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Seven days in medicine: 3-9 April 2019

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1664 (Published 11 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1664

Overseas news

RCGP reviews relations with Brunei

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said that it would review its relations with Brunei, after the country received widespread condemnation for introducing strict laws that make anal sex and adultery offences punishable by stoning to death. The RCGP has had a formal collaboration with Brunei for more than 10 years, supporting the development of primary care and training GPs in the country. An RCGP spokesperson said that it “in no way condones any abuses of human rights in the UK or abroad.”

Abortion

Rwanda president pardons jailed women

The president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, pardoned 367 women and girls jailed for abortion. They will be released immediately. Last August Rwanda changed its law, which had previously demanded prison for anyone involved in an abortion not mandated by a court to save life. Abortion is now legal in cases of forced marriage, rape, incest, or danger to the mother or fetus. A 2013 survey estimated that 60 000 abortions a year occurred in Rwanda, almost all unsafe. Aid groups in Africa’s Great Lakes region have said that women who miscarry are often wrongly imprisoned for infanticide.

Another US state passes law restricting abortion

The US state of Georgia became the latest to pass a bill outlawing abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, effectively changing the latest point of termination from 20 weeks’ …

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