Malaysia – ‘Make abortion pills available at clinics, pharmacies’

'Make abortion pills available at clinics, pharmacies'
People buy abortion pills online as they are an easier and less stigmatised route.

By Teh Athira Yusof
January 6, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Experts are calling for abortion pills to be made available at public health clinics and pharmacies to prevent cases of overdose and serious health complications.

Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM) hotline coordinator Dr Sim Poey Choong said while the dangers cited by the Health Ministry regarding the overdose of abortion pills were correct, it hardly seemed to be a good reason to prevent the pills from being prescribed and supervised by doctors to provide safe abortions in early pregnancies.

Continued: https://www.nst.com.my/news/exclusive/2020/01/553841/make-abortion-pills-available-clinics-pharmacies


Malaysia – Expert: Find solution to curb rise of online abortion pills

Expert: Find solution to curb rise of online abortion pills
The availability of medical abortion as a safe choice for women supervised by medical professionals will in turn decrease the need for women to resort to illegal and unsafe methods.

By Teh Athira Yusof
January 6, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Solutions must be provided to overcome the rise in the sale of abortion pills online.

Federation of Reproductive Health Association of Malaysia medical committee member Dr John Teo said prevention, support, destigmatisation of abortion and better access to safe and legal termination of pregnancy would address the online sale of abortion pills effectively.

Continued: https://www.nst.com.my/news/exclusive/2020/01/553837/expert-find-solution-curb-rise-online-abortion-pills


Nepal – Unsafe abortion continues unabated

Unsafe abortion continues unabated

Published: January 05, 2020
Rastriya Samachar Samiti

Abortion has been legalised in Nepal since March 2002 and in normal cases, abortion up to 12 weeks’ gestation, with the consent of pregnant women, is allowed. In special cases, it is allowed up to 28 weeks of pregnancy.

However, abortion is still considered a stigma in Nepali society. Of those women undergoing abortion, 58 per cent chose unsafe procedure, according to data published by various organisations working in the reproductive health rights sector.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/unsafe-abortion-continues-unabated/


Malaysia – Reproductive choices can overcome sale of illegal abortion pills

Reproductive choices can overcome sale of illegal abortion pills

John Teo
December 29, 2019

It is disheartening to note that the sale of illegal abortion pills online is proliferating. Clearly, it reflects the increasing desperate attempts by women and girls in resolving their crisis when faced with unplanned pregnancies.

While the health ministry has been clamping down on such sales, we are concerned that it may be ineffective as these sales are conducted through various platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and WeChat that appear and disappear as fast as a flash.

Continued: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2019/12/29/reproductive-choices-can-overcome-sale-of-illegal-abortion-pills/


Malaysia – ‘Ministry acts to stem purchase of abortion pills online, by courier

Ministry acts to stem purchase of abortion pills online, by courier

Bernama-
December 27, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The health ministry said abortion pills have been acquired illegally online from abroad or smuggled into the country using postal and courier services.

It said it received 51 complaints of online sales of abortion pills in 2018 and 2019, which could be abused for illegal abortion.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry will work with postal and courier service companies to block the purchase of such pills.

Continued: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/12/27/ministry-acts-to-stem-purchase-of-abortion-pills-online-by-courier/


India – Comprehensive Abortion Care a Far Cry

Comprehensive Abortion Care a Far Cry
As per the national statistics, only 22 percent abortions are carried out in health facilities while 73 percent are medication-based.

Published: 22nd December 2019
By KG Suresh

At a quiz conducted recently for state-level health communicators in Bihar, it was found that some were not aware that abortions were legal in India while some others thought a woman required the consent of her husband or father for aborting her foetus. In fact, some of them were not even aware of the difference between emergency contraception and abortion drugs. This was significant given the fact that Bihar with 1.25 million abortions annually accounted for a sizeable chunk of the 15.6 million abortions annually estimated in the country by Lancet, an international health journal. Neighbouring Uttar Pradesh reported 3.15 million abortions.

As per the national statistics, only 22 per cent abortions are carried out in health facilities while 73 per cent are medication-based. The national average of unsafe abortions stood at 5 per cent, meaning thereby that about 10 women lose their lives daily because of unsafe abortions.

Continued: https://www.newindianexpress.com/magazine/voices/2019/dec/22/comprehensive-abortion-care-a-far-cry-2078438.html


India – Woman’s Right to Abort Pregnancy Not an Absolute Right, Centre Tells Supreme Court

Woman's Right to Abort Pregnancy Not an Absolute Right, Centre Tells Supreme Court
The government said unsafe abortions contribute to 8 per cent of maternal mortality in India and continue to be the third largest cause of maternal mortality.

Utkarsh Anand
Updated:December 16, 2019

New Delhi: The central government has submitted in the Supreme Court that a woman's right to abort is not an absolute right.

Seeking dismissal of a PIL that sought complete autonomy for a woman to determine whether or not to continue with her pregnancy, the ministry of health and family welfare referred to the statement of object and reasons of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971.

Continued: https://www.news18.com/news/india/womans-right-to-abort-her-pregnancy-not-an-absolute-right-centre-tells-supreme-court-2425473.html


Sri Lanka – FPA unveils book on sexual and reproductive health

FPA unveils book on sexual and reproductive health

Monday, 16 December 2019

The Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka (FPA Sri Lanka), the foremost Sri Lankan non-governmental organisation which deals with issues concerning family planning, sexual and reproductive health and welfare in the country, launched a book titled ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health Research in Sri Lanka: Current Status, Challenges and Directions (2010-2019)’ on 13 December at the FPA Sri Lanka Auditorium.

This is a milestone publication for FPA Sri Lanka, a prominent member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in South Asia as it has been a long-term institutional objective. It includes selected landmark abstracts presented and published by FPA Sri Lanka in national and international journals and conferences for the period 2010-2019. In addition, it also compiles several review articles by proficient authors with competence and experience in multifarious subject areas such as sexual and reproductive health, demography and sociology. A focus on data and evidence is particularly useful as it helps fill a void besides giving a much-needed fillip to evidence-based programming and service delivery.

Continued: http://www.ft.lk/news/FPA-unveils-book-on-sexual-and-reproductive-health/56-691652


India – Abortions: 61 lakh in five years, but issues remain

Abortions: 61 lakh in five years, but issues remain

December 11, 2019
By Kerean Watts

Giving a written reply to a question posed in the Lok Sabha, Choubey said that the Government was taking steps to ensure access to safe abortions in the country through the Centre’s programme concerning reproductive maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition. In addition, he informed that states and union territories are provided with support to provide comprehensive abortion care under the National Health Mission, including certifying facilities operated by the private sector and non-government organisations where safe and comprehensive abortion care is provided.

Unsafe abortion is a major issue in India. As many as 56 percent of such procedures carried out in the country are considered to be unsafe, with unsafe abortions responsible for the deaths of thirteen women every day in India.

Continued: https://www.healthissuesindia.com/2019/12/11/abortions-61-lakh-in-five-years-but-issues-remain/


India – A pregnant silence on reproductive rights of women

A pregnant silence on reproductive rights of women
The country needs to recognise the wrongs and affirm the rights for advancing women’s sexual and reproductive health

Monday, 25 November 2019
Prabhleen Tuteja

Young women (15-24 years) constitute 11 per cent of India’s population, out of whom 41 per cent have faced sexual violence, 27 per cent are married before the legal age and 7.8 per cent (15-19 years) become mothers or are pregnant. The data on access to information on contraceptives reveals that only 17.7 per cent were informed about family planning by health workers and just 6.9 per cent women in Bihar and 11.6 per cent in Uttar Pradesh (UP) reported using contraceptives within marriage.

The policy level commitments on health, education and gender parity often look in absolute terms of changing certain societal norms through cash transfer based schemes, number of girls reported to be married before the legal age of marriage, status of body mass index and nutrition and sometimes enrollment in school and skill development among women. While evidence in these parameters are significant, this skewed approach to gender equality leaves out a range of issues, including prevalence of sexual violence and status of accessible sexual and reproductive health services. Stigma and fear attached to young women’s sexuality act as a major barrier in achieving gender equality.

Continued: https://www.dailypioneer.com/2019/columnists/a-pregnant-silence-on-reproductive-rights-of-women.html