REPROHEALTHLAW Updates – Feb. 2017

February 14, 2017


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DEVELOPMENTS:

AB and Surrogacy Advisory Group v. the Minister of Social Development (Centre for Child Law as Amicus Curiae)  CCT 155/15, decided November 29, 2016 (Constitutional Court of South Africa).  Genetic link to one parent is required, and constitutional.   Surrogacy decision.   Summary by Ronaldah Lerato Karabo Ozah.

CALLS:

Meeting: INROADS (International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma), African regional members’ gathering in Lusaka, Zambia, 29-30 May 2017.  Free membership. Free registration.   Financial support for travel expenses: apply by Wed March 8, 2017.

CFP: Sexual and reproductive health and rights in humanitarian crises, especially essays re heightened risk and vulnerability, interventions and responses, and legal and policy issues, for Reproductive Health Matters 26:51.   Submit by May 31, 2017. Call for papers.

Call for volunteer experts in sexual and reproductive health rights to review and validate country-specific data for the “National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database.” Contact person and Countries where expertise needed.   About the database.    About the Sexual Rights Initiative.

RESOURCES
[abortion law] “Regulating Abortion: Dissensus and the Politics of Rights”  Social and Legal Studies: an international journal, 25.6 (2016): 6-166. Online for institutional subscribers.
— Introduction, by editor Siobhan Mullally
— The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013: Suicide, Dignity and the Irish Discourse on Abortion, by Clare Murray
— Gender in Constitutional Discourses on Abortion: Looking at Spain from a Comparative Perspective, by Blanca Rodríguez-Ruiz
— Advocating Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland: Local and Global Tensions, by Catherine O’Rourke
— Killing ‘Unborn Children’? The Catholic Church and Abortion Law in Poland Since 1989, by Dorota Szelewa
— Abortion Rights as Human Rights, by Rachel Rebouché
–Talking about Abortion [in the U.S.], by Carol Sanger
 Online for institutional subscribers.

[abortion – Ireland]  “Fatal Fetal Abnormality, Irish Constitutional Law and Mellet v. Ireland,” by Fiona de Londras, Medical Law Review (2016) 24 (4): 591-607.  Article – 17 pages.

[abortion – Ireland]  “Invisible Women:  Ireland and the Fight to Access Safe and Legal Abortion,” by Chiara Cosentino, Medicina nei Secoli Arte e Scienza (Journal of History of Medicine) 28/2 (2016) 413-434.  Online for institutional subscribers.

[African court decisions]  Legal Grounds:  Reproductive and Sexual Rights in Sub-Saharan African Courts, Volume III:  54 African court cases summarized and analyzed by Godfrey Kangaude, Onyema Afulukwe, Guy-Fleury Ntwari, et. al (Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), 2017) 228 pages from PULP.   Overview including previous volumes.

[conscientious objection] “Conscientious objection to abortion provision: Why context matters” by Laura Florence Harris, Jodi Halpern, Ndola Prata, Wendy Chavkin, Caitlin Gerdts,  Global Public Health 12 September 2016; Online for institutional subscribers

[conscientious objection] “Freedom of Conscience, Medical Practitioners and Abortion in South Africa,” by  Shaun Alberto de Freitas, International Journal for Religious Freedom, 4.1 (2011) Abstract and Article

“Conscience and Agent-Integrity: A Defence of Conscience-Based Exemptions in the Healthcare Context” by Mary Neal and Sara Fovargue,  Medical Law Review  (2016) 24 (4): 544-570. Online for institutional subscribers.

Conscientious Objection and Conscientious Commitment – publications by Bernard M. Dickens et al., and recommended reading.  Conscientious Objection publications

[embryos] The Use and Disposal of Stored Embryos, by Bernard M. Dickens.  International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 134 (2016) 114–117. Abstract and Article.

[Inter-American Human Rights] “Women’s Reproductive Rights and Reparations: Lessons from the Inter-American System of Human Rights,” by Ciara O’Connell, in Inter-American Human Rights Network, Moving Beyond the Good, the Bad and the Ugly: What to Learn From International Human Rights Systems?” Ghent, Belgium (29-30 January 2016). Conference paper.

