Uganda/Kenya: Cruel Choices: How Trump’s Global Gag Rule Hurts the Fight Against HIV

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Cruel Choices: How Trump’s Global Gag Rule Hurts the Fight Against HIV

By: skye wheeler
Dec 7, 2017

Pamela was 13 years old when both her parents died in the 1990s as the AIDS pandemic inflicted death across East Africa. She sold sex to keep herself and her three younger siblings fed and alive. When she got pregnant she had no real choice but to get an abortion. Abortion is illegal in most instances in Uganda. Her second of three backstreet abortions almost killed her.

Now 24, Pamela [not her real name] works for a sex worker-led organization, fighting for women’s rights, sex workers’ rights, and access to anti-retroviral drugs and other lifesaving health care for her organization’s members. The job provides her with income, but also the satisfaction of working to increase choices for women and to minimize the risk of harm she knows from personal experience.

Continued at source: http://womensenews.org/2017/12/cruel-choices-how-trumps-global-gag-rule-hurts-the-fight-against-hiv/

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Doctors say risks among female youths in Kenya are serious

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Doctors say risks among female youths in Kenya are serious
By Akello Odenyo
Published Thu, November 9th 2017

The first sign of trouble was a thick discharge on her favourite underwear. But she dismissed it as another bacterial infection that would go away after taking over-the-counter antibiotics.

Then there was blood, with clots and smell. By the time she went to see a doctor, she was too weak.

An unsafe abortion was the problem. The secret that she had kept between her and her quack doctor was now out.

Continued at source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001259740/doctors-say-risks-among-female-youths-in-kenya-are-serious

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Kenya: Foreign health groups cutting services after a White House decision on abortion funding

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Foreign health groups cutting services after a White House decision on abortion funding

By Ike Swetlitz @ikeswetlitz
November 8, 2017

It’s been 10 years, but Melvine Ouyo remembers the girl well — a 15-year-old who came into the clinic on the verge of death. She was in shock, suffering from an infection developed after undergoing an unsafe abortion.

“They had to remove the whole uterus to be able to save the life of this girl,” Ouyo said.

Ouyo, 27 at the time, was a nurse-in-training. Now, she works at a sexual and reproductive health clinic in Nairobi, Kenya, which, for the past three years, has provided free health care — from family planning to malaria treatment — in one of the city’s poorest areas, run by an organization supported in part by money from the U.S. government.

Continued at source: https://www.statnews.com/2017/11/08/abortion-usaid-womens-health/

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Kenya: Health providers must be protected by the law adequately

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Health providers must be protected by the law adequately
By Evelyne Opondo
Published Sat, November 4th 2017

On October 19, the Court of Appeal put an end to Jackson Namunya Tali’s nearly nine years in prison. In the momentous decision, the three-judge bench ruled that mere suspicion, however strong, is not probative of an offence in the criminal justice system.

Tali, a trained nurse who operated a clinic in the outskirts of Nairobi, was arrested in 2009 and accused of assisting a woman procure an unsafe abortion that consequently led to her death. Rather than being charged with the offence of unlawful abortion, he was charged with murder, convicted and imprisoned at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.

Continued at source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001259242/health-providers-must-be-protected-by-the-law-adequately

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Kenyan health providers call Trump’s global gag rule ‘a death sentence’ for women

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Kenyan health providers call Trump's global gag rule 'a death sentence' for women

November 02, 2017
By Traci Tong

We've been given a death sentence." Listen to the Story.

That's how one Kenyan health clinic views President Donald Trump's ban on US federal funding for international groups that provide, support or discuss abortions. Critics call the policy the "global gag rule."

The US already prohibits the use of funds for foreign family planning centers that provide abortions. But the global gag rule goes one step further in that it restricts doctors or other health providers in these centers from even mentioning the word, "abortion," to their patients.

Continued at source: https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-11-02/kenyan-health-providers-call-trumps-global-gag-rule-death-sentence-women

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Kenya: Marie Stopes speaks out amid storm on abortion, contraception

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Marie Stopes speaks out amid storm on abortion, contraception

Sunday October 29 2017
By ELVIS ONDIEKI

Reproductive health services provider Marie Stopes has defended itself following uproar on its provision of abortion services.

