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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 […]

Southern African Development Community: Model Laws to Combat HIV

(Dec. 2, 2007) The Southern Africa Development Community's (SADC) Parliamentary Forum Standing Committee has initiated the preparation of model laws to complement its member countries' existing measures to combat HIV/AIDS. SADC legislators, lawyers, and health sector representatives from the member states took part in a consultative meeting on the initiative on November 10, 2007. (SADC […]

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 […]