South Africa: US Gag Rule to cause more abortion-related deaths

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Health-e News: US Gag Rule to cause more abortion-related deaths

HEALTH-E NEWS South Africa, 20 Mar 2017

The US Gag Rule, reintroduced in January, is likely to mean that many more women in the most vulnerable parts of the world will continue to die from unsafe abortions. HEALTH-E’s Amy Green reports.

“I remember the first time I saw a woman die from an unsafe abortion,” recalls Zani Prinsloo, a midwife with international humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) where she manages maternal health projects in crisis zones around the world.

“I was on assignment and this lady came in, she was ash-grey. At the time, we took the history. She was bleeding and had taken a certain medication to induce abortion,” she said. “But it was too late. Our resources couldn’t save her – she had come to us too late.”

Prinsloo prefers to omit the names of the countries in which she has worked to protect the organisation’s projects and the work that they do there. But she told Health-e News that she has saved mothers in seven countries in Africa and the Middle East over the past four years.

Continued at link: Daily Maverick: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-03-20-health-e-news-us-gag-rule-to-cause-more-abortion-related-deaths/#.WNAJsrqXDMg