[Uruguay model] “Reducing Maternal Mortality by Preventing Unsafe Abortion: The Uruguayan Experience.” ed. Anibal Faúndes,  International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 134, Sup 1 (Aug 2016). Articles include surveys before and after legalization, reduction in maternal deaths, role of medical abortion, barriers of conscientious objection and replication of the model in Buenos Aires province, Argentina.  IJGO Supplement

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NEWS

Abortion News Without the Stigma: breaking news on abortion rights.  New website tool

[Canada] “Mifegymiso” – abortion pill now available to Canadian women  Newspaper article

[Sicily, Italy] Valentina Milluzzo, aged 32, 5 months pregnant with twins when she miscarried, fell ill and died from sepsis.  Her death has reignited debate about the high number of gynaecologists and obstetricians who refuse to provide abortions.   Guardian newspaper.  Article by Elizabeth Canitano, gynecologist from “Vita di Donna” (Lives of Women)

JOBS

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REPROHEALTHLAW – Decisions, Courses and Resources

February 26, 2015

REPROHEALTHLAW
February 26, 2015

DECISIONS:

CEDAW:  Ángela González Carreño v. Spain – decision of July 18, 2014, held the State responsible for gender violence and negligence that led to child’s murder.  Decision now available in 6 languagesCase overview and details.

European Commission:  Historic decision Jan 8, 2015 from the European Commission grants 120 million women access to ellaOne (ulipristal acetate) emergency contraception over-the-counter without prescription throughout the European Union,  Europe press release.     Ministry of Health in Poland will allow sales over-the-counter, including to teens over 15 (age of consent).   Poland press release.  So far, only Hungary insists on prescriptions.  Hungary press release.

COURSES:
“Women and International Human Rights Law” Intensive course taught by Elizabeth Abi-Mershed and Rebecca Cook
“Mujeres y el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos” por Monica Roa y Julissa Mantilla
Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington DC, USA,  program runs May 26 to June 12, 2015, brochure online.
This Advanced Progam includes 16 other English or Spanish intensive courses taught by more than 40 prominent human rights scholars and practitioners.  Apply by May 1, 2015 using this link.

RESOURCES

[abortion – new book] Good Catholics: The Battle over Abortion in the Catholic Church, by Patricia Miller, University of California Press, 2014, 344 pp.  Description and Table of Contents3 reviews in Conscience Magazine.

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.

—Why I Edited This Book, Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies  Blog post by Joanna Erdman.

[abortion] Reproductive Health Matters  special issue “Law and the Courts” (Vol. 22, Issue 44)Available online to institutional subscribers.
Issue Highlights:
—“Contesting the cruel treatment of abortion-seeking women,” by Ruth Fletcher
—“Abortion in Chile: the practice under a restrictive regime” by Lidia Casas and Lieta Vivaldi
—“The shifting politics in multilateral development and human rights negotiations and the absence of accountability,” by Stuart Halford and Sandeep Prasad
—“Can a restrictive law serve a protective purpose? The impact of age-restrictive laws on young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services” by Elizabeth Yarrow, Kirsten Anderson, Kara Apland, and Katherine Watson
—” Gender inequality in Russia: the perspective of participatory gender budgeting” by Venera Zakirova

[Africa – new book]  Strengthening the protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the African region through human rights, ed. Charles Ngwena and Ebenezer Durojaye (Pretoria, South Africa:  Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), 2014) 12 chapters, 365 pages.   Entire book PDF   Overview and Table of Contents.

[Africa: Nigeria/Global]  Comparative Health Law and Policy:   Critical Perspectives on Nigerian and Global Health Law,  ed. Irehobhude O. Iyioha and Remigius N. Nwabueze (UK:  Ashgate 2015), 335 pages.  summary and table of contents.

[Conscience]  “Making Decisions About Decision-Making: Conscience, Regulation and the Law,” José Miola, University of Leicester School of Law Research Paper No. 15-02. Online through SSRN.

“Litigating Reproductive Health Rights in the Inter-American System: What Does a Winning Case Look Like?” by Ciara O’Connell, (2015). Health and Human Rights Journal 16(2) (2014); RegNet Research Paper No. 2015/62. Article online through SSRN.

