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Indonesia: Abortion today – still secret, but easy to find

Nani Afrida
Jakarta Post
February 20 2013

The advertisements are easy to find on websites and blogs. Just type “aborsi, tempat, Jakarta” in any search engine and you will find a dozen contact numbers for abortion services.

Those numbers will lead you to private health clinics. You will talk to a nice, friendly guy who will provide you with information. But, you have to convince him you really need help. The service is illegal and the people on the phone are usually very careful.

Ghana: Inequities in Access to Safe Abortion Services Keep Unsafe Abortion Rates Stubbornly High

The Guttmacher Institute
30 January 2013

Unsafe abortion remains a leading cause of maternal death and injury in Ghana. Now, a newly released study finds that a woman's socioeconomic status largely determines how safe her abortion will be.

Human Rights Watch: Ireland: Clarify and Reform Abortion Laws and Regulations

Status Quo Incompatible With Human Rights Obligations and European Court Ruling
(London, January 10, 2013) –Irish legislators should take decisive action to safeguard in law the right of women and girls to terminate a life-threatening pregnancy, and explore further reforms to the countries’ near total ban on abortion, Human Rights Watch said today. The Irish Human Rights Commission should advise the law makers on how current restrictive laws violate women’s human rights and put the lives and health of women and adolescent girls at risk.

USA: More and more ‘pro-life’ Americans support abortion rights

By Geoffrey Cowley
9th January 2013

Canada: The benefits of decriminalizing abortion

 By Joyce Arthur
January 4, 2013

On January 28, 2013, Canada will celebrate 25 years of reproductive freedom. Since our Supreme Court struck down Canada's abortion law in 1988, our country's experience is proof that laws against abortion are unnecessary. A full generation of Canadians has lived without a law and we are better off because of it.

UK: Science refutes ministers' abortion claims

The Independent
By Jeremy Laurance
05 December 2012

There has been no significant improvement in the survival of extremely premature babies born before 24 weeks' gestation in more than a decade.

The finding, from two studies conducted 11 years apart, provides the first definitive evidence contradicting Cabinet ministers' claims that the abortion limit should be lowered because "the science has moved on".

USA: OB/GYNs back over-the-counter birth control pills

21 November, 2012
The Associated Press

No prescription or doctor's exam needed: The nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms.

Tuesday's surprise opinion from these gatekeepers of contraception could boost longtime efforts by women's advocates to make the pill more accessible.

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