A law newly passed in Togo expands abortion rights, legalizing abortion in cases of rape or incest and when the fetus is at risk of a serious medical condition. Previously, abortion was only legal to protect the mother's life or physical health.
As of April 2005, only three of 53 African countries�Cape Verde, South Africa and Tunisia�allow unrestricted rights to abortion. The majority of African countries do not allow the practice unless a doctor determines that the mother's life or health is at stake. Togo now joins Mali and Sudan, where, in addition to exceptions to save a mother's life, there are also exceptions for rape and incest. The new law, however, includes harsh penalties for those involved in an illegal abortion.
According to the United Nations, less than 10 percent of married women in Togo use contraception and the fertility rate is six children per woman, Reuters reports.
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .