Legal access to abortion expands in Democratic Republic of Congo

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Legal access to abortion expands in Democratic Republic of Congo

Thursday, July 26, 2018

In an historic shift toward greater fulfillment of women’s sexual and reproductive rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), women can now legally access abortion under a broader range of conditions—including in cases of sexual assault, rape or incest, and when a continued pregnancy would endanger the mental and physical health of the woman or the life of the woman or the fetus.

“Months of advocacy by Ipas and our strategic partners in the DRC helped achieve this huge step forward for women’s rights,” says Patrick Djemo, Country Representative of Ipas DRC.

Continued: http://www.ipas.org/en/News/2018/July/Legal-access-to-abortion-expands-in-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo.aspx

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Congo: Clandestine Abortion Is Common in Kinshasa, and Procedures Are Often Unsafe

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Clandestine Abortion Is Common in Kinshasa, and Procedures Are Often Unsafe

November 7, 2017
News Release

Likely a Major Contributor to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s High Number of Maternal Deaths

An estimated 146,700 abortions were performed in 2016 in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Kinshasa and the Guttmacher Institute. This translates to an abortion rate of 56 per 1,000 women of reproductive age, suggesting that abortion is very common in Kinshasa.

Continued at source: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2017/clandestine-abortion-common-kinshasa-and-procedures-are-often-unsafe

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New Study Reveals 214 Million Women Have an Unmet Need for Modern Contraception

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New Study Reveals 214 Million Women Have an Unmet Need for Modern Contraception

DKT International highlights World Contraception Day as increased education and access to reproductive health services remains crucial

Sep 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- New data released by The Guttmacher Institute shows that of the 885 million women living in developing countries hoping to avoid pregnancy, 214 million of those are not using contraception. DKT International, one of the largest providers of contraceptives and family planning services in the developing world, stresses the importance of World Contraception Day (September 26), held annually to raise awareness and improved access of contraceptives for women worldwide.

Continued at source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-study-reveals-214-million-women-have-an-unmet-need-for-modern-contraception-300525053.html

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Congo: What It’s Like to Risk Death and Jail Time to Get an Illegal Abortion

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What It's Like to Risk Death and Jail Time to Get an Illegal Abortion

Laura Kasinof
Aug 28 2017

Abortion is banned almost without exception in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but countless women still terminate their pregnancies illegally and dangerously. Fatima was one of them.

Fatima* lives with her two children in a mud brick home on the outskirts of Lubumbashi, a city in the far south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the earth is colored red and mining industries rule the economy. Fatima, 31, used to have a husband, too, but he disappeared last year after she learned that she was pregnant with their third child. Birth control of any variety is not regularly used in the DRC.

Continued at source: Broadly: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/evvq8k/what-its-like-to-risk-death-and-jail-time-to-get-an-illegal-abortion

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