USA – I’ve witnessed the devastating effects of Trump’s global gag rule. Congress must act.

I’ve witnessed the devastating effects of Trump’s global gag rule. Congress must act.

By Melvine P. Ouyo
February 8, 2019

First, do no harm.

It’s a principle that has stood the test of thousands of years of practicing medicine. A principle that transcends politics and partisanship and cuts to the core of what medical providers do every day: provide. Help people.

Continued; https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/08/ive-witnessed-devastating-effects-trumps-global-gag-rule-congress-must-act/?utm_term=.01b4c98e682c

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Zimbabwe – Inside the illegal abortion market: ‘I nearly touched hell’

Inside the illegal abortion market: 'I nearly touched hell'
Zimbabwe’s tight abortion laws aren’t curbing demand, they’re driving them underground — and it’s about to get worse.

29 Jan 2019
Wendy Muperi

Tapiwa Chiwenga was two months pregnant when she slipped the pink pills inside herself, lay down on her bed, and prayed they would do their job.

They had to.

She was 22. Her boyfriend, a foreign student in Zimbabwe on a scholarship, loved her fiercely. But he was broke. So was she. She lived with her cousin and didn’t have a job. A baby simply was not in the cards.

Continued: https://bhekisisa.org/article/2019-01-29-00-illegal-abortions-zimbabwe-shut-down-what-is-the-gag-rules-impact-contraception

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South Africa – Why black market abortion methods still in high demand despite it being legal

Why black market abortion methods still in high demand despite it being legal

29 January 2019

In South Africa abortion on demand has been legally available since February 1997 but still, there are reports of women dying of illegal abortion in the black market.

One argument is that black market tablets are easily available on the street for women and girls who wa

Continued: http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/335814/why-black-market-abortion-methods-still-in-high-demand-despite-it-being-legal

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South Africa – Stigma, shame and back street abortion pill

Stigma, shame and back street abortion pills

27 January 2019
Sherlin Barends

Cape Town - Sixteen. That’s how old I was the first time I bought a pregnancy test.

“It’s not for me, it’s for a life orientation project,” I nervously explained to the middle-aged woman on the other side of the counter.

Her raised eyebrows and pursed lips were a clear indication she didn’t believe me. She was right not to. There was no assignment that required me, a Grade 10 pupil at the time, to purchase a home pregnancy test.

Continued: https://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/stigma-shame-and-back-street-abortion-pills-18990311

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Cops nab man selling abortion pills at Cape Town fast-food outlet, tablets valued at R270 000 seized

Cops nab man selling abortion pills at Cape Town fast-food outlet, tablets valued at R270 000 seized

2019-01-24
Sesona Ngqakamba

Western Cape police have discovered that you could get more than a takeaway at a fast-food outlet in Strand Street, Cape Town.

They've arrested a foreign national at the store after receiving a tip-off that he was selling various prescription drugs, including the abortion tablet Misopostrol, at the store.

Continued: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/cops-nab-man-selling-abortion-pills-at-cape-town-fast-food-outlet-tablets-valued-at-r270-000-seized-20190124

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Nigeria’s restrictive laws and women’s sexual reproductive rights

Nigeria’s restrictive laws and women’s sexual reproductive rights

By PER SECOND NEWS
Jan 23, 2019

Reproductive rights rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. They also include the right of all to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence.
– The World Health Organization, WHO.

Hauwa Isah* (name changed to protect identity) was 16 when she got married to a 25-year-old man her family chose for her. Living in a rural village Ibeto, Magama Local government area of Niger state doesn’t come with a lot of prospects for anyone, much more females, she said. “Here, as a woman you are expected to grow up, get married and have babies. Anything other than that is travesty,” she said in Hausa.

Continued: https://www.newsghana.com.gh/nigerias-restrictive-laws-and-womens-sexual-reproductive-rights/

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South Africa – Illegal abortion clinics on the increase in both townships and suburbs

Illegal abortion clinics on the increase in both townships and suburbs

19 January 2019

It is a constitutional right in South Africa for women to demand for an abortion to be performed on them should they chose to, from as early as the age of twelve years. They can present themselves to a public facility, demanding for one, and it will be conducted without having to get consent from a parent.

However we have health practitioners who will refuse to perform abortion on the basis of their conscious, which is unacceptable. This results in people opting for a backyard abortion which places one's health at high risk.

Continued: http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/334561/listen-illegal-abortion-clinics-on-the-increase-in-both-townships-and-suburbs

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The African ‘Women’s Wave’ is powered by pro-choice Christian feminists

The African ‘Women’s Wave’ is powered by pro-choice Christian feminists

January 18, 2019
Meagan Clark

As a young girl without much education, Anwuli moved more than 500 km (or 300 miles) to the sprawling megacity of Lagos, Nigeria’s capital, to find work as a maid. She never imagined her employer, or “master” as the term is still used, a family man with two children, would rape her.

When Anwuli’s pregnant belly began showing, the man’s wife threw her out of the house before anyone could find out what her husband had done. Unemployed and living with a girl friend, Anwuli met a woman named Olive Iroegbu, a community health worker for a Christian organization that aims to educate youth about sexual health and help victims of sexual abuse.

Continued: https://themediaproject.org/news/2019/1/19/the-african-womens-wave-is-powered-by-pro-choice-christian-feminists

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Kenya – Condoms, abortions, LGBT rights: Controversial cases filed in court this year

Condoms, abortions, LGBT rights: Controversial cases filed in court this year

Jan. 02, 2019
By ANNETTE WAMBULWA

As the year ends, there are several cases which stand out having been filed in court which have caught the eye of the public and have been a trending topic on all social media platforms.

The recent ban of abortion at the Maries Stopes Clinics countrywide drew mixed reactions on social media with some supporting the move and the other half condemning the decision.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019/01/02/condoms-abortions-lgbt-rights-controversial-cases-filed-in-court-this_c1864071

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Kenya – Why government lifted Marie Stopes abortion ban

Why government lifted Marie Stopes abortion ban

Dec. 24, 2018
By GORDON OUKO

Marie Stopes clinics has complied with conditions set by the government for it to provide abortion services in the country.

The conditions, which are aimed at stiffening the regulation of reproductive health services in the country, were issued by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board on November 14.

Citing safety risks, the board imposed a ban restricting the reproductive health clinic from conducting abortions in the country.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/12/24/why-government-lifted-marie-stopes-abortion-ban_c1869632

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