India – The Abortion Pill: The How, The Why, And Everything In-Between

The Abortion Pill: The How, The Why, And Everything In-Between

By Guest Writer
December 14, 2018

One would think that the legalisation of abortion would lead to safer options for Indian women. But the truth is far from it. Despite the legal approval to terminate a pregnancy, India continues to witness millions of incidents of unsafe abortions, making it the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India.

There is a battery of reasons that indicate why a developing country like India continues to see unsafe abortions such as the moral objection, stigma, lack of awareness, cost of abortion, legal loopholes to name a few.

Continued: https://feminisminindia.com/2018/12/14/abortion-pill-information/

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Abortion Levels in Pakistan are One of the World’s Highest

Abortion Levels in Pakistan are One of the World’s Highest
A study by the Population Council has highlighted Pakistan as having one of the highest rates of abortion globally, We look at the reasons for the findings.

December 11, 2018
By Jasneet Kaur Bagri

A study conducted by a New York-based Population Council has noted, that Pakistan has one of the world’s highest levels of abortion.

This study occurred as part of a nonprofit organisation that advocates family planning and as such they did a deep dive to investigate the global levels of abortion.

Continued: https://www.desiblitz.com/content/abortion-levels-in-pakistan-is-one-of-the-worlds-highest

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Pakistan – Bill prohibiting gender disclosure during pregnancies to be tabled to end abortio

Bill prohibiting gender disclosure during pregnancies to be tabled to end abortion

December 9, 2018

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has announced that a bill prohibiting the disclosure of gender during the pregnancy would be tabled soon to end the trend of sex-selective abortion.

She revealed this while addressing a seminar on “Ending Gender-Based Violence” held under the ambit of the Punjab Government in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN).

continued: https://dailytimes.com.pk/331409/bill-prohibiting-gender-disclosure-during-pregnancies-to-be-tabled-to-end-abortion/

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Nepal – Women seeking safe abortion spike in Bajura

Women seeking safe abortion spike in Bajura

Published: December 05, 2018

BAJURA: Uma Thapa (name changed) residing in Budiganga Municipality of Bajura district underwent two unsafe abortions and had to visit Bayalpata hospital in Aacham district for treatment.

However, this time around, she aborted a fetus at a local Devalsen Health Centre as safe abortion service has been launched at the facility in the village.

continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/women-seeking-safe-abortion-spike-in-bajura/

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How stigma and restricted access stop Indian women from seeking safe abortions

How stigma and restricted access stop Indian women from seeking safe abortions
When women who approach doctors are denied abortion, they are forced to break the law and opt for unsafe abortion. The result? Unsafe abortions is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India.

Haripriya Suresh and Shiba Kurian
Friday, November 30, 2018

For her first termination of pregnancy, Aishwarya* had gone to a gynaecologist, but was flat out denied by the doctor, who said she would not perform the abortion. The doctor then referred her to a colleague, who turned out to be an IVF specialist. The second doctor, too, denied her the abortion, and instead asked her to carry the pregnancy to term and have a baby. Aishwarya was seven weeks pregnant at the time, but the IVF specialist refused to give her a medical kit, and stated that she was too far along, and asked her to come in for a prohibitively expensive surgery to abort.

“I walked out of the hospital, went to my neighbourhood pharmacy, asked for the kit, and I self-medicated,” Aishwarya says.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/how-stigma-and-restricted-access-stop-indian-women-seeking-safe-abortions-92505

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Why The Abortion Rate In Pakistan Is One Of The World’s Highest

Why The Abortion Rate In Pakistan Is One Of The World's Highest

Diaa Hadid
Nov 28, 2018

When at 19 Mehnaz became pregnant for the fifth time, she panicked. She already had four daughters, and her husband was threatening to throw her out if she had another. So she did what millions of Pakistani women do every year: She had an abortion.

Like many of those women, her abortion was partly self-administered. "I kept taking tablets — whatever I laid my hands on," she says. "I lifted heavy things" — like the furniture in her tiny living room. She drank brews of boiled dates — many Pakistanis believe the beverage triggers labor.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/11/28/661763318/why-the-abortion-rate-in-pakistan-is-one-of-the-worlds-highest

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In pictures: Expanding access to safe abortion in India

In pictures: Expanding access to safe abortion in India

Nov 23, 2018
International Planned Parenthood Federation

(Stories and pictures of the work and experiences of 8 women in India)

Konika* - Mother of three, Parivar Swasthya Kendra (PSK) client

Konika is 20 years old, and the mother of three girls. Like many local young women, she decided to have an abortion when she became pregnant for the fourth time within five years. Citing financial issues as the driving force behind her decision, despite her mother-in-laws desire for her to have another child, hoping this time it would be a boy.

Continued: https://www.ippf.org/expanding-safe-abortion-India

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‘They Ordered Me To Get An Abortion’: A Chinese Woman’s Ordeal In Xinjiang

'They Ordered Me To Get An Abortion': A Chinese Woman's Ordeal In Xinjiang

November 23, 2018
Rob Schmitz

When the 37-year-old Chinese woman stepped over China's border into Kazakhstan last July, she felt free.

The woman — who doesn't want NPR to use her name for fear of retaliation by Chinese authorities — says after her husband died in 2015, she was left with two children, a tiny house in the countryside of China's Xinjiang region, and little else. She despaired of her future.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/2018/11/23/669203831/they-ordered-me-to-get-an-abortion-a-chinese-womans-ordeal-in-xinjiang

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Let’s Talk About The Long Overdue Reforms Needed In The Abortion Laws Of India

Let’s Talk About The Long Overdue Reforms Needed In The Abortion Laws Of India

By Nyaaya
November 22, 2018
Posted by Malavika Rajkumar

A 35-year-old pregnant rape victim discovers that she is HIV positive in her 17th week of pregnancy. She approaches a government shelter, an approved place to conduct an abortion, but is denied the abortion. They demand parental and spousal consent, even though under the law, a woman above the age of 18, does not need such consent.

She approaches the High Court only to have the High Court deny the request. She’s 26 weeks pregnant by the time the case reaches the Supreme Court which recognises the improper treatment she has been subject to, but ultimately denies the abortion because under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, she had crossed the 20 week limit for abortion.

Continued: https://feminisminindia.com/2018/11/22/abortion-laws-reforms-india/

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Kyrgyzstan – Improvement of availability and quality of safe abortion services discussed in Bishkek

Improvement of availability and quality of safe abortion services discussed in Bishkek

Bishkek, Nov. 21, 2018. /Kabar/

A technical meeting on “Improvement of availability and quality of safe abortion services” is being held in Bishkek.

Experts told that despite the existence of safe, simple and effective interventions based on the principles of evidence-based medicine, almost 22 million unsafe abortions are performed annually, which continues to contribute considerably to the global burden of maternal morbidity and mortality.

In Kyrgyzstan, in 2015, the maternal mortality rate was the highest among the Central Asian countries, 6.3 times higher than in Kazakhstan, 2.4 times higher than in Tajikistan, 1.8 times higher than in Turkmenistan, and 2.1 times higher than in Uzbekistan.

Continued: http://kabar.kg/eng/news/improvement-of-availability-and-quality-of-safe-abortion-services-discussed-in-bishkek/

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