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.
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.
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).