Study: Abortions From Rapes on Rise in Cameroon’s Conflict Zones

Study: Abortions From Rapes on Rise in Cameroon's Conflict Zones

February 20, 2019
Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE — A new study confirms rape has become a weapon of war in Cameroon's separatist conflict, and many victims are terminating pregnancies with crude, unsafe abortion techniques.

Sixteen-year-old Mercy Azefor says she was raped in Nkambe while hiding on her mother's farm after her parents were killed in April 2018. Nkambe is in the Northwest region, one of two areas where English-speaking separatist groups are fighting to break away from Cameroon and its French-speaking majority.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/a/study-abortions-rapes-increasing-cameroon-conflict-zones/4796973.html

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Power to terminate pregnancy key to woman’s right to health

Power to terminate pregnancy key to woman's right to health

Tuesday February 19 2019
By ANN NGIGI

Kenya should focus on the well-being and safety of its women. Women’s sexual and reproductive rights need recognition and active reinforcement, and safe and legal abortion is a positive step in that direction.

Abortions are not permitted in Kenya unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is a need for emergency treatment or the life or health of the mother is in danger.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Power-to-terminate-pregnancy-key-to-woman-s-right-to-health/440808-4989524-118b6f0z/index.html

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Desperate Measures: Why do moms abandon babies?

Desperate Measures: Why do moms abandon babies?

2019-02-18
Nokuthula Khanyile

Poverty, rape, abuse and lack of documentation.

These are some of the many reasons some mothers choose to abandon their babies.

Experts say the shocking discovery of a newborn who was rescued alive from inside a stormwater drain in Durban this week, highlights an ongoing crisis that needs to be addressed urgently.

Continued: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/desperate-measures-why-do-moms-abandon-babies-20190218

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Namibia decriminalises baby abandonment

Namibia decriminalises baby abandonment

Feb 15, 2019
AFP

Mothers are being encouraged to give up children to be looked after by the state without being prosecuted rather than resort to an illegal abortion.

The Namibian government on Friday said it hoped a new law to remove criminal penalties for mothers abandoning their new-born babies would ensure women who cannot look after their children can hand them safely to authorities.

Continued: https://citizen.co.za/news/news-africa/2084745/namibia-decriminalises-baby-abandonment/amp/

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184 Nigerian women die everyday due to unsafe abortions

184 Nigerian women die everyday due to unsafe abortions

By Charles Akpeji -
Feb 15, 2019

No fewer than 184 Nigeria women die daily as a result of unsafe abortion.

The leadership of IPAS who made this known at a training workshop organized for media practitioners on capacity building on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, said 67.000 women die annually from unsafe abortion in the country.

Continued: https://naija247news.com/2019/02/15/184-nigerian-women-die-everyday-due-to-unsafe-abortions/

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Kenya – Facts about abortion that many don’t know about

Facts about abortion that many don’t know about

By Esther Muchene
15th Feb 2019

The country is still reeling from the death of human’s right defender Caroline Mwatha following a botched abortion at New Njiru Community Center in Dandora.

According to Peter Ndegwa, an independent pathologist, the activist died as a result of excessive bleeding from a ruptured uterus. Mwatha had a five to six month old male foetus that was badly mutilated.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/evewoman/article/2001313202/facts-about-abortion-that-many-don-t-know-about

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Kenyan activist’s death in botched abortion spotlights ‘killer’ backstreet clinics

Kenyan activist's death in botched abortion spotlights 'killer' backstreet clinics

February 15, 2019
Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The death of a Kenyan activist due a botched abortion spotlights how thousands of pregnant women and girls are being driven by social stigma and restrictive policies to lose their lives in backstreet clinics, human rights campaigners said on Friday.

Caroline Mwatha disappeared on Feb. 6 in Dandora, a poor neighborhood in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, where she lived and campaigned against the abusive treatment of people in police custody, raising alarm among rights groups.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-women-abortion/kenyan-activists-death-in-botched-abortion-spotlights-killer-backstreet-clinics-idUSKCN1Q42H0

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Kenya – SMSes Carol Mwatha sent to ‘lover’ planning visit to abortion clinic

EXCLUSIVE: SMSes Carol Mwatha sent to ‘lover’ planning visit to abortion clinic

by Nyaboga Kiage
February 14th, 2019

As she writhed in pain due to the unsafe abortion that she had undergone, Ms Carol Mwatha did not stop assuring her alleged lover Alexander Gitau Gikonya that she loved him.

In text messages shared between the two lovers and which detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) believe will assist in the investigations, Ms Mwatha clearly explains that she was five months pregnant by Tuesday last week.

Continued: https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/life/smses-carol-mwatha-sent-to-lover/

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Autopsy finds Kenyan right activist died from bad abortion

Autopsy finds Kenyan right activist died from bad abortion

The Associated Press
Published: February 14, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya — An autopsy shows that a Kenyan rights activist, missing for six days before her body was discovered in a city morgue, died from a botched abortion.

Many had feared that Caroline Mwatha’s disappearance and death had to do with her work at the Dandora Social Justice Center which has been documenting illegal police killings and other violations.

Dr. Peter Muriuki, who conducted the autopsy for Mwatha’s family, said she died of excessive bleeding both internally and externally. He said it was a result of a medical intervention removing the fetus.

Police asked a court Thursday to hold six people for 14 days to investigate Mwatha’s death. They include the owner of the clinic where she died. Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless it’s an emergency to save the mother.

Source: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/autopsy-finds-kenyan-right-activist-died-from-bad-abortion/

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Ghana – GHS urged to make safe abortion services readily available

GHS urged to make safe abortion services readily available
Feb 13, 2019

Mr Raphael Godlove Ahenu, the Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), a human rights advocacy media Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has called on the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to make safe abortion services available.

He said because safe abortion and other sexually reproductive services were not readily available in communities’ unreported cases of unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infections among adolescents were remained high.

Continued: https://www.businessghana.com/site/news/general/181896/GHS-urged-to-make-safe-abortion-services-readily-available

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