New Resources in Spanish:

[Human Rights to assisted reproduction] “El derecho humano a contar con asistencia médica para fundar una familia,” by Bernard Dickens,  in Bioética, reproducción y familia,  ed. Fernando Zegers H.  & Sofía P. Salas, (Santiago: Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales, 2014), 83-115.  Spanish overview of the book

[Conscientious Objection and Compromise] “Objeción de conciencia y compromiso en conciencia,” by Bernard Dickens in Bioética, reproducción y familia,  ed. Fernando Zegers H.  & Sofía P. Salas, (Santiago: Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales, 2014), 145-182.  Spanish overview of the book

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REPROHEALTHLAW Updates: Developments, Calls, Resources and News

June 6, 2014

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DEVELOPMENTS:

United Kingdom:  Doctors will be able to approve abortions after conducting consultations over the phone or by Skype, according to new guidance  News article.

United Kingdom: A British high court judge ruled that a 13-year-old girl was mentally capable of deciding to abort her baby  News article.

CALLS AND CONFERENCES:

Call for Abstracts: Overcoming Obstacles – Towards the effective implementation of the rights of women with disabilities in Africa, Center for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Tues/Wed Nov 4-5, 2014, Submit abstract by June 15, 2014.    Call for abstracts online.

“Abortion: The Unfinished Revolution”
August 7-8,  2014 at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada  preliminary program   more info.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Harvard Course on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Litigation. 3-day intensive course Nov. 3-5, plus invitation to “Sexual and Reproductive Rights ‘Lawfare’ in International Tribunals,” 2-day international symposium,  on November 6-7, 2014.  Apply by July 1, 2014.  Course details online.

RESOURCES

Abortion Care, ed. Sam Rowlands, forthcoming, Cambridge University Press,  August 2014.  Paperback.  Further details.   Chapters include:
~  Abortion in international human rights law, by Joanna N. Erdman
~  the Australian experience, by Kerry Petersen
~  Stigma and issues of conscience, by Kelly R. Culwell and Caitlin Gerdts

Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective:  Cases and Controversies,  ed. Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna N. Erdman and Bernard M. Dickens, 16 chapters.  Forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press, August 2014.  To receive details when it is published, email reprohealth. law\at/ utoronto. ca with subject “abortion book flyer”.

[abortion – adolescents] “Sixteen and Pregnant: Minors’ Consent in Abortion and Adoption,” by Malinda L. Seymore. Yale Journal of Law & Feminism 25.1 2013. Abstract and Article.

[abortion advocacy strategy] “Using Aikido to Change the Abortion Conversation” (using quotes from bible & saints for pro-choice purposes)   by Valerie Tarico, RH Reality Check article.

[abortion – European Court of Human Rights]    “[The Judgement A, B and C v. Ireland and the Question of Abortion: A ‘New Departure’ in the European Court of Human Rights on Consensus and Margin of Appreciation?] 
= La sentencia A, B y C contra Irlanda y la cuestión del aborto: ¿Un ‘punto de inflexión’ en la jurisprudencia del Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos en materia de consenso y margen de apreciación nacional?”   by Francisco Javier Mena Parras,  Anuario de Derechos Humanos No. 8, 2012, pp. 115-124.   Abstracts in Spanish and English,   Article in Spanish.

[abortion – sex selection.] “Replacing Myths with Facts: Sex-Selective Abortion Laws in the United States.”  by the International Human Rights Clinic of the University of Chicago, in partnership with National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) and Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH). (2014)   Abstract and 46-page report.

[conscience] “Religion as a Legal Proxy” by Micah Schwartzman, forthcoming,  San Diego Law Review,  Abstract and article online.

“Conscientious objection and refusal to provide reproductive healthcare: A white paper examining prevalence, health consequences, and policy responses,” by Wendy Chavkin, Liddy Leitman, and Kate Polin, for Global Doctors for Choice  69-page paper in English. now also in Spanish.
—“ ‘Dishonourable disobedience’ – Why refusal to treat in reproductive healthcare is not conscientious objection” by Christian Fiala and  Joyce H. Arthur, forthcoming  in Woman – Psychosomatic Gynaecology and Obstetrics, proofs online
—Followup blogpost: “Competing Rights: Exploring the Boundaries of ‘Conscientious Objection” by Wendy Chavkin online at RH Reality Check.

