REPROHEALTHLAW Updates, June 2016

June 14, 2016

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DEVELOPMENTS

“Ireland’s abortion laws subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, according to a  landmark decision from the United Nations Human Rights Committee.”
Center for Reproductive Rights, CRR press release.   UN Press Release, June 9, 2016Newsmedia reportsDecision CCPR/C/116/D/2324/2013 online.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY IN AFRICA – SCHOLARSHIPS

Master’s degree (LLM/MPhil) in Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa,  University of Pretoria, South Africa, Two-year program starts in Jan. 2017.   Blended learning course with online interaction and residential block-weeks in Pretoria, South Africa. Two contact sessions will be scheduled every year (four contact sessions over the two year period).   Apply by 31 Oct 2016. Up to 15 full scholarships available for African citizens.  African LLM/MPhil details.

RESOURCES

[abortion, U.K. and U.S.] “With advances in embryo research, it’s time to bring abortion law out of the Victorian age,” by Sally Sheldon. Kent Law School, Kent University, Canterbury, BioNews 853 (May 31, 2016)  Article online.

[conscientious objection – institutions] Contracting Religion, by Elizabeth Sepper,  in:  Law, Religion, and Health in the United States, ed. Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, & Elizabeth Sepper (Forthcoming: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017). (Draft chapter online).

[fetal abnormality, microcephaly, Brazil]  Special issue of Cadernos de Saúde Pública 32.5 (2016) Rio de Janeiro includes a special thematic section:
“Zika and Pregnancy”  Table of Contents with links to translations.
— “Zika virus and women,” by Debora Diniz (English and Portuguese)
— “The debate on abortion and Zika: lessons from the AIDS epidemic,” by Thais Medina Coeli Rochel de Camargo, (English and Portuguese)
— “Women’s reproductive rights and the Zika virus epidemic,” by Jacqueline Pitanguy (English and Portuguese)
— “Comment on the paper by Pitanguy,” by Florencia Luna (English and Spanish)
— “Ensuring a rights-based health sector response to women affected by Zika” by Paige Baum, Anna Fiastro, Shane Kunselman, Camila Vega, Christine Ricardo, Beatriz Galli, and Marcos Nascimeno (English and Portuguese).
— “Comment on the article by Baum et al.,” by Ana Cristina González-Velez
(English and Spanish)
— “Zika and reproductive justice,” by Alexandra Minna Stern (English)

[fetal abnormality, microcephaly] “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Time of Zika in Latin America and the Caribbean,” by Ana Langer, Jacquelyn M. Caglia andClara Menéndez, Studies in Family Planning 47.2 (June 2016): 179-181.  Online version.

Law and Policy updates are issued monthly by International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion.  To receive the electronic newsletter, click “Join the Campaign

[maternal deaths, Uganda]: “Why the Constitutional Court should rule on the right to health,” by Michael Addaney in AfricLaw blog,  June 3, 2016  AfricLaw blogpost,

[stereotyping] “Emerging from the Shadows: Substantive Equality and Article 14 of
the European Convention on Human Rights,” by Sandra Fredman, Human Rights Law Review 16 (2016): 273–301   Advance access.

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NEWS

[El Salvador]  Sentenced to 40 Years After a Miscarriage, Maria Teresa Rivera was freed May 20,2016 News report in English.   News report in Spanish

JOBS

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REPROHEALTHLAW Updates: Decisions, Publications, News and Opportunities

November 5, 2015

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COURT DECISIONS:

KENYA:   High Court: Maternity Hospital Illegally Imprisoned Women, Violated Human Rights.
Millicent Awuor Omuya alias Maimuna Awuor & Another v The Attorney General & 4 Others [2015], Petition No. 562 of 2012, (High Court of Kenya at Nairobi (Constitutional and Human Rights Division).    Court orders Ministry of Health to address discrimination in public hospitals and award compensation to women who were unlawfully detained, CRR Press release.  ‘When Does a Hospital Become a Jail? When You Can’t Afford the Bill”  Open Society commentCRR Fact-finding report: “Failure to deliver…”.

