It's estimated that between 70 and 90 percent of doctors in Italy are "conscientious objectors" and refuse to perform abortions, even though it's been legal for 40 years.
Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the US. But legal and accessible — that's not always the same thing. Some states are passing legislation aimed at restricting abortion. The latest is in Ohio, where two bills to limit abortion just landed on the governor's desk. And that has some women in need turning to an unconventional place: the internet.
Sara Mardini and her colleagues now await a decision by the judicial council about whether or not there will be a trial, and what the charges will be.
El Salvador is one of just a handful of countries where abortion is banned in all circumstances. The ban is so draconian that even miscarriage is considered suspicious.
Over nine decades, efforts to amend the US Constitution to recognize women’s rights have faced major challenges. Congress finally passed the Equal Rights Amendment in 1972. The amendment would recognize women’s equal rights to men under the law. But it still hasn't been ratified in all 50 states.
Chief among Vox’s anti-feminist measures is the repeal of a 2004 Gender Violence Law. The party also calls for the dissolution of federally funded feminist organizations; the creation of a Family Ministry in lieu of the current Gender Ministry; and removing sex change and abortion procedures from public health services.
After nearly two decades of war, prospects for peace talks have been gaining momentum in Afghanistan. This has created a sense of optimism and anxiety among some Afghans.
The 41st president was known for reaching across the aisle and supporting a range of issues, including birth control. His support even earned him the nickname "Rubbers" by other members of Congress.
Emanuela Pistone is a theater actress and director based in Catania, Sicily’s second-largest city, where in 2013 she founded the Liquid Company, a unique theater troupe in Italy composed of young migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors, all united by one common feature: having crossed the Mediterranean to reach for a dignified life.
Indonesia's Supreme Court sentenced Baiq Nuril Makmun to 6 months in prison for documenting her abuser. But public outrage over the verdict has forced the office of the attorney general to temporarily suspend her imprisonment.