What’s Current: New South Wales decriminalizes abortion, overturning 119-year-old law

  • Abortion is now decriminalized across Australia after New South Wales, the last remaining state where abortion was illegal, voted to overturn a 119-year-old law.
  • Thousands of Moroccan women have put themselves at risk of arrest by admitting to terminating pregnancies and having sex outside of marriage in order to show solidarity with a journalist jailed for the crimes.
  • CBC reports that six women have come forward to share their experiences as targets of inappropriate behavior by Ottawa Coun. Rick Chiarelli.
  • The woman who launched the French version of the #MeToo movement, journalist Sandra Muller, is fined €20,000 for defaming the man she accused of sexual harassment. Following the court ruling, Muller said:

“It’s a proceeding that’s intended to silence the victims. The message is clear: ‘Be quiet.'”

Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.