Nigeria: Lagos averts 189,800 unsafe abortions, maternal deaths through family planning

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Lagos averts 189,800 unsafe abortions, maternal deaths through family planning

Posted on Jul 25, 2017
By Gabriel Olawale

The Lagos State Ministry of Health, LSMoH, has said that the uptake of family planning, by 600,000 women in less than six months helped the state in averting 46,000 unsafe abortions, 143,000 unintended pregnancies and 800 maternal deaths.

Speaking through the Director, Family Health & Nutrition, Dr. Folashade Oludara, the ministry said such development helped in preventing needless deaths.

Continued at source: Nigeria Today: http://www.nigeriatoday.ng/2017/07/lagos-averts-189800-unsafe-abortions-maternal-deaths-through-family-planning/

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South Africa: The Place Where You Can Get An Abortion At 8 ½ Months

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The Place Where You Can Get An Abortion At 8 ½ Months
Kerrie Simon-Lawrence
July 24, 2017
whimn.com.au

In South Africa, the illegal termination trade is flourishing.

South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world. Photo: Stocksy

There’s something that stands out at most traffic intersections in South Africa’s Johannesburg. It’s not the purple bursts of Jacaranda blooms that punctuate the sidewalks; nor is it the men and women who tap on your window to sell you knock-off Louis Vuitton phone cases. It’s the signs. Sticky-taped to telegraph poles, electricity boxes, even bus stops. “Pain-free abortion. Success guaranteed. Cheap.” The signs aren’t intended to shock, but rather to service an ever-growing market.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion in South Africa. Government clinics offer safe abortion free-of-charge to women who are less than 20 weeks’ pregnant. If that’s the case though, then why are the backyard-style posters not only growing in numbers, but also in demand?

Continued at source: WHIMN: http://www.whimn.com.au/talk/news/the-place-where-you-can-get-an-abortion-at-8-months-warning-graphic-content/news-story/c5ffb9d7f5d8131f2f8270e54926a334

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Q&A: Human Rights Law and Access to Abortion

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Q&A: Human Rights Law and Access to Abortion

Updated July 24 2017

Is abortion a human rights issue?

States’ obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights include areas of sexual and reproductive health and autonomy. Where access to safe and legal abortion services are unreasonably restricted, a number of women’s and girls’ human rights may be at risk. These include:

  • Right to life
  • Rights to health and health care
  • Right to information
  • Rights to nondiscrimination and equality
  • Right to be free from cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment
  • Right to privacy
  • Right to decide the number and spacing of children
  • Right to security of person
  • Right to liberty
  • Right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress
  • Right to freedom of conscience and religion

Continued at source: Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/07/24/qa-human-rights-law-and-access-abortion

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Two Brave Women Are At The Centre Of The Fight For Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland, And They Need Your Help

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Two Brave Women Are At The Centre Of The Fight For Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland, And They Need Your Help

July 24, 2017
Barbara Davidson Writer, campaigner, mother-of-two.

Northern Ireland women's rights have suddenly become a major political issue, after being ignored or misunderstood by many people in the rest of the UK for years. In light of the DUP-Conservative partnership, many people are waking up to the harsh realities of life for women in Northern Ireland, where having an abortion is a criminal offence in almost all circumstances.

Northern Ireland's abortion laws have recently been hotly debated everywhere from the House of Commons to news bulletins across the country. But behind the dramatic debates, two women from Northern Ireland are at the centre of the fight for reproductive rights in the region.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/barbara-davidson/ireland-abortion-rights_b_17551822.html

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New Zealand: Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

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Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

NAME WITHHELD
July 24 2017

Firstly let me say I’m not 17, I wasn’t drunk or high or promiscuous. I don’t have any STIs, I’m in a loving relationship and I desperately want a baby.

However, eight days ago I was one of 11,000 Kiwis this year who will have an abortion.

