What’s new in abortion rights around the world for 2018

Women on Web is an international women’s rights service that provides safe medical abortions, contraception, and emergency contraception, to women, via post, who are unable to access safe abortion services where they live.

Latest updates on abortion laws and rights around the world, heading into 2018

The good news

  • Change is afoot in Ireland, with support for legalising abortion up until 12 weeks of pregnancy, with a referendum due in 2018
  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in the United Kingdom voted for the removal of criminal sanctions associated with abortion in the UK
  • Bolivia – very restrictive laws relaxed somewhat
  • Chili – very restrictive laws relaxed somewhat

The bad news

  • United States – statewide restrictions made more restrictive, ban on international funding for organisations with any abortion-related activities
  • The Dutch government was taken to court for obstructing access to the abortion pill through general practitioners, with over half the abortion clinics in the Netherlands closing their doors, leaving a four-week waiting period for women seeking abortions

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Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
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