Zimbabwe Let’s end unnecessary delays to safe abortions for rape victims

Let’s end unnecessary delays to safe abortions for rape victims

April 18, 2019
Guest Column: Edinah Masiyiwa

RUDO Moyo (not her real name) is a 19-year-old who lives in the Guruve district of Zimbabwe.

Rudo was raped by a relative and two months later, she discovered that she was pregnant as a result of the rape.

Continued: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2019/04/lets-end-unnecessary-delays-to-safe-abortions-for-rape-victims/

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Women’s Groups and Funders Respond to Global Gag Rule

Women’s Groups and Funders Respond to Global Gag Rule
Four successful strategies to mitigate the effects of a restrictive funding policy that the Trump administration reinstated.

By Leila Hessini
Apr. 10, 2019

As one of his first acts as president of the United States, Donald Trump reinstated a policy prohibiting organizations from receiving US government aid if they provide services, referrals, and advocacy related to abortion abroad. In late March 2019, the Trump administration expanded this policy to include subcontractors serving groups that provide or discuss abortion.

The United States is the world’s largest donor to global health, and abortion-related services are often integrated into general health care involving HIV, contraceptives, and families. The policy, known as the Mexico City Policy and dubbed the global gag rule by women’s groups to reflect the act’s intentions and impact, was first introduced by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Since then, each Democratic president has rescinded it and each Republican president has reinstated it. Under Trump, the policy covers all $8.8 billion in US global health aid, nearly 15 times the reach of previous iterations.

Continued: https://ssir.org/articles/entry/womens_groups_and_funders_respond_to_global_gag_rule#

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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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Rwandan President Pardons Hundreds Convicted of Having or Assisting in an Abortion

Rwandan President Pardons Hundreds Convicted of Having or Assisting in an Abortion

By Tara Law
April 6, 2019

The President of Rwanda pardoned hundreds of people convicted of having or assisting in an abortion this week.

President Paul Kagame pardoned 367 people “convicted for the offenses of abortion, complicity in abortion and infanticide,” the Prime Minister’s cabinet announced on Thursday.

Continued: http://time.com/5565570/rwanda-paul-kagame-women-abortion/

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Malawi: NGOs Build Capacity of Malawian Lawyers to Undertake Abortion Litigation

Malawi: NGOs Build Capacity of Malawian Lawyers to Undertake Abortion Litigation

5 April 2019
By CSJ Reporter

Litigation is one strategy that can result in clarification of current vague abortion laws, which are perpetrating violation of women rights, a reproductive health champion has said.

Nyale Institute of Reproductive Rights executive director Godfrey Kangaude said this in eastern Malawi's resort town of Mangochi on March 29 when he opened a two-day training on public interest litigation for lawyers.

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201904050976.html

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CONCEPT FOUNDATION – Quality-assured mifepristone–misoprostol combi-pack

CONCEPT FOUNDATION – Quality-assured mifepristone–misoprostol combi-pack

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
April 5, 2019

The Concept Foundation is finalizing the first part of a project with the goal to increase the availability and accessibility of quality-assured, affordable combi-packs of medical abortion pills to all women who seek a safe medical abortion. So far, the groundwork has been laid for work in two regions: Central Asia and Southern Africa. The momentum has led to a second phase of funding to support the longer-term initiatives for increased access to these critical medicines. One of the goals of this project is to work towards pooled-procurement of safe medical abortion combi-packs, to allow smaller countries and regions to place orders together in order to benefit from the lowest possible price of this quality assured product. They are working with a few manufacturers of quality-assured combi-packs. They have produced several documents to help with these efforts, among others on the cost structure of mife-miso combi-packs, the quality assurance of the products, and a complete roadmap for introducing products in countries.

Concept Foundation continues to support efforts to increase access to Medabon®, the only quality-assured mifepristone–misoprostol combi-pack currently available in LMICs at an affordable price. UNFPA proposes the combipack at the lowest possible price. [Each pack contains one mifepristone 200 mg tablet to be taken orally and four 200 mcg misoprostol tablets to be used 24-48 hours later – either sub-lingually or vaginally]. The combi-pack is currently registered in more than 15 countries. The Foundation continues to engage with partners and to support registration and introduction in more countries in need. Their progress continues to show that it is possible to increase access to affordable, quality-assured reproductive health products that improve and save women’s lives.

SOURCE: Conception Foundation E-mail, 28 March 2019

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Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/concept-foundation-quality-assured-mifepristone-misoprostol-combi-pack/

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Your choice of family planning

Your choice of family planning

Dr Joel Akande by Dr Joel Akande
April 5, 2019

Contraception in professional terms is popularly known as family planning. Few events in medical practice invoke such a great motion as family planning. Perhaps, nothing is as distressing and confusing to an individual when a pregnancy has to be terminated. By its very nature, notwithstanding the law, termination of pregnancy, as we shall see, is not a decent or even ethically convenient method of childbearing control. Nevertheless, it happens so often in Nigeria.

In order not to undergo the dilemma and distress of termination of pregnancy, a most worthy alternative is to plan your family now. For this reason, I will be dealing with the issue of contraception in the articles that follow. Family planning, to put it simply, is a procedure or method to control the number of children and or pregnancy that the family or couple can look after.

Continued: http://thenationonlineng.net/your-choice-of-family-planning-1/

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Paul Kagame orders release of women and girls jailed over abortion in Rwanda

Paul Kagame orders release of women and girls jailed over abortion in Rwanda
Women’s rights activists welcome presidential pardon of 367 female prisoners as evidence of progress

Samuel Okiror
Fri 5 Apr 2019

Rwanda’s president has pardoned hundreds of girls and women jailed for abortion.

The women are expected to be released immediately under the presidential prerogative.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/apr/05/paul-kagame-orders-release-of-women-and-girls-jailed-over-abortion-in-rwanda

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Rwanda – Over 360 abortion convicts receive presidential pardon

Over 360 abortion convicts receive presidential pardon

By Jean d'Amour Mbonyinshuti
Published : April 04, 2019

President Paul Kagame has pardoned 367 girls and women convicted for the offence of abortion, complicity in abortion and infanticide.

The President’s clemency is part of the resolutions of Wednesday’s extraordinary cabinet meeting that was chaired by Kagame.

Continued: https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/over-360-abortion-convicts-receive-presidential-pardon

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South Africa’s Liberal Abortion Laws Affected by Public Disapproval

South Africa’s Liberal Abortion Laws Affected by Public Disapproval

March 31, 2019

“Precious” is 26-years-old and 16 weeks pregnant. She asked VOA to call her by that name to protect her identity.

Her best friend is also pregnant by the same man – a man Precious once considered her boyfriend. This information led her to the difficult decision to seek an abortion

Continued: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/south-africa-liberal-abortion-laws-affected-by-widespread-stigma/4849052.html

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