UGANDA:  Supreme Court strikes down evasive 2012 Constitutional Court decision and orders it to hear maternal health petition.
The Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development CEHURD  and 3 Others v Attorney General [2015], Constitutional Appeal No. 01 of 2013 (Supreme Court of Uganda at Kampala), Judgments by Kisaakye, JSC and Katureebe, CJ.   Decision and CEHURD comments online,.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS/PARTICIPATION

[abortion] International Seminar on Medication Abortion, Dakar, Senegal, July 12-14, 2016, organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Abortion Research, the STEP UP Research Programme Consortium, and the Population Council Senegal.  Submit abstracts or unpublished papers by November 30, 2015  in English, French or Spanish (working language of meeting will be English). For details, contact seminar organizer Susheela Singh {ssingh} by email at Guttmacher . org

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, EVENTS

[abortion symposium]  “Comment progresse l’accès à l’avortement dans des contextes restrictifs ? Perspectives historiques et internationals,” Journée scientifique Pôle Suds-Ceped-Unige,  Mardi 8 décembre 2015, INED, 133, boulevard Davout  (Salle Sauvy), 75020 Paris, France,      Details online.

[Canada]”The Future of Health Law,”  National Health Law Conference,  University of Ottawa, November 19-21, 2015.  Details online.   Schedule.

Global School of Health Rights Litigation (at national, regional and international levels), intensive course June 13 – 17, 2016 at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.  hosted by The O’Neill Institute and Harvard FXB.  Course details.

New J.D./LL.M. Program in Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.  JD/LLM Georgetown.

Summer 2016 Legal Internships in Oakland, CA, USA,  10 week summer program for law students, 2 paid positions available, Law Students for Reproductive Justice (USA)  Summer internship info.

PUBLICATIONS

“Abortion law in Australia: it’s time for national consistency and decriminalization,”  by Caroline M de Costa and Heather Douglas,  Medical Journal of Australia  2015;203(9).  Article online.

Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective:  Cases and Controversies, ed. Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna N. Erdman and Bernard M. Dickens, 16 chapters.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, 482 pages. Introduction by the editors. Table of Cases online  Table of ContentsPurchase from U Penn Press. A Spanish edition was published in August, 2016.  Ahora disponible en español.

[abortion – mifepristone – Canada]   What is RU 486 (mifepristone) and how does it work? Overview 

[abortion – United Kingdom)  “The decriminalisation of abortion: an argument for modernisation,” by Sally Sheldon, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 2015;35(3):1-32.   Early access.

[CEDAW, human rights] “Why do national court judges refer to human rights treaties? : A comparative international law analysis of CEDAW,” by Christopher McCrudden, American Journal of International Law, forthcoming. Abstract and article online.

[conscience] “Drawing the Line: Tackling tensions between religious freedom and equality.” International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations, 2015. 56-page report

[conscience] “A multinational review of efforts to regulate conscience-based objection to abortion,” by B. Kumar Aksel and W. Chavkin,  Contraception 92 (2015), page 402, broad abstract of study results from 22 countries where abortion legalized.  Available to subscriber institutions.

[El Salvador]  Independent analysis of systematic gender discrimination in the El Salvador Judicial process against 17 women accused of the aggravated homicide of their newborns, by Jocelyn Viterna, Associate Professor Sociology, Harvard University / José Santos Guardado Bautista, Lawyer, El Salvador  Full Report.

[Mexico]  Women and girls without justice: reproductive rights in Mexico:  Advances, unfufilled commitments, setbacks, by Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida (GIRE) / Red de Abogados poe la Defensa de Reproducción Elegida (RADAR)    Español.   English.

[adolescents, Nigeria] “Ethical Issues in Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Research in Nigeria”
by Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan, Bridget Haire, Abigail Harrison, Morolake Odetoyingbo, Olawunmi Fatusi and Brandon Brown,  Developing World Bioethics 15.3 (December 2015), pp. 191–198)  Online for institutional subscribers

World Report on Women’s Health 2015: The unfinished agenda of women’s reproductive health.  International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 131 (Oct 2015):  Supplement 1, online here.   Includes:
—[editorial:] The unfinished agenda of women’s reproductive health, by Chittaranjan Narahari Purandare, Richard M.K. Adanu , Pages S1-S2
—Strengthening accountability to end preventable maternal deaths, by Matthews Mathai, Thandassery R. Dilip, Issrah Jawad, Sachiyo Yoshida, Pages S3-S5
—Adolescent sexual and reproductive health: The global challenges, by Jessica L. Morris, Hamid Rushwan   Pages S40-S42
—What can obstetrician/gynecologists do to support abortion access? by Alice G. Mark, Merrill Wolf, Alison Edelman, Laura Castleman, Pages S53-S55
—Evidence supporting broader access to safe legal abortion, by Anibal Faúndes, Iqbal H. Shah, Pages S56-S59

NEWS:

Brazil:  Brazil: Feminists take the streets against Cunha and Bill 5069/2013, tightening criminal abortion law.   Article online.

International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion issues great e-newsletters monthly, with abstracts of publications for members.   Website online.

