Court decisions, Calls, Resources & News


May 25, 2012


Argentina – Abortion legalized for rape victims – Update:  Unofficial English translation of Spanish decision is now available online.   For more information, see our previous mailing on this case, online here.

Brazil’s Supreme Tribunal lifts abortion ban to allow premature delivery of anencephalic (severely brain-damaged) fetuses.   Decision, commentary and links.


Canadian Journal of Women and the Law/ Revue Femmes et Droit, seeks papers on “Feminist Approaches to Assisted Human Reproduction in Canada after the Supreme Court of Canada Reference”. Submit by September 1, 2012.  More information online.

Unwanted pregnancy: A fact of life. FIAPAC confernce, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 19-20 Oct 2012 with invited lectures by Professors Rebecca Cook (on gender stereotyping in reproductive health care) and Bernard Dickens (on conscientious commitment)
Conference program online.
Call for abstracts- due May 31, 2012

2nd International Conference on Womens’ Health and Unsafe Abortion (IWAC) Bangkok, Thailand, Jan 23-25, 2013.  Details & Call for Abstracts. 


International Diploma on Mental Health, Law and Human Rights. ILS Law College, Pune, India.
Details online.


[abortion] The paradox of disability in abortion debates: bringing the pro-choice and disability rights communities together, by S. Jesudason  & J. Epstein, in Contraception 2011;84:541-3.  Article online

“CEDAW Article 12, “Health” commentary by Rebecca Cook and Veronica Undurraga, demonstrates how art. 12 has been and could be applied to discriminatory health situations. in: The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women: A Commentary ed. Marsha A. Freeman, Christine Chinkin, and Beate Rudolf (Oxford University Press, 2012) 792pp.  Book information is online.

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights,  Realising Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Kenya: A Myth or a Reality? A Report of the Public Inquiry into Violations of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Kenya.   Background.  208-page report

Trends in Maternal Mortality:1990-2010 (44pp) by UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, World Bank,  (WHO, 2012).  Abstract.    44-page report.

UN Report of the Secretary-General on ending Female Genital Mutilation (17pp) 17-page report

US:   Reproductive Rights Prof Blog provides US-focused scholarship and news. Subscribe here:


Chile:  Therapeutic abortion dismissed in Chilean congress
Santiago Times article

Colombian Women’s Rights Defenders Attacked on Eve of Anniversary of Court Decision Decriminalizing Abortion   Article in RH Reality Check.

Hungary Reopens Abortion Controversy with Abortion Pill Debate
Wall Street Journal blog article

United Nations adopts landmark resolution on adolescents and youth Article in The Guardian


Links to employers in the field of Reproductive and Sexual Health Law are now online here:

Compiled by the Coordinator of the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme.
Programme publications and resources are online through our website.

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