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Australia: Northern Territory Parliament Passes Bill to Decriminalize Abortion, Improve Access

(Mar. 28, 2017) On March 21, 2017, Australia’s Northern Territory Parliament voted to pass the Termination of Pregnancy Law Reform Bill 2017 (NT) (Northern Territory Legislation website). The Bill amends part VI, division 8, of the Criminal Code Act (NT), which currently criminalizes the administration of a drug or use of an instrument with the intention of […]

Brazil: Court Says Abortion Not a Crime Before End of the Third Month of Gestation

(Dec. 5, 2016) A decision on a Habeas Corpus case issued by the majority of Ministers of the first panel (1a Turma) of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF) on November 29, 2016, ordered the release of physicians and clerks who had been arrested, in a clandestine clinic, for the alleged practice […]

Netherlands: Special Tribunal for Alleged Kosovo War Crimes

(Jan. 27, 2016) The Government of the Netherlands announced on January 15, 2016, that it will establish a special court in The Hague to “try serious crimes allegedly committed in 1999-2000 by members of the Kosovo Liberation Army [KLA] against ethnic minorities and political opponents” in the aftermath of the Kosovo War of 1998-1999 between […]

Netherlands: New Regulation on Late-Term Abortions and Terminations of Lives of Neonates

(Jan. 15, 2016) The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Ministry of Security and Justice have prepared a new regulation clarifying the due care criteria and medical and legal considerations to be taken into account in performing late-term abortions and the euthanasia of neonates experiencing unbearable suffering and who have no prospect of improvement. The new norm also provides […]

Australia: Victorian Parliament Passes Law Establishing Protest Buffer Zone for Abortion Clinics

(Nov. 30, 2015) On November 27, 2015, the Legislative Council (upper house) of the parliament of the Australian state of Victoria passed legislation that prevents protesters from coming within 150 meters (164 yards) of an abortion clinic.  (Abortion Clinic Protest Buffer Zone Law Passes Victorian Upper House, ABC NEWS (Nov. 27, 2015).) A bill to […]

Kyrgyzstan: Reproductive Rights Now Specified by Law

(Nov. 17, 2015) On July 4, 2015, the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, signed the Law on Reproductive Rights of Kyrgyz Republic Citizens. (Law of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan No. 148 on Reproductive Rights of Kyrgyz Republic Citizens (Law No. 148) (July 4, 2015), Ministry of Justice of Kyrgyz Republic website (in Russian).) This Law […]

Estonia: Access to Abortions Simplified for Minors

(July 28, 2015) On February 12, 2015, the President of Estonia signed into law amendments to the Act on Termination of Pregnancy and on Sterilization, which entered into force on March 2, 2015. (Act on the Termination of Pregnancy and on Sterilization (as amended on Jan. 29, 2015), RIIGI TEATAJA [Estonia’s official gazette] I, 11/2015, […]

Spain: Government Withdraws Proposed Legislation Amending Abortion Law

(Oct. 16, 2014) On September 23, 2014, Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, confirmed the withdrawal of a proposal submitted by the government to amend the country’s 2010 abortion legislation, because the government did not have the consensus needed to pass the amendment. (Rajoy Confirma la Retirada de la Ley del Aborto de Gallardón, ABC.ES (Sept. […]

Norway: Abortion Law May Be Tightened

(Mar. 6, 2014) It was reported on January 2, 2014, that Norway plans to tighten its abortion law, after it was found that the number of late-term abortions appeared to be increasing. Norway’s Public Health Institute figures indicated that while there were five abortions performed late in a pregnancy between 2001 and 2009, 12 late-pregnancy […]

Spain: Abortion Reform Proposed

(Jan. 23, 2014) In December 2013, the Government of Spain submitted legislation that would amend the current law on abortion, which had been passed by the Socialist government in 2010, in a manner that would restrict access to abortions (Anteproyecto de Ley Orgánica para la Protección de la Vida del Concebido y de los Derechos […]