When the government gets involved in abortion, there is no longer the option for women to ultimately decide what happens to their bodies, should they ever become pregnant. Whether pregnancy is planned, thousands of women are faced with the situation of deciding between having a baby or scheduling an appointment for an abortion.
In Latin America, the trio of countries with restricted access to abortions in entirety is El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. The Vatican City in Europe decided that the country's citizens are not allowed to receive abortions, just like the anti- abortion countries in Latin America.
The focus of the government of Malta's exception to their country's abortion law is the instance in which a mother's health might be at risk during pregnancy. This Latin American country has not completely restricted abortions, but they are not available for any woman or just any reason.
Additionally, if the pregnant woman's life is at stake due to the pregnancy, she will be able to pursue the procedure. The government of this North American country has since then reversed the laws that once made abortions illegal.
If you were to go to a clinic, like Planned Parenthood, then Canadian citizens might run into a situation where they would have to individually pay for their abortions. After that point, the Russian government extended the period during which abortions are legal, up until twenty-two weeks of pregnancy.
Reasons that constitute abortions in Russia include rape, health risks to the pregnant woman, imprisonment of the woman, the risk of death for the mom or the baby, and physical or mental disabilities to the fetus that put the unborn baby in a dangerous position. Note that this is a general list of laws, and every country has more specific rules and exceptions.
Prohibited altogether: Abortion is banned To save a woman's life: Abortion is allowed when it saves the mother's life To preserve physical health: Abortion is allowed when it saves the mother's life and/or preserves her physical health To preserve physical/mental health: Abortion is allowed when it saves the mother's life and/or preserves her physical or mental health To preserve health/on socioeconomic grounds: Abortion is allowed when it saves the mother's life, preserves her physical or mental health, and for socioeconomic reasons No restriction: Abortion is restricted to a specified reason to get one, but gestational and other requirements apply. Whether it’s due to religious or cultural reasons, illegalizing abortion has caused women to flee their own countries, suffer through dangerous obstacles in order to claim their right to choose.
Andorra Angola Congo-Brazzaville Congo-Kinshasa Dominican Republic Egypt El Salvador Gabon Guinea-Bissau Haiti Honduras Iraq Laos Madagascar Malta Marshall Islands Mauritania Micronesia Nicaragua Paley Philippines San Marino São Tomé and Príncipe Senegal Suriname Tonga Following a landslide victory for the Repeal campaign in Ireland's historic referendum last week, pressure is mounting on other countries with similarly Draconian laws to legalize abortion too.
This includes one European Union country: the predominantly Catholic Malta, where women face up to three years in jail if they terminate a pregnancy. It's also banned in the European (but not EU) countries of Andorra and San Marino.
Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Indonesia and the UAE are some major economies in which this is the case. Abortion is also permitted only in cases in which it would protect the woman's health in a further 36 countries, three of which are in Europe (Poland, Lichtenstein and Monaco), along with South Korea, Argentina and, Qatar.
Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts On Wednesday, a 79-23 vote saw the Louisiana House gave final passage to a bill barring abortion once there is a detectable fetal heartbeat, as early as the sixth week of pregnancy.
Demonstrators pull suitcases to symbolize the women who travel from Northern Ireland to England for a termination Other's have pointed out that there are also several countries around the world with similar Draconian and discriminatory laws restricting women's rights to a termination.
An abortion is legal if it is performed by a registered medical practitioner and that it is authorized by two doctors, according to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. However, campaigners said that the need for a second visit placed insurmountable barriers to healthcare for some vulnerable women and resulted in some miscarrying and bleeding heavily while on their journey home after taking the second pill.
England has joined Scotland and Wales who previously granted women the right to take early abortion pills at home. Some countries that restrict the procedure do permit terminations under certain circumstances which commonly include a threat to the mother’s life and in cases of rape or incest.
Under Poland’s abortion law, terminations are legal only in the cases of a threat to the mother’s life, if there is a fetal abnormality, or when a pregnancy has resulted from rape or incest. In March 2018, thousands of pro-choice advocates took to the streets of Poland in “Black Friday” protests campaigning against plans to further tighten the abortion laws.
In addition, over 200 nongovernmental organizations signed a public appeal to Polish lawmakers to reject the bill that they argued would “place women's health and lives at risk and violate Poland's international human rights obligations.” Under laws dating back to the Offenses against the Person Act 1861, it is currently illegal to have an abortion in the country and the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.
Minister for Health Simon Harris is greeted by retired Supreme Court judge Catherine Guinness at the count in Dublin However, judges failed to issue a final ruling because the case that had been brought before them did not involve an individual victim.
You can donate to support the efforts of Belfast based charity Alliance for Choice which campaigns for abortion rights in Northern Ireland here. Abortion is banned in Andorra except in cases where it is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman.
According to the Penal Code of 1987, women who have an abortion in the principality of Liechtenstein risk one year imprisonment, except in cases where the mother's life is in danger, or she is under 14 at the time she got pregnant. In 2011, voters rejected a plan to legalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy or if the child is severely disabled.
In response, political activists formed a citizens’ committee to revoke the prince’s right of veto. A year later, Prince Alois of Liechtenstein threatened to step down from his royal duties if a citizen were successful in vetoing his power over maintaining the decriminalization of abortion.
In March, El Salvador’s Supreme Court freed three women who were imprisoned for 30 years after being accused of aborting their babies, despite they instead suffered miscarriages. You can sign a petition to call on President of the Assembly, Guillermo Gallegos, to decriminalize abortion in extreme cases here.
Meanwhile, a medical expert who performs an abortion faces a sentence of between 18 months to four years and a lifelong ban from their profession. Physicians and midwives who perform abortions in the Philippines with the consent of a pregnant woman may face up to six years in prison under the Revised Penal Code.
While Ireland holds a referendum on Friday to vote for a change on its laws governing abortion, other European countries still embrace legislation that doesn't allow the procedure, or permit it under very specific circumstances. The Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution states that an unborn child has the same rights as the mother, making it almost impossible for a woman to end a pregnancy voluntarily.
Abortion is one of the most controversial topics in Ireland, with the United Nations criticizing the country for “cruel” and “inhumane” laws that hinder women from choosing whether to become mothers or not. According to data compiled by the Center for Reproductive Rights in Europe, abortion in Ireland is only allowed in situations when the woman's life is in danger and the restriction has even led to calls for international lawsuits against the country's legislature.
Debates in the country usually deteriorate into opposing sides trading accusations, while surveys still show that people perceive abortion as murder, GREC adds. On a cliff, the mysterious walled city of the Maya, Tulum, houses a large bank on the Caribbean Sea.
Other global regions with restrictive abortion laws include the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The six countries that outlaw abortions under any circumstances are Chile, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Vatican City and Malta, according to Pew.
In the South American nation, where nearly 1.5 million people have caught Zika, abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or when a woman's life is in danger. But Brazil's legal scholars plan to ask the country's highest court to allow pregnant women to be permitted to have abortions when their fetuses are found to have abnormally small heads, according to The New York Times.