Towards an End to Abortion Stigma
By Joshua Okyere
Sexual and reproductive health and rights are imperative components of ensuring good health and wellbeing of all. It covers issues of family planning, contraceptive use, abortion, comprehensive sexuality education and gender equality. As a matter of fact, it is the fundamental human right of individuals to decide freely and responsibly without coercion and violence, the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health (ICPD 1994). Hence, the global community has championed the need for SRHR to be prioritized with UNICEF and UNDP being at the forefront of this.
The world has made great strides in this regard yet there is more to be done. Among all of these SRHR issues, abortion has been a perennial concern for individuals and decision makers. In the true sense of it, abortion can happen clinically, hence, it is dubbed as spontaneous abortion. The main issue of contention has to do with induced abortion.
More teenage girls attempt unsafe abortion in Sunyani West Municipality
Friday 28th February, 2020
By Dennis Peprah, GNA
Odumase (B/R), Feb. 28, GNA – Twenty cases of unsafe abortion were reported in the Sunyani West Municipality of the Bono Region in 2019 says the Municipal Health Directorate.
The cases were reported at Chiraa, Fiapre, Odumase and Nsoatre among girls between 12 and 18 years, but no death was recorded.
Wawa Aba platform to revolutionize access to reproductive health
Dec 30, 2019
James Amoh Jnr.
Ghana News Agency
Historically, adolescent reproductive health has been overlooked and largely ignored despite the high risk the country faces for its neglect.
Some of the challenges faced by adolescents include unplanned pregnancy and parenthood, difficulties in accessing contraception and safe abortion, high rate of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and deaths during child birth.
Women urged to visit Marie Stopes for their family planning needs
Monday, 30 September 2019
Marie Stopes Ghana, has re-launched its centre at Kokomlemle in Accra with a call on women and girls to visit the place for all their family planning needs.
The contraception and family planning centre has been operating in the country since 2006 and provides services and information on sexual reproductive health to assist women during child birth.
Ghana: increase Awareness About Reproductive Health Among Hearing Impaired
20 September 2019
Ghanaian Times (Accra)
By Raissa Sambou
The Executive Director of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD), Mr Juventus Duorinaah has called for an increase in awareness about sexual and reproductive health among the hearing impaired.
"The media must also include sign language in their reportage to remove barriers that hinders access to such information."
Curb high rate of unintended pregnancies in Africa
By: Royal Uche
[LAGOS] Consistent political will from governments of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa could help curb the 14 million unintended pregnancies recorded annually in the region, a study says.
Pregnancies occurring when children are unexpected could lead to problems such as unsafe abortion, mental illness and negative quality of women’s lives, researchers from Ghana say, adding that in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) few studies have explored such pregnancies.
Papa Ralph Hotline To Provide Quick Abortion Information
By Raphael Godlove Ahenu
Global Media Foundation, human rights media advocacy organization will soon introduce safe abortion information telephone hotlines such as Papa Ralph and Maame Esi in Ghana in helping to provide quick and adequate information on abortion and contraceptives to women especially vulnerable and hard-to-reach young girls who may be considering that option. Such measures according to GLOMEF could reduce maternal morbidity and mortality that results from unsafe abortions in Ghana.
The Founder/CEO of GLOMEF, Raphael Godlove Ahenu who made this known to media, said cultural and religious unacceptability of safe abortion as contributing factor to unsafe abortion practices in Ghana making many women especially young girls indulged in unsafe abortions because they feared the stigma that accompanied unwed pregnancy.
GHANA – Religious leaders in Ghana encouraged to spend time to educate their members on sex and reproductive health-related issues
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 19, 2019
The Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation, Raphael Godlove Ahenu, who gave the advice, explained that the practice where many churches, mosques and parents shy away from educating their children about sex is a major setback to the campaign against illegal abortions and teenage pregnancies. The lack of sexual and reproductive health education among most young people has led to wanton sexual exploitation, unwanted pregnancies, avoidable deaths, health complications and abuse of emergency contraceptives among others.
Mr. Ahenu was addressing separate health summits with members of ‘Lead Me To Heaven Church’ at Kwatire and Amazing Grace Chapel at Odomase, both in the Sunyani West District as part of activities marking this year’s International Day of Action for Women’s Health, 28 May.
More than three million teenage girls undergo unsafe abortion
By Regina Benneh/ Eugene Ohemeng, GNA
Sunyani, May 31, 2019
Research has indicated that more than three million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 go through unsafe abortion globally every year.
Madam Ama Nyankoma Asirifi, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Adolescent Heath Focal Person of the Regional Health Directorate, made the disclosure in a presentation on Adolescent Sexually and Reproductive Health Right at a sensitization forum in Sunyani.
REVEALED: Ghana Tops World Abortion Pill Searches
By Andy Ashong
May 29, 2019
According to a global report, Ghana together with Nigeria topped online global search for abortion pill Misoprostol the last decade.
Per a report derived from Google data, Ghanaians and Nigerians are the world’s leading abortion pill searchers.
These reports also suggest that in countries where abortion laws are more restrictive, there is greater search interest in abortion pills. By buying pills online and sharing medical advice through WhatsApp groups, women are increasingly turning to technology to sidestep legal barriers to abortion.