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13.5 million sex-selective abortions in India between 1987 and 2016

13.5 million sex-selective abortions in India between 1987 and 2016

A paper published last month by a leading medical journal estimated that 13.5 million or more baby girls were aborted in sex-selective abortions in India between 1987 and 2016. While India outlawed sex-selective abortion in 1994, it has remained a common practice and...

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Netherlands had record number of euthanasia procedures in 2020

Netherlands had record number of euthanasia procedures in 2020

A new report from the Regionale Toetsingscommissie Euthanasie (RTE), who annually analyse all deaths by euthanasia in the Netherlands, found that 6,938 deaths by euthanasia occurred during 2020, the highest yearly figure on record, almost 4.3% of the year’s total...

Latvia rejects euthanasia

Latvia rejects euthanasia

The Latvian Parliament has rejected a public petition that called for the legalisation of euthanasia. On 25 March, after a citizens initiative collected 10,000 signatures, the Saeima (Latvian Parliament) voted 49 to 38 against legalising euthanasia in Latvia. Saeima...

Portugal: Euthanasia bill rejected as unconstitutional

Portugal: Euthanasia bill rejected as unconstitutional

The Constitutional Court in Portugal has rejected as unconstitutional a euthanasia bill approved by its parliament in January. The law, passed in January this year, required the approval of the President to enter into force. The President asked the Constitutional...

New moves to introduce pro-life law to Croatia underway

New moves to introduce pro-life law to Croatia underway

Politicians in Croatia have begun procedures to introduce strong pro-life legislation into the country that aims to protect life from conception. Currently, the law permits abortion up until 10 weeks’ gestation and allows abortion after that point in limited...

Spanish lower house votes to legalise euthanasia

Spanish lower house votes to legalise euthanasia

Spain’s Congress of Deputies, the lower house of Spain’s legislative body, has voted in favour of legalising euthanasia by a vote of 198-138. On Thursday 17th December, the Spanish Parliament took the country one step closer to making euthanasia and assisted suicide...

Belgian doctors under investigation for illegal euthanasia

Belgian doctors under investigation for illegal euthanasia

Around ten cases of supposed illegal euthanasia are being investigated in Belgium after allegations were received through an anonymous letter to the public prosecutor. The public prosecutor in Leuven is investigating cases of euthanasia which may not have been carried...

Netherlands had record number of euthanasia procedures in 2020

Netherlands had record number of euthanasia procedures in 2020

A new report from the Regionale Toetsingscommissie Euthanasie (RTE), who annually analyse all deaths by euthanasia in the Netherlands, found that 6,938 deaths by euthanasia occurred during 2020, the highest yearly figure on record, almost 4.3% of the year’s total...

Baby ‘left to die’ after failed abortion

Baby ‘left to die’ after failed abortion

A baby born alive after an unsuccessful late-term abortion was “left gasping without medical assistance for two hours before dying” at a hospital in New Zealand.  The incident follows the passing of the Abortion Legislation Bill introduced by Prime Minister...

Paracetamol trial yields promising results for premature babies

Paracetamol trial yields promising results for premature babies

A new clinical trial conducted by a hospital in Sydney, Australia may change the way premature babies born with a common heart condition are treated. Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), the heart problem in question, is a condition in which excess blood flows to the...

Malawi: Abortion-up-to-birth bill rejected

Malawi: Abortion-up-to-birth bill rejected

Lawmakers in Malawi have rejected a proposal to permit abortion up to birth. On 11th March, Mathews Ngwale, head of the Parliamentary Health Committee in Malawi, advanced a bill which would expand abortion access considerably.  In late February, the Guardian...

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Abortion campaigner dies after getting legal abortion in Argentina

Abortion campaigner dies after getting legal abortion in Argentina

An abortion campaigner has died after a legal medical abortion in Argentina, after the country legalised abortion on demand on 30 December 2020. Twenty-three year old Maria de Valle Gonzalez Lopez died earlier this month on 11 April, four days after being legally...

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Ireland: only 14% of doctors support euthanasia

Ireland: only 14% of doctors support euthanasia

A study that examined the attitudes and opinions of physicians in Ireland found that only 14% of physicians surveyed were in favour of introducing euthanasia into Ireland.  Just 17% were supportive of introducing physician-assisted suicide. A majority continue to...

Silent Witness star Liz Carr speaks out against assisted suicide

Silent Witness star Liz Carr speaks out against assisted suicide

The actress and disability rights campaigner, Liz Carr, has spoken out against introducing assisted suicide to the UK. Carr starred in BBC crime thriller series Silent Witness from 2013 to 2020. In 2019, she starred in The OA. In 2020 she appeared in the miniseries...

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