[Ireland] “Abortion Pill Bus” on 409-mile tour of Ireland.  newspaper report, another report

[Latin America]  Recently appointed Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro calls for safe, legal abortion in Latin America.  Ipas Press release.

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JOBS

Advocacy Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean, Global Legal Program, :The Center for Reproductive Rights | Deadline: Open until filled.  Position will be based in Washington DC
Apply as soon as possible.  Job details.

Summer Legal Internships in California, see “Educational” category above.

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

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REPROHEALTHLAW: Decisions, Calls, Resources and News

March 26, 2015

 DECISIONS

United Kingdom, Supreme Court ruling in “Scottish midwives” case:
Greater Glasgow Health Board v Doogan & Anor decision of December 17, 2014. [2014] UKSC 68, [2015] SLT 25.
Indirect participants cannot invoke conscientious objection.   17-page decision.  Abstract by law student.

Canada:  College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario – Human Rights policy clarified.  Doctors who object to treatments (abortion, assisted suicide) have duty to refer to non-objecting practitioner.  Policy and FAQ .     Newspaper article

CALLS FOR PAPERS

“Sexuality, Sexual Rights, Sexual Politics”  for Reproductive Health Matters vol. 46, Nov. 2015.  Submit by May 31, 2015. Call for papers .

“Equity in the 21st Century: Problems and Perspectives.” Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, Jan 2016 edition.  Submission information.

RESOURCES

Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective:  Cases and Controversies, ed. Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna N. Erdman and Bernard M. Dickens, 16 chapters.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, 482 pages. Introduction by the editors: online through SSRN. Book reviewers should contact Gigi Lamm (glamm {a} pobox. upenn. edu) Includes 16 chapters, Table of Legislation, Table of Cases, also online here, with links to abortion-related decisions in English and/or other languages). Table of Contents online here. Purchase info: link to U Penn Press.

[abortion ban, Nicaragua]  “A Quiet Inquisition”  [documentary film re effects of Nicaragua’s abortion law on women and doctors]directed and produced by Alessandra Zeka and Holen Sabrina Kahn,  Adrenaline Films, 2014.  Review in The Lancet.

[conscience- Australia]  ‘Conscience’ or Discrimination?: Healthcare Providers, Abortion and Moral Obligation, by Former Victorian health services commissioner Beth Wilson. Speech online.

[conscience] Ethical guidelines on conscientious objection in training. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics  128(1):89-90.  Jan 2015. abstract and guidelines.

“Health Law and Human Rights”  First issue of open access and peer reviewed journal  Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law (CJCCL) — entire issue 414 pages PDF   includes:
—-[sexual autonomy of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities]“Love is Just a Four-Letter Word”:   Sexuality, International Human Rights, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence, by Michael L Perlin & Alison J Lynch –abstract.   article online.

—-“Putting Health to Rights: A Canadian View on Global Trends in Litigating Health Care Rights” by Bryan Thomas & Colleen M Flood,   – article online.

—-“Notions of Reproductive Harm in Canadian Law: Addressing Exposures to Household Chemicals as Reproductive Torts” by Alana Cattapan, Roxanne Mykitiuk & Mark Pioro-  article online.

—-“Medical Tourism, Access to Health Care, and Global Justice,” by Glenn Cohen – article online.

—-[polygamy] A Cruel Arithmetic: Inside the Case Against Polygamy, by Craig  Jones, book reviewed by Anne Cochrane, book review online.

  —-“Law, Policy, and Reproductive Autonomy, by Erin Nelson:  book note by Leah Seneviratne – book note online.

Reproductive Health Matters issues and translations now 95% free to download online!
—-“Using Law and the Courts” RHM 44 (Nov 2014) online here.
—-“Expanding Access to Medical Abortion” RHM 44 Supplement(Dec 2014)  online here.
—-“Translations of past issues in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian
Free translations of RHM.
  —-Supported (Free) subscriptions and free copies of back issues are available to people working in the SRHR field in low and middle-income countries (usually in the Global South) who would otherwise not be able to subscribe.  Free subscriptions,  Free back-issues

[sterilization, HIV]  Involuntary Sterilization of HIV-Positive Women: An Example of Intersectional Discrimination, by Ronli Sifris, (2015) 37(2) Human Rights Quarterly (in press).  Abstract and article online.

NEWS

[Africa] Mozambique decriminalizes abortion to stem maternal deaths. Newspaper report

[Chile] President proposes law to relax abortion restrictions.  Newspaper article.

[El Salvador] Woman released from prison after pardon for miscarriage.  Newspaper article.

