How a Change in U.S. Abortion Policy Threatens Lives in Malawi

How a Change in U.S. Abortion Policy Threatens Lives in Malawi

Hannah Evans, Population, Health, and Environment Specialist
Posted on November 9, 2018

“On average, in a day, sometimes we handle about ten women related to abortion cases,” Sylvester Zimba explains to a reporter from Vice News in August of 2017. Zimba is a nurse who specializes in post-abortion care at Kasungu District Hospital, a small clinic in rural Malawi and the sole medical facility for 600,000 people.

Zimba explains that many women come to the clinic claiming they have experienced a spontaneous abortion despite what a later examination usually reveals: informal, induced procedures generally referred to as “back alley abortions” commonly cause life-threatening complications for which professional medical attention is required.

Continued: https://www.populationconnection.org/how-a-change-in-u-s-abortion-policy-threatens-lives-in-malawi/

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Ghana – MP Pushes For Law On Safe Abortions

MP Pushes For Law On Safe Abortions

Nana Kwame Asamoa-Boateng
November 6, 2018

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku in the Greater Accra Region, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, has called on parliament to consider a legal regime to guide the conduct of safe abortions since abortion is considered criminal under Section 58 of the Criminal Offence Act of 1960 (Act 29) as amended by the PNDC Law 102 of 1985.

According to him, 10,000 women and girls in Ghana die annually through attempted and unsafe abortions while 27 die daily through unsafe abortions.

Continued: http://dailyguideafrica.com/mp-pushes-for-law-on-safe-abortions/

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Uganda: Back Door Abortions Thriving in Kampala

Uganda: Back Door Abortions Thriving in Kampala

Nov 2, 2018
by Undercover Reporter

In a competitive environment, how you present yourself to customers determines your business survival. And that's exactly what 'Dr Gift', despite advertising an illegal service - which he called legal - did.

I was taking a walk in the city centre when I came across a bold advert on A4 size paper. It stood out from the other black and white adverts because it was written in red, capital letters. The poster proclaims how 'Dr Gift' provides "legal abortion and free cleaning".

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201811020904.html

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Nigeria – Group Drum Support Against Teenage Pregnancy, Unsafe Abortion

Group Drum Support Against Teenage Pregnancy, Unsafe Abortion

October 31, 2018
By Obinna Ogbonnaya Abakaliki

A Coalition of Eastern Non-Governmental Orgaizations Ebonyi state chapter, Wednesday advocated for concerted efforts to end teenage pregnancies and unsafe abortions especially among young girls in the state.

The NGO noted that if teenage pregnancy is reduced among young girls, it will help the state to develop the more with its lean resources managed properly.

Continued: https://leadership.ng/2018/10/31/group-drum-support-against-teenage-pregnancy-unsafe-abortion/

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Unsafe Abortions Soar…In Ghana

Unsafe Abortions Soar…In Ghana

31-Oct-2018

Medical doctors in Ghana are worried over increasing unsafe abortion cases in the country.

About 45 per cent of abortions in Ghana remain unsafe.

Continued: http://www.peacefmonline.com/pages/local/social/201810/366699.php

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MADAGASCAR: We can prevent women dying

MADAGASCAR: 28 SEPTEMBER REPORT – Nous pouvons éviter que des femmes meurent (We can prevent women dying)

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Oct 30, 2018

by Lovatiana Andriamboavonjy, Nifin’akanga, Madagascar

In Madagascar, the Minister of Public Health announced that an estimated 75,000 abortions take place per year in the country, that there is one abortion per ten live births and based on data from East Africa, there are about 575 deaths from complications of unsafe abortion on the Madagascar mainland per year. Complications of unsafe abortion are the second highest cause of maternal deaths registered in the health system, after antenatal and post-partum haemorrhage. In a study at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Gynécologie-Obstétrique Befelatanana in 2012-13, there were 360 cases of complications of unsafe abortion, with a fatality rate of 4.16%. According to another study in this same hospital in 2011-12, the majority of those treated for complications were aged 15-24 years, with the age range being 15-43 years of age. 70% of cases were due to haemorrhage, and 30% due to sepsis. But these data do not reflect the reality outside of hospital clinics, where many women never seek treatment and die of post-abortion complications. These problems are all due to abortions being prohibited in the law, and take place clandestinely, using unsafe, often traditional methods.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/madagascar-28-september-report-nous-pouvons-eviter-que-des-femmes-meurent-we-can-prevent-women-dying/

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Ghana – We must have frank conversation on legalisation of abortion – Zanetor Rawlings

We must have frank conversation on legalisation of abortion - Zanetor Rawlings

General News of Tuesday, 30 October 2018

The subject of abortion and whether or not it should be decriminalized ought to be debated and all sides of the issue critically considered to ensure fairness to all parties that may be affected, Member of Parliament for Korle-Klottey, Zanetor Rawlings has said.

Speaking on the floor of parliament Tuesday October 30, 2018, Miss Rawlings was confident that headway will barely be made as far as the issue is concerned if the conversation is not broadened and religious bodies are involved.

Continued: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/We-must-have-frank-conversation-on-legalisation-of-abortion-Zanetor-Rawlings-696662

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Ghana – Dr. Okoe Boye calls for decriminalisation of abortion

Dr. Okoe Boye calls for decriminalisation of abortion

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ledzokuku Constituency, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, has called for the decriminalisation of abortion in the country.

According to him, he is not calling for an unrestricted, unrestrained and unstructured legal regime that grants a blank cheque for the termination of pregnancy but to bring to the attention of the members of the Ghanaian parliament the increase in abortion by the end of 2017.

Continued: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Dr-Okoe-Boye-calls-for-decriminalisation-of-abortion-696667

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Ghana – 53,114 abortion cases recorded in government hospitals in 2017

53,114 abortion cases recorded in government hospitals in 2017

29 October 2018

Medical Doctors in Ghana are worried over increasing unsafe abortion cases in the country. Almost 45 percent of abortions in Ghana remain unsafe amidst high number of abortion cases.

The Ghana Health Service has indicated that a total of 53,114 abortion cases were carried out in 2017 alone in government hospitals across the country. Globally, 25 million unsafe abortion cases occur every year, according to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Continued: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/53-114-abortion-cases-recorded-in-government-hospitals-in-2017-696181

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Zimbabwe – Post-abortion drugs in short supply

Post-abortion drugs in short supply

Letwin Nyambayo
27 October 2018

HARARE - Health facilities that are meant to offer post-abortion care in the country are experiencing shortages of essential drugs required to provide for the service.

Research conducted by Tsungai Chipato of the University of Zimbabwe's Obstetrics and Gynaecology, in conjunction with Guttmacher Institute, the ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and the Women's Action Group showed that 5 percent of the health facilities had run out of misoprostol - an essential medicine for post-abortion care.

Continued: https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2018/10/27/post-abortion-drugs-in-short-supply

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