More women may die as Trump creates $600m gap in funding, Nigerian activists cry out

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More women may die as Trump creates $600m gap in funding, Nigerian activists cry out

On March 17, 2018
By Josephine Agbonkhese

One year after US President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, otherwise known as the Global Gag Rule, women’s rights activists in Nigeria have decried the policy’s effect on disadvantaged women and girls in the country.

The document, which prohibits the use of US aid money for abortions, prevents NGOs from using private funds for abortion services, from referring women to groups that provide abortions, and even from offering information on services such as contraceptives, has, in effect, created a $600m funding gap on maternal health services’ delivery worldwide.

Continued: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/03/women-may-die-trump-creates-600m-gap-funding-nigerian-activists-cry/

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First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ethiopian Adolescents Released

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First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ethiopian Adolescents Released
Improved Access to Safe Abortion Has Benefited Adolescent Women

March 14, 2018
News Release

A new study finds that adolescent women have benefited greatly from the 2005 expansion of Ethiopia’s abortion law that gave them access to safe, legal abortion services. “Playing it Safe: Legal and Clandestine Abortions Among Adolescents in Ethiopia,” conducted by researchers from the Guttmacher Institute and Ipas, documents for the first time legal and clandestine abortion rates among Ethiopian adolescents (aged 15–19), and the severity of abortion-related complications in this age-group. The study found that adolescents are more likely than older women to obtain legal abortion services, and that complications from unsafe abortion are just as severe among adolescents as they are among other age-groups.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2018/first-study-incidence-abortion-among-ethiopian-adolescents-released

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Nigeria – VAPP Law, antidote to Global Gag Rule, says NRHJN

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VAPP Law, antidote to Global Gag Rule, says NRHJN

March 13, 2018
By Sola Ogundipe

THE Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, NRHJN, has urged states of the Nigerian federation to pass the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2018 (VAPP Act 2018) into law without delay.

In a statement to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, IWD, the network observed that the VAPP Law had potential to be Nigeria’s antidote to the expanded Global Gag Rule, GGR, introduced in 2017 by US President Donald Trump.

Continued: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/03/vapp-law-antidote-global-gag-rule-says-nrhjn/

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Nigeria – Trump’s Global Gag Rule threatens women’s health, rights

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Trump’s Global Gag Rule threatens women’s health, rights

March 9, 2018
By APPOLONIA ADEYEMI

With a restrictive abortion law in Nigeria, thousands of sexually active adolescents and married women die needlessly from unsafe abortion. Rather than provide succour, the United States (US) President, Donald Trump’s Global Gag Rule has further tightened the noose on women, especially in developing countries. APPOLONIA ADEYEMI reports

The ordinary man in the street in Nigeria may not immediately understand the consequence of the United States (US) President Donald Trump’s Global Gag Rule (GGR). It may sound like an issue concerning foreigners in faraway far east Asian countries or in off shore Archipelago communities around the Pacific Ocean, but it is now very clear that the Trump’s GGR otherwise known as the Mexico City Policy, does not mean well for women’s reproductive health and rights globally.

Continued: https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/03/trumps-global-gag-rule-threatens-womens-health-rights/

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Uganda – Misuse of Misoclear driving abortion rates

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Misuse of Misoclear driving abortion rates
March 10, 2018

“One morning, in December last year, as the taxi I was travelling in came to a halt on Nakivubo Road, my eyes landed on a poster on the wall of BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Temple (Biwologoma). Someone was advertising legal abortion services. This seems interesting, I thought to myself.

When I called the telephone number provided on the poster, a man answered. He was cordial, and when I told him I wanted to have an abortion, he asked, Is this your first time to call this number? When I answered in the affirmative, he promised to send me a price list so that I would go to the clinic near Nakasero Market with an informed view.

Continued: http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Full-Woman/Misoclear-abortion-rates-Drugs-cost-women-/689842-4334624-13gn1dpz/index.html

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Nigeria – Women want access to abortion

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Women want access to abortion

March 9, 2018
By Dorcas Jonah

The National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) has appealed to the Federal Government to remove legal restrictions on abortion to ensure safe services.

Mrs Gloria Shoda, President of NCWS, made call at a one day sensitisation workshop for women on ‘Unsafe Abortion’ organised in collaboration with IPAS as part of activities to mark the 2018 International Women’s Day in Abuja.

Continued: http://www.nan.ng/health/women-want-access-abortion/

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US abortion funding rule hurting health overseas, aid groups argue

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US abortion funding rule hurting health overseas, aid groups argue

By Nicole Gaouette, CNN
Thu March 8, 2018

Washington (CNN)Less than a year after the Trump administration moved to cut funding for international organizations that provide women's reproductive health care and abortions, aid groups report they are beginning to see a host of negative impacts.

In Nigeria, health groups found greater difficulty accessing contraception, reduced access to health services, and an increasingly hostile environment for sexual and reproductive health rights.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/08/politics/global-gag-early-health-impact/index.html

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Global Gag Rule: Implications For Women In Nigeria

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Global Gag Rule: Implications For Women In Nigeria

By Ijeoma Ukazu
On Mar 7, 2018

March of each year is set aside to celebrate women worldwide as pillars who despite gender disparity strife to make headway in life.

A common saying, “educate a woman or girl child, you educate a nation” resonates strongly, but sadly, most issues concerning the girl-child is relegated to the background as she is believed in some parts of the world to be seen and not heard.

Continued: https://thewhistler.ng/story/global-gag-rule-implications-women-nigeria/

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‘More Ugandan women aged 40 and above seek abortion services’

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‘More Ugandan women aged 40 and above seek abortion services’

Wednesday March 7 2018
By ANTHONY WESAKA

KAMPALA. Women above 40 years are increasingly accessing abortion services in the country, a senior gynaecologist attached to Mulago national referral hospital has revealed.

Dr Charles Kiggundu explained that this trend has taken the medical world by surprise since it’s usually abortions among teenagers that are common.

Continued: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/More-Ugandan-women-aged-40-above-seek-abortion-services/688334-4331866-15878fp/index.html

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In Lesotho, women say they’re finding their abortions on Facebook

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In Lesotho, women say they're finding their abortions on Facebook

Story by Rossalyn Warren, for CNN
Mar 7, 2018

Maseru, Lesotho — Mpho opened a new chat on WhatsApp, entered an unfamiliar number, and typed a question she never thought she would have to ask.

Mpho: When can I get the pills?
I'm 7 weeks pregnant.
Doctor: Tomorrow
1000LSL including womb cleaning.
Okay.
Does it hurt?
No. 9am tomorrow, come by then.

Mpho, who asked that CNN not use her real name, didn't know who she was talking to. She found the phone number on a Facebook post while searching for "abortion pills, Lesotho" online. The person reading her messages claimed to be a doctor.
In Lesotho, a remote country home to just 2.2 million people and surrounded by South Africa, abortion is strictly illegal, apart from in life-threatening cases.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/07/health/lesotho-abortions-asequals-intl/index.html

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