Study explores role of pharmacy workers in expanding provision of medication abortion in Nepal

Study explores role of pharmacy workers in expanding provision of medication abortion in Nepal

Feb 4, 2019
Guttmacher Institute

Nepali pharmacy owners and staff who participated in a study on medication abortion provision in pharmacy contexts expressed confidence that they can deliver safe and effective services to their clients, and that they offer an important alternative in regions where women have limited access to clinic-based abortion care. The study, conducted by Goleen Samari of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and her U.S. and Nepali collaborators, is the first to examine the perspectives of these health workers and their role in offering pharmacy-based medication abortion in Nepal.

Despite the legalization of abortion in Nepal in 2002 and subsequent expansion of services, unsafe abortion is still common and exacts a heavy toll on women, as documented in the 2016 study, “Abortion Incidence and Unintended Pregnancy in Nepal.”

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2019/study-explores-role-pharmacy-workers-expanding-provision-medication-abortion-nepal

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India – Late abortion not that risky any more: Experts

Late abortion not that risky any more: Experts

TNN | Jan 12, 2019

KOLKATA: The Kolkata woman who has sought an abortion at 24 weeks is not an exception, since more than 50 such cases — including one in the city — have been reported from around the country in recent years, said Mumbai-based gynaecologist Nikhil Datar. Medical termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks — which requires a clearance from court — should now be allowed without legal sanction if it is found to be clinically permissible, according to Datar.

Datar had treated another Kolkata woman who went through a successful abortion two years ago. On that occasion, a seven-member medical board had been formed at SSKM Hospital to oversee the procedure which took three days.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/late-abortion-not-that-risky-any-more-experts/articleshow/67497749.cms

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Pakistan’s shocking abortion rates

Pakistan’s shocking abortion rates

By Syed Mohammad Ali
Published: January 11, 2019

Pakistan currently has one of the highest abortion rates in the world. Abortion in our country has become the means to exercise birth control, and most of these abortions are being conducted in unsafe environments. While our own media has not given this issue much attention, a recent in-depth story on America’s National Public Radio has revealed the shocking number of unsafe abortions which are taking place in our country, and their adverse impacts on the health of women.

Estimates cited by the above report indicate that 48% of pregnancies in Pakistan are unintended, of which 54% are terminated, mostly in an unsafe way. Around a third of all women who undergo abortions suffer complications, ranging from heavy bleeding to a perforated uterus and deadly infections.

Continued; https://tribune.com.pk/story/1885557/6-pakistans-shocking-abortion-rates/

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How Bangladesh Made Abortion Safer

How Bangladesh Made Abortion Safer
The government’s effort to help Rohingya victims of wartime rape has lessons for the world.

By Patrick Adams
Dec. 28, 2018

No one knows how many Rohingya became pregnant as a result of rape by the Myanmar military. No one knows how many babies were born to survivors of sexual violence living among the 750,000 Rohingya in camps in Bangladesh.

The systematic sexual violence against the Rohingya reminded many in Bangladesh of their own painful history: During Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971, the Pakistani military and local collaborators killed about 300,000 civilians and raped and tortured as many as 400,000 women and girls.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/28/opinion/rohingya-bangladesh-abortion.html

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Asia / India – FII’s Asmita Ghosh Attends ASAP Youth Advocacy Institute For Abortion Rights

FII’s Asmita Ghosh Attends ASAP Youth Advocacy Institute For Abortion Rights

By FII Team -
December 26, 2018

This December, FII Campaign Manager Asmita Ghosh was selected to be a part of the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership’s Youth Advocacy Institute. The Institute was created for activists working in sexual and reproductive health and rights from across Asia to train in abortion rights advocacy. The four-day workshop saw a mix of hands-on activities, group discussions and seminars by experts in the field.

Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) is an abortion rights advocacy organization committed to capacity building at the regional level by connecting and boosting the work of abortion rights activists across Asia in the form of workshops, conferences and small grants.

Continued: https://feminisminindia.com/2018/12/26/asap-youth-advocacy-institute-abortion-rights/

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Mumbai: 14-year-old rape survivor seeks HC’s permission for abortion

Mumbai: 14-year-old rape survivor seeks HC's permission for abortion
Under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, abortion beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy can be done only after seeking nod from the high court.
Bombay High Court, rape survivor abortion

Dec 26, 2018

Mumbai: A 14-year-old rape victim has approached the Bombay High Court seeking permission to terminate her 22-week pregnancy. A vacation bench of Justice Bharati Dangre on Monday directed the victim to be medically examined by a team of expert doctors at the state-run J J Hospital in Mumbai.

"The team should examine her (victim) and submit a detailed report on whether it is feasible and advisable to terminate the pregnancy of the victim," the court said.

Continued: https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/mumbai-14-year-old-rape-survivor-seeks-hcs-permission-for-abortion/337128

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Nepal – Many women opting for unsafe abortion

Many women opting for unsafe abortion

Kathmandu, December 25, 2018

The government provides safe abortion service free of cost across the country through various health facilities. However, data show that many women are not taking this service due to lack of awareness and to keep the matter a secret.

Karuna (name changed), a 26-year-old woman from Mugu, got pregnant for the fifth time. She already has four daughters. Considering her poor financial condition, she decided to go for abortion. But, she prioritised secrecy over safety and thus reached Kathmandu traveling a long way. She had to spend around Rs 80,000, including transport fare, medical bills, and food and lodging expenses. She is facing health complications after abortion as she did not have any idea about safe abortion centres.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/many-women-opting-for-unsafe-abortion/

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South Korea – Women’s rights activists condemn police for investigating 26 women on abortions

Women’s rights activists condemn police for investigating 26 women on abortions
By Jo He-rim

Published : Dec 25, 2018

Women’s rights groups in the Gyeongsang provinces on Tuesday condemned a provincial police agency for investigating 26 women on whether they had abortions.

Members of the women’s rights groups, including the Gyeongnam Women’s United Association, said they held a meeting with officials at the South Gyeongsang Province Police Agency on Monday and delivered a letter of complaint.

Continued: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181225000167

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India – Bombay high court denies abortion plea for fetus with gene defects

Bombay high court denies abortion plea for fetus with gene defects
Dec 24, 2018

MUMBAI: Taking note of a woman’s abortion plea on the grounds that giving birth to a baby with chromosomal abnormalities would affect her mental health, the Bombay high court recently directed the setting up of three consecutive medical boards to examine the matter.

This was for the first time in such a case that the court directed the setting up of a panel (the second one) made exclusively of mental health experts (from JJ Hospital).

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/hc-denies-abortion-plea-for-fetus-with-gene-defects/articleshow/67222931.cms?

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Nepal – Women still unable to enjoy reproductive health rights

Women still unable to enjoy reproductive health rights

Published: December 21, 2018

It has already been four months since the Parliament passed Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights Act, but due to lack of effective implementation many women across the country are not able to enjoy these rights.

The act has legalised abortion and it has the provision for free abortion service at all public health facilities. This law makes abortion legal for all cases up to 12 weeks’ of gestation on request, up to 28 weeks’ gestation in cases of rape or incest, and at any time if the pregnancy poses a danger to the woman’s life, or physical or mental health, or in case of foetal abnormality.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/women-still-unable-to-enjoy-reproductive-health-rights/

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