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Spain: Lower House of Legislature Votes on Abortion Reform Bill

(Jan. 5, 2010) A joint session of Spain's Congreso de los Diputados (Lower House) voted on December 17, 2009, on an abortion reform bill. (Ley sobre Salud Sexual y Reproductiva e Interrupcion Voluntaria del Embarazo, BOLETÍN OFICIAL DE LAS CORTES GENERALES [BOCG], Series A, No. 41-1, Oct. 2, 2009, available at http://www.congreso.es/portal/page/portal/Congreso/PopUpCGI?CMD=VERLST&BASE=puw9&DOCS=1-1&DOCORDER=LIFO&QUERY=%28CDA20091002004101.CODI.%29#(Página1).) The new law, […]

Peru: Congress Debates Legislation Decriminalizing Abortion

(Nov. 6, 2009) On October 7, 2009, Peru's Special Revision Commission on the reform of the Criminal Code approved an amendment that would decriminalize abortions performed in cases of rape or congenital malformations of the fetus. The amendment also permits abortions for pregnancies resulting from unwanted artificial inseminations. Currently, these abortions are penalized with imprisonment […]

Malawi: Legal Action Against Government on Abortion

(May 4, 2009) It was reported on April 29, 2009, that Women in Law in Southern Africa-Malawi (WILSA-Malawi), a women's rights group in Malawi, is bringing a legal action against the Malawian government for prohibiting women from access to safe abortions. According to Seodi White, WILSA-Malawi's executive director, forcing a woman to carry an unwanted […]

Holy See (Vatican City State): Abortion Pill Not Innocent Drug for Health

(Jan. 12, 2009) The Vatican recently condemned the RU486 pill, which was approved by the Italian government in February 2008, because it is intended for abortion. Cardinal Javier Lozano Garragan, the Health Minister of the Holy See, stated: “[t]he Catholic Church understands the personal drama of a young woman who is pregnant against her will, […]

Kenya: Proposed Law to Decriminalize Abortions

(Sept. 30, 2008) It was reported on September 16, 2008, that a new draft bill on women's reproductive health and rights, which seeks to decriminalize abortions, is ready to beintroduced in Kenya's Parliament. Impetus for the bill came from a campaign launched by civil society activists in May, sparking nation-wide debate on the issue, to […]

India: High Court Denial of Abortion Petition Prompts Review of Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act

(Sept. 17, 2008) Upon being advised by their physicians that the baby to be born to them would have a congenitally defective heart, an Indian couple, Haresh Mehta and his wife, Niketa, applied for permission to abort the 24-week-old fetus. The Bombay High Court denied permission. India's Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971(MTPA) allows physicians […]

Romania: Abortion Permitted in Rape Case

(July 2, 2008) It was recently reported that Romania is making an exception to its laws to permit an eleven-year-old girl to have an abortion. The girl became pregnant after being raped by her uncle. Romanian law permits abortions only up until the 14th week of a pregnancy. The exception was approved by a government […]

South Korea: Legalizing Abortion to Be Considered

(Mar. 2, 2008) The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare drafted a new policy in late 2007 to seek more realistic measures to address the growing number of abortions in the country. These measures include changing the law that restricts abortions with criminal sanctions. The Ministry held a hearing on February 13, 2008. There […]

Russia: New Abortion Restrictions

(Dec. 2, 2007) On October 29, 2007, the Russian Federation Health Care and Social Development Ministry issued an executive regulation that establishes a new procedure for providing abortion services. According to the new rules, while abortion remains covered by state health programs, each woman who is planning to undergo this procedure during the first 12 […]

United States: Alaska Supreme Court Holds Parental Consent Requirement Unconstitutional Under Alaska Constitution

(Nov. 2, 2007) On November 2, the Supreme Court of Alaska held that a law requiring minors to obtain parental consent before obtaining an abortion violated the right of privacy provision of the Alaska Constitution. The Alaska Constitution includes a provision stating that "[t]he right of the people to privacy is recognized and shall not […]