May 28th was International Day for Action on Women’s Health, which has been celebrated by women’s health advocates since 1987. Since then annual campaigns globally have highlighted many issues related to women’s health and to stand up for the sexual and reproductive rights of women, including access to safe and legal abortion and contraception.
In the leadup to that day, we saw the landmark referendum in Ireland on May 25th which resulted in an overwhelming vote to repeal the country’s current law on abortion (which makes it illegal unless a woman’s life is at substantial risk). The final vote in 40 local constituencies found a two-thirds majority for yes for a repeal of the law.
At the same time here in Canberra, this month has seen WCHM involved in a range of things relating to women’s sexual and reproductive health.