[divorce – Philippines] “Reintroduction of Divorce in the Philippines,” LL.M. thesis by Jihan Jacob.  Abstract online, with author’s contact information

Ethical and Legal Issues in Reproductive Health – 65 articles published in the International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics  available online, including Reducing Stigma in Reproductive Health, and  Noninvasive pre-natal genetic diagnosis .

[Poland] 6th Congress of Women, May 9-10, 2014, Warsaw, Poland, 10 demands include:  “Recognition of women’s rights to make decisions concerning reproduction, including right to sex education for everyone introduced in primary school.” presented to Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.  Demands online.

[sterilization] Eliminating forced, coercive and otherwise involuntary sterilization – An interagency statement by OHCHR, UN Women, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO, May 2014, 17 page report

[women’s rights] “Women’s Charters and Declarations: Building Another World,” by Rashida Manjoo (United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women)  (London: Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), 2013)  89-page report 

[wrongful birth – Canada] “Supressing Damages in Involuntary Parenthood Actions: Contorting Tort Law, Denying Reproductive Freedom, and Discriminating Against Mothers” by Bruce Feldthusen, (working paper, May 5, 2014).

NEWS

[child marriage – Pakistan] Bill prohibiting child marriage now a law.  News report

Chile Might Change One Of The Most Restrictive Abortion Laws In The World.    News Article.  Later article.

[embryos] European Commission will not stop financing activities that destroy embryos.  Reply to “One of Us” initiative, may 28, 2014.  Press release in many languages.

[Guyana]  Plans being refined to offer abortion service at public hospitals – Chief Medical Officer says.  News article.

Jamaican MP, Dayton Campbell, a medical doctor and lawyer, advocates reform of “ancient” abortion laws –  June 1, 2014  newspaper article.

[polygamy – Kenya]   President Uhuru Kenyatta Signs controversial law legalizing the longstanding customary practice of polygamy.
BBC Report .  CNN Report.

[Senegal]  11-year-old girl, refused abortion after rape, gives birth prematurely to twins. News article.

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Decisions, Calls, Resources, News & Jobs

November 22, 2013

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DECISIONS

Australia – Tasmania: New abortion law allows terminations up to 16 weeks with the woman’s consent, and after that if two doctors agree on medical or psychological grounds.  News article

Brazil:  New law guarantees treatment, including emergency contraception, for rape victims in public hospitals.   English news.  Spanish news.

CEDAW General recommendation No. 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations, Paragraph 52 mentions “access to sexual and reproductive health and rights information; . . . family
planning services, including emergency contraception;. . .  safe abortion services; post-abortion care . . .” Advance Unedited version, October 13, 2013  CEDAW Gen. Rec. 30.

European Court of Human Rights:   Costa and Pavan v. Italy, No. 54270/10, 28th August 2012 (re assisted reproduction), found violation of Article 8.   Ban preventing healthy carriers of cystic fibrosis from screening embryos for in vitro fertilisation, despite existence of right to therapeutic abortion in domestic law.  Court decided violation of Article 8, Right to respect for private and family life.   Decision online.  Brief Comment by Adriana DiStefano  in Strasbourg Observer. Academic article by Gregor Puppinck online at SSRN.

Ireland: Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 allows abortion only when woman’s life is at risk, including from suicide. signed into law July 30, 2013.   Newspaper article.    CRR Legal Analysis.  Articles in special issue of Irish Journal of Legal StudiesO’Sullivan et al.   Schweppe et al.

Ireland:  Verdict of “medical misadventure” in 2010 maternal death in Irish hospital.  Bimbo Onanuga (32) died after being induced to deliver a stillborn baby.  News article.     Details of case from Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMS), Ireland.

CALLS

Call for Applications, PhD Fellowship in Gender Equality Measurement, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada – Apply by Jan 15, 2014.  Fellowship details.  Facebook page.

Call for Abstracts and Conference Registration. “Eliminating Women and Girls’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Vulnerabilities in Africa”, 6th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights,  Yaounde, Cameroon,  February 3-7, 2014,
Conference announcement. 
Call for Abstracts, due Dec 13, 2013  
Registration.  Early bird deadline: 15 December 2013.

Call for Submissions on  Child Early and Forced Marriage  to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) due Dec 15, 2013, for a UN Report.  Details online.

