Abortion policy

Abortion policy

The right to an abortion for girls and women raped in armed conflict

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Global Justice Centre
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
New York, NY, USA

Discusses the illegal denial of abortions to rape victims in conflict settings, and highlights how US abortion restrictions imposed on all humanitarian aid play a prominent role in this denial. The Global Justice Center (GJC) challenged these restrictions in a shadow report filed with the UN Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review of the United States in November 2010. The brief concludes with a set of recommendations to States, the United Nations, the United States and civil society on what immediate steps they can take to enforce the legal rights to abortions of these victims.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Focus on abortion services in Quebec

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Monica Dunn
Marie-Eve Quirion
Nathalie Parent
Patricia LaRue
Sabina Grabowiecka
Julie Charbonneau
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Canadians for Choice and the Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Montreal, QC

A research report that examines the quality of abortion services offered in Quebec. Finds that, while Quebec offers better access to abortion services than does any other province in Canada, Quebec women still face many obstacles when they choose to terminate a pregnancy.

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Available online.
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ISBN: 978-2-9810623-7-6 (print version)
ISBN: 978-2-9810623-8-3 (electronic version)
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Contains bibliographical references.

Preventing gender-biased sex selection: an interagency statement OHCHR, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and WHO

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Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nation Population Fund, The United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, World health Organization
Publication Date: 
2011

Reaffirms the commitment of United Nations agencies to encourage and support efforts by States, international and national organizations, civil society and communities to uphold the rights of girls and women and to address the multiple manifestations of gender discrimination including the problem of imbalanced sex ratios caused by sex selection. Highlights the public health and human rights dimensions and implications of the problem of gender-biased sex selection, and provides recommendations on how to prevent it.

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ISBN: 978-92-4-150146-0
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Includes bibliographical references.

4000 years for choice

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Heather Ault
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4000 Years of Choice
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Ilinois, USA

This resource is a website which celebrates the reproductive roots of contraception and abortion.  4000 Years for Choice develops visual narratives about the practices of contraception and abortion from around the world for the past 4000 years. The project hopes to celebrate, inspire, and empower women and men in their reproductive lives!

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Abortion law, policy and practice in transition

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Marge Berer, ed.
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Reproductive Health Matters
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
London, UK

Looks at the progress being made to reform abortion law, policy and practice globally to benefit women's health and lives, with the aim of making all abortions legal and safe by 2015.

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ABOR.A26 2004
ISBN 095312102X
ISSN 09688080
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Includes bibliographical references.

Early abortion services in the United States: ensuring service availability, remaining on the cutting edge of technology and res

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Janie Benson
Kathryn Andersen Clark
Ann Gerhardt
Lynne Randall
Susan Dudley
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Ipas
Publication Date: 
2001
Publication Place: 
Chapel Hill, NC

Presents the findings of a descriptive study of sites providing abortion services.

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ABOR.B36 2001

Abortion in law, history & religion

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Childbirth by Choice Trust
Publication Date: 
1995
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Places the issue of abortion in an historical and international context by examining its evolving legal status around the world and focusing on individual countries' laws and practices.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Understanding medical abortion: policy, politics and women's health

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English
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S. Marie Harvey
Christy A. Sherman
Sheryl Thorburn Bird
Jocelyn Warren
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Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Eugene, OR

Examines the history and current controversy surrounding mifepristone and methotrexate, the medical abortion pills.

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ABOR.H37 2002
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Includes bibliographical references.

Abortion & common sense

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Ruth Dixon-Mueller
Paul K.B. Dagg
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Xlibris
Publication Date: 
2002

Offers a fact-based, common sense account of how and why women have abortions, and what can be done to make them safe.

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ABOR.D59 2002
ISBN 1401059546
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Review, March 2003: "Abortion" is a word that, when uttered in public, elicits strong emotions, deeply held convictions and divisive debate. Yet, about half of all unplanned pregnancies in the world end up in induced abortion, and four-fifths occur in developing countries. Some women end their pregnancies safely and legally, yet so many more are forced to do so clandestinely and often dangerously. The authors of this book offer a fact-based, common sense account of how and why women have abortions, and what can be done to make them safe. In the first section, they explore a variety of personal, social, economic and health issues affecting women and couples in their efforts to regulate their fertility and the role that safe and unsafe abortion plays in this endeavor. In the second part, they look at the legal, medical, and political institutions that shape the environment in which abortion occurs. The authors conclude with the need to ensure that all abortions are performed correctly, legally, and humanely, and that it be understood as a normal part of good medical care.

10 Ways to Effectively Address Unsafe Abortion

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Katie Early McLaurin
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Ipas
Publication Date: 
1996
Publication Place: 
Chapel Hill, NC

Discusses ten areas in which health professionals, policymakers, and international agencies can work to reduce unsafe abortion around the world.

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