Three Portuguese women are standing trial for allegedly undergoing illegal abortions. According to Agence France Presse, two 26-year-old women are being accused of having illegal abortions, and their midwife is being charged for performing the abortions.
Portugalís abortion laws are very restrictive. In Portugal a woman can receive an abortion up to her 12th week only in cases of rape, a malformed fetus, or if the womanís health is in serious danger. Women who are found guilty of undergoing an abortion face up to three years in prison, and a person found guilty of performing the operation faces up to eight years, reports Agence France Presse.
Earlier this year, 17 people, including seven women who were accused of undergoing illegal abortions in Portugal, were acquitted of breaking Portugal's strict abortion laws. Portugal and Ireland are the two countries in the European Union with the most restrictive abortion policies.
3/7/2014 Study Finds Continuing Gender Gap in Medical Research - Although 20 years have passed since the government instituted legislation requiring adequate female representation in medical studies, a recent study finds that a significant sex and gender gap still persists in medical research.
"Sex-Specific Medical Research: Why Women's Health Can't Wait" by researchers at the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Jacobs Institute at George Washington University Hospital finds that scientists still fail to account for differences between males and females. . . .