RESOURCES:

[abortion – Australia] “The Legal and Factual Status of Abortion in Australia,” by Ronli Sifris (2013) 38:2 Alternative Law Journal 108.  Article online.

[abortion] “Dignity and the Duty to Protect Unborn Life,” by Reva B. Siegel  in Understanding Human Dignity ed. Christopher McCrudden, 2014) Forthcoming; Yale Law School, Public Law Working Paper No. 294. Article online.

[abortion- Brazil] “Brazilians have different views on when abortion should be legal, but most do not agree with imprisoning women for abortion.” by Anibal Faundes, Graciana Alves Duarte, Maria Helena de Sousa, Rodrigo Pauperio Soares Camargo, and Rodolfo Carvalho Pacagnella, Reproductive Health Matters featured article online.

[abortion – European Union] Draft Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, Rapporteur: Edite Estrela, calls for universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout Europe, including  safe and legal abortion services.   After controversial debate, report was sent back to the Committee.  15-page report.

[abortion – funding – Canada] “Analysis of Canada’s refusal to fund abortion services abroad.”  Policy brief prepared by Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD) 4 page analysis.

[abortion – Ireland)  “Article 40.3.3 and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: The Impetus for, and Process of, Legislative Change,” by Catherine O’Sullivan, Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear A. Spain, (2013) Irish Journal of Legal Studies 1-17.  Introduction to special issue.

[abortion – Ireland] “When is a Foetus Not an Unborn? Fatal Foetal Abnormalities and Article 40.3.3” by Jennifer Schweppe and Eimear A. Spain, (2013) Irish Journal of Legal Studies 92-110. Article online.

[abortion – Ireland, Poland] Procedural Obligations Under the European Convention on Human Rights: An Instrument to Ensure a Broader Access to Abortion, by Gregor Puppinck, Zeszyty Prawnicze (Waszawa), SSN-1643-8183, 2013.  Abstract and article online.

[abortion – Muslim-majority countries] Liberal abortion rights in some Muslim-majority countries, by Gilla Shapiro. Literature review.

[abortion – Northern Ireland] draft “Guidance on the Limited Circumstances of Termination of Pregnancy” issued by Department of Health in Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland draft guidelines.   Rights-based critique  by Dr. Catherine O’Rourke, critique online.

[abortion – Poland] Women’s Reproductive Rights as a Political Price of Post-Communist Transformation in Poland”  by Joanna Diane Caytas, Amsterdam Law Forum 5.2 (Spring 2013): 64-89.  Article online

[abortion: South Africa] “Personhood: Proving the Significance of the Born-Alive Rule with Reference to Medical Knowledge of Foetal Viability”  by Camilla Pickles,  2013 24(1) Stellenbosch Law Review 146-164.  Abstract online.

Abortion stigma webinar summary, based on research by ANSIRH and Ipas.  Abortion stigma webinars.

[Abortion – Uganda] “The Stakes are High:  The Tragic Impact of Unsafe Abortion and Inadequate Access to Contraception in Uganda,” 2013 report from the Center for Reproductive Rights and Georgetown law school.  74-page report

[assisted reproduction] “The Case of Costa and Pavan v. Italy and the Convergence between Human Rights and Biotechnologies. Commentary on the ECHR Ruling in Costa and Pavan v. Italy, No. 54270/10, 28th August 2012,” Quaderni di Diritto Mercato Tecnologia – N°3, Anno III  (2013). Abstract and article online.

[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.  paperback details.

[conscience] “Freedom of Conscience in Health Care: Distinctions and Limits,” Sean Murphy and Stephen J. Genuis, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 10.3 (Oct 2013) pp 347-354, online here.

[emergency contraception] “A review of global access to emergency contraception,” by Elizabeth Westley, Nathalie Kapp, Tia Palermo, Jennifer Bleck in International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 123 (2013) 4–6.  Online by subscription.

Global Health and Human Rights Database (new)  a free and fully searchable online database of more than 1000 judgments, constitutions and international instruments on the intersection between health and human rights. GH&HR database online.

Health and Human Rights Syllabus Database (new) includes dozens of syllabi from universities around the world.  H&HR Syllabus Database.