I know some people reading this will be appalled knowing what I chose to do. That for some people abortion is simply not an acceptable choice. I accept your viewpoint, I was brought up to share it and I apologise that my choice has hurt someone who could have gone on to be a wonderful human being. Or a horrible one, it’s hard to know. But the fact of the matter is, many of you will be of the opinion that I shouldn’t have had the chance to make that choice.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/95040103/abortion-services-are-failing-vulnerable-kiwi-women

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India court hears 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion plea

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India court hears 10-year-old rape victim's abortion plea

24 July 2017

India's Supreme Court has ordered doctors to examine a pregnant 10-year-old rape victim whose parents want permission for her to abort her baby.

The child is reported to be 26 weeks pregnant and doctors say her body is not developed enough to carry a baby.

Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors confirm the mother's life is in danger.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40702252

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India: Child denied abortion, mother asks: What does a 10-yr-old know

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Child denied abortion, mother asks: What does a 10-yr-old know

The girl, subjected to repeated rape, allegedly by her maternal uncle, is approximately 30 weeks pregnant, according to doctors at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh, who have examined the girl.

Written by Parul , Adil Akhzer , Saurabh Prashar | Chandigarh
July 23, 2017

SHE loves to draw, and her favourite cartoon on television is Pokemon. Her elder sister says her favourite subject is English, though for many months now, she has not attended school. At their one-room home, the servant quarters of a government official’s residence in Chandigarh, the 10-year-old girl walks around for a few minutes in the lawn — “doctors have said she should remain active”, says the mother.

Continued at source: Indian Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/child-denied-abortion-mother-asks-what-does-a-10-yr-old-know-4763037/

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India: 26 weeks-abortion safer than giving birth for 10 year-old raped girl

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26 weeks-abortion safer than giving birth for 10 year-old raped girl
Abortion safer than giving birth at age 10

Jul 23, 2017
Sanchita Sharma
Hindustan Times

A 10-year-old child serially raped by her uncle was denied permission to terminate her 26 weeks pregnancy by a Chandigarh Court last week because of fears that an abortion so late in the pregnancy could kill her.

Continuing the pregnancy is a bigger threat to the pregnant child’s life and sanity. Medically, the chances of the little girl dying carrying her rapist’s foetus to term are far higher than getting an abortion at 26 weeks.

Continued at source: Hindustan Times: http://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/26-weeks-abortion-safer-than-giving-birth-for-10-year-old-raped-girl/story-qctr2tDTfOUcs0GyMgZM3I.html

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68th Foundation Day – Family Planning Association of India

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68th Foundation Day – Family Planning Association of India

July 22, 2017
Vincent Belho
General Manager, FPA India, Nagaland Branch, Kohima

Established in 1949, the Family Planning Association of India (FPA India) is a founding member of International Planned Parenthood Federation. FPA India strengthens a voluntary commitment to advocate for SRH and Rights and, choices. It promotes access to SRH information and services related to family planning, safe abortions, HIV/AIDS and sexuality to poor, marginalised and vulnerable populations including young people. Its work in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) covers safe motherhood and child survival, empowerment of women, male involvement, adolescent health and youth development.

Continued at source: Morung Express: http://morungexpress.com/68th-foundation-day-family-planning-association-india/

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Zambia: Media, civil society urged to work together on reproductive health

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Media, civil society urged to work together on reproductive health

July 22, 2017
ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka

GOVERNMENT has called on the media and civil society organisations to co-exist to ensure information on sexual and reproductive health is made available to the public in a more accurate and relevant manner.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services director of press and media development, Isaac Chipampe also implored the media to tone down on political rhetoric and instead write more on challenges affecting people, especially on their health.

Speaking during a breakfast meeting yesterday, Mr Chipampe said sexual and reproductive health matters and the magnitude on unsafe abortion in Zambia need to be disseminated and enable the public to know.

Continued at source: Daily Mail: https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media-civil-society-urged-to-work-together-on-reproductive-health/

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