Today in the Guardian, at http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/sarah ... bal-health:
"UN states told they must legalise abortion
A hard-hitting report from the UN special rapporteur on health as a human right says all states must provide safe abortion and contraception for women
Member states of the UN general assembly - some of whom are prepared to prosecute and jail a woman who seeks an abortion - have been told in blunt terms by their own special rapporteur for health that they are infringing woman's human rights.
Arnand Grover says in a hard-hitting but carefully argued report that all states should provide safe and legal abortion services for woman - as well as contraception. It will not make comfortable reading for the states, where 25% of the world's population live, that turn a woman who desperately wants to end her pregnancy into a criminal, allowing abortion only in cases of rape, incest or where her life is at risk."
Notably, the Canadian government of Prime Minister Harper's Conservative Party has been attempting to specify that Canadian foreign aid for impoverished women must not be used for abortion services. Meanwhile, domestically, Canada's universal health system provides abortion services to all, with few restrictions. The Canadian Supreme Court years ago struck down as unconstitutional the abortion provisions that were on the Criminal Code.
And how will Brazil respond to this UN official report?