The assault of a 13-year-old girl in Venezuela and the arrest of her mother and a teacher who helped her end the pregnancy have forced a national debate about legalizing abortion.
Anti-abortion activists are suing to block a new law allowing the procedure, and many doctors in conservative areas have declared themselves conscientious objectors.
The public health system delivered, and then quietly recalled, 276,890 potentially flawed packets of birth control pills. At least 140 women believe they got pregnant because of the error.
Affordable birth control has disappeared, pushing many women into unplanned pregnancies at a time when they can barely feed the children they already have.
By restoring funding cut off by his predecessor, President Biden ended four years of what abortion rights advocates called a concerted assault on women’s reproductive health in the developing world.
Demonstrators vowed to keep protesting Poland’s new abortion law, which went into effect Wednesday, tightening the country’s already restrictive laws.
Women’s rights advocates and thousands of their allies vowed to continue fighting a near-total ban on abortions that came into effect on Wednesday.
Women who end a pregnancy after 12 weeks could still face prison or fines. Abortion rights advocates claimed a partial victory.
Demonstrators flooded the streets on Wednesday after the government abruptly announced that a ban on abortions for fetal abnormalities — virtually the only kind that had been allowed in Poland — would take effect.
A contentious ruling in Poland, which spurred thousands of women and their allies to protest, came into legal force on Wednesday.