[Ireland]  Ruling on brain-dead pregnant woman could clarify Ireland’s abortion laws.  Newspaper article.

[Spain]  Report of the Trial of Dr. Carlos Morin.  Report online.

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REPROHEALTHLAW Updates: Decisions, Resources and Opportunities

January 28, 2015

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January 28, 2015

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DEVELOPMENTS:

Abortion developments in 2014, month-by-month overview by FIAPAC, is online here.

Argentina – groups file suit due to state’s failure to comply with 2012 “FAL” Supreme Court ruling allowing access to abortion to cases of rape.  News report 

Botswana – Landmark ruling gives Freedom of Expression to African LGBT advocacy group:
Thuto Rammoge and 19 others v Attorney General [2014] MAHGB-000175-13 (High Court of Botswana) November 14, 2014  Decision onlineAbstract by Law student.

Canada:  New Brunswick (province) removes barriers to abortion.  Press Release.

El Salvador – Woman exonerated from 30-year sentence for abortion; provides hope for another 16 imprisoned women.  News report.

Ireland – Brain dead woman kept alive (against family wishes) in the interests of her 18-week fetus, must be withdrawn from life support.
P.P. v Health Service Executive, [2014 No. 10792P]  29-page judgment delivered December 26, 2014, High Court of Ireland.  29-page decisionAnalysis by Mairead Enright

 

RESOURCES

Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective:  Cases and Controversies, ed. Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna N. Erdman and Bernard M. Dickens, 16 chapters.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, 482 pages.
Table of Contents online here.   Introduction by the editors: online through SSRN.
Table of Cases with links to decisions, online here, Purchase from: U Penn Press.
A Spanish translation is in progress.  To be notified when it is published, send your email address to reprohealth.law at utoronto.ca with subject line “Spanish abortion book”

Abortion policies and reproductive health around the world, by  United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, 2014. 52-page report online.

[abortion – U.S. (book)] Every Third Woman in America: How Legal Abortion Transformed our Nation, by David Grimes,  Lulu, 2014. First 29 pages including ContentsPurchase or download book.

[abortion] Storehouse for Abortion Law and Policy, from Ipas,  links advocates and policymakers to publications: primary human rights documents, World Health Organization recommendations, materials by expert organizations, and key journal articles in the following categories:  Drafting abortion laws; Health and life grounds, Provider authorization, Conscientious Objection, Medical abortion, Adolescent rights, Privacy and confidentiality, and Right to Life.   Online here.

[African Women’s Protocol]  “Policing bodies, punishing lives: The African Women’s Protocol as a tool for resistance of illegitimate criminalisation of women’s sexualities and reproduction” by Jaime Todd-Gher, (2014) 14.2 African Human Rights Law Journal 735-756.  Online here. 

[consent] Types of Consent in Reproductive Health Care, by Bernard M. Dickens and Rebecca J. Cook.  International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 128 (2015) 181–184.  abstract and full text.

[ethics – pre-natal screening]  Bioethics 29.1  (Jan 2015) several articles abstracted online, including:
–“Psychological Aspects of Individualized Choice and Reproductive Autonomy in Prenatal Screening”  by Jenny Hewison, pp 9-18  abstract
–“Prenatal Screening, Reproductive Choice, and Public Health”  by Stephen Wilkinson, pp. 26-35  abstract
–“Prenatal Screening: An Ethical Agenda for the Near Future” by Antina de Jong, pp. 46-55   abstract

[human rights] “Advancing sexual health through human rights: The role of the law” by  Eszter Kismödi, Jane Cottingham, Sofia Gruskin & Alice M. Miller.  Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice.  2014, pp. 1-16.  Online here.

[Maternal mortality, Brazil, CEDAW] “Human Rights and Maternal Health: Exploring the Effectiveness of the Alyne Decision” by Rebecca Cook.  Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Spring 2013,103-123, Original text in EnglishRepublished in SpanishNew edition in Portuguese:  “Direitos humanos e mortalidade materna: explorando a eficácia da decisão do Caso Alyne. Interesse Público [Recurso Eletrônico], São Paulo , v. 16, n. 86, jul./ago. 2014.   Full text in PortugueseRepublished in Portuguese journal.

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 OPPORTUNITIES

—  EDUCATION

MHSc in Bioethics,  University of Toronto, accepting applications till March 1, 2015   Factsheet,   Website.

Graduate Programs in Law at the University of Toronto, application deadlines online.

