s international and domestic reproductive rights, including the case for decriminalisation, the implications of restricted access to abortion for women’s equality and for diverse groups of women, current gaps in service provision in Scotland, and the political and social context in Scotland...

Our bodies, our choice: The case for a Scottish approach to abortion

"Kobiety w Sieci, which is the safe abortion hotline in Poland, Women Help Women, and a number of abortion rights activists and lawyers, at the invitation of many local groups in Poland, are “touring” the country and holding a series of public conversations about abortion. During these meetings, we talk about the reality of abortion in Poland, we de-bunk myths about medical abortion and show evidence of its safety. And we present access to abortion as a right and a social good, as well as mobilise for systemic, legal change."

Editor: Marge Berer

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