Portugal's parliament voted overwhelmingly to liberalize the country's abortion laws on Thursday. Currently, a woman can obtain an abortion in the first 12 weeks if her health is at risk, in the first 16 weeks if the pregnancy is a result of rape, and at any time during the pregnancy to save a woman's life. The new law will allow all abortions until the 10th week of pregnancy and includes a mandatory three-day "reflection period" before a woman can undergo the procedure.
Advocates of abortion rights hope that the bill will curb the number of back-alley abortions that occur in Portugal; women's rights groups estimate that some 10,000 women are hospitalized for complications after botched, illegal abortions, the Associated Press reports. "Some battles are worth a lifetime," Socialist Prime Minister Jose Socrates, who supports the bill, told the Associated Press. "There was nothing more undignified for women than backstreet abortions."
The bill must be signed by the president within 20 days in order to become law.
Media Resources: AP 3/10/07, 3/9/07; Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report 3/12/07; Reuters 3/9/07
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .