Uganda: Health Experts, Government Disagree Over Teenage Contraceptive Guidelines

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Uganda: Health Experts, Government Disagree Over Teenage Contraceptive Guidelines

By Anthony Wesaka
12 October 2017

Kampala — As Uganda joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of the girl child on Wednesday, the recent decision by government to halt the release of the guidelines on contraceptives to be used by girls as young as 10 years old, has been sharply criticised.

On September 28, this year, State minister for Primary Healthcare, Ms Joyce Moriku, declined to launch the guidelines on National Guidelines and Standards for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The minister reasoned that the Health ministry did not own the guidelines and that they neede

Continued at source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201710130045.html

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South Africa: Backstreet abortions: Illegal, dingy clinics advertise ‘safe … pain free’ procedures

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Backstreet abortions: Illegal, dingy clinics advertise ‘safe ... pain free’ procedures

ILLEGAL abortions for women who are as far as six months pregnant are just a text message away, a news.com.au investigation has revealed.
Megan Palin
October 7, 2017

“SAFE abortions — pain free,” one flyer stuck to a tin shack reads.

The advertisement includes a phone number and guarantees “same day” procedures.

It’s one of hundreds like it plastered around the cities and shanty towns of South Africa, where the majority of citizens live below the poverty line.

Continued at source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/backstreet-abortions-illegal-dingy-clinics-advertise-safe-pain-free-procedures/news-story/66b06d317fab4069fe469dc678dd01f1

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Africa/Nigeria: Abortions that kill and the laws that enable them

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Abortions that kill and the laws that enable them

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By The Sexuality Blog October 6, 2017

A new study published in the scientific journal, “The Lancet” has just revealed that about 50% of all abortions performed across the world are either illegal or performed in unsafe environments.

Dr. Bela Ganatra, the lead author of this study which was performed over the course of four years (2010 – 2014) discovered that an estimated 55.7 million abortions were performed across the world and about 30 million of those abortions happened in third world countries.

Continued: The Sexuality Blog: https://ynaija.com/90-abortions-will-happen-year-nigeria-will-illegal-unsafe/

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Abortion in Johannesburg: Painting the town safe

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Abortion in Johannesburg: Painting the town safe

6th October, 2017

From a young age, girls are exposed to posters on the side of the road reading “quick & painless abortion”. It doesn’t take long before this message is ingrained in their heads and such information is ready to be used in case they ever find themselves in this situation.

Abortion in South Africa is rarely spoken about. The spaces in which we find ourselves getting educated about it are specialized and hard to access. But abortion is legal and there are professional and registered providers all over the country that can offer the service in the safest way possible.

Continued at source: https://safe2choose.org/safe-providers-painting-town-sa/

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Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

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Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

October 3, 2017
Susan Brink

Of the 56 million annual abortions performed around the world, nearly half, or 25 million, posed some threat to the health or life of the woman. The vast majority of unsafe abortions – 97 percent — were performed in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

And about half of those abortions in poor countries are unsafe, compared with just 12.5 percent in wealthy countries, according to a report in last week's issue of The Lancet, the British medical journal.

Gilda Sedgh, an author of the paper, is a scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive rights research organization. We talked with her about the problem of unsafe abortions in low-income countries. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Continued at source: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/10/03/555317349/nearly-half-of-all-abortions-unsafe-in-developing-countries

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Malawi: Beware men: five years for forcing women to abort

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Beware men: five years for forcing women to abort
By Luke Bisani on Oct 02, 2017

Among other reasons on why women terminate pregnancy is because they are forced by men who impregnate them, but the revised termination of pregnancy bill seeks to have such men given a maximum jail term of five years.

Confirming on the new development, chief law reform officer at Malawi Law Commission Mike Chinoko said when the bill is approved to be a law, men are to be jailed if reported to have forced women terminate pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://malawi24.com/2017/10/02/beware-men-five-years-forcing-women-abort/

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Kenya: On International Safe Abortion Day, “we learned how to love ourselves”

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On International Safe Abortion Day, “we learned how to love ourselves”

2nd October, 2017

On September 28th, 2017, many people around the world concerned with women’s rights attended events for the International Safe Abortion Day. Besides participating in a global campaign articulated by respected international and local organizations, safe2choose also decided to join a smaller discussion group in Mathare, an informal settlement of Nairobi, Kenya, to understand the daily struggles faced by local women.

The event was held in a simple school hall that was decorated with posters and signs displaying slogans such as “Stop rollbacks on our SRHR, funding saves lives“, that carried the #IResistWePersist hashtag, promoted by the Women’s Global Campaign for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR). It was an opportunity to witness first hand the incredible achievements of a local NGO, Fortress of Hope Africa (FOHA), which has also joined safe2choose’s call to action to say why safe abortion must be available to all women worldwide.

Continued: https://safe2choose.org/safe-abortion-day-love/

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The Price of Senegal’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws

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The Price of Senegal’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws

By Allyn Gaestel and Ricci Shryock
Oct 1, 2017

The Mbeubeuss landfill, on the outskirts of the Senegalese capital, Dakar, feels almost volcanic to visitors. Mountainous piles of waste encircle wide craters, where trash fires spew smoke and spit ash into the sky. The odor is nauseating: decaying foods and clothes, burnt plastic and tires. Sporadically, the scent of decomposing human flesh emerges from the fetor. The bodies are those of unwanted newborn children discarded in the city, gathered by trash collectors, and found by workers at the dump. El Hajj Diallo, the president of the landfill's collective of waste pickers, told us that, because he has found so many dead babies here, he wants Senegal to legalize abortion, at least for victims of rape and incest.

Continued at source: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-price-of-senegals-strict-anti-abortion-laws

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Kenya: Women still dying from unsafe abortions despite the law

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Women still dying from unsafe abortions despite the law

Sunday October 1 2017

By AGNES ODHIAMBO

James lives in a Nairobi slum and takes care of his niece. Her mother died almost 10 years ago following complications from a botched abortion. She had become pregnant in a horrific gang rape.

“She told us that she saw three men rape her and then she lost consciousness,” James told me. “She was just quiet most of the time after the rape. She didn’t want the baby. She tried to abort three times.”

Continued at source: http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Women-still-dying-from-unsafe-abortions-despite-the-law-/440808-4118598-pnfb0v/index.html

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South Africa: It’s Time to End the Stigma and Silence Around Abortion

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Africa: It's Time to End the Stigma and Silence Around Abortion

Sep 28, 2017
By Marion Stevens

International Safe Abortion Day - celebrated every year on September 28 - marks a woman's fundamental reproductive right to access safe, legal abortion. For many women all over the world, this right, along with the right to access modern contraception, is essential for their maternal health, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and well-being. It allows women and couples the right to decide freely if and when to have children.

Especially for the many women who have unsupportable pregnancies, abortion is a vital yet normal medical procedure during their reproductive lives. When performed properly, abortion procedures are safe and can saves women's lives. However, unlike other reproductive health services, abortion is enveloped by stigma and silence, which leads to many women in South Africa lacking access to this crucial health service.

Continued at source: All Africa: http://allafrica.com/stories/201709280584.html

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