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ECUADOR Constitutional Court orders decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape. Corte Constitucional, Acción Pública de Inconstitucionalidad, Expediente No. 34-19-IN/21, Decision of April 28, 2021. Summary in Spanish. Decision in Spanish. News report in English.
MALAWI: High Court rejects girl’s application for judicial review of oral abortion refusal. The State (On the Application by HM (Guardian) on behalf of CM (Minor) vs The Hospital Director of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital & The Minister of Health: Judicial Review Cause Number 03 of 2021 (unreported) (High Court of Malawi, Zomba District Registry) Decision of 15 June 2021. (Download:) Legal Brief by Lewis Bande and Godfrey Kangaude. Overview of their brief.
MEXICO: Supreme Court rules that criminalizing abortion is unconstitutional, Sept 7, 2021. Action of unconstitutionality 148/2017, promoted by the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic against the Legislative and Executive Powers of Coahuila, demanding the invalidity of articles 195, 196 and 224, section II of the Penal Code of the State of Coahuila de Zaragoza, contained in Decree 990, published in the local Official Newspaper on October 27, 2017 News report. Press release in Spanish.
NEW ZEALAND: High Court decision in NZ Health Professionals’ Alliance v Attorney-General, Sept. 24, 2021, upholds sections of the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977 (‘CSAA’), amended in the Abortion Legislation Act 2020, regarding conscientious objectors’ duty to refer and (within reason) accommodation of objecting employees. News report.
SAN MARINO: Referendum, Sept 24, 2021, voted to legalize abortion within 12 weeks’ gestation. BBC news report.
[abortion laws] “Legal Epidemiology for a Clearer Understanding of Abortion Laws and their Impact,” by Patty Skuster, Temple Law Review 92.4 (Summer 2020): 917-929. Abstract and article.
[abortion, Ireland, COVID-19, remote consultation] “Early abortion care during the COVID-19 public health emergency in Ireland: implications for law, policy and service delivery” by Allison Spillane and Maeve Taylor, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2021;154: 379–384. PDF at Wiley online, Free access.
[abortion law, telemedicine] Early Medical Abortion, Equality of Access, and the Telemedical Imperative, by Jordan A. Parsons and Elizabeth Chloe Romanis (Oxford University Press, 2021) Book abstract.
[abortion policy, Amnesty] “Amnesty International’s Updated Policy on Abortion: A Resource for Medical Providers,” by Rada Tzaneva and Jaime Todd-Gher, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 153.2 (May 2021): 363-369. PDF at Wiley online, Free access.
[Africa] Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa: Constraints and Opportunities, ed. Ebenezer Durojaye, Grace Mirugi-Mukundi, and Charles Ngwena. (Routledge, 2021) Abstract and Table of Contents. Open Access to entire book.
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“Shaping the Future of Abortion,” in the Oxford Human Rights Hub Documentary Series. The second episode of Shaping the Future of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, explores the role of human rights law in advocacy, examining successful legal strategies used in South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya and Poland. Second episode online.
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