Kenya: What it is like to have unsafe abortion

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What it is like to have unsafe abortion

Aug. 09, 2017
By JOHN MUCHANGI

Close to 21,000 Kenyan women end up in hospitals every year, with complications of unsafe abortions.

Some of them succumb. But apart from physical injuries, survivors endure years of emotional and psychological trauma, yet they cannot talk about it.

Talk on abortion remains highly emotive and stigmatised, but counsellors say silence is not golden. It can kill.

Which is why some community groups in Western Kenya now encourage women — and men — to freely share their unsafe abortion experiences.

Continued at source: The Star: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/09/what-it-is-like-to-have-unsafe-abortion_c1610203

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Pro-Life? Trump Administration is Endangering Women’s Lives

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Pro-Life? Trump Administration is Endangering Women’s Lives
By Nina Besser Doorley
7/25/17

Last Wednesday night, the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee finalized a foreign assistance bill that guts funding for women’s health around the world. During a debate over the proposal, which would likely increase unsafe abortions and maternal deaths, Republican legislators boasted on Twitter that their legislation “protects the sanctity of life.” In reality, the funding package does exactly the opposite: It undermines global health priorities and endangers women’s lives.

Continued at source: Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/trump-administration-pro-life-endangers-women-641520

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Women’s Health Is Under Threat Everywhere

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Women’s Health Is Under Threat Everywhere
I am haunted by the face of an 11-year-old Kenyan girl.

Terry McGovern
07/21/2017

The Trump Administration is set on undoing public health progress with policies that restrict sexual and reproductive health and rights in the U.S. and around the world.

I am haunted by the face of an 11-year-old Kenyan girl. Her beautiful, clouded eyes, and her searching, troubled expression. Early in July, I listened as her mother spoke haltingly of the family member who raped her daughter. She shook her head, saying, “I believe God is good. I should forgive him.”

All I could think about was how a pregnancy could have killed the girl and made her yet another maternal mortality statistic. There is a crisis of pregnancy-related maternal mortality in Kenya, and adolescent girls bear the brunt. Thankfully, this girl and her mother were able to get counseling at one of the country’s only gender-based violence centers. Sometime later she was able to end her pregnancy.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/womens-health-is-under-threat-everywhere_us_597211aee4b00e4363df029e

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Kenya: Separate Justice Ndung’u abortion opinion from case

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Separate Justice Ndung'u abortion opinion from case

Evelyne Opondo
Mon 10th Jul 2017

Recently, the media ran a story about Supreme Court judge Njoki Ndung'u allegedly calling on fellow judges to back access to safe abortion in Kenya.

The statement was allegedly made during the annual judges' colloquium that was held in Mombasa last week.

As a follow up, an article was published in The Standard of July 7, 2017, in which a civil society group - the African Organisation for Families - in a petition to the Chief Justice, accused Justice Ndung'u of taking sides in the debate over abortion even though there is an abortion case currently pending in court.

Continued at source: Standard Media: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001246841/separate-justice-ndung-u-abortion-opinion-from-case

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Kenya: Justice Njoki Ndung’u rallies fellow judges to back safe abortion

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Justice Njoki Ndung'u rallies fellow judges to back safe abortion
By Mkamburi Mwawasi | Updated Wed, July 5th 2017

Supreme Court judge Justice Njoki Ndungu wants the law amended to give more women access to safe abortion.

Speaking during the judge’s conference in Mombasa, Justice Ndun’gu said Article 26 of the 2010 Constitution that outlaws abortion was silent on women getting affordable and safe abortion.

Continued at link: Standard Media: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2001246073/justice-njoki-ndung-u-rallies-fellow-judges-to-back-safe-abortion

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Why many Kenyans are opting for unsafe abortions

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Why many Kenyans are opting for unsafe abortions

Daniel Otieno
Tue 20th Jun 2017

According to Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organisation that seeks to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights, Kenya recorded 469,690 cases of induced abortion in 2012.

This corresponded to induced abortion ratio of 30 abortions per 100 births in the same year. Abortion remains a highly stigmatised issue in the society. Even though the law permits abortion in some cases, many people still consider it illegal.

Continued at source: Standard Media: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001244211/health-why-many-kenyans-are-opting-for-unsafe-abortions

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Kenyan medics say U.S. health aid cuts will mean more abortions

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Kenyan medics say U.S. health aid cuts will mean more abortions

By Neha Wadekar | KISUMU, Kenya
Tue May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump's dramatic expansion of a policy blocking U.S. aid to organizations offering abortion services will have one sure result, say medical workers in this city: more abortions.

The United States reinstated the "Mexico City Policy" in January, cutting some $600 million in funds for family planning programs overseas.

Last week its scope suddenly mushroomed. Trump expanded it to affect $8.8 billion worth of global health funding, including programs on HIV/AIDS, malaria and child health.

Continued at source: Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-abortion-africa-idUSKBN18J1Y8

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The Ripple Effect Of Cuts To U.S. Funds For Overseas Abortion Services

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The Ripple Effect Of Cuts To U.S. Funds For Overseas Abortion Services

May 19, 2017
Rina Shaikh-Lesko

The newly-released details of the Trump administration's version of the "Mexico City policy" are raising many questions about its impact not only on abortion but also on preventing HIV and infectious diseases like malaria.

The policy is named for the place where it was introduced by President Ronald Reagan, at a U.N. conference, in 1984. The aim was to cut off U.S. funding to nongovernmental organizations that "perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning."

Continued at source: NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/05/19/528778797/the-ripple-effect-of-cuts-to-u-s-funds-for-overseas-abortion-services

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Africa: International Agencies Worry US Aid May Be Linked to Abortion Ban

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International Agencies Worry US Aid May Be Linked to Abortion Ban
May 16, 2017
Zoe Leoudaki

A measure called the “Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy” will likely affect the lives of many women in developing countries.

The memorandum was among the first executive orders signed by Donald Trump after he became president of the United States. It changes government policy about the way foreign aid is given to other countries.

With the order, Trump brought back a rule that bans the use of foreign aid by international organizations that support abortion. It is called the Mexico City Policy.

Continued at source: Voice of America: http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/global-gag-rule-and-african-women/3849091.html

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Kenya: Every 9 minutes a woman dies needlessly as a result of this illegal process

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Every 9 minutes a woman dies needlessly as a result of this illegal process

Okun Oliech
Sun 30th Apr 2017

Induced abortion is one of the most performed medical interventions in the world. Abortions will always be necessary as a backup even when women use several forms of contraception. Even when using the best methods such as the contraceptive pill or a condom, the chance of failure is 2% each year.

A significant amount of women will most likely face unwanted pregnancy and will provoke an abortion themselves or go to a person without medical training, increasing health risks and the risk of hospitalisation due to complications.

Continued at source: Standard Media: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001238129/every-9-minutes-a-woman-dies-needlessly-as-a-result-of-this-illegal-process

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