Kenya – Men can play a key role in reducing unsafe abortions

Men can play a key role in reducing unsafe abortions
They should be advised on the role of contraceptives to prevent unplanned pregnancies

by Daniel Otieno, Star Blogs
24 May 2019

Many interventions relating to unsafe abortion have left out men yet their role can shape their outcome.

Information targeting men on the role of contraceptives in planning families, civic education that involves men on abortion and constitution, sensitisation on prevention of unintended pregnancies and educating men on the dangers of myths surrounding abortion will empower them to join the fight against unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortion.

Involving men as moderators in forums on contraceptives and unsafe abortion can change the attitude of the general community towards safe abortion. Then there will be other options for couples in case of unplanned pregnancy other than termination of the same.

Source: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-05-24-men-can-play-a-key-role-in-reducing-unsafe-abortions/

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Challenges for achieving sexual and reproductive justice in South Africa

Challenges for achieving sexual and reproductive justice in South Africa

2 May, 2019
Written by Marion Stevens, Director, Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition

Reproductive Justice is defined by three principles: The right to have child; the right not to have a child; and the right to parent children in safe and healthy environments.

Twenty years after the evolution of the concept in the United States, the government of South Africa incorporated the concept of reproductive justice into its thinking. In 2014 the concept was introduced and spoken about locally and globally by the Department of Social Development (DSD)1,which houses the National Population Unit. DSD has incorporated the principles of reproductive justice, and taken the concept of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) further.

continued: http://www.srhm.org/news/challenges-for-achieving-sexual-and-reproductive-justice-in-south-africa/

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Kenya – State should take the lead in ending teen pregnancies

State should take the lead in ending teen pregnancies

by Nelson Akoth
Star Blogs
08 April 2019

A number of factors have been associated with adolescent pregnancies. While many adolescents may choose to get pregnant or impregnate, many pregnancies occur in the context of human rights violations such as child marriage, harmful traditional rites of passage, coerced sex or sexual abuse.

Broader socioeconomic factors such as poverty, lack of education and limited economic opportunities among girls and boys may also contribute towards high adolescent pregnancy rates.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-04-08-state-should-take-the-lead-in-ending-teen-pregnancies/

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Kenya – Let’s combine our efforts to end teen pregnancies

Let’s combine our efforts to end teen pregnancies

by Daniel Otieno
Star Blogs
26 March 2019

The Kenya Demographic Health Survey 2014 shows the prevalence of teen pregnancy as follows: 33 per cent in Homa Bay, Migori (24 per cent), Kisii (18 per cent), Siaya(17 per cent) and Kisumu(15 per cent).

Rape and incest, inadequate sex education, inaccessible family planning services, poverty, and anti-family planning campaigns by the church have been blamed.

There is no single approach to end cases of unplanned pregnancies as well as its consequences; school dropouts, unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infections.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-03-26-lets-combineour-efforts-to-end-teen-pregnancies/

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How Georgia and Other States’ ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bans Kill and Injure Women

How Georgia and Other States' 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bans Kill and Injure Women

ZawnVillines
Thursday March 21, 2019

States across the nation are increasingly pushing so-called “heartbeat bills.” These ban abortion as soon as a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat—usually around six weeks gestation. Georgia is the latest state to propose such legislation. If the bill passes, and it seems likely to do so, Georgia abortion clinics will be forced to subject women to medically unnecessary ultrasounds. If an ultrasound detects the presence of a heartbeat, a woman cannot undergo an abortion.

These bills are plainly unconstitutional, but that doesn’t mean much. Pro-choice activists who assert that the laws are illegal miss the larger point. To get a law declared unconstitutional, you need someone who has standing to sue and a lawyer who has the skills and resources necessary to do so. That requires time and money.

Continued: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/3/21/1843892/-How-Georgia-and-Other-States-Heartbeat-Abortion-Bans-Kill-and-Injure-Women

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USA – Study Links Restrictive Abortion Laws to Increase in Late-Term Abortions

Study Links Restrictive Abortion Laws to Increase in Late-Term Abortions

ZawnVillines
Thursday March 14, 2019

Restrictive abortion laws increase the number of second trimester abortions, according to a new study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. The study is part of a mounting pile of research suggesting that abortion restrictions may not lower the abortion rate. Figures from Latin America, where the abortion rate is three times higher than in the U.S. but abortion is banned or heavily restricted, suggest that abortion bans may even increase the abortion rate. Other data points to the role of abortion restrictions in higher maternal mortality. In El Salvador, abortion bans are correlated with an increase in suicide by pregnant women and girls.

The study looked at abortion rates in Texas before and after the enactment of House Bill 2. The legislation, which the Supreme Court eventually struck down, required doctors at Texas abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. It also required women using abortion pills to do so in the presence of a doctor, and banned abortions after 20 weeks.

Continued: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/3/14/1842047/-Study-Links-Restrictive-Abortion-Laws-to-Increase-in-Late-Term-Abortions?utm_campaign=recent

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USA – How Republican Policies Force Women to Choose Abortion

How Republican Policies Force Women to Choose Abortion

ZawnVillines
Thursday February 28, 2019

If you believe the social media posts, television screeds, and scare tactics of Republicans, women are murderous by nature. Given half the chance, they’ll undergo invasive surgery to kill a baby for the sheer joy of it. If their unwanted baby is somehow born alive, they’ll happily ask a doctor to snuff out its life.

It’s a nightmarish vision that runs counter to all reason and all evidence. For generations, women have stood at the forefront of every movement to protect human life and dignity. They commit fewer crimes. And though they spend, on average, significantly more time with their children, they’re far less likely to abuse them. When you really start digging into Republican views, it’s hard for them to mask their true feelings: they hate women. They don’t trust them. This depiction of women as infanticidal monsters also ignores hundreds of heartbreaking stories of women who choose to abort children they love, either to spare the child the misery of a few agonizing seconds of life on Earth, or because the child is already dead.

continued: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/2/28/1838316/-How-Republican-Policies-Force-Women-to-Choose-Abortion

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Reproductive Choice is About Much More than Abortion

Reproductive Choice is About Much More than Abortion

Posted on November 27, 2018
by Valerie Tarico

When it comes to freely-chosen parenthood, we sometimes miss the big picture.

Imperfect people and imperfect birth control and imperfect pregnancy processes fail; and when they do, access to abortion is a moral good. Like health knowledge and reliable contraceptive options, the power to end an ill-conceived pregnancy helps young people to form the families of their choosing with the best timing and circumstances available to them—improving health and wellbeing for kids and families and whole communities.

Continued: https://valerietarico.com/2018/11/27/reproductive-choice-is-about-much-more-than-abortion/

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New Zealand – Treating abortion as a health issue

Treating abortion as a health issue

Vanessa Blackwood
23 November 2018

The Law Commission last month released its briefing to the Minister of Justice providing advice on abortion law reform.

In February, the Minister asked the Law Commission to provide advice on how best to ensure New Zealand’s abortion laws are consistent with treating abortion as a health issue, and what alternative approaches could be taken in New Zealand’s legal framework.

Continued: https://privacy.org.nz/blog/treating-abortion-as-a-health-issue/

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International Men’s Day: 7 ways to be a male ally on abortion

International Men’s Day: 7 ways to be a male ally on abortion

16 November 2018

Abortion’s got nothing to do with men, right? Wrong. So, so wrong.

This International Men’s Day (19 November) is all about men leading by example, and a great way you can do that is by being a fantastic male ally when it comes to abortion. Here are seven tips to get you started:

Continued: https://www.ippf.org/blogs/international-mens-day-ally-abortion

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