Malawi: Govt escalates draft abortion Bill

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Govt escalates draft abortion Bill

James Chavula
May 30, 2017

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has finally published the findings of the Special Law Commission on the Review of Abortion Laws.

Not only does it officially bring the proposed amendments of abortion laws to the attention of Cabinet and Parliament, it also escalates the July 2015 report which contains the draft Termination of Pregnancy Bill whose existence government denied when some Christians marched against liberalisation of colonial abortion laws last December.

According to assistant chief law reform officer Edda Chavula, the step puts the law reform firmly on the path to be deliberated by Cabinet.

Continued at source: Malawi Nation: http://mwnation.com/govt-escalates-draft-abortion-bill/

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Malawi govt releases Abortion Bill to the public

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Malawi govt releases Abortion Bill to the public
May 27, 2017
Alfred Chauwa

Malawi Government has finally released and gazetted the long awaited Termination of Pregnancy Bill to the general public ending speculation on the whereabouts of the bill.

Discussing abortion law reforms

The report and the Bill has this week been distributed to all 193 members of parliament, Speaker of parliament, libraries, universities, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice and the judiciary.

The Bill is expected to be tabled in this session of parliament.

Continued at source: Nyasa Times: https://www.nyasatimes.com/malawi-govt-releases-abortion-bill-public/

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The Damage from Trump’s Global Gag Rule Will Be Greater in this Era of Abortion Rights

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The Damage from Trump’s Global Gag Rule Will Be Greater in this Era of Abortion Rights
By Patty Skuster
May 5, 2017

Women in Malawi are dying in silence from unsafe abortions, says Darlington Hararwa of Malawi. As the founding director of Passion for Women in Children, Hararwa is an outspoken champion of reforming Malawi’s restrictive abortion law. But his advocacy work is about to get more difficult.

President Donald Trump reinstated the global gag rule in the first days of his presidency and expanded the restriction to all recipients of U.S. global health funds. Under the global gag rule, recipients of U.S. funds cannot provide abortion services, information, or referrals and are not allowed to advocate for abortion law reform. The impact of Trump’s uniquely restrictive global gag rule on women’s health and rights will be greater than the gag rule in the past. Since President Barack Obama reversed the global gag rule at the beginning of his presidency, health workers, advocates, and governments have made significant progress toward a future where all women can realize the right to safe abortions. The reinstatement of the global gag rule will stall this progress.

Continued at source: Georgetown Journal: http://journal.georgetown.edu/the-damage-from-trumps-global-gag-rule-will-be-greater-in-this-era-of-abortion-rights/

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Malawi: Mzimba reports 145 cases of unsafe abortion in three months

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Mzimba reports 145 cases of unsafe abortion in three months
April 10, 2017
Kestina Frank

Cases of unsafe abortion in Mzimba South are on the increase as statistics from December 2016 to February 2017 indicates that over 145 women conducted back street abortions in the district.

Top Bill Champion coordinator for the northern chapter, Dan Kwacha disclosed this in an interview , saying unsafe abortion in the district has worsened with 145 women seeking for post care treatment at the hospital since December last year.

Continued at source: Nyasa Times: http://www.nyasatimes.com/mzimba-reports-145-cases-unsafe-abortion-three-months/

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Malawi study reveals 141,044 abortions: Northern Region has more cases

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Malawi study reveals 141,044 abortions: Northern Region has more cases
April 7, 2017
Alfred Chauwa &Maurice Nkawihe- Nyasa Times

A research study has revealed that 141,044 women had an abortion in 2015 at an annual rate of 38 abortions per 1,000 women aged between 15 and 49, clearly indicating how common abortion is in Malawi despite having restrictive laws.

60 percent of the abortions resulted in complications that required medical treatment while 40 percent did not require medical treatment, the research study findings revealed.

Continued at source: Nyasa Times: http://www.nyasatimes.com/malawi-study-reveals-141044-abortions-northern-region-cases/

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Malawi: Activists ask government to enact new abortion law

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Malawi: Activists ask government to enact new abortion law

April 6, 2017
Ligomeka says women should have freedom, autonomy and control over their bodies

Human rights activists in Malawi have urged authorities to enact new Termination of Pregnancy legislation following revelations that 141,000 abortions occurred in the southern African nation in 2015.

According to research conducted by the US based Guttmacher Institute and the Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Malawi’s College of Medicine, the majority of the abortions were performed under clandestine and unsafe conditions and most of them resulted in complications.

Continued at source: CSJ News: http://csjnews.org/2017/04/06/malawi-activists-abortion-law/

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Malawi’s health crisis: 141,000 abortion performed in 2015, 60% resulted into complications, north dominating

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Malawi’s health crisis: 141,000 abortion performed in 2015, 60% resulted into complications, north dominating
By Lloyd Mbwana
Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- Malawi is on the verge of losing the lives of many women and girls, through unsafe abortion. This is true if the current statistics is anything to go by; that is about 141, 000 abortions were performed in 2015 with 60 percent of them having resulted in complications.

This is the report the University of Malawi, in conjunction with the Guttmacher Institute, released on Tuesday in the capital Lilongwe. The two institutions are, therefore, calling for a swift legal frame toward the adoption of safe abortion services.

The study discloses that the annual abortion rate is at 38% per 1,000 women of the reproduction ages of 15-49, and says this is an indication that abortion is common in Malawi.

Continued at source: Maravi Post: http://www.maravipost.com/malawis-health-crisis-141000-abortion-performed-2015-60-resulted-complications-north-dominating/

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Clandestine and Unsafe Abortion Common in Malawi

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Clandestine and Unsafe Abortion Common in Malawi
New Evidence Can Inform Policy Discussions on Reducing Maternal Deaths

April 4, 2017
News Release

New research estimates 141,000 abortions occurred in Malawi in 2015—at an annual rate of 38 abortions per 1,000 women of reproductive age—all of which indicates that abortion is common in the country. The majority of these procedures were performed under clandestine and unsafe conditions and often resulted in complications. The research, which was conducted by the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute and the Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Malawi College of Medicine, comes as a national debate is underway in Malawi on whether to liberalize the country’s abortion law by expanding the criteria under which an abortion can be legally obtained. Under the current law in Malawi, abortion is only permitted when it is necessary to save the life of the woman.

Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2017/clandestine-and-unsafe-abortion-common-malawi

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Malawi: Let us prevent unsafe abortion

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Let us prevent unsafe abortion
Posted By: Francis Tayanjah-Phirion
March 24, 2017

We are for the protection of life, which is the new resolution of the Crew. Actually, this is another ‘Pastoral Letter’ of the year. We, of course, call it “Letter from the Citizens”, patriotic ones for that matter.

Indeed, members of the Crew are a patriotic lot, they don’t get “palm greased” to adopt any stand. They analyse situations and, mostly, take a stand that benefits the voiceless.

Take, for instance, this case. It is a fact that many girls and women find themselves in a situation where they discover that they are pregnant but are not prepared for the said pregnancy. Many hypocrites, especially those that consider themselves holier than others, rush into criticising this line of reasoning.

Continued at link: The Times, Malawi: http://www.times.mw/let-us-prevent-unsafe-abortion/

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Malawi: Can incomplete abortion be treated more safely and less expensively?

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Can incomplete abortion be treated more safely and less expensively?
March 22, 2017

Incomplete abortion is one of the main causes of obstetric complications in Malawi. Surgical management with curettage is the most common treatment, despite WHO’s recommendation to use manual vacuum aspiration (MVA). Researchers are looking to see whether training health personnel in MVA can increase the use of this method.

In Malawi today, abortion is generally illegal and punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment. Malawi is not alone, as access to abortions is limited in the majority of the world’s nations. In Malawi, abortion is permitted if the pregnancy poses a danger to the mother’s life. However, there is ongoing debate on expanding the law to allow for abortion in cases of rape and incest, if the pregnancy will cause severe psychological or physiological harm to the mother, or if the foetus is severely malformed. Nonetheless, due to conservative forces in Malawian society, general legalisation is not likely to be passed until far into the future.

Continued at source: Health Canal: https://www.healthcanal.com/pregnancy-childbirth/236217-can-incomplete-abortion-treated-safely-less-expensively.html

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