JOBS

Executive Director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.  Job Details 

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


Developments, resources, news, scholarships & opportunities

December 18, 2013

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DECISIONS AND CASES

CEDAW decision:  S.V.P. v. Bulgaria, CEDAW, UN Doc. CEDAW/C/53/D/31/2011 held state accountable for inadequate legal protections and failure to exercise due diligence re girl (“V.P.P.”) subjected to sexual violence and molestation by adult neighbour.
CEDAW decision dated November 24, 2012, online. 
Case summary by Simone Cusack online.  

Inter-American Court of Human Rights – El Salvador Government being sued over treatment of Beatriz and Criminalization of Abortion.  Lawsuit filed November 29, 2013 by the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion in El Salvador, the Feminist Collective for Local Development, CEJIL (Center for Justice and International Law), and Ipas Central America.
English article online.   Spanish article online.

United States – Catholic hospitals:  American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing US Catholic bishops for hospital directives below standard of care for pregnant woman.  Press release online.

RESOURCES

[abortion]  “Reductions in abortion-related mortality following policy reform: evidence from Romania, South Africa and Bangladesh,” by Janie Benson, Kathryn Andersen and Ghazaleh Samandari  Reproductive Health 8.39 (2011). Abstract and Article online here.

[abortion, health, human rights.] New book:  Health and Human Rights by  Thérèse Murphy, (Oxford: Hart Publishing 2013)  includes chapter on reproductive rights:  “The Dignity of Choice” pp. 159-187.  Book details online.

[abortion – Ireland] Ruth Fletcher’s submission to the Oireachtas Abortion Hearings (May 21, 2013)
available in Human Rights in Ireland blog May 22, 2013
8 minute radio spot – MP3 file May 21, 2013
Other abortion posts on Human Rights in Ireland blog.

[abortion – Ireland – women forced to travel]  “Peripheral governance: administering transnational healthcare flows,” by Ruth Fletcher, in International Journal of Law in Context 9 (2013):160-191,  doi:10.1017/S1744552313000074  Abstract online.

[abortion- mifepristone (RU-486) not approved in Canada] “Medical abortion in Canada:  Behind the Times,” by Sheila Dunn and Rebecca Cook.   Canadian Medical Association Journal, Nov. 25, 2013
Early view extract online.
Globe and Mail newspaper article.    Toronto Star newspaper article.

[conscientious objection]   “Let Conscience Be Their Guide? Conscientious Refusals in Health Care” Bioethics special issue,
Table of Contents with full text access for institutional subscribers.

—Editorial by volume editors Carolyn McLeod and Jocelyn Downie (pages ii–iv)

—“Am I My Profession’s Keeper?  by Avery Kolers, (pp. 1-7).

—“Conscientious Refusal and Health Professionals: Does Religion Make a Difference?” by Daniel Weinstock, pp. 8-15

—“Justification for Conscience Exemptions in Health Care” by Lori Kantymir and Carolyn McLeod (pp 16-23).

—“A Neglected Aspect of Conscience: Awareness of Implicit Attitudes” by Chloë Fitzgerald (pp 24–32).

—“Welcome to the Wild, Wild North: Conscientious Objection Policies Governing Canada’s Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dental Professions,” by Jacquelyn Shaw and Jocelyn Downie (pp 33–46).

[emergency contraception and conscientious objection, Italy]    “Whose Self-Determination? Barriers to Access to Emergency Hormonal Contraception in Italy” by  Emanuela Ceva and Sofia Moratti, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 23.2 (2013): 139-67. Abstract and article online here.

[ethical and legal issues in reproductive health] Full texts of concise papers on Ethical and Legal Issues in Reproductive Health, published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1999.  Wide range of topics,  including vitro fertilization, access to reproductive health information, applying human rights to maternal health, WHO guidance on safe abortion and harm reduction.   Full texts online on our website.

[health and human rights] Book:  Advancing the Human Right to Health, ed. Jose M. Zuniga, Stephen P. Marks, Lawrence O Gostin (Oxford University Press, 2013)  includes chapters on Brazil, China, Ghana, Haiti, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States; also includes:
—“Advancing the right to health through litigation,” by Oscar A Cabrera and Ana S. Ayala
—“The right to health in post-apartheid era South Africa,” by Charles Ngwena, Rebecca Cook, and Ebenezer Durojaye    Book details online here.

[reproductive health, MDGs] “New development paradigms post-2015 for health, SRHR and gender equality, includes experiences from Brazil, India, Kenya, Lao PDR, Mexico, Nigeria,  South Africa and Uganda,  all in current issue of Reproductive Health Matters 21.42 (Nov. 2013).
Articles and Table of Contents are online here.