The organisation’s social media accounts are replete with messages that require no Einstein to decode on provision of abortion services as an option to Kenyan women.

Even on its website, the message is clear. On the “what we do” section, it says it helps “women to have children by choice, not chance”.

Continued at source: http://www.nation.co.ke/news/NGO-speaks-out-amid-storm-on-abortion--contraceptives-/1056-4160326-qhq7r3/index.html

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‘It is a death warrant’: Kenyan health experts cross an ocean to talk Trump administration’s gag rule

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‘It is a death warrant’: Kenyan health experts cross an ocean to talk Trump administration’s gag rule

By Zach Varda, October 27, 2017

It was a rare occurrence on campus — speakers at the front of the room and none of the students in attendance touched their phone.

That was the scene Thursday night when the #Fight4HER campaign came to Ohio State to speak out against the Global Gag Rule instituted by President Donald Trump. The policy bars any foreign nongovernmental organizations that receive U.S. global health aid from discussing safe, legal abortion with their patients.

“A policy that is literally going to cost hundreds of thousands of lives directly or indirectly,” Lisa Shannon, a long-time advocate for women’s rights in Africa, said in an interview prior to the event. “It is a death warrant.”

Continued at source: https://www.thelantern.com/2017/10/it-is-a-death-warrant-kenyan-health-experts-cross-an-ocean-to-talk-trump-administrations-gag-rule/

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Trump Policy Harming Kenya, Uganda Health Services

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US: Trump Policy Harming Kenya, Uganda Health Services
October 26, 2017
Expanded ‘Mexico City’ Policy Causing Cuts in HIV, Reproductive Care

On his first full day in office, US President Donald Trump issued an expanded “Global Gag Rule,” or “Mexico City Policy,” which strips foreign nongovernmental organizations of all US health funding if they use funds from any source to offer information about abortions, provide abortions, or advocate liberalizing abortion laws.

(Washington, DC) – Early effects of United States restrictions to global health aid include cuts to essential health services in Kenya and Uganda, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that was released today. The changes have resulted in a loss of training and equipment from nongovernmental groups for government health clinics, and widespread confusion about implementation. Human Rights Watch sent its findings in advance of a six-month review by the State Department of these funding restrictions.

Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/10/26/us-trump-policy-harming-kenya-uganda-health-services

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KENYA- Nurse Jackson Talia acquitted of murdering a woman who died from an unsafe abortion

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KENYA- Nurse Jackson Talia acquitted of murdering a woman who died from an unsafe abortion
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Oct 24, 2017

In July 2009, a pregnant woman came to a primary care health clinic in Gachie, Kiambu County, in severe pain and having been bleeding for eight days from a botched abortion. Mr Tali, a nurse at the clinic, tried to help her but determined that she needed to go to a hospital to receive specialized medical attention. However, the woman died in his car as she was being transferred to a higher level facility that could better handle her complications.

Mr Tali was held in custody at the GK Kamiti Maximum Prison from July 2009 until September 2014, when he was finally brought to trial. At trial, the High Court judge found him guilty of helping the young woman obtain an unsafe abortion and sentenced him to death for murder. Although the government pathologist testified that he was unable to find the cause of death, the Court held that there was direct and circumstantial evidence that the immediate cause of death was bleeding that resulted in anaemia due to interference with the pregnancy.

http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/kenya-nurse-jackson-talia-cquitted-of-murdering-a-woman-who-died-from-an-unsafe-abortion

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Kenya: Nurse Acquitted in a Pregnancy Complications Case

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Nurse Acquitted in a Pregnancy Complications Case

10.19.17 - (PRESS RELEASE) Today the Court of Appeal of Kenya acquitted Jackson Tali, a registered nurse who was arrested and sentenced to death on murder charges.

Mr. Tali, who has been in custody at the G.K Kamiti Maximum Prison since July 2009 was convicted and sentenced to death in September 2014 after a young woman presenting with pregnancy complications at his clinic died in his care. Mr. Tali was represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Continued at source: https://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/nurse-acquitted-in-a-pregnancy-complications-case

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