International Abortion Updates

Editor’s note. The following two items come from the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues and are reposted with permission.

International Abortion Giants Sign Abortion Agreement

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International (MSI) announced during a meeting with donors that they have signed an Organizational Agreement to work together in order to respond to the “challenging environment in delivering sexual and reproductive health services and rights,” including abortion.

The two international abortion giants, which refuse to divest from abortion in order to qualify for U.S. funding under the Mexico City Policy, stated that they will “look at a joint effort to develop national plans in 12 countries.”

Tewodros Melesse, IPPF Director General, said

“It is evident that the global environment for sexual and reproductive health and rights services has changed. This means that we have to find new ways to improve how we drive services at country level.

Simon Cooke, CEO of Marie Stopes International, said

“We look forward to working in greater collaboration with IPPF on specific projects, to ensure that many more women and girls in developing countries are able to receive the contraception and safe abortion services that will help them take control of their futures.

The agreement covers three areas of cooperation: operations, advocacy and data.

Dominican Republic: Senate Votes against Legalizing Abortion

The Dominican Republic’s Senate rejected a bill to amend the Penal Code and permit abortion in cases of rape, incest and fetal handicap. This is the latest move in the ongoing battle to legalize abortion in the country.

The proposed changes are supported by President Danilo Medina, who vetoed a Penal Code Congress passed last December that would have banned all abortions except when the mother’s life is at risk.

The legislation is now under consideration in the Congress’ lower chamber.