NEWS

[abortion – Australia, New South Wales (NSW)] – Decriminalise abortion: pro-choice in practice is not the same as legal protection by Prof. George Williams, Professor of Law at University of NSW.  “Zoe’s Law” (now a bill) would protect the unborn fetus.  Comment in the Sydney Morning Herald.

[abortion] “Israel’s Secular-Religious Abortion Compromise”  discusses legal context.  Online news article.

[emergency contraception – levonorgestrel] European authorities involved in the process decided to include the following statement in the levonorgestrel labeling: ‎”In clinical trials, contraceptive efficacy was reduced in women weighing 75 kg or more and levonorgestrel was not effective in women who weighed more than 80 kg.”

[Europe] Estrela report on SRHR sent back to European Parliament by FEMM.   Briefing paper for Dec 10, 2013 vote.

Russia:  Putin signs law banning abortion advertisement in Russia.  News article online.

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

“CEDAW for Change” Institute: May 24 – 31, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Weekend workshop on the UN human rights system (May 24-25), followed by a five-day intensive on CEDAW (May 27-31). Details are online here.

International Women’s Human Rights Education Institute 2014 August 4 – 15, 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Course limited to 30 students– First come, first served. Application period starts January 1, 2014.  Details are online here.

Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Bioethics Program at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. Program is course-based, no thesis, 2 years, part-time in modular format for busy professionals. Apply by March 1, 2014.  Details are online here.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program, at at Georgetown University in Washington DC.  Application deadline is January 14, 2014. Details are online here.

Visiting Fellows Program at Harvard Law School 2014-15, for human rights scholars or practitioners anywhere in the world. Apply by January 15, 2014.  Details are online here.

Gordon F. Henderson Post doctoral Fellowship  May 2014-May 2015, at The Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa.  Apply by Jan. 31, 2014.  Details are online here.  For more info. call  613-562-5800, ext 3462 or email psimons{at}uottawa.ca.

Columbia Law School – Center for Reproductive Rights Fellowship 2014-2016,  for recent law school graduates interested in careers in teaching law – Deadline has been extended to February 28, 2014.    Details are online here.

JOBS
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Calls, Conferences, Resources, News and Jobs

October 24, 2013

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CALLS

Call for Papers, Health and Human Rights, an open-access peer-reviewed journal. Special issue on Health Rights litigation, submit by Feb. 15, 2014.  Information.

CONFERENCES

Health and Human Rights Conference: Shaping Inclusive Health Policy.  Keynote speaker is Stephen Lewis.   Nov. 1-2, 2013, Queen’s University, New Medical Building, 15 Arch Street, Kingston, ON, Canada
Registration and information.

Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law: Towards the 21st Century.  Royal Continental Congress Center, Naples, Italy, Nov. 19-21, 2013.   Conference information. 

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Georgetown University Law School is now accepting applications for:
Global Health Law LL.M. Program and
Global Health Law and International Institutions LL.M. Program,
jointly offered with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland.  Also accepting applications for Global Health Law Scholarship for full or partial tuition waivers.

RESOURCES

“Abortion and the European Convention on Human Rights” by Gregor Puppinck,  Irish Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 3(2) 2013: 142-193.
Article online.

[abortion – Australia]  “The Offence of Child Destruction: Issues for Medical Abortion”  by Mark J. Rankin, [2013] SydLawRw 1; (2013) 35(1) Sydney Law Review 1.  Article online.

[abortion – Colombia] “The Cost of Postabortion Care and Legal Abortion In Colombia” [including government policy implications], by Elena Prada, Isaac Maddow-Zimet and Fatima Juarez, International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 39.3 (Sept 2013): 114-123
News Release.    Article online.

[abortion – foreign aid] “Abortion Restrictions in U.S. Foreign Aid: The History and Harms of the Helms Amendment,” by Sneha Barot, Guttmacher Policy Review 16.3 (Summer 2013): 9-13.  Article online.

[abortion law -UK] “Can English law accommodate moral controversy in medicine?  The case of abortion” by Margaret Brazier in Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law, Vol. 1: The Criminal Law and Bioethical Conflict: Walking the Tightrope, ed. A. Alghrani, R. Bennett & S. Ost, Cambridge UP, 2013.   More info on book.

[Canada]  Law as a Tool for Addressing Social Determinants of Health by Martha Jackman.  In: Nola M. Ries, Tracey Bailey and Timothy Caulfield eds. Public Health Law & Policy in Canada, 3rd ed, 91-129, July 2013. Article online.

