Global abortion legislation

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Global abortion legislation
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Fri, 06-29-2007 - 10:17pm

For those that are interested:

The Brits just voted to make abortions easier to access in the first trimester. Current law (enacted in 1967) requires that a woman get a signed informed consent with two physicians, and now she only needs one. The rationale is that in '67 the abortion was considered medically riskier than a term pregnancy, and now the other way around is true.
They simultaneously voted against having specially trained nurses be allowed to perform early abortion.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6242382.stm

African leaders join to support decriminalization of abortion. Leaders of ten African nations made a public statement decrying the high mortality rates associated with unsafe, illegal abortion (there is considered to be an illegal abortion for every 7 live births in Africa). "Heads of State and government had approved a protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa which, among other things, authorises safe abortion in cases of sexual assault, rape, incest and where the continued pregnancy endangers the mental and physical health of the woman or the life of the woman or the foetus."
(funny-looking British spelling preserved from the article) :P
I wasn't really clear if this is actually law or just a protocol declaring momentum.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200706270082.html

Portugal's newly liberalized abortion law to take effect soon. Abortion up to ten weeks, after a 3-day reflection period, will be electively legal. Physicians may opt out of the procedure on moral grounds, but must refer patients to another physician. The law will take effect on July 15. Within two weeks of the procedure women must attend a family planning session where they will be informed about contraception methods. (That's my favorite part).
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-portugal-abortion,1,2451783.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true

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Registered: 01-07-2007
Fri, 06-29-2007 - 11:59pm

Wow, sounds like good stuff.

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Sat, 06-30-2007 - 9:42am
Letters are published in British papers from people on both sides of the abortion controversy, responding to the recent BMA vote.
http://society.guardian.co.uk/health/comment/0,,2114777,00.html
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Registered: 06-03-2007
Sat, 06-30-2007 - 8:16pm
Manila, the Philippines
~~~Illegal abortion "clinic" run out of an apartment raided by police, shut down. Police arrested 20 people, including 14 women who had had abortions and were taken to a hospital. Charges are being prepared against all 20.
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryID=83016
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Registered: 06-03-2007
Fri, 07-06-2007 - 5:44pm

Ghana -
~~~630 students of St. Louis Training College in the Ashanti region had their private parts searched by school authorities to ascertain if any of the female trainee teachers had undergone abortion.
http://www.myjoyonline.com/news/200707/6389.asp

... seems like someone found blood soaked menstrual pads in the lockerroom so they examined all the women teaching students - here's one student's testimony:

<<<“They lined us up and said they are going to check us by removing our panties to see if you are bleeding. We went to the lab one by one…they touched our breast and looked at our stomachs to see if there is a line on it. It was including the married women and the older women…our house mistresses did the examination. They should apologise and should not repeat it,” a student said.>>>

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Fri, 07-06-2007 - 5:49pm

Nicaragua -
~~~Netherlands threatens to withhold aid to Nicaragua over abortion ban

The Dutch minister of development has warned the government of Nicaragua that his country may withdraw development assistance unless Nicaragua changes its abortion laws, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) reports.

The Dutch official, Bert Koenders, said that the Nicaraguan ban on abortion is "completely unacceptable," reports Samantha Singson in C-Fam's Friday Fax. Enders went on: "I do not want to immediately cancel our aid to Nicaragua, but we will certainly weigh the matter.”

Last October the national parliament of Nicaragua unanimously modified its penal code to ban all abortions. Prior to the vote a coalition of UN officials and country representatives, including UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) tried to stop the parliament from changing the law.
http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=52227

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Fri, 07-06-2007 - 5:50pm

Africa -
~~~ Vatican officials condemn Maputo Protocol

Archbishop Sarah noted that at the Summit of the African Union in Maputo, on July 11, 2003, African countries adopted the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, which authorizes abortion.

The Maputo Protocol became effective on Oct. 26, 2005, after having acquired the necessary approval from at least 15 countries. Today, 38 countries have subscribed to the Protocol, and 16 have approved it.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200707060828.html

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Mon, 07-09-2007 - 5:17pm

UK - Strong opinions surface on both sides of abortion controversy, two news articles.

Cardinal O'Brien sparked controversy a month ago when, during a sermon to mark the 40th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act, he hinted that Catholic politicians should not take holy communion if they voted for abortion. He later compared abortion figures with the Dunblane massacre when he said "we kill the equivalent of a classroom full of school children every day".
http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1054332007

ACCESS to abortion should be made easier for women in the early stages of pregnancy, medical leaders said yesterday. In a controversial move, the British Medical Association's ethics committee published a briefing paper supporting changes to the Abortion Act to speed up treatment for women who are less than three months pregnant. They said women should be allowed to refer themselves to abortion clinics, rather than having to go through their GP and getting approval from two doctors. The committee also said that suitably trained and experienced nurses and midwives should be able to carry out both medical and surgical abortions.
(this is a suggestion from an ethics committee, a far cry from a change in law)
http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=195&id=883872007

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Mon, 07-09-2007 - 5:23pm

Sri Lanka -

“There were more than 3,000 abortion clinics in Sri Lanka… of these in same major clinics 2-3 to 200-300 abortions took place per day ... In a survey which included 350 women, 48 women were found to have undergone abortions…This amounts to 37 abortions per thousand women.���
If these statistics are correct it reveals that the proportion of abortions in Sri Lanka surpasses those of all the other countries in the world. The facts are from Gabsava (Abortion) from a sociological and scientific perspective by H. D. Indira Vijayanthi, a graduate specialized in social science from Ruhunu University.
In a country where abortions are illegal, it is estimated that 750-1000 abortions are conducted per day. More than 240,000 abortions are done annually in Sri Lanka in contrast to 360,000 births an year, it is further revealed.

http://www.tamileelamnews.com/news/publish/tns_8337.shtml

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Registered: 10-14-2003
Wed, 07-11-2007 - 4:23pm

I'm a little disappointed that the "Islamic Medical Association" chimed in to the argument with such medical non-truths as breast cancer being caused by abortion.

Remind me never to get medical treatment in the UK with a Doctor who pay fees to be a member of this group.

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Sat, 07-21-2007 - 7:51am

India

~~~"The central government plans to make it mandatory for the country’s women to register their pregnancies with it. It also wants abortions to be carried out only under specified circumstances. The ministries behind the move think it will help them stop exploitation of the girl child and correct India’s heavily skewed sex ratio."
http://www.hindustantimes.com/storypage/storypage.aspx?id=87312da7-0a5f-44b4-8aad-610f696c6561&MatchID1=4488&TeamID1=8&TeamID2=10&MatchType1=1&SeriesID1=1120&PrimaryID=4488&Headline=Govt+to+monitor+pregnancies+and+abortions
Apparently every day there are 7,000 more boys than girls born in India, with an overall 10 million person difference in the past 20 years. The culture seems to see female children as a huge financial burden (dowries) that don't bring value to the family. Aren't they going to be in a bit of trouble starting soon when all those boys look for brides?
Anyhow - pregnancy registry - oddness - pragmatically difficult in enormous India which has big poverty problems - perhaps it will increase their nonexistant prenatal care in these rural areas - what do y'all think?

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