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August 17, 2012


Namibia HIV+ sterilization:
LM and Others v Government of the Republic of Namibia
[2012] NAHC 211   High Court, 30 July 2012.
Sterilizations of HIV+ women during childbirth, without informed consent
Decision online      

Uganda: maternal mortality petition to Constitutional Court rejected.
Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development and Ors v Attorney General [2012] UGCC 4   Constitutional Court, 5 June 2012
(Description by Interights:)  Petition alleging constitutional violations arising from inadequate state provision of maternal health care struck out, on the basis that entertaining it would encroach on the domain of the Executive and Legislature and would thus fall foul of the ‘political question’ doctrine.    Decision online.


IPPF needs volunteer lawyers or graduate law students to research laws & regulations that impede young people’s access to sexual & reprohealth  services in: Afghanistan, Albania, Bolivia, Bosnia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Vietnam & Zambia.  Details online.

WHO Safe Abortion Guidance: Clinical Recommendations Webinar with Dr. Nathalie Kapp, Wed Aug 29 2012, 9- 10:00 am EST
Email your name, title, org. affiliation and contact info to by Aug 28.

“The Legal and Ethical Implications of Posthumous Reproduction” Call for papers for symposium issue of Journal of Law and Health, Email your 600-word abstract and CV by October 1, 2012 to with subject: “Submission: Annual Symposium”.

Course:  CEDAW for Change – one week intensive course: Women’s Human Rights Education Institute
Nov 5 – Nov 9, 2012, Toronto Canada.  Course information.


Criminal Laws and Women’s Right to Health – Report from ACPD side event at the UN Human Rights Council
includes links to presentations by UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, IFPA and Ipas, plus full report of UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.  ACPD Report with links.

“Expanding Access to Medical Abortion: Perspectives of women and providers in developing countries” Special Supplement of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO) -10 papers.
Click here, look upper right, find Supplement title under “View for Free”

“Harm Reduction, Human Rights, and Access to Information on Safer Abortion,” by Joanna Erdman. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 118 (2012): 83-86.   Abstract and Full text online.

FIGO  Prevention of Unsafe Abortion Initiative – Situational analyses of induced and unsafe abortion and/or national plans of action, of which 27 are now online:  Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon,Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa,Sudan, Syria,  Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela & Zambia.  Analyses online.

“Gender Stereotyping and the Federal Judiciary in Mexico,” by Denise Gonzales Nunez, Mexican Law Review 3.2., 265-296.  Article online.

Interights’ searchable International and Commonwealth case databases now contain over 2500 summaries of human rights decisions.
Database info and access

International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme – Publications online in English      Spanish translations

The Meaning of ‘Life’: Dignity and the Right to Life in International Human Rights Treaties,  by Elizabeth Wicks,  Human Rights Law Review 12.2 (June 2012): pp 199-219   doi: 10.1093/hrlr/ngs002
Article or abstract.

Special Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health (6 pp) mainly contraception, also FGC, published in Financial Times July 9, 2012.  Financial Times Special Report


China: Forced abortions and sterilizations in China – Women’s rights group submits complaint to UN Commission on the Status of Women  News item. 

Kenya – New abortion hotline launched. Women on Waves press release

Poland – worldwide petition promotes new bill liberalizing Poland’s abortion law.  Petition information in English.

Rwanda Lifts Reservation on Abortion Provision in Maputo Protocol – another critical step toward liberalizing its abortion law
CRR press release online     CRR  Further background 

Zimbabwe relaxes abortion laws:  hospitals will no longer report illegal abortions to police.  News item.


Legal Director, Equal Rights Advocates, San Francisco CA, USA.  Job information

President & CEO Reproductive Health Technologies Project, Washington DC, Apply by Sept 7, 2012.  Job announcement

Legal Research Director, UCLA School of Law, Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy, apply by Sept 28, 2012.  Job information

Links to other employers in the field of Reproductive and Sexual Health Law are online here.


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