Child Marriage in South Asia:  International and Constitutional Legal Standards and Jurisprudence for Promoting Accountability and Change.  Center for Reproductive Rights.  75-page Briefing paper 

[child marriage] Accountability for Child Marriage:  Key U.N. Recommendations to Governments in South Asia on Reproductive Health and Sexual Violence.   11-page Fact Sheet 

Child Marriage in India: Socio-legal and Human Rights Dimensions by Jaya Sagade,  2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2012     Overview.      Table of Contents.

[conscience]  “Contraception and the Birth of Corporate Conscience,” by Elizabeth Sepper, American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, Forthcoming; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper, 13-07-01. Article online.

Health, Citizenship, and Human Rights Advocacy Initiative: Improving Access To Health Services in Mexico” by Almudena Ocejo, International Budget Partnership Impact Case Study No. 15, July 2013. Article online.

[health and human rights], New book:  Global Health Disputes and Disparities: A Critical Appraisal of International Law and Population Health, by Dru Bhattacharya (Routledge, 2013) 184 pages) Book details.
Chapter 2 online:  “A Critical Assessment of Treaty-Monitoring Bodies: A Case Study of CEDAW’s Optional Protocol” online here.

Reproductive Health and Women’s Rights Curricula –  Syllabi for our courses:  “Reproductive and Sexual Health Law,” “Women’s Rights in Transnational Law,” “Case Studies in Health and Human Rights,” and “Women and International Human Rights Law”  all online here.

NEWS

Abortion Rights in Latin America: A Tale of Varying Woes.
Overview and update.

Bangladesh:  High Court Issues Rule on the Prohibition of “Two Finger” Test on Women and Girl Survivors of Rape.   Press release 

Canada: Foreign aid funds for maternal health initiative will not cover abortions for victims of rape or child marriage.  Newspaper report.

Complex Science at Issue in Politics of Fetal Pain.   New York Times.  News article.

El Salvador:  Women jailed for miscarriages  Slate magazine article.

Jamaica:  Policing women’s bodies by Carolyn Cooper, UWI.
Article online.

Nigeria:  Imo Governor repeals recent law allowing abortion  victims of rape or incest.  News item.

Polish Parliament rejects draft law to ban abortion on grounds of fetal malformation.   Sept 27, 2013.  Voting Tally.

[South Africa] Abortion in South Africa: a conspiracy of silence [legal abortion services not operational] News article.

Ugandan gynaecologists okay Misoprostol use to prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth by mothers who are unable to deliver in health facilities. (Oct 01, 2013)  News article.

UN Security Council Takes a Historic Stand Supporting Abortion Access for Women Raped in War.  AWID News.

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Vatican: Pope Francis denounces abortion after decrying church’s focus on rules.  CBS news item.

JOBS

Bernard J. Beazley Chair in Health Law and Policy, Full time professor Loyola University, Chicago USA.  Job details.

Associate, to work on domestic and global health law and policy projects, The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, USA.  Apply by Nov. 30, 2013.  Associateship details.

Assistant/Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.  USA.  Apply by Nov 15, 2013.
Job details.

Senior Gender Justice Advisor, Gender Resources, Inc., Papua New Guinea, for anticipated AusAID-funded Rule of Law project, JD or LLM degree required, Open until filled.   Job details.

Senior Gender Justice Advisor, Gender Resources, Inc., Indonesia,  for anticipated AusAID-funded Rule of Law project, JD or LLM degree required, Open until filled.  Job details.

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 at utoronto*ca.   For Program publications and resources, see our website, online here.
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Resources, News & Opportunities

September 19, 2013

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CALLS & CONFERENCES

Call for Papers: “Applied Feminism and Health” Seventh Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference, The University of Baltimore School of Law, March 6-7, 2014 Submit paper proposal by Friday, November 2, 2013.  Details here.

Religious Freedom and Equal Treatment:  An International Look (ncludes panel on Reproductive Freedom and Claims of Conscience), Oct 11-12, 2013, Brooklyn Law School, New York.  Details and RSVP

“Speech, Symbols and Substantial Obstacles: The Doing and “Undue”ing of Abortion Law since Casey,”  October 4, 2013 at 8:30am at UC Berkeley   Boalt School of Law, Room 100, UC Berkeley School of Law, California.  Details online.

RESOURCES

[abortion – Armenia] “Sex-Selective Abortions in Armenia: Between Gender Issues, Economic Crises, and Body Politics,” by Sushan Harutyunyan, in Studies in Biopolitics, ed. Judit Sándor, Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine, 2013, 141-148. Book Table of Contents and Intro   Limited copies available from Publisher

[abortion – Eastern Europe]  “Discriminatory Effects of Legal Prohibitions in the Field of Reproduction,” by Ioana Petre, in Studies in Biopolitics, ed. Judit Sándor, Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine, 2013,  17-25. Book Table of Contents and Intro   Limited copies available from Publisher

[abortion – El Salvador] “Cristina’s World: Lessons from El Salvador’s Ban on Abortion,” by Michelle Oberman, Stanford Law & Policy Review, Vol. 24, 2013; Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-13. Article online.