[health and human rights] “Bringing Justice to Health: The Impact of Legal Empowerment Projects on Public Health” [profiles projects based in Indonesia, Kenya, Macedonia, Russia, South Africa & Uganda] 58-page report from Open Society.     Summary.

[maternal mortality – causes and factors]  “Why Did Mrs. X Die?: Retold”(2012)  updated remake of World Health Organization 1988 film by Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla, explores socio-economic factors that pave the road to maternal death.  In English and Arabic:
English 15 minute video.   Arabic 15 minute video.

[maternal mortality – CEDAW – Brazil – Alyne] “Evaluating States’ Failure to Eliminate Discrimination against Women using Substantive Equality” by Meghan Campbell, OP CEDAW blog article.

[Tanzania]  “Forced Out:  Mandatory Pregnancy Testing and the Expulsion of Pregnant Students in Tanzanian Schools,” Center for Reproductive Rights – 80-page report.

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NEWS

[abortion – Ireland] Three Irish women forced to travel for abortions to take cases to UN — Ireland’s ban on abortions for fatal foetal abnormalities amounts to ’cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment’  Article in Irish Times.  CRR Press Release re case of Amanda Mellet.   Article in Independent.

[Bolivia] UN Human Rights Committee recommendations call on Bolivia to cease prosecuting women for illegal abortions and to remove judicial barriers to legal abortion. Ipas Press Release.

[Chile] Controversial case [of “Belem” – pregnant 11-year-old abused by her stepfather] opens up discussion of abortion in Chile.  News article.
Spanish Petition to decriminalize abortion in Chile  Petition online.
Spanish video about decriminalizing abortion in Chile.  Online here.
Spanish Declaration by NGOs – NGO declaration

Dominican Republic: Women’s Link Worldwide and the Colectiva Mujer y Salud filed a case in the Dominican Republic on behalf of Rosa Hernández, whose daughter Esperancita  was denied therapeutic abortion, leukemia treatment and palliative care which might affect the fetus.
Details from Women’s Link Worldwide

China one-child law change small but crucial, say experts.  Only-child parents may have two children.  News article.

JOBS

Assistant/Associate Professor of African Studies/Women’s Studies,  Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, U.S.    Apply by  November 30, 2013.  PSU job details.

Assistant Professor, Women, Gender And Sexuality Studies,  Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon
Apply by  December 1, 2013  OSU job details.

Visiting Assistant Professor or Instructor, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Middlebury College,  Middlebury, Vermont, USA, Apply by December 9, 2013  Middlebury job details.

Technical Support Consultant on women’s human rights – based on CEDAW recommendations.   UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Home-based, Closing date: November 30, 2013.  Expert roster

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

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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.

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

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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Reprohealth Info & Abortion: Standards developed by the European Court of Human Rights

September 19, 2013

Congratulations and thanks to Johanna Westeson of the Center for Reproductive Rights, for her recently published article, now online here.

Reproductive Health Information and Abortion Services:

Standards Developed by the European Court of Human Rights

International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 122.2 (August 2013): 173-176

Abstract:

In three recent judgments, the European Court of Human Rights addressed the issue of access to abortion and related reproductive health services. In two of the judgments, the Court declared that the state violated women’s rights by obstructing access to legal health services, including abortion. In so doing, it referred to the state’s failure to implement domestic norms on prenatal testing and conscientious objection, and recognized the relevance of international medical guidelines. This illustrates that domestic and international medical standards can serve as critical guidance to human rights courts. In the third case, the Court showed its unwillingness to declare access to abortion a human right per se, which is troubling from the perspective of women’s right to health and dignity. The present article outlines the relevance of these cases for the reproductive health profession and argues that medical professional societies can influence human rights courts by developing and enforcing medical standards, not only for the benefit of abortion rights domestically but also for the advancement of women’s human rights worldwide.

Keywords: abortion rights, conscientious objection law, denial of human rights, European Court of Human Rights, human rights law, Irish abortion law, Polish abortion law

A full PDF text of this article is online here.

Related resources on ECtHR cases discussed in this article

Access to information:  R.R. v. Poland –  Decision online.

Access to reproductive health services for adolescents: P and S v. Poland –  Details and links

Health and/or life exceptions to abortion bans: A, B, and C v. Ireland  Decision online.

More articles on Ethical and Legal Issues in Reproductive and Sexual Health are online here.


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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