Uganda: These are the consequences of the 2017 version of US’ anti-abortion Global Gag rule

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These are the consequences of the 2017 version of US’ anti-abortion Global Gag rule
Global Gag Rule Uganda

Written by Charles Ledford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
August 13, 2017, Quartz africa

Uganda’s highway A-109 shoots across the plain from Kampala past the occasional storefront shops and open-air kiosks common to the continent’s roadsides. After rising into the verdant tea plantations of the country’s Western Region, it passes through Fort Portal near the Congolese border. From there, a turn off the main road leaves the reasonably well-maintained tarmac behind in favor of red clay washboard and bone-shaking potholes. Finally, it devolves into a footpath running between a few dozen housing compounds in a village called Kalera.

Though Kalera is poor by western standards, it doesn’t approach the desperation found in many poorer parts of Africa. Flinty, hard-working women tend small plots of bananas, potatoes, maize and soybeans. These plots border larger fields of tea, a cash crop. Goats and chickens roam. The village teems with children. Today, at least, there are no men in sight.

Continued at source: Quartz Africa: https://qz.com/1051605/trumps-anti-abortion-global-gag-rule-and-its-impact-in-uganda/

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The Discussion on Conscientious Objection

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The Discussion on Conscientious Objection

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Nomtika

All roads led to Uruguay last week, between July 31st and August 4th, as 5 SRJC members took to Montevideo for the International Convention on Conscientious Objection.

The meeting, co-hosted by Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), featured policymakers, academics, health professionals, legal experts, and feminist activists who collectively established that objecting to the provision of voluntary abortion services on religious or moral grounds, is a chief barrier to safe abortion and endangers the lives of women.

Continued at source: Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition: http://srjc.org.za/2017/08/10/the-discussion-on-conscientious-objection/

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Unsafe abortions killing women, damaging wombs in Nigeria ― Gynaecologist

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Unsafe abortions killing women, damaging wombs in Nigeria ― Gynaecologist

August 10, 2017

DR Godwin Akaba, a Gynaecologist with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, has described as “alarming”, the rate of deaths caused by unsafe abortions in the country.

Akaba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jos that many lives were lost on a daily basis to crude abortions, and described the trend as “scary”.

The expert said that many of those who survived often suffer acute complications such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which could lead to secondary infertility, systemic infection and ectopic pregnancies.

Continued at source: Nigerian Tribune: http://tribuneonlineng.com/unsafe-abortions-killing-women-damaging-wombs-nigeria-gynaecologist/

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Kenya: What it is like to have unsafe abortion

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What it is like to have unsafe abortion

Aug. 09, 2017
By JOHN MUCHANGI

Close to 21,000 Kenyan women end up in hospitals every year, with complications of unsafe abortions.

Some of them succumb. But apart from physical injuries, survivors endure years of emotional and psychological trauma, yet they cannot talk about it.

Talk on abortion remains highly emotive and stigmatised, but counsellors say silence is not golden. It can kill.

Which is why some community groups in Western Kenya now encourage women — and men — to freely share their unsafe abortion experiences.

Continued at source: The Star: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/09/what-it-is-like-to-have-unsafe-abortion_c1610203

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South Africa: No Fetus Scan, No Abortion. Really?

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South Africa: No Fetus Scan, No Abortion. Really?

Aug 8, 2017

Draft bill would, for instance, undo clauses in SA law that provide for abortions in some cases of extreme birth defects.

A proposed amendment to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act would require that anyone seeking an abortion first undergo an ultrasound scan. In its draft bill, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) argues making this type of scan mandatory for abortion seekers will assist people to make "an informed choice".

Continued at source: All Africa: http://allafrica.com/stories/201708080318.html

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Ghana: ‘Black market’ abortion is killing our women – MP cries for liberalised laws

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‘Black market’ abortion is killing our women - MP cries for liberalised laws

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Abubakar Ibrahim
Date: August 3, 2017

Member of Parliament for Binduri in the Upper East Region is advocating for the liberalization of Ghana’s laws to allow for abortion.

Dr Robert Baba Kuganab-Lem is worried that the current laws which prohibit abortion is causing the death of thousands of women in the country, as some resort to unorthodox means referred to as the ‘black market’ to get pregnancies terminated.

Continued: Joy Online: http://www.myjoyonline.com/lifestyle/2017/August-3rd/black-market-abortion-is-killing-our-women-mp-cries-for-liberalised-laws.php

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South Africa: Parliamentarian tries to curb abortion

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GroundUp: Parliamentarian tries to curb abortion

Terminating a pregnancy after 12 weeks will be much harder if a private member's bill passes.

Aug 1, 2017
By Safura Abdool Karim for GROUNDUP.

A Member of Parliament is trying to limit the right to abortion. Cheryllyn Dudley (ACDP) introduced a private member’s bill that proposes a severe departure from existing law.

Under current legislation, any woman may have an abortion up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy. From week 13 to 20, a woman may have an abortion if the pregnancy poses a risk to her or it would “significantly affect” her “social or economic circumstances”. This last reason makes South African abortion law different to many other countries. It makes abortions accessible to almost all women up to their 20th week.

Continued at source: Daily Maverick: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-08-01-groundup-parliamentarian-tries-to-curb-abortion/

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Nigeria: FG plans reduction in hospital bills

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FG plans reduction in hospital bills

Soji-Eze Fagbemi - Abuja Health News
July 26, 2017

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday, said the Federal Government is planning to reduce hospital bills in public hospitals.

According to the minister, the plan is part of the various measures being considered to drastically bring down high maternal mortality rate in the country.

Continued at source: Tribune Online: http://tribuneonlineng.com/fg-plans-reduction-hospital-bills/

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Nigeria: FG Inaugurates Task Force on Maternal Mortality Reduction

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FG Inaugurates Task Force on Maternal Mortality Reduction

July 26, 2017
By Jessica Onyegbula

Abuja – The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday inaugurated a task force on accelerated reduction of maternal mortality in Nigeria.

Adewole, inaugurating the task force in Abuja, said that it has three months to ensure a road map on reduction of maternal mortality in the country.

The minister said that the high Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in the country was unacceptable and had become imperative to address the challenge as soon as possible.

Continued at source: Sundiata Post: http://sundiatapost.com/2017/07/26/fg-inaugurates-task-force-on-maternal-mortality-reduction/

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Pro-Life? Trump Administration is Endangering Women’s Lives

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Pro-Life? Trump Administration is Endangering Women’s Lives
By Nina Besser Doorley
7/25/17

Last Wednesday night, the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee finalized a foreign assistance bill that guts funding for women’s health around the world. During a debate over the proposal, which would likely increase unsafe abortions and maternal deaths, Republican legislators boasted on Twitter that their legislation “protects the sanctity of life.” In reality, the funding package does exactly the opposite: It undermines global health priorities and endangers women’s lives.

Continued at source: Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/trump-administration-pro-life-endangers-women-641520

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