View Full Version : Abortion in other countries..

12-07-2013, 05:00 PM
In our fight for rights for women to decide what to do with their own bodies it may be worthwhile looking at what is happening around the world in terms of access to abortion, restrictive law etc. Two big topics in the news that feature prominently are the cases of the young girl in Chile who was raped and the shutting down of abortion clinics in Texas.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/pregancy_market_abortions_booming_W6ASpX0qT09DaMcC L5K6zL

Cycotec, which was cited in cases here in the deaths of young women is being sold in flea markets for women who are put off because of the cost of accessing abortion services and the closure of some clinics. New legislation which is due to be passed will see the closure of a lot the clinics in Americas second most densely populated state.


Chile has its very own X case. An 11 year old girl who was subject to a rape ordeal by her attacker and subsequently fell pregnant has been denied an abortion. Chile has banned abortion in all cirumstances (a predominantly catholic country may I add) regardless of the situation a woman or girl may face. Amnesty is calling for a repeal or relaxation of some of the laws.

13-07-2013, 10:27 PM
Interesting. I think the US states have different rules. The UK pretty much has abortion on demand up to 24 weeks. As far as I know, abortion is legal and reasonably available in Canada. Spain and France offer reasonably free access to terminations up to 12 weeks, more restrictions thereafter. As far as I know, Germany is fairly conservative on this issue.

Count Bobulescu
13-07-2013, 10:54 PM
In the US it's state by state, but within the confines of the Federal SCOTUS decision in Roe v. Wade.

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Reports) 113 (https://supreme.justia.com/us/410/113/case.html) (1973), is a landmark decision (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_landmark_court_decisions_in_the_United_Sta tes) by the United States Supreme Court (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_the_United_States) on the issue of abortion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion). Decided simultaneously with a companion case, Doe v. Bolton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doe_v._Bolton), the Court ruled 72 that a right to privacy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy#Privacy_law) under the due process (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Due_process) clause of the 14th Amendment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitu tion) extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that right must be balanced against the state's two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting prenatal life and protecting women's health. Arguing that these state interests became stronger over the course of a pregnancy, the Court resolved this balancing test (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balancing_test) by tying state regulation of abortion to the trimester of pregnancy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimester_%28pregnancy%29#Physiology).

The Court later rejected Roe's trimester framework, while affirming Roe's central holding that a person has a right to abortion until viability (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viability_%28fetal%29).[1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade#cite_note-1) The Roe decision defined "viable" as being "potentially able to live outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial aid", adding that viability "is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks) but may occur earlier, even at 24 weeks."[2]
In disallowing many state (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_law) and federal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_law) restrictions on abortion in the United States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_the_United_States),[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade#cite_note-3)[4] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade#cite_note-4) Roe v. Wade prompted a national debate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_debate) that continues today, about issues including whether and to what extent abortion should be legal, who should decide the legality of abortion, what methods the Supreme Court should use in constitutional adjudication (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adjudication), and what the role should be of religious (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion) and moral (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morality) views in the political sphere. Roe v. Wade reshaped national politics, dividing much of the United States into pro-choice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro-choice) and pro-life (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro-life) camps, while activating grassroots (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grassroots) movements on both sides.

Ya think the Irish abortion debate was heated.......

Tampons Confiscated, Guns Allowed as Texas Senate Debates Abortion (http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/07/tampons-banned-texas-senate-gallery-guns-are-ok/67137/)

State troopers confiscated tampons and maxi pads from people entering the Texas Senate gallery on Friday afternoon as senators began debating a controversial new abortion regulations that are almost certain to pass (http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/07/texas-wants-pass-its-abortion-bill-today-and-wendy-davis-cant-stop-it/67114/).

Couple of weeks ago, the first attempt to pass this legislation turned this obscure State Senator into a national household name. She successfully filibustered the bill in an 11 hour "speech". Gov. Rick Perry then called the legislature back into special session to reconsider the bill. He then announced that he would not run for reelection, setting off speculation that he will run again for the White House, and that Wendy Davis may run to succeed him.

Where Does Wendy Davis Go From Here? (http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/07/where-does-wendy-davis-go-here/67146/)

Late last night, the restrictive abortion bill Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis fought so hard against finally passed the Senate, and now heads to Gov. Rick Perry's desk for signature, which is a mere formality. But Davis is not giving up -- not by a long shot.