The Global Gag Rule Is Harming Women Around The World

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The Global Gag Rule Is Harming Women Around The World — EXCLUSIVE

By Nancy Northup & Anu Kumar
Feb 19, 2018

Jan. 23 marks one year since President Donald Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which bans overseas organizations that receive U.S. funding from using their own money to provide abortion information, referrals, or to advocate for law reform. The policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, not only harms women and girls around the world, it disproportionately impacts countries home to mainly people of color. It embodies the “America First” ideological imperialism and reliance on strong-arm coercion that have shaped and defined this administration’s first year.

Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has implemented the gag rule, using foreign policy to bully countries on abortion for decades. Since 1973, global health organizations have been working under the Helms Amendment, an egregious policy that bans any U.S. foreign aid funds from being used for abortion services. This policy remains in effect, and the gag rule bolsters it. Despite the Helms Amendment, in recent years the global community has made progress in expanding access to reproductive health care, particularly safe abortion.

Continued: https://www.elitedaily.com/p/the-global-gag-rule-is-harming-women-around-the-world-exclusive-8245633

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‘Quacks are killing our women’: Nigeria’s abortion ban pushes women to drastic measures

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'Quacks are killing our women': Nigeria's abortion ban pushes women to drastic measures
By Declan Cooley

Posted Fri Feb 9, 2018

Blessing grew up in a dusty but bustling city in Nigeria's forgotten east, but while she was at school and in love with her boyfriend, she fell pregnant.

Somehow Blessing's mother, and the rest of her neighbourhood, found out she was pregnant and tried to insist she marry her boyfriend and keep the baby.

"Knowing full well I couldn't keep the child I took the risk myself to have an abortion on my own," she says.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-10/nigerias-abortion-ban-pushes-women-to-drastic-measures/9416164

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Nigeria: Advocates urge women to embrace contraceptive use

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Advocates urge women to embrace contraceptive use

Published on February 1, 2018
By Appolonia Adeyemi

The Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government to respond to Trump’s Global Gag Rule by and taking advantage of family planning (FP) as a development strategy to save billions in scarce resources and reduce poverty.

In a Communiqué signed by its President, Mr. Roland Ogbonnaya and Secretary, Mrs Yinka Sokunbi at the end of its meeting which held in Ibadan recently, the network observed that as a result of the United State President, Donald Trump’s Global Gag Rule (GGR), more Nigerian women were losing access to contraception while more incidences of unintended and unwanted pregnancies, abortions and unsafe abortions and deaths of women are being recorded.

https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/02/advocates-urge-women-embrace-contraceptive-use/

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Nigeria: DEVCOM, NURHI partner New Telegraph to curb maternal death

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DEVCOM, NURHI partner New Telegraph to curb maternal death

Published on February 1, 2018
By Emmanuella Lekwauwa

Determined to curb maternal mortality in the country, Development Communications Network (DEVCOM) in partnership with Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) yesterday sought partnership of New Telegraph to promote family planning services.

DEVCOM Programme Director, Akin Jimoh, who disclosed this in Lagos, said the country was losing many of women to complications arising from pregnancy and child birth, saying if family planning was effectively deployed by people of reproductive age, it would avert many unintended pregnancies as well as prevent unsafe abortions.

Continued: https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/02/devcom-nurhi-partner-new-telegraph-curb-maternal-death/

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Nigeria: Family Planning Champions Seek Increased Investment In Reproductive Healthcare

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Family Planning Champions Seek Increased Investment In Reproductive Healthcare
By Chioma Umeha -
January 31, 2018

To improve reproductive healthcare in the country, Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria (NRHJN), a non-governmental organisation, has tasked government at levels to increase its investment in the area.

The demand came after a strategic meeting and training workshop of the Network which its members are Nigerian journalists that campaign for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) issues and policies.

Continued: https://independent.ng/family-planning-champions-seek-increased-investment-reproductive-healthcare/

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Trump-Pence Administration’s Neocolonial Assault on Reproductive Freedom Is Killing African Women and Girls

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Trump-Pence Administration’s Neocolonial Assault on Reproductive Freedom Is Killing African Women and Girls
Jan 23, 2018
Hayley Farless

As advocates and researchers have seen, it is African women and girls who are suffering because of the United States’ interference with reproductive autonomy globally.

Just three days after his inauguration, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum to reinstate and expand the “global gag rule,” a Reagan-era, anti-abortion, foreign policy directive, with the backing of Vice President Mike Pence. Because of this policy, any nongovernmental organization (NGO) outside of the United States that provides abortion procedures, participates in pro-choice advocacy, supplies information about abortion, or offers referrals to abortion providers has been forced to choose between forfeiting U.S. foreign assistance funding or ceasing to provide the basic reproductive health services that its patients need.

The global gag rule, also known as the “Mexico City Policy,” goes beyond just blocking U.S. funding for critical reproductive health services. A Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) research report notes that this policy also restricts what groups receiving U.S. funds can do with money from all other sources; organizations must subject all their funds to the same restrictions or lose U.S. funding.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/01/23/trump-pence-administrations-neocolonial-assault-reproductive-freedom-killing-african-women-girls/

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Nigeria: Checking the increasing rate of unsafe abortions

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SPECIAL REPORT: Checking the increasing rate of unsafe abortions
By Fellow Press
December 29, 2017

The World Health Organisation observes that out of more than 56 million cases of abortions that take place globally each year, almost half of the cases are done through unsafe procedures.

It notes further that between 2010 and 2014, there were 55.7 million abortion cases every year and out of these, 17.1 million cases were unsafe.

Similarly, some concerned citizens express concern that cases of unsafe abortions are on the increase even as women and young girls have become victims of rape, resulting in unwanted pregnancy that they may seek to abort