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Spain: Government Withdraws Proposed Legislation Amending Abortion Law

(Oct. 16, 2014) On September 23, 2014, Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, confirmed the withdrawal of a proposal submitted by the government to amend the country’s 2010 abortion legislation, because the government did not have the consensus needed to pass the amendment. (Rajoy Confirma la Retirada de la Ley del Aborto de Gallardón, ABC.ES (Sept. […]

Norway: Abortion Law May Be Tightened

(Mar. 6, 2014) It was reported on January 2, 2014, that Norway plans to tighten its abortion law, after it was found that the number of late-term abortions appeared to be increasing. Norway’s Public Health Institute figures indicated that while there were five abortions performed late in a pregnancy between 2001 and 2009, 12 late-pregnancy […]

Spain: Abortion Reform Proposed

(Jan. 23, 2014) In December 2013, the Government of Spain submitted legislation that would amend the current law on abortion, which had been passed by the Socialist government in 2010, in a manner that would restrict access to abortions (Anteproyecto de Ley Orgánica para la Protección de la Vida del Concebido y de los Derechos […]

Ireland: Modified Rules on Abortion Considered

(May 10, 2013) On May 1, 2013, Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of Ireland, introduced the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013. If adopted, the bill would establish new rules governing the provision of abortion to save a pregnant woman’s life, but would not greatly alter <?Ireland's strict abortion laws. (Addison Morris, Ireland Government […]

France: Payment for Abortions and for Contraceptives for Minors

(Nov. 7, 2012) On October 26, 2012, the National Assembly, the lower house of <?France's legislature, approved a bill to extend government payment for abortions to all French women. Previously, only minors and low-income women were eligible for reimbursement for the costs of abortions. The payment would be up to €450 (about US$582) for each […]

Uruguay: Congress Considering a Bill to Decriminalize Abortion

(Oct. 25, 2012) On September 25, 2012, <?Uruguay's Cámara de Diputados (Lower House of Congress) began consideration of a bill that would decriminalize abortion if the procedure is performed within the first 12 weeks after conception, under certain circumstances. The bill became law on October 17, 2012. (Uruguay Despenaliza el Aborto: El Senado Sanciono el […]

China: Investigation of Late Forced Abortion Leads to Suspension of Local Officials

(June 21, 2012) Xinhua News Agency reported on June 15, 2012, that Chinese authorities were investigating a case of an alleged forced abortion, carried out in a woman's seventh month of pregnancy at the instigation of local family planning officials. Feng Jianmei and her family, of Ankang City, Zhenping County, in Shaanxi Province, contend that […]

Brazil: Criminalization of Some Abortions Ruled Unconstitutional

(Apr. 19, 2012) On April 12, 2012, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, or STF), by a majority vote, ruled unconstitutional the interpretation of articles 124, 126, and 128(I)(II) of the Penal Code (Decreto-Lei No. 2.848, de 7 de Dezembro de 1940) that considers abortion of anencephalic babies a crime based on the […]

Rwanda: Parliament Mulling Proposal to Legalize Abortion

(Apr. 5, 2012) On March 26, 2012, it was reported that the Rwandan Parliament is considering a draft presidential order aimed at legalizing abortion in limited circumstances, including in cases of rape, incest, or serious health risk to the mother. (Abortion Might be Legalized in Certain Cases, THE RWANDA FOCUS (Mar. 26, 2012).) Currently, all […]

Argentina: Supreme Court Decision on Abortion

(Mar. 16, 2012) On March 13, 2012, the Supreme Court of Argentina rendered a decision in the case of an abortion performed on a 15-year-old adolescent, who became pregnant after being abused by her stepfather. (Fallo 259, CSJN [Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nación] (Mar. 13, 2012), FSAL [the petitioner] s. /Medida Autosatisfactiva). In […]