[abortion: Georgia] “Shaping Women’s Reproductive Decisions:  The Case of Georgia” [includes section on abortion] by Mariam Gagoshashvili, in Studies in Biopolitics, ed. Judit Sándor, Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine, 2013, 27-39. Book Table of Contents and Intro   Limited copies available from Publisher

“The Abortion Pill in Hungary: A Human Rights Analysis,” by Sára Vitrai, in Studies in Biopolitics, ed. Judit Sándor, Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine, 2013, 61-80. Book Table of Contents and Intro   Limited copies available from Publisher

[abortion – Mexico ] Conexiones y Rupturas entre Legalizacion del Aborto e Igualdad Sustaniva, por Adriana Ortiz Ortega y Laura Olivia Martinez Montes, in Discusiones sobre Género, Sexualidad y Derecho, Taller 2010, ed. Alejandro Madrazo, Estefania Vela y Cecilia Garibi, (Mexico D.F.: Fontamara, 2013)   Book purchase details

[abortion Mexico] Omission and Indifference: an analysis of recent progress, unfulfilled obligations and setbacks to reproductive rights in Mexico” GIRE Report 2013.   English now online      Spanish original

[abortion Mexico, criminalization of women] “¡Viva México! Y la criminalización de la mujer por aborto” GIRE documentary film, dir. Flavio Florencio. Details in Spanish.

“Abortion in Poland:  Law and Practice,” by Joanna Różyńska and Weronika Chańska, in Studies in Biopolitics, ed. Judit Sándor, Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine, 2013, 41-59. Book Table of Contents and Intro   Limited copies available from Publisher

[CEDAW] 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 2012   Now available in Paperback and eBook.  Book details.

[Conscientious Objection] “Objeción de Conciencia,” por Bernard M. Dickens, in Discusiones sobre Género, Sexualidad y Derecho, Taller 2010, ed. Alejandro Madrazo, Estefania Vela y Cecilia Garibi, (Mexico D.F.: Fontamara, 2013)      Online in Spanish here.   Resources in English
Book purchase details

Global Doctors for Choice:  English, Spanish and Portuguese:
New Website.

New book:  Advancing the Human Right to Health, 2013  ed. José M. Zuniga, Stephen P. Marks, and Lawrence O. Gostin, (Oxford University Press, 2013). Purchase hardback or ebook.

New book: ‘Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy by Erin Nelson. (Hart Publishing, 2013) 448 pages  “contextualized approach … regulation of reproduction in Canadian, English, US and Australian law and policy.”  Apply 20% discount voucher code REPROHEALTH, available for a limited time.  Table of Contents.    Book info.

New book:  Women’s Human Rights: CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law, by Anne Hellum and Henriette Sinding Aasen, includes chapters by Andrew, Rikki, Fareda Banda, Celestine Nyamu Musembi, Sandra Fredman, Simone Cusack, and others (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  Book info.

New book in Spanish: [Gender, Sexuality & Rights] Discusiones sobre Género, Sexualidad y Derecho, Taller 2010, ed. Alejandro Madrazo, Estefania Vela y Cecilia Garibi, (Mexico D.F.: Fontamara, 2013)
Book purchase details
Chapters online:  Objeción de Conciencia,
Estereotipación . . . en la Salud Reproductiva 

Spanish publications by our Program  are online here

[Stereotyping & Reproductive Health] “La Estereotipación Poco Ética de la Mujer en la Salud Reproductiva,”  por Rebecca J. Cook, Bernard M. Dickens y Simone Cusack,  Online in Spanish.   English original online.

NEWS:

Abortion debate flares in Chile re pregnant 11 year old girl “Belen” raped by mother’s partner.  News article

Jamaica – Women’s Reproductive health and rights – Petition by DAWN

Salvadorian woman “Mery” imprisoned for abortion, pardoned and freed (March 14, 2013). CRR Press Release in English;   in Spanish.

US-focused news, resources, and legal developments are available on Repro Rights Prof Blog.  View or subscribe.

JOBS

Abortion stigma coalition/network advisor/organizer, Ipas, Chapel Hill, NC, USA   Job details

Human Rights Adviser, Dept of Reproductive Health Research, World Health Organization, Geneva Switzerland. Job details

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

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