Philippines – How backstreet abortionists terminate 7-month pregnancies

Part 2: How backstreet abortionists terminate 7-month pregnancies
The methods used by backstreet abortionists in the Philippines are barbaric, as told by women who experienced it themselves

By Natashya Gutierrez
August 15, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The advertisements on the online forum are clear and compelling, vowing painless abortions for pregnant women. They assure Filipinas they can terminate pregnancies at any stage, even up until 7 months, without much pain.

The women believe them.

It's a mix of desperation and a lack of knowledge on safe abortion methods that drives Filipinas to put their faith – and their lives – in the hands of other women they don't know, backstreet abortionists they meet online, who assure them they can help for a low price.

Continued: https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/investigative/209416-ways-backstreet-abortionists-philippines-terminate-late-term-pregnancies

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India – 15-year-old rape survivor’s kin file abortion plea in court

15-year-old rape survivor's kin file abortion plea in court

Aug 15, 2018

CHANDIGARH: Four days after a minor boy was arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl and making her pregnant, her family on Tuesday moved a plea in Chandigarh district court seeking abortion. The court will hear the matter on Thursday.

The rape survivor is said to be more than 24-week pregnant and she can undergo abortion only after getting permission for the same from the court.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/15-year-old-rape-survivors-kin-file-abortion-plea-in-court/articleshow/65410897.cms

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Compounding Trauma: Indonesia’s Abortion Law

Compounding Trauma: Indonesia’s Abortion Law
“The abortion law in Indonesia makes it almost impossible to protect women.”

By Aisyah Llewellyn
August 14, 2018

In July 2018, the news broke that a 15-year-old Indonesian teenager in Jambi, Sumatra had been sentenced to six months in prison. Her crime: undergoing an abortion after she was raped by her own brother.

The case provoked widespread outrage, and sparked protests by women’s rights and child protection groups after the teenager was charged under the child protection law when a male fetus was found in a palm oil plantation close to her village.

Continued: https://thediplomat.com/2018/08/compounding-trauma-indonesias-abortion-law/

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Filipinas buy, sell, rate abortions in online forum

Part 1 of 3: Filipinas buy, sell, rate abortions in online forum
In the Philippines, abortion is illegal and deeply stigmatized, leaving desperate women with no choice but to seek unsafe options online

By Natashya Gutierrez
August 13, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – It was a desperate cry for help.

On the evening of August 2, 2015, a woman with username "aifa2500" posted on an online forum in the Philippines. She had gotten an abortion a day prior, from a backstreet abortionist she referred to as "Miss Shine."

In broken English, she explained that she had gone for her procedure to abort her 6-month-old fetus. Upon arrival, she explained she was made to go to the toilet to pee, before being asked to remove her pants and underwear because “she's going to put the catheter to push the baby out.”

Continued: https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/in-depth/208267-online-forum-sells-abortions-in-the-philippines

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Jailing of Teen Sparks Calls for Reform of Indonesia Abortion Laws

Jailing of Teen Sparks Calls for Reform of Indonesia Abortion Laws

August 08, 2018
Max Walden

JAKARTA — Activists have welcomed the release of a 15-year-old girl from jail on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on “humanitarian grounds” following her arrest for a home abortion after being repeatedly raped by her older brother.

They worry, however, that proposed changes to the nation’s criminal code will reinforce the criminalization of abortion, target sexual minorities and even outlaw disseminating information about contraception.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/a/indonesia-abortion-laws/4518391.html

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India – ‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

Swagata Yadavar
August 7, 2018

New Delhi: Abortion was legalised in India almost half a century ago, yet unsafe abortions – performed in unhygienic conditions by untrained providers – are the third largest cause of maternal death. Nearly 78% of the more than 15 million abortions conducted annually in India are outside of health facilities, giving rise to safety concerns. There is only one licensed provider for 224,000 women in rural areas.

India allows medical termination of a pregnancy of up to 20 weeks’ gestation to be conducted by a registered medical practitioner. There have been attempts to amend the act to expand the provider base to include nurses and non-allopathic medicine practitioners, and extend the deadline to 24 weeks from the current 20.

Continued: http://www.indiaspend.com/indiaspend-interviews/reduce-stigma-to-make-women-comfortable-accessing-safe-abortions-88950

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Nepal – Illegal and unsafe abortion on the rise in Lamjung: Officials

Illegal and unsafe abortion on the rise in Lamjung: Officials

Published: August 05, 2018

LAMJUNG: The number of women opting for illegal abortion in Lamjung district is on the rise, authorities say.

The authorities asserted the alarming rate of increase in illegal abortion as the number of women with health complications visiting medical facilities after carrying out unsafe and illegal abortion increased in recent days.

District’s major health institution, Lamjung District Community Hospital, does not provide abortion services, however, the women visit the facility after facing health complications due to unsafe abortion.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/illegal-and-unsafe-abortion-on-the-rise-in-lamjung-officials/

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Uganda to conduct a study on abortion rates

Uganda to conduct a study on abortion rates
Findings will highlight deficiencies in safe abortion and post-abortion care services.

By Carol Natukunda
3rd August 2018

KAMPALA - Uganda is participating in cross-country studies on abortion and post-abortion care in Africa and Asia. Researchers seek to find out women’s knowledge of abortion methods and sources, the incidence of induced abortion, how women terminate pregnancies, and the extent of unsafe abortion.

In addition to direct questions on abortion, the female survey module includes questions about the respondents’ two closest friends and their experiences with abortion.

Continued: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1482722/uganda-conduct-study-abortion-rates

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Report: North Korean soldier under investigation after burying baby

Report: North Korean soldier under investigation after burying baby

By Elizabeth Shim
Aug 3, 2018

Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A North Korean soldier buried her newborn child alive after hiding her pregnancy for months, according to a South Korean press report.

A source in North Hamgyong Province told Daily NK Thursday the woman had conceived a child during an affair with a married senior officer, the news service reported Friday.

Continued: https://www.upi.com/Report-North-Korean-soldier-under-investigation-after-burying-baby/4771533298542/

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Protests in Indonesia as girl raped by brother is jailed for abortion

Protests in Indonesia as girl raped by brother is jailed for abortion
Activists file a complaint against judges who sentenced a 15-year-old girl to six months’ jail

Kate Lamb in Jakarta
Wed 1 Aug 2018

Indonesian activists have filed an official complaint against three judges in Sumatra, who sentenced a teenage girl to six months in prison for having an illegal abortion after she was repeatedly raped by her brother.

An alliance of women’s rights and child protection activists met with members of the Indonesian Judicial Commission in Jakarta on Monday to urge them to investigate, saying the decision to imprison the girl was “grossly unfair”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/01/protests-in-indonesia-as-girl-raped-by-brother-is-jailed-for-abortion

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