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Turkey: Nationwide Police Operation Conducted to Enforce Ban Against Smoking While Driving

(Oct. 10, 2019) As a result of a simultaneous, country-wide police operation aimed at enforcing a ban on smoking while driving in Turkey, more than 5,000 tickets were issued on September 25, 2019, to drivers smoking cigarettes in their private vehicles. The ban, which was added to the Law on the Prevention and Control of […]

Australia: New South Wales Bill Decriminalizing Abortion Passed

(Oct. 9, 2019) On September 26, 2019, the New South Wales (NSW) Parliament passed the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019. The Bill, which will become the Abortion Law Reform Act 2019 (NSW), amends the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) in order to decriminalize abortion, and sets out new provisions to regulate the conduct of practitioners with respect […]

Italy: New Legislation Guaranteeing Inclusive Education to Students with Disabilities Takes Effect

(Oct. 8, 2019) On September 12, 2019, Legislative Decree No. 96 of August 7, 2019, Provisions Integrating and Correcting Legislative Decree No. 66 of April 13, 2017 on the Promotion of School Inclusion for Students with Disabilities (L.D. No. 96), entered into effect in Italy. The amendments under the new Decree add the United Nations […]

Sweden: New Rules on Smoking in Public Places and Sale of Tobacco Enter into Force

(Sept. 25, 2019) On July 1, 2019, the Act on Tobacco and Similar Products, which expands prohibitions on smoking in public places and on the sale of tobacco, entered into force in Sweden. (Lag om tobak och liknande produkter [Act on Tobacco and Similar Products] (SFS 2018:2088); Förordning om tobak och liknande produkter [Regulation on […]

France: Bill Proposed to Extend “Medically-Assisted Procreation” to Lesbian Couples and Single Women

(Sept. 6, 2019) On July 24, 2019, the French prime minister and the minister of Health and Solidarity submitted a bill on bioethics to the National Assembly, one of the two chambers of the French parliament. While this bill touches on a number of different subjects, the most notable and controversial aspect is that it […]

China: Vaccine Law Passed

(Aug. 27, 2019) On June 29, 2019, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) adopted the PRC Law on Vaccine Administration (Vaccine Law). The official Xinhua news agency states that the Law provides for the “strictest” vaccine management with tough penalties in order to ensure the country’s […]

New Zealand: Bill to Decriminalize Abortion Introduced, New Regulatory Approach Proposed

(Aug. 23, 2019) On August 5, 2019, the New Zealand Minister of Justice, Andrew Little, introduced the Abortion Legislation Bill in the Parliament. In a press release, Mr. Little stated that the Bill will remove any statutory test on the health practitioner for a woman who is not more than 20 weeks pregnant for a […]

Brazil: City of Rio de Janeiro Enacts Decree Allowing Compulsory Hospitalization for Drug Users and Homeless Persons

(Aug. 21, 2019) On August 5, 2019, the city of Rio de Janeiro published Decree No. 46,314, which enables compulsory hospitalization for drug users and homeless persons. Decree No. 46,314 supplements Federal Law No. 11,343 of August 23, 2006, which establishes the National System of Public Policy on Drugs; prescribes measures to prevent drug abuse […]

New Zealand: Major Changes to Funded Family Care Policy Announced

(Aug. 13, 2019) On July 7, 2019, the New Zealand government announced several changes to the existing system for paying people who provide health and/or disability services to family members, known as the Funded Family Care policy. The current funding arrangements for Funded Family Care are contained in the Funded Family Care Notice 2013, which […]