Abortion debate

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 13, 2011, a graffiti against revealing the gender of unborn fetuses stands outside a clinic in Morena in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. 

India’s abortion law still lacks a rights-based approach, gynecologist says


India’s abortion law is progressive, but it is also problematic, says Dr. Suchitra Dalvie, a practicing gynecologist in Mumbai, India. The co-founder and coordinator of the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership unpacked the law and recent amendments to it with The World’s reporter Chhavi Sachdev.

Women stand together and hold sings in Spanish in a city.

Photos: The women of Argentina’s abortion debate

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An anti-abortion marcher carries a picture of Jesus Christ during a rally at the Supreme Court during the 46th annual “March for Life” in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 2019.

When does life begin? It might depend on your faith.

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Messages are left at a memorial in Dublin to Savita Halappanava, who died from an infection after miscarrying her first child at an Irish hospital in 2012, one day after Irish voters took part in a national referendum to liberalize abortion laws on May 25

Ireland votes to repeal abortion restrictions, but there’s still a lot to talk about

Participants in the "Rally for Life" demonstration marched through Dublin, Ireland on March 10, 2018. They called for voters to say 'No' in a national referendum set for May 25, asking if Ireland should repeal the constitutional amendment banning abortion

This Irish podcaster dives into the abortion debate

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Banner reads "Women's rights — women's business"

The abortion debate in Poland heats up again with newly proposed bill


If passed, the bill would ban abortions relating to irreversible damage to the fetus.

In Buddhist Myanmar, there's a view that abortion is wrong because "human life happens only in a blue moon, so we shouldn't waste a life like this."

Providing safe illegal abortions in Myanmar is a ‘karmic balance,’ says one doctor


Abortion is illegal in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, but many women still seek access. Illegal abortions are a leading cause of maternal death there.

Purvi Patel trial photo

Update: Indiana sentences Purvi Patel to decades in prison for what she says was a miscarriage


Purvi Patel is the second pregnant woman in Indiana to be charged under the state’s law against “feticide,” a law originally passed to protect pregnant women from harm. Patel was sentenced Monday to face up to 20 years in prison, in a case has alarmed advocates for women and immigrants.

Janet Ni Shuilleabhain was 18 when she traveled to England for an abortion

How tweeting a story of a secret abortion shocked Ireland

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A new person in Ireland takes over the @Ireland Twitter account each week. And thousands started reading @Ireland when Janet Ni Shuilleabhain tweeted the story of her secret abortion.

Investigative journalist Kathryn Joyce (Photo: courtesy Kathryn Joyce)

Abortion Foes in Mexico Borrow Tactics From US Allies

Conflict & Justice

First-trimester abortions were decriminalized in Mexico City six years ago. Anti-abortion activists launched a counter-offensive across Mexico. Investigative journalist Kathryn Joyce has traveled to Mexico City to look at the abortion wars there.