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Nazi-era law hampers abortion access in Germany

Berlin - After a German court fined her 6,000 euros ($7,400) for spelling out on her practice's website that she performs abortions, gynaecologist Kristina Haenel vowed that "it can't go on like this".

Ireland to hold May 25 referendum on legalising abortion

Dublin - Ireland will hold a referendum on May 25 on whether to alter its constitution to legalise abortion, Health Minister Simon Harris said on Wednesday.The move follows the Irish Senate voting in favour of holding the poll by a wide margin Tuesday night.

Thousands of Poles protest anti-abortion bill

Warsaw - Thousands of Poles took to the streets Friday to protest plans to tighten the abortion law, as the Council of Europe warned the new measure ran counter to Warsaw's human rights commitments.

Abortion, free speech in spotlight at top US court

Washington - US Supreme Court justices from across the ideological spectrum reacted with skepticism Tuesday to a California law requiring private anti-abortion facilities to inform pregnant clients they can obtain the procedure elsewhere.

Abortion, free expression in conflict at top US court

Washington - "Clinics" across the United States feature "caregivers" in white blouses accompanied by ultrasound gear, but one thing pregnant women will not get in these facilities is an abortion.

Poland takes step towards stricter abortion law

Warsaw - Polish lawmakers Monday voiced support for a ban on abortions in the event of foetal abnormality, paving the way for further restrictions for women in the mainly Catholic nation that already has some of Europe's strictest termination laws.

As Argentina opens abortion debate, pope urges defense of life

Buenos Aires - Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Argentine people asking them to defend life, at a time when the Congress of the South American country is considering a bill to decriminalize abortion.

El Salvador releases second woman jailed over abortion

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran woman serving a 30-year sentence for aggravated homicide over an alleged abortion after she was raped was released from prison on Tuesday having served half her sentence.

'Never again': Salvador woman released from prison after stillbirth

Sansalvador - "The law needs to change so this happens never again." With those words, a Salvadoran woman who spent 11 years in prison after suffering a stillbirth challenged the authorities who locked her up."I don't want to see more women like me enter that place....

El Salvador releases woman jailed over abortion

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran woman serving a 30-year jail sentence for having an abortion was released from prison on Thursday on the orders of the Supreme Court, her lawyer said.

Ireland to hold abortion referendum in May

Dublin - Ireland will hold a referendum at the end of May on liberalising its restrictive abortion laws, a highly sensitive issue in the traditionally devoutly Catholic country.

El Salvador should revise abortion jailings: rights body

Sansalvador - El Salvador should revise the cases of 27 women sent to prison for having abortions, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urged Monday.

Ireland to hold abortion referendum at end of May: PM

Dublin - Ireland will hold a referendum on liberalising its restrictive abortion laws at the end of May, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced Monday.

Pro-choice Poles rally nationwide on 'Black Wednesday'

Warsaw - Women's rights groups and pro-choice activists held rallies across Poland on Wednesday to protest moves to further restrict access to abortion in the mainly Catholic country.

Pro-choice Poles protest move towards tighter abortion control

Warsaw - Around 2,000 women gathered Saturday in front of the Polish parliament after lawmakers signalled they may further tighten access to abortions in the mainly Catholic country.

Polish lawmakers reject proposal to ease abortion restrictions

Warsaw - Poland's parliament rejected proposals to ease strict abortion restrictions Wednesday, a year after tens of thousands of black-clad women flooded the streets to prevent the Catholic country from adopting harsher laws.

Lawyer of Salvadoran woman jailed for stillbirth criticizes court

Sansalvador - The lawyer of a Salvadoran woman who lost an appeal against a 30-year prison sentence imposed for a miscarriage Friday accused the court of acting with "flippancy.

Court upholds Salvadoran woman's 30-year sentence after stillbirth

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran court on Wednesday upheld a 30-year prison sentence being served by a woman whose miscarriage in 2007 was prosecuted as homicide under draconian anti-abortion laws, prompting outrage from rights groups.

Salvadoran woman jailed for 'abortion' pleads for freedom

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran woman jailed for 30 years for a miscarriage deemed to be an illegal abortion on Friday pleaded for her freedom before a court revising her sentence.

UN slams Brazil bill that would ban all abortions

Rio De Janeiro - The United Nations on Monday voiced concern over a bill under consideration by Brazil's congress that would ban access to all abortions, even in cases of rape and women whose lives are in danger.

Polish women table liberal abortion legislation

Varsovia - A Polish women's rights groups on Monday submitted a draft law to parliament to liberalise the EU nation's restrictive abortion law, a move bound to fail in the conservative-dominated lower house.

Polish women table liberal abortion legislation

Varsovia - A Polish women's rights groups on Monday submitted a draft law to parliament to liberalise the EU nation's restrictive abortion law, a move bound to fail in the conservative-dominated lower house.

Polish PM backs proposed ban on 'eugenic abortion'

Varsovia - Poland's conservative prime minister said Thursday she supports a draft law banning eugenic abortion in Poland, a devoutly Catholic country which already has one of the EU's most restrictive abortion rules.

Thousands of Poles rally to defend women's rights

Varsovia - Several thousand black-clad women took to streets across Poland on Tuesday to defend their reproductive rights, which they say are being curtailed under the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) government.

Thousands march in Dublin against Irish abortion laws

Dublin - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Dublin on Saturday in favour of liberalising Ireland's tight abortion laws ahead of a planned referendum on the fiercely-debated issue.

Abortion bans around the world

Paris - Ireland will hold a referendum next year on whether to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion in almost all cases.

Ireland to hold abortion referendum in 2018

Dublin - Ireland announced it will hold a referendum next year on whether to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion in almost all cases -- just a few weeks before Pope Francis visits.

Chile's Bachelet signs bill to allow some abortions

Santiago - Chile's socialist president Michelle Bachelet on Thursday signed into law landmark legislation to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, ending a strict ban in effect for decades.

India court allows abortion for 13-year-old rape victim

Mumbai - India's top court on Wednesday allowed a 13-year-old rape survivor to have a late abortion after lawyers said carrying the baby to full term would cause her trauma and agony.

Chile court clears way to ease abortion ban

Santiago - Chile's Constitutional Court on Monday approved a bill to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, a move decried by conservative opponents but hailed by Socialist President Michelle Bachelet as a victory for women's rights.
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