Court Decisions, News, Resources, Calls, Events, Fellowships & Jobs


Colombia:  Constitutional Court reaffirms the obligation of the Inspector General to provide right information on sexual and reproductive rights and health.  
Summary of the decision at Women’s Link

European Court of Human Rights: 
Case of P. and S. v. Poland, no. 57375/08, [2012] E.C.H.R. 1853.
Raped teenage girl should have been given unhindered access to abortion Decision online      ECtHR Press Release
Case Summary by Y.Y. Chen,  Comments, and Press releases


Argentina:  Judicial Council will investigate a judge who tried to restrict abortion access for a 12-year-old whose pregnancy was the result of rape.   News article in Spanish

Poland:  bill restricting abortion in cases of serious fetal damage  – defeated  Press release from

UN  Human Rights Council adopts resolution on “traditional values”  while awaiting expert report on traditional values in March 2013.  Traditional values can be used to interpret,  reinforce or weaken  human rights.  ISHR press release    Text of the Resolution.

Uruguay:  Uruguay decriminalised abortion
New law in Spanish, online here.     Newspaper article in English
–New Abortion law breaks ground for women’s rights but burdensome procedures could undermine access.  Human Rights Watch analysis

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[abortion] “Think About It”  Ipas Brazil’s clever “Vai Pensando ai” video campaign, now in English, shows anti-choicers surprised by consequences of illegal abortion.
30-second English video
30-second Portuguese video

[abortion – Argentina] Argentine province-by-province reports on the application of abortion protocols and additional requirements brought by conservative groups, including time limits on termination of pregnancies, among others.  Clarin newspaper report in Spanish    “Progress and setbacks for access to legal abortion” 
Pagina 12 article in Spanish.

[abortion, harm reduction] Maternal mortality, Unsafe Abortion and the Harm Reduction Model: the Legal Platform – Materials to legally support health professionals tasked with the implementation of the harm reduction model to prevent unsafe abortion.
50-page report from Women’s Link Worldwide

[abortion – harm reduction] Access to Information on Safe Abortion: A Harm Reduction and Human Rights Approach by Joanna N. Erdman, Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, Vol. 34, pp. 413-462, 2011,  available on SSRN.

[abortion]   Harm reduction and abortion by Deborah Diniz, Developing World Bioethics, editorial online.

[abortion – Japan]   History of abortion law in Japan – overview online

[abortion stigma] Abortion and Disgust by Courtney M. Cahill,  Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol. 48, 2013 
Article online at SSRN.

[abortion stigma] Doctor’s Dilemma – Stigma in Asian  Hospitals 
Asian Safe Abortion Partnership – ASAP blog post

[abortion stigma] Canadian women have been challenging abortion stigma by publishing their stories & photographic portraits online at Arts4Choice.  Now calling  for Participants for forthcoming book 

[child marriage] UNFPA:   Marrying too Young – End Child Marriage, mentions international agreements, national laws, law enforcement, customary law 74 page report, 2012   includes legal and policy reforms for each country.

“Evidence-Based Advocacy: Expanding Our Thinking About “Repeat” Abortions,” by Steph Herold.  RH Reality Check blog

International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme: Publications page.

[IVF – Latin America]  “The Legal Status of In Vitro Fertilization in Latin America and the American Convention on Human Rights” by Martin Hevia and Carolos Herrera Vacaflor,  Suffolk Transnational Law Review Forthcoming, but now available at SSRN

(Nigeria) Substantive Equality and Maternal Mortality in Nigeria, by Ebenezer Tope Durojaye. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, Vol 65, pp. 103-132, 2012. Abstract  available at SSRN  

Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific:  Laws, HIV and human rights in the context of sex work, by John Godwin, 2012.  This new UNDP/UNFPA/UNAIDS report examines links between sex work, HIV and the law in Asia and the Pacific, and analyzes how current laws, policies and practices help or hinder HIV responses
Press release      226-page report 


McGill Journal of Law and Health is now accepting submissions in French or English  Submission information

Arts4Choice is calling for participants for forthcoming book of abortion stories by ordinary Canadian women with portraits by photographer K Palmateer, aiming to reduce stigma.   details online at


“The Right to Abortion and the Right to Contraception” Critical Thinking Forum, Cape Town, South Africa, 13 November 2012, 4 pm for 4:30 till 20:30. RSVP   More information


Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
2-year fellowship for persons interested in pursuing academic careers in this field.  Apply by November 16, 2012. 
Application materials     Information about Petrie-From Center


Global Advocacy Director within the Global Legal Program.  For more information about duties and responsibilities, requirements, and how to apply, visit our website. Applications will be accepted through November 16, 2012.  Job information

Lecturer/Practitioner in Residence, University of Miami Human Rights Clinic, 2 years, renewable, starting Summer 2013, U.S. legal training required. Apply by Dec. 14, 2012. Job details online.

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

Compiled by the Coordinator of the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program, reprohealth*law (a) utoronto*ca
For Program publications and resources, see our website here.

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