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El Salvador Considers Proposal To Allow Abortion In Certain Cases

Humanosphere: El Salvador’s Congress considers relaxing controversial abortion law Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses a proposal presented to El Salvador’s Congress that would allow abortion in cases of rape or high-risk pregnancy. Currently, El Salvador’s law bans all abortion. Nikolau notes, “The law has been hotly contested for years, but debate…

Congress Must Stop ‘Politicizing Women’s Health,’ Address Zika Virus

The Hill: Congress’s late and weak response to Zika Ellen Liu, director of women’s health at the Ms. Foundation for Women “…After eight months and [several] failed attempts to pass President Obama’s emergency funding request to combat Zika, conservative lawmakers seem to have relented in the fight to ban funding…

Parliamentary Commission In Poland Rejects Proposal For Complete Abortion Ban

Associated Press: After mass protests, Poland won’t back total abortion ban “Lawmakers with Poland’s ruling right-wing party voted in a tumultuous parliamentary commission session to reject a proposal for a total ban on abortion. … However, the proposal must still go to a vote to the full assembly of the…

Thailand Makes Abortion Legal For Women Carrying Fetuses With Serious Zika-Linked Defects

International Business Times: Thailand makes Zika-linked abortions legal as fears over microcephaly rise “Thai authorities have decided that pregnant women infected with Zika virus can undergo abortion without legal consequences. After much deliberation doctors decided to ease the stringent laws, Thailand’s child health unit said on 5 October…” (Ray, 10/6).…

Women In Poland Protest Legislative Proposal For Total Ban On Abortion

Associated Press: Women in Poland strike to protest proposal for abortion ban “Polish women donned black, waved black flags, and took to Poland’s streets in large numbers on Monday, boycotting jobs and classes as part of a nationwide strike to protest a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion…”…

Article Examines Differences Among Abortion Laws In Mexico, Latin America

Council on Hemispheric Affairs: Mexico’s Choice Abortion Laws and their Effects Throughout Latin America Sarah Faithful, research associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, discusses the history of abortion laws in Mexico and the wide differences among laws across Mexican states. Faithful specifically examines the impact of Mexico City’s abortion…

Commentary Discusses Abortion Rates, Access To Safe Services In Developing Countries

Rewire: Abortion in Developing Regions: What Progress Since 1990? Ann M. Starrs, president and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute, recognizes International Safe Abortion Day, which takes place annually on September 28, and discusses the need for access to safe abortions in developing countries. Starrs highlights results from a recent study…

Prioritizing Women’s Rights Should ‘Be At The Center’ Of Zika Response

The Hill: Zika and the inter-connected fate of women’s rights Caitlin Horrigan, associate director of global advocacy for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Michelle Dixon, co-director of the Global Progressive Hub “…Adequately resourcing the Zika fight is not just an American women’s rights issue, it’s a global one.…

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