Decisions, Calls, Education, Resources & News

March 7, 2013


Costa Rica IVF assisted reproduction decision – now summarized in Spanish by Mónica Arango, Alejandra Cárdenas & María Laura Rojas on the Gender & Law blog from Los Andes University:
Spanish summary       English details from previous blog

Spain: Dr Carlos Morin and his abortion clinic staff absolved of all charges Comments on trial in English.
Decision online in Spanish
News coverage in Spanish


Gender Justice Uncovered Awards from Women’s Link Worldwide
Contribute to the Gender Justice Observatory:
Nominate the Best and Worst recent cases that (best) promote gender equality or (worst) perpetuate sexism.    English    Spanish

Calls for Nominations: Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research presented by the Guttmacher Institute.  Nomination deadline: Friday, May 17, 2013.  Award details


Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights – apply by 14 April 2013.  application information


“Abortion, motherhood and the medical profession,” U.K. conference, organised jointly by BPAS and RSM. London, England  Wed, 12 June 2013.    Includes session on “Information, Counselling and the Law,” with law professor Sally Sheldon.   Conference details.


[abortion, Asia]   “Poverty, Food Security, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Integrating and Reinforcing State Responsibilities, Integrating Societal Action” by Dr. Shobha Raghuram et al,  ARROW research report, 2012,  includes abortion   102-page research report

[abortion, Caribbean]: “Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights in Select Caribbean Countries (focuses on Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana), by Taitu Heron &  Shakira Maxwell in  Social Economic Studies (Social Sciences Journal of the University of the West Indies) , special issue, 61.3 (September 2012) includes articles on Unsafe Abortion, advocacy and law reform (Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago), Abortion laws and implementation (Guyana and Barbados).   Abstract only at SSRN.

[abortion]: Legal Abortion Levels and Trends by Woman’s Age at Termination, Gilda Sedgh,  Akinrinola Bankole, Susheela Singh and Michelle Eilers,  forthcoming in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2013   Early view online

 [abortion, Canada]:  25th Anniversary of Supreme Court judgment R. v. Morgentaler 1988, which depenalized abortion in Canada , panel of key players held at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Jan 28, 2013.  Written summary    14-minute CBC radio excerpt

[abortion, Ireland]:  “Reviewing Ireland’s Abortion Regime,” by Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin – School of Law.  Article online

[abortion, Ireland]   UN Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, Addendum re Mission to Ireland (19-23 Nov, 2012)  A/HRC/22/47/Add.3, discusses impact of Ireland’s restrictive abortion law (paras 79-87, 111) on reproductive healthcare providers, advocates, access to information, and calls Ireland to publicly recognize sexual and repro rights defenders as human rights defenders.  UN HR Mission to Ireland report

[abortion, Mexico City]  “Feminismo, religión y democracia en el proceso de legalización del aborto en la Ciudad de México” (Feminism, Religion and Democracy in the Process of Abortion Legalization in Mexico City) by Alba Ruibal. Estudios, No. 27, pp. 13-26, January-June 2012. 
See English abstract,  or download paper in Spanish.

[abortion, South Africa] “Termination-of-Pregnancy Rights and Foetal Interests in Continued Existence in South Africa: The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act 92 of 1996,” by Camilla Pickles. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 15.5 , 2012.  
Abstract and article .  

[abortion, guidance from WHO]   “Updated WHO Guidance on Safe Abortion: Health and Human Rights,”  by Joanna N. Erdman, Teresa DePiñeres & Eszter Kismodi, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 120 (Feb 2013): 200-203. Abstract and Article

[abortion rights & embryonic research] “Legislating Respect: A Pro-Choice Feminist Analysis of Embryo Research Restrictions in Canada,” by Maneesha Deckha,  compares feminist articulations re right to abortion (bodily integrity and equality) with feminist arguments against the expansive use of embryos in research (commodification and exploitation).  McGill Law Journal 58.1 (2012): 199.   Abstract only.

[misoprostol] WHO recommendations for misoprostol use for obstetric and gynecologic indications,  by Jennifer Tang, Nathalie Kapp, Monica Dragoman, Joao Paulo de Souza  forthcoming, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics   proofs online

Misoprostol in women’s hands: a harm reduction strategy for unsafe abortion by Alyson Hyman, Kelly Blanchard, Francine Coeytaux, Daniel Grossman, Alexandra Teixeira, in Contraception 87.2 (February 2013): 128-130.   Article online.   

Reproductive rights and the State:  Getting the Birth Control, RU 486, and Morning-After pills and the Gardasil Vaccine to the US Market, by Melissa Haussman (Praeger, 2013).  New book information online


Belarus:  Government restricts exceptions allowing abortion between 12 and 22 weeks to rape victims and women “deprived of paternal rights.”  They removed eight other “social” exceptions previously allowed, including divorce or death of the husband during the pregnancy, unemployment, or already having three or more children.  Abortion continues to be unrestricted in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and throughout pregnancy for medical indications.
News article in Cyrillic text.   

Canada: PEI – the only Canadian province with no abortion services, but one doctor is providing medical (chemical) abortions.  News article.

German bishops agree that Catholic hospitals can prescribe emergency contraception to rape victims.  News article.

Philippines:  Bishops protest in vain against Reproductive Health Bill, which expands contraceptive access.   Blog article.

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Links to 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 at For Program publications and resources, see our website, online here.

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