Sri Lanka: Revisiting the debate on abortion law

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Revisiting the debate on abortion law
Meera Srinivasan
October 07, 2017

In August this year, Sri Lanka’s Cabinet approved a draft Bill allowing abortion under two circumstances — when the foetus is diagnosed with a lethal congenital malformation or when the pregnancy is caused by rape.

Seen by many as a potentially significant reform to the country’s existing law, which permits abortion only to save a woman’s life, the move sparked a spontaneous debate.

Continued at source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/revisiting-the-debate-on-abortion-law/article19820226.ece

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Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

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Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

October 3, 2017
Susan Brink

Of the 56 million annual abortions performed around the world, nearly half, or 25 million, posed some threat to the health or life of the woman. The vast majority of unsafe abortions – 97 percent — were performed in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

And about half of those abortions in poor countries are unsafe, compared with just 12.5 percent in wealthy countries, according to a report in last week's issue of The Lancet, the British medical journal.

Gilda Sedgh, an author of the paper, is a scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive rights research organization. We talked with her about the problem of unsafe abortions in low-income countries. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Continued at source: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/10/03/555317349/nearly-half-of-all-abortions-unsafe-in-developing-countries

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Malaysia: Getting the message across

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Getting the message across

Letters
Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017

WHEN parents find out that their 17-year-old school-going daughter is pregnant, the reaction would most probably be anger followed by murderous rage, more anger and then a feeling of failure before they finally settle down to decide how to deal with the situation and the stigma that comes with it.

Abortion may be one option they would consider. Some might finally accept the circumstances and try to marry the girl off. In other situations, relatives or others may be brought in to take care of the girl until the baby is born, and it would most probably be given up for adoption.

Continued at source: http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2017/09/27/getting-the-message-across/

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Vietnam: Workshop raises awareness of proactive contraception

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Workshop raises awareness of proactive contraception

VNA Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hanoi (VNA) – A workshop on benefits of contraception was held in Hanoi on September 26 in response to World Contraception Day to raise public awareness of contraception and prevent unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortion.

The event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Health’s General Office for Population and Family Planning and the Vietnam Women’s Union with more than 300 local and foreign delegates in attendance.

Continued at source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/workshop-raises-awareness-of-proactive-contraception/118472.vnp

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India: Worrying signs for Tamil Nadu women as contraceptive use decreases

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Worrying signs for Tamil Nadu women as contraceptive use decreases

By Sushmitha Ramakrishnan | Express News Service
Published: 26th September 2017

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu is one of the most urbanised states in the country. But the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS) for 2015-16 has found that the State has seen an eight per cent decline in use of all kinds of contraceptives in the last decade. The decline is five per cent more than the national average.

Continued at source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2017/sep/26/worrying-signs-for-tamil-nadu-women-as-contraceptive-use-decreases-1662742.html

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Why does Pakistan have low contraception and high abortion rates?

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Why does Pakistan have low contraception and high abortion rates?
Stringent abortion laws and the taboos associated with the practice often lead women to seek out unsafe methods.

Zofeen T. Ebrahim
Published Sept 26, 2017

Thirty-six year old Sadaf Saeed, mother of a toddler was both “relieved and saddened” by the “extreme step” of terminating her pregnancy.

She was on the pill, as she was not planning on having a second child and therefore completely devastated after she found out she was pregnant. “We were at a complete loss,” she admitted.

The “decision” was the “most difficult” Saeed said and hopes “I hope I don't ever have to do this again,” she said.

Continued at source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1359935

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Nepal: Defying Donald Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’ essential for women’s health

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Defying Donald Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’ essential for women’s health

Nerida Williams says organisations like the International Planned Parenthood Federation continue to provide important family planning and health services to women despite the US funding block
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 September, 2017

A young woman lays back calmly, a nurse gently stroking her hand and asking a series of mundane questions to keep her at her ease. A doctor then starts performing a manual vacuum abortion.

This is taking place in the deep south of Nepal, which has legalised abortion. In theory, Nepali women can choose to discontinue their pregnancy safely and legally before the 12-week mark.

Continued at source: South China Daily Post: http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2112380/defying-donald-trumps-abortion-gag-rule-essential-womens

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India: Doctor on hunger strike over wife’s abortion, but welfare officers call it miscarriage

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Doctor on hunger strike over wife’s abortion, but welfare officers call it miscarriage
By Salonee Mistry, Pune Mirror
Sep 23, 2017

In an unusual case, a Daund-based veterinarian sat on an indefinite hunger strike against authorities of the State Family Welfare Department for not taking action against his wife, who he claims had illegally aborted their child.

After waiting for months for the authorities to take action in his favour, Pravin Kadam decided to stage a hunger strike till he gets justice. However, the department claims that the abortion was natural and that Kadam was unnecessarily involving the government in his personal dispute.

Continued at source: http://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/civic/doctor-on-hunger-strike-over-wifes-abortion-but-welfare-officers-call-it-miscarriage/articleshow/60799700.cms

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In Numbers: What Unsafe Abortions Are Doing To Millions Of Indian Women

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In Numbers: What Unsafe Abortions Are Doing To Millions Of Indian Women
Posted by CREA
September 23, 2017

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 42 million pregnancies were voluntarily terminated, of which 20 million were unsafe (2003).

The rate of unsafe abortions is higher where abortion laws are restrictive. It is, however, important to note that while decriminalising abortions is a vital first step, that alone will not result in eliminating unsafe abortion.

Continued at source: Youth Ki Awaaz: https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2017/09/unsafe-abortions-a-silent-pandemic/

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Abortion, Women and Personhood

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Abortion, Women and Personhood
Sanjayan Rajasingham

on 09/20/2017

The government’s plans to liberalise Sri Lanka’s abortion laws has polarised public opinion. Abortion is either supported as a natural extension of a woman’s autonomy and right to choose, or is opposed as legalised murder. But is there a path beyond the legalise vs criminalise debate?

Dominance and Choice

Support for abortion is founded on women’s dignity, rights and choice[1] – things that many Sri Lankan women are denied each day. They face constant harassment on the bus and the streets. They are the victims of startling levels of domestic violence and abuse. They are constrained about what they can say, wear and do. They are also denied a voice in political, religious and legal institutions. These experiences of women are rooted in a system of male dominance – a system which allows men to police and control the everyday lives and choices of many women.

Continued at source: http://groundviews.org/2017/09/20/abortion-women-and-personhood/

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