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[abortion] Ireland – The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act was signed into law, effective January 1, 2019. Medical Council also deleted four of the five paragraphs dealing with abortion from its guide on professional conduct and ethics because they conflicted with the Act. Newspaper article.
[abortion -Northern Ireland] UK Supreme Court had ruled in June ( UKSC 27 (7 June 2018) On appeal from:  NICA 42) that violation of European Convention on Human Rights could not be decided without at least one complainant. On January 30, 2019, Sara Ewart, who had once travelled for abortion of a fatally impaired fetus, launched a case that could find Northern Ireland’s abortion law in breach of the UK’s human rights commitments. She is supported by Amnesty International. News article. Amnesty International press release.
[conscience – institutional] Chile, Constitutional Court upheld an unconstitutionality claim against the government’s new Regulations about the scope of “institutional” conscientious objection for private facilities and clinics. STC Rol N° 5572-18-CDS / 5650-18-CDS (acumuladas). January 18, 2019. Spanish decision English news report.
[conscience] Norway: Supreme Court upholds rights of doctor who refused to insert IUD. Two cases: I. Sauherad municipality (Counsel Frode Lauareid) v. A, Norges Kristelige Legeforening (intervener) (Counsel Håkon H. Bleken), II. A, Norges Kristelige Legeforening (intervener) (Counsel Håkon H. Bleken) v. Sauherad municipality (Counsel Frode Lauareid, HR-2018-1958-A (case no. 2018/199), 11 October 2018 (Supreme Court of Norway) Judgment online in English – official translation. Newspaper article.
[stigma] US: Vending Machines Offer Emergency Contraception Without the Stigma introduced in 2012, now at several campuses, including Stanford University. News report.
[abortion access] Crossing Troubled Waters: Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Prince Edward Island, ed. Colleen MacQuarrie, Fiona Bloomer, Claire Pierson and Shannon Stettner (Charlottetown, PEI, Canada: Island Studies Press, 2018). 288 pages. Table of Contents. Publisher’s web page.
[abortion law] “Criminal law and the risk of harm: a commentary on the impact of criminal laws on sexual and reproductive health, sexual conduct and key populations,” by Veronica Birga, Luisa Cabal, Lucinda O’Hanlon & Christina Zampas. Reproductive Health Matters, 26.52 (2018): 33-37 Article online.
[abortion law, Argentina] Federalism, two-level games and the politics of abortion rights implementation in sub-national Argentina, by Alba Ruibal, in Reproductive Health Matters 26:54 (Nov. 2018): 137-144. Article in English with abstracts in English. French & Spanish.
[abortion law, Argentina] “Legal obstacles and social change: strategies of the abortion rights movement in Argentina,” by Alba Ruibal and Cora Fernandez Anderson, in Politics, Groups and Identity, preview November 2018, 17 pages. Institutional access. Abstract from Safe Abortion.
[abortion law, Argentina]”Federalism and subnational legal mobilization: feminist litigation strategies in Salta, Argentina,” by Alba Ruibal, Law & Society Review, 32-page preview 29 October 2018. Institutional access. Abstract from Safe Abortion.
[abortion law – Brazil] Constitutionalizing Abortion in Brazil, by Marta Machado and Rebecca J. Cook, Revista de Investigações Constitucionais / Journal of Constitutional Research, vol. 5, n. 3 (set./dez. 2018) pp.185-231. Abstract and Article PDF. Also at SSRN.
[abortion law – Brazil and Mexico] “Constitutionalism and rights protection in Mexico and Brazil: comparative remarks,“ by Francisca Pou Giménez, in Revista de Investigações Constitucionais / Journal of Constitutional Research, vol. 5, n. 3 (set./dez. 2018) pp 233-255 Abstract and article PDF.
[abortion law, Dominican Republic] “It’s Your Decision. It’s Your Life: Total criminalization of abortion in the Dominican Republic.” interviews, plus legal overview and recommendations. (Human Rights Watch, Nov 19, 2018). 84 pages. English PDF Spanish PDF. Online in English. Overview with 5-minute video.
[abortion law -Ireland] “Abortion, the Irish Constitution, and constitutional change” by David Kenny, Revista de Investigações Constitucionais / Journal of Constitutional Research, vol. 5, n. 3 (set./dez. 2018) pp. 257-275. Abstract and Article PDF.
[abortion law, Mexico] “Maternidad o Castigo: La criminalización del aborto en Mexico,” (Mexico, GIRE, 2018) [Report in Spanish:] Informe de 72 paginas. For executive summary in English, see: Motherhood or Punishment: The criminalization of abortion in Mexico: English summary.
[abortion law] “Northern Ireland and Abortion Law Reform,” by Kathryn McNeilly, Fiona Bloomer and Claire Pierson, Queen’s University, Ulster University and University of Liverpool, Sept. 2018, open access, 8 pages. Briefing Paper.
[adolescents] “(De)Criminalizing Adolescent Sex: A rights-based assessment of age of consent laws in Eastern and Southern Africa,” by Godfrey Dalitso Kangaude and Ann Skelton, SAGE Open (Oct-Dec 2018): 1 –12. Article online. Abstract.
[conscience] “Objection ladies! Taking IPPF-EN v. Italy one step further, by Emmanuelle Bribosia, Ivana Isailovic and Isabelle Rorive, in: Integrated Human Rights in Practice:Rewriting Human Rights Decisions, ed. Eva Brems and Ellen Desmet (Cheltenham, UK: Elgar, 2018). Abstract and previous version.
[conscience] “Religious Refusals and Reproductive Rights,” by Louise Melling, chapter 14 in: The Conscience Wars: Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity, and Equality, ed. Susanna Mancini and Michel Rosenfeld (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018) pp. 375-391. Institutional Access.
[conscience] “Seeking to square the circle: Conscientious objection in Reproductive Healthcare” by Emmanuelle Bribosia and Isabelle Rorive, chapter 15 in: The Conscience Wars: Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity, and Equality, ed. Susanna Mancini and Michel Rosenfeld (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018) pp. 392-413. Institutional Access. Abstract and previous version
[gender stereotyping, I.V. v. Bolivia, sterilization] “The human rights impact of gender stereotyping in the context of reproductive health care,” by Ciara O’Connell and Christina Zampas, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 144 (2019): 116–121. PDF online here.
[maternal health] Impact of reproductive evolutionary mismatch on women’s health and the need for action and research, by Mahmoud F. Fathalla, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 144 (Feb. 2019): 129–134. Institutional Access.
[New book] Beyond Virtue and Vice: Rethinking Human Rights and Criminal Law
ed. Alice M. Miller and Mindy Jane Roseman, Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019) 360 pages. Book information.
Intro and chapters 1 and 3 online.
Chapters about abortion law include:
ο “Abortion as Treason: Sexuality and nationalism in France” by Mindy Jane Roseman
ο “Criminal Law, Activism and Sexual and Reproductive Justice: What we can learn from the sex selection campaign in India,” by Geetanjali Misra and Vrinda Marwah
ο “Harm Production: An argument for decriminalization,” by Joanna N. Erdman
Links to employers in the field of Reproductive and Sexual Health Law are online here.
Senior Vice President, Global Legal Program, Center for Reproductive Rights, New York, USA. Job details and application form.
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