After much debate in Nicaragua, a nine-year-old girl who became pregnant after being raped was granted an abortion by the Nicaraguan health ministry in a private clinic. She was raped while working on a coffee plantation in Costa Rica, BBC News reports.
At first, the family minister of Nicaragua stated that the child should have the baby because of Nicaragua’s strict abortion policy. Nicaraguan law dictates that abortions are only legal under certain dire situations, including when the mother’s life is in danger. However, the girl’s parents sought special permission to have the pregnancy terminated. According to BBC News, the girl said that she didn’t “want to share [her] toys with other children.”
The Catholic Church spoke against an abortion, while various children’s and women’s rights groups advocated for the girl to have the right to an abortion. The girl underwent the abortion on Thursday in Managua, Nicaragua, and is doing fine, BBC reports. Earlier this week, Costa Rican authorities arrested the man who is connected with the rape allegations.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .