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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 […]

Liechtenstein: No to Legalized Abortion

(Sept. 27, 2011) On September 18, 2011, the citizens of Liechtenstein voted in a referendum to reject a proposal to legalize abortion in that country, with 52.3% of votes cast against the measure and 47.7% in favor of it. The “Help Instead of Punishment” referendum called for decriminalizing abortion in the first 12 weeks of […]

European Court of Human Rights; Poland: Court Rules for Plaintiff in Abortion Rights Case

(June 1, 2011) On May 26, 2011, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a judgment in an abortion case brought by a Polish woman who had been concerned in 2002 that carrying her pregnancy to full term would result in a child with serious deformities. The ruling was six to one in favor […]

Ireland: Government Response to Loss in European Court Ruling on Abortion Law

(Jan. 4, 2011) On December 16, 2010, the office of the head of the government in Ireland issued a statement indicating that the government would study the issue of what steps the country needs to take in order to comply with a recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that found that […]