Child Marriage in India: The Facts

While child marriage in India was officially outlawed in 1929 with the Child Marriage Restraint Act its enforcement and definition have been a constant source of political debate up to current times within the country. When India was under British Colonial rule the legal minimum age for marriage was fifteen for girls and eighteen forContinue reading “Child Marriage in India: The Facts”

Stuck in the Dark Ages: Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland

In April of 2016, a Northern Irish court handed down a three-month suspended sentence to a 21-year-old girl for ingesting mifepristone and misoprostol, two drugs she used to induce a miscarriage. It was heard in court that the woman – a teenager at the time of the offence – could not afford to travel toContinue reading “Stuck in the Dark Ages: Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland”

The Forced Sterilisation of Disabled Women in Australia

In 2013, a slew of articles was published regarding the sterilisation of disabled women in Australia, but recently this issue has dropped from the headlines despite having not been resolved. Disabled women, often under the age of 18, are recommended for permanent sterilisation by means of hysterectomy. There are various reasons proposed by those supportingContinue reading “The Forced Sterilisation of Disabled Women in Australia”

Forced Ultrasounds for Abortion: Is it Simply Too Much Information?

In a world where informed consent is a cornerstone of medical practice; we examine if there is such a thing as too much information when consenting to a procedure, and if so, does forcing women to have ultrasounds prior to obtaining an abortion cross this line? Informed consent is a key principle that lies atContinue reading “Forced Ultrasounds for Abortion: Is it Simply Too Much Information?”

Sterility for Sale

Cash-for-sterilisation. It’s an idea that took me a while to get my head around, despite the fact that it really is as simple as it sounds. Established in 1997 by Barbara Harris, Project Prevention tours States and cities across America (recently expanding overseas), touting one simple message: “Don’t let a pregnancy ruin your drug habit”.Continue reading “Sterility for Sale”

Elephant in the Room: LGBT Rights Under Fire in Zambia

On the 7th of April, Zambian gay activist Paul Kasonkomona was arrested after taking part in a live television appearance where he called for the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in his native state. Officers attempted to arrest Mr Kasonkomonaduring his live appearance, but were stopped by the managers of the television station and were forcedContinue reading “Elephant in the Room: LGBT Rights Under Fire in Zambia”