Global gag rule expected to hit safe abortion, contraceptive use in Nigeria

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Global gag rule expected to hit safe abortion, contraceptive use in Nigeria
By Christin Roby
9 June 2017

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Marie Stopes International in Nigeria is bracing for a dramatic drop in funding, following United States President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, or “global gag rule.”

MSI declined to sign onto the policy, which would require them to cut all services and information relating to abortion, and will therefore forfeit all funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Continued at source: Devex: https://www.devex.com/news/global-gag-rule-expected-to-hit-safe-abortion-contraceptive-use-in-nigeria-90417

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Nigeria: NGO kick-starts campaign against unsafe abortion

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NGO kick-starts campaign against unsafe abortion
June 7, 2017

A Nigerian-based, Non-governmental organisation (NGO), Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN), has kicked off a campaign against unsafe abortion in the country, noting that over 2, 000 women engage in abortion daily in Nigeria.

The founder of the initiative, Ms Rosy, made this observation at its corporate headquarters at Okota, Isolo, Lagos State, stressing that due to various restrictions, abortion is practiced in the country under unsafe and risky procedures among poor rural women and people without easy access to information and thus are at the risk of death.

Continued at source: The Nigerian Tribune: http://tribuneonlineng.com/ngo-kick-start-campaign-unsafe-abortion/

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Nigeria: Abortion Reality Talk

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Abortion Reality Talk
April 6, 2017

By Dr. Goke Akinrogunde

This piece heralds a serial discussion on elective abortion and the effect, or otherwise, of criminalising the act of choosing to terminate a pregnancy earlier post-conception. In this, and subsequent editions, I will narrate real life experiences of fatalities and morbidities associated with the present status quo of criminalising elective abortion in our setting and beyond.

Continued at link: This Day Live: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/04/06/abortion-reality-talk/

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How Trump abortion funding cuts could affect Africa

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How Trump abortion funding cuts could affect Africa
By Anne Soy, BBC Africa health correspondent

28 January 2017

Donald Trump's pro-abortion funding ban has infuriated many global health organisations as they say it will unintentionally lead to more abortions and more deaths in Africa.

The US president signed the executive order to stop federal money going to international groups which perform or provide information on abortions during his first week in office.

Known as the "Mexico City Policy", or global gag rule by critics, it was no surprise that he reinstated it. First introduced by Ronald Reagan in 1984, it has been become a game of policy ping pong between Republican and Democrat presidents.

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Source, BBC.com: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38768901

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Growing Population And The Nigerian Economy: A Call For Fertility Control

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By OSAMUDIAMEN OMOSUMWEN
January 3, 2017
Nigerian Observer

NIGERIA’S population is growing exponentially in the face of harsh economy, mismanaged resources, and poverty. This coupled with young women’s lack of access to fertility control; the country is heading towards a direction that needs to be steered. Contraception has been generally identified as an effective means of combating the problem of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion for young women. It is equally an effective means of family planning and fertility control and there very important in promoting maternal and child health. In the developing country in general and Nigeria in particular unwanted pregnancy, unsafe induced abortion, high fertility rates, high maternal mortality rates, STIs and HIV/ AIDS are all very serious reproductive health problems that require urgent attention.

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Source: Nigerian Observer

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Nigeria: Your role in preventing miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth and preterm explained (1)

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Posted By: Dr Joel Akande on: November 22, 2016

This write-up series on miscarriage and abortion, stillbirth and premature birth, over the next couple of weeks will deal with perhaps the most emotive issue in clinical medicine, medical ethics, and society morals; touching also on religious impact in healthcare. No other issue has been more controversial all over the world than matters relating to the pros and cons of abortion. We will take a look at this too. Yet, there are fundamental questions that do not really have a straight-forward answer. Only the person involved or in case of a minor, a competent guardian can make valid decisions on this matter of life and death. For now, let us deal with the basics and the definitions. Let us clear the table of confusion and make plain what could be called misnomer of terms between miscarriage and abortion.

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Source: The Nation Online Nigeria

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Nigeria: Law Increasing Unsafe Abortions-Gynaecologist

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25 October 2016
Daily Trust (Abuja)
By Romoke W. Ahmad

Ilorin — A Gynaecologist with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Dr Jimoh Olarewaju Saheed has said that the restriction law on abortion in the country has led to an increase in unsafe abortion as quacks and even some qualified doctors do it in places that lack basic medical centres.

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Source: AllAfrica

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Uganda: Abortion – Management Policy Released but Clerics Cite Murder

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By Lilian Namagembe
All Africa, Oct 20, 2016

The major causes of maternal mortality and morbidity in Uganda are well known. But action to address unsafe abortion -one of the four major direct causes of maternal mortality has been at the centre of debate in the recent weeks.

The Ministry of Health officials last month came under fire from religious leaders after releasing a post-abortion management policy detailing the circumstances under which medical workers can perform abortions, in hospitals.

Dr Anthony Mbonye, Director Health services (clinical and community), while releasing the new policy said it was intended to provide for a comprehensive management of post abortion complications and reduce death.
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Source: All Africa

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Nigeria: Man impregnates daughter for ritual, continues act after abortion

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By Christiana T. Alabi, Kaduna | Publish Date: Oct 5 2016 2:00AM

A 40-year-old man, Hafizu Isyaku, has allegedly impregnated his 13-year-old daughter in a move to satisfy the requirements of his cult group for a ritual purpose.

To compound the woes of his wife and mother of the girl, the man continues sleeping with his daughter after getting the pregnancy aborted.

The wife and mother of the girl, Maryam Manta, disclosed this to newsmen at her Kabala Doki residence in Kaduna, saying the incident occurred at Tudun Wada, Maraba, near Abuja where she resided before relocating to Kaduna.

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Source: Daily Trust

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Continuing the Reports from 28 September

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4 October 2016

More reports on September 28 events from the International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion, including from Poland, Nicaragua, Netherlands, UK, Armenia, Macedonia, Croatia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana.

TOP STORIES: POLAND AND NICARAGUA

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

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