Video: Abortion rights under pressure in Tunisia

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Video: Abortion rights under pressure in Tunisia

Video by Lilia BLAISE , Fadil ALIRIZA , Hamdi TLILI
Text by FRANCE 24
Latest update : 2018-06-17

Although abortion has been legal in Tunisia for more than four decades it remains controversial in what is still a socially conservative country. FRANCE 24’s team on the ground takes a closer look at the issue.

Abortion was legalised in Tunisia in 1973. Under the late President Habib Bourgiba, a family planning centre was set up in every region of the country as part of a broader policy strategy to promote women’s rights.

In 2017 alone, nearly 16,000 abortions were carried out across Tunisia.

Continued: http://www.france24.com/en/20180617-right-abortion-under-constant-pressure-tunisia-bourguiba-contraception

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Activists: Senegal’s Abortion Laws Lead Women to Infanticide, Prison

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Activists: Senegal's Abortion Laws Lead Women to Infanticide, Prison

June 14, 2018
Sofia Christensen

Infanticide is the second most important cause of female incarceration in Senegal. Rights groups, who have raised concern over the conditions of women's detention, blame the country's restrictive laws on abortion. Many are calling on the government to loosen its legislation.

Aminata, a name she chose to hide her true identity, was asleep with her two youngest children when police came to her home in the town of Mbour in the middle of the night.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/a/activists-senegal-abortion-laws-lead-women-to-infanticide-prison/4438964.html

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Trump’s Ban On Funding For Overseas Abortions Has Some Little-Known Exceptions

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Trump's Ban On Funding For Overseas Abortions Has Some Little-Known Exceptions

June 13, 2018
Nurith Aizenman

It was one of Donald Trump's first acts as President: a Jan. 23, 2017 executive order that cuts off U.S. support to foreign groups unless they promise not to "perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning." This includes providing patients with referrals or information about the procedure, even if those activities are funded by non-U.S. government sources.

Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has adopted a variant of the "Mexico City policy" — so called after the city where it was first announced. And every Democratic successor has reversed it.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/06/13/616906884/trumps-ban-on-funding-for-overseas-abortions-has-some-little-known-exceptions

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Tanzania: Unsafe Abortion, the Silent Killer in Tanzania

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Tanzania: Unsafe Abortion, the Silent Killer in Tanzania

June 13, 2018

ALTHOUGH pregnancy termination is restricted by law in Tanzania, it is widely practiced and almost always unsafe, and contributes to the country's high maternal morbidity and mortality. Yet the majority of abortion-related deaths are preventable, as are the unintended pregnancies associated with abortion.

Better access to contraceptives, more comprehensive post abortion care and greater availability of safe abortion services within the current legal framework are critical.

Continued: http://allafrica.com/stories/201806140063.html

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Despite ban in Nigeria, Ghana, search for abortion pills highest in both countries – Survey

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Despite ban in Nigeria, Ghana, search for abortion pills highest in both countries – Survey

June 8, 2018
Ebuka Onyeji

While Nigeria’s abortion laws are some of the most restrictive in the world, the country ranks top among countries its citizens are in search of abortion pills, a new survey has revealed.

Nigeria and Ghana are the two countries with the highest search interest in Misoprostol, an abortion pill, the BBC reports.

Continued: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/271561-despite-ban-in-nigeria-ghana-search-for-abortion-pills-highest-in-both-countries-survey.html

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South Africa – It takes more than pro-choice laws to end deaths from unsafe abortions

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It takes more than pro-choice laws to end deaths from unsafe abortions
South Africa legalised abortion in 1997. Yet so few clinics offer them that women still risk their lives by turning to illegal means

Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng
Wed 6 Jun 2018

I have been an abortion provider for as long as I have been a qualified doctor. In the past five years, I have been inundated with emails, social media requests and calls from women from all walks of life desperate for my help.

I will never forget one young woman who came to the public clinic in the West Rand township near Johannesburg, panicking about massive blood loss from her vagina. It was only after some prompting that she and a family member admitted to using abortion pills purchased outside a shopping centre. She bought the pills after being denied an abortion by the local clinic, where health workers told her “We don’t do those things here,” and shamed her for being young and sexually active.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jun/06/pro-choice-laws-deaths-unsafe-abortions-south-africa-dr-tlaleng-mofokeng

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100 Women: The modern face of the ‘DIY abortion’

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100 Women: The modern face of the 'DIY abortion'

6 June 2018

Global online searches for abortion pills have more than doubled over the last decade, BBC analysis of Google searches shows. The findings also suggest that in countries where abortion laws are more restrictive, there is greater search interest in abortion pills.

By buying pills online and sharing medical advice through WhatsApp groups, women are increasingly turning to technology to sidestep legal barriers to abortion.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-44089526

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Africans are searching for abortion pills online more than anyone else in the world

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Africans are searching for abortion pills online more than anyone else in the world

by Bridget Boakye
June 06, 2018

Women’s health is an especially big concern in Sub-Saharan Africa, and safe pregnancy and abortion top the list as one of many women’s most pressing health concern.

According to the UNICEF, global maternal mortality ratio declined by 44 per cent between 1990 to 2015 but it remains unacceptably high in sub-Saharan Africa. The region accounted for 62% (179 000) of global maternity-related deaths in 2013. One of the major complications that account for nearly 75% of all maternal deaths is unsafe abortions (WHO).

Continued: https://face2faceafrica.com/article/africans-are-searching-for-abortion-pills-online-more-than-anyone-else-in-the-world

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Reality Check: Year One Impact of Trump’s Global Gag Rule

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Reality Check: Year One Impact of Trump’s Global Gag Rule
Jun 6, 2018

Click to view the full report [PDF]

Executive Summary

On January 23, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum reinstating and expanding the Mexico City Policy, also known as the “Global Gag Rule.” President Trump’s implementation plan for the expanded policy, called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” was announced in May 2017. The policy states that any foreign nongovernmental organization that takes US global health funds must certify that they do not engage in certain abortion-related activities, including providing abortion services, information, counseling and referrals, and advocating to expand access to safe abortion services. The Global Gag Rule applies to what organizations do with their own non-US government funds and forces health care providers to choose between providing a comprehensive spectrum of reproductive health care and receiving critical US funding. Trump’s Global Gag Rule expands a bad policy enacted by previous Republican presidents since Ronald Reagan, but now implicating almost $9 billion in US foreign assistance and affecting many organizations that had not previously had to comply with it.

Continued: https://iwhc.org/resources/reality-check-year-one-trump-global-gag-rule/

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South Africa – How the ACDP peddled unproven fact in its bid to tighten SA’s abortion laws

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How the ACDP peddled unproven fact in its bid to tighten SA's abortion laws

05 Jun 2018
Africa Check, Gopolang Makou

The party cannot substantiate claims it made before Parliament in March, finds Africa Check.

In 2017, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) proposed a Bill that proposed restricting access to safe abortions in the country by, for instance, outlawing abortions after 13 weeks based on socioeconomic grounds and procedures at 20 weeks in cases where, for instance, fetuses had severe deformities.

The legislation also would have added requirements, such as mandatory counselling and sonagram viewing, that ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley told Bhekisisa would promote informed consent. But some doctors alleged the new counselling criteria was nothing more than an attempt to manipulate women.

Continued: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2018-06-05-00-how-the-acdp-peddled-unproven-facts-in-its-bid-to-tighten-sas-abortion-laws

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