Displaced Rohingya women need access to abortion, not just food and shelter

Displaced Rohingya women need access to abortion, not just food and shelter
Thousands of Rohingya women and girls have been systematically raped by Myanmar's military

Anu Kumar and Sandeep Prasad
for CBC News
Posted: Sep 29, 2018

Rape is still being used as an instrument of war. Right now. Before our very eyes.

We know that since August 2017, thousands of Rohingya women and girls have been systematically raped by Myanmar military as a way to humiliate, terrify and dominate the Rohingya communities. In fact, Canadian parliamentarians recently unanimously voted to declare the systemic rape and killing of Rohingya an act of genocide.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/rohingya-women-1.4843335

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India – 5,400 abortions in Chandigarh in 1 year; doctors stress on supervision

5,400 abortions in Chandigarh in 1 year; doctors stress on supervision
What worries doctors is that majority of women seeking abortion reach late and there are complications.

Sep 28, 2018
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh

On International Safe Abortion Day, gynaecologists in Chandigarh talk about the risks involved and complications in aborting a foetus.

Abortion is the third leading cause of maternal mortality, says GMSH-16 gynaecologist. The figures show that a total of 5,414 abortions were performed in city in 2017-18.

Continued: https://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/5-400-abortions-in-chandigarh-in-1-year-doctors-stress-on-supervision/story-ghUw22Whl7VdPtpyqkwMAN.html

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‘Dear reader, put yourself in the position of a child raped and denied an abortion’

‘Dear reader, put yourself in the position of a child raped and denied an abortion’

Esperanza Meraki

28 September 2018

I am a 14-year-old aspiring human rights activist and this is why I believe in women’s and girls' right to safe abortion in cases of rape.

Abortion is a very complicated topic, as there is no black or white; there is an infinite amount of shades of grey in between. Many people across the world are anti-abortion and pro-life. Some believe that abortion is murder and women should not be given that choice, but I believe this is problematic and unfair because there are many cases when a woman should have the right to terminate a fetus.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/esperanza-meraki/dear-reader-i-urge-you-to-put-yourself-in-position-of-child-who-has-been-raped

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World Contraception Day 2018: Theme and Objective of The Day Dedicated To Population Control In Countries Like India

World Contraception Day 2018: Theme and Objective of The Day Dedicated To Population Control In Countries Like India

Shaloo Tiwari
Sep 26, 2018

Every year, the 26th of September is observed as World Contraception Day. Like every year, even in 2018, the focus is to create awareness about the topic of contraception, which remains more or less stigmatised in heavily populated countries like India. Population explosion can put a great strain on the resources of the nation, reducing the quality of life. Proper knowledge about contraception methods is the only way to curb the menace, and also reduce the burden of STDs and unwanted pregnancies. Let’s explore the theme of objective of the day dedicated to population control this year. Effective Contraceptive Methods to Birth Control: World Population Day 2018 Focuses on Family Planning.

Continued: https://www.latestly.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/world-contraception-day-2018-theme-meaning-objective-and-importance-of-this-day-to-control-population-in-countries-like-india-403458.html

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Indonesian incest rape victim, 15, could be sent back to jail for having an abortion

Indonesian incest rape victim, 15, could be sent back to jail for having an abortion

By Tasha Wibawa
Sep 23, 2018

An appeal against the acquittal of a 15-year-old rape victim who was charged with illegal abortion in Indonesia has been condemned by local activists, who say the move is a backward step for the protection of women.

A regional prosecution office launched the appeal, saying it wanted the case to serve as a lesson to others considering aborting a pregnancy, the Jakarta Post reported.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-24/prosecutors-appeal-decision-to-acquit-rape-victim-of-abortion/10280896

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India – 47 years after legal sanction, only 22% women have access to safe abortion: Study

47 years after legal sanction, only 22% women have access to safe abortion: Study
Poor states with the high unmet need for contraceptive services tend to have a higher demand for abortion services.

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ABILASH MARISWAMY
Published Sep 22, 2018

Bengaluru: Though Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act of 1971 was passed 47 years ago, safe abortion continues to be a distant dream for most women in India.

Nearly 78% of more than 15 million abortions conducted annually are outside health facilities, accounting to almost 10 deaths per day, stated an IndiaSpend report.

Continued: https://deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/220918/47-years-after-legal-sanction-only-22-women-have-access-to-safe-abor.html

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India – Madurai botched abortion: Two member fact-finding mission to investigate

Madurai botched abortion: Two member fact-finding mission to investigate
Ramuthayi, who was seven months pregnant, died on Sunday following a botched abortion.

TNM Staff
Friday, September 21, 2018

Less than a week after the discovery of a botched abortion in Madurai which led to the death of a 28-year-old woman, a probe panel has been constituted by the Directorate of Medical and Rural Health Services to investigate the death.

According to a report in the Times of India, a two-member fact-finding mission will investigate the incident that took place in Usilampatti in Madurai district.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/madurai-botched-abortion-two-member-fact-finding-mission-investigate-88708

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India – Botched abortion kills 28-year-old woman in Madurai, hospital attendant arrested

Botched abortion kills 28-year-old woman in Madurai, hospital attendant arrested
The police suspect that the woman was trying to abort the foetus from the third month of her pregnancy after finding out that she was expecting a girl.

Megha Kaveri
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A 28-year-old woman died in Usilampatti near Madurai after an unsafe abortion was performed on her by an attendant of a private hospital on Saturday. The police have arrested the attendant, identified as Jayalakshmi.

According to police sources, the woman, Ramuthayi, lived in Peraiyur taluk in Madurai district with her husband Ramar and their three daughters. Ramuthayi was seven months into her fourth pregnancy and visited a private hospital in the town for her routine medical check-ups. It was there that she befriended Jayalakshmi.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/botched-abortion-kills-28-year-old-woman-madurai-hospital-attendant-arrested-88600

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India – Cancer Patient Who Was Raped Seeks Abortion

India - Cancer Patient Who Was Raped Seeks Abortion

by Rosy Saquiera
Sep 13, 2018

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Wednesday constituted a medical board at JJ Hospital on a plea by an underage rape survivor, who is a cancer patient, to terminate her pregnancy, which is in the 24th week.

Continued: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/65790476.cms

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South Korea – Abortion crackdown leaves women on edge

Abortion crackdown leaves women on edge

Posted : 2018-09-02
By Lee Suh-yoon

Women's health is being placed at greater risk in the recent row between the government and OB-GYN doctors over a new regulation that suspends medical licenses for performing abortions — explicitly branding the procedure as "immoral."

On Aug. 17, some 2,500 OB-GYN doctors in the country announced they would boycott all abortions, signaling a new low point in the growing discontent at the nation's 65-year-old abortion ban.

Continued: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/09/119_254876.html

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