USA – When women can’t access abortion, some take drastic measures

When women can’t access abortion, some take drastic measures
A new study looks at what happens in states with only a few abortion clinics

Published: Oct 17, 2018
By Kari Paul, Reporter

The newly conservative-majority Supreme Court could put abortion rights further in jeopardy, according to the authors of a new study in the journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

Researchers Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a reproductive health research group based at the University of California, San Francisco, compared abortion laws in Louisiana and Maryland and found state restrictions have a larger effect on women than initially thought.

Continued: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/when-women-cant-access-abortion-some-take-drastic-measures-2018-10-16

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Self-Managed Medication Abortion: Expanding the Available Options for U.S. Abortion Care

Self-Managed Medication Abortion: Expanding the Available Options for U.S. Abortion Care

Volume 21, 2018 (posted Oct 17)
By Megan K. Donovan
Highlights

- People should have affordable access to the full range of safe and effective options for abortion care, including self-management with medication.
- In addition to existing barriers that limit access to abortion care overall, there are unique obstacles that must be overcome before self-managed medication abortion can be available to all in a meaningful way.
- It is essential that individuals seeking to self-manage an abortion have a source of accurate information and access to medical care if necessary.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/guttmacher/self-managed-medication-abortion-expanding-the-available-options-for-us-abortion-care?e=bb6e0547c2

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Kenya – Abortion: Who’s pushing the numbers?

Abortion: Who’s pushing the numbers?

By Gatonye Gathura
Published Sat, October 13th 2018

A group of women receiving post abortion care at two public hospitals say they were pushed to abort by the men in their lives.

One woman told researchers she was tricked by her partner into an illegal and risky abortion. The man suggested some drugs she could use during the pregnancy and how to administer them.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2001298857/study-men-to-blame-for-risky-abortions

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A third of unplanned pregnancies aborted in Australia

A third of unplanned pregnancies aborted in Australia

Emily Ritchie
October 7, 2018

Almost a third of unplanned pregnancies in Australia end in abortion while stillbirth is more common among migrant women with “non white” backgrounds, according to survey data released today by the Medical Journal of Australia.

The data, collected by researchers from La Trobe University and the University of Western Australia, attempts to establish the prevalence of abortions and stillbirths.

Continued: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/health/a-third-of-unplanned-pregnancies-aborted-in-australia/news-story/7c57392dfcef19c651105df2201d0014?nk=d2feef8765d9eded8a6860bac74e0889-1539018225

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Safe Abortion Care in Humanitarian Settings

Safe Abortion Care in Humanitarian Settings

Posted on October, 1 2018
by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

More than 60 million people—that’s almost the population of the entire UK, of France or of Thailand—are living in crisis settings or are displaced due to conflict, natural disaster, or other human rights abuses.

Action Canada collaborated with Ipas to draft that policy brief on safe abortion care in humanitarian settings.

Download the PDF.

Continued: https://www.actioncanadashr.org/safe-abortion-care-in-humanitarian-settings/

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DRC – September 27, 2018 News Release

Complications from Unsafe Abortion Common in Kinshasa
New evidence demonstrates need to improve access to safe abortion and postabortion care

September 27, 2018
News Release

A new study using data from 2016 found that the majority of women in Kinshasa who seek postabortion care following an unsafe abortion experience severe or moderate complications. In 2016, 37,900 women obtained treatment for complications from abortion in Kinshasa, the capital and largest urban area of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Kinshasa and the New York-based Guttmacher Institute, documents for the first time the immediate health consequences of complications resulting from unsafe abortion among women admitted to health facilities in Kinshasa, as well as the type of treatment these patients received. Researchers found that women receiving postabortion care were most commonly treated using outdated methods not recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2018/complications-unsafe-abortion-common-kinshasa

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Improving access to safe abortion

Improving access to safe abortion

20.09.2018
FIGO - International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics

Unsafe abortion continues to be a major public health problem. An estimated 25 million abortions are performed unsafely each year, resulting in the death of an estimated 47,000 women and an additional five million are hospitalised due to complications.

To thoroughly understand the differing national views on abortion, and the capacity of ten FIGO national member societies, this year FIGO, with our partners KIT Royal Tropical Institute, have undertaken a comprehensive needs assessment.

Continued: https://www.figo.org/news/improving-access-safe-abortion-0016062

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First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ugandan Adolescents Released

First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ugandan Adolescents Released
Research Sheds Light on Abortion and Postabortion Care Experiences

Sept 11, 2018

A new study by researchers at the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute and Uganda’s Makerere University documents, for the first time, abortion rates and the severity of abortion-related complications among Ugandan adolescents aged 15–19. The study, published in Contraception, found that an estimated 57,000 abortions took place among Ugandan adolescents in 2013. The researchers also found that adolescents seeking postabortion care for complications resulting from an unsafe abortion or miscarriage did not face greater disadvantages in their abortion care experiences, compared with women older than 20. However, among those seeking postabortion care, unmarried women, including unmarried adolescents, were more likely than married women to experience severe complications.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2018/first-study-incidence-abortion-among-ugandan-adolescents-released

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A roadmap for research on self-managed abortion in the United States

A roadmap for research on self-managed abortion in the United States
(Posted August 29 2018)

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), Gynuity Health Projects, and Ibis Reproductive Health. A roadmap for research on self-managed abortion in the United States. August 2018.

Media coverage and research data show a growing awareness of the option to self-manage (or self-induce or self-source) abortion outside of the formal health care system; we are learning more about people’s experiences with self-managed abortion, and how often people choose this option in the United States. Recent evidence indicates between one and seven percent of abortion patients (see below) have taken or done something to try to end their current pregnancy. In addition, in 2015, there were more than 700,000 Google searches using terms related to self-induced abortion in the United States. The reasons women attempt to self-manage an abortion are varied, but they are often related to barriers accessing clinic-based care, as well as a preference for self-care.

Continued: https://ibisreproductivehealth.org/publications/roadmap-research-self-managed-abortion-united-states

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Euromapping 2018 report – Global funding for family planning at risk from US withdrawal

Euromapping 2018 report – Global funding for family planning at risk from US withdrawal

Eoghan Walsh
29th August 2018
Development Cooperation, Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Euromapping 2018Euromapping 2018 report highlights the need for other global donors – the European Union and EU Member States – to increase their contributions to protect health of women and girls around the world.

Brussels, August 29, 2018: The latest Euromapping 2018 report on global funding for family planning (FP) and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) highlights the US as the world’s leading donor in this field, but that data does not accurately reflect the withdrawal from this field by the Trump presidency. The reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, better known as the Global Gag Rule, in 2017 will accelerate a decline in US funding in the coming years. It is the responsibility of other global donors in Europe and the rest of the world to step up and make sure that life-saving funding for family planning, contraception and maternal health does not disappear.

Continued: http://www.dsw.org/en/2018/08/euromapping-2018-family-planning-trump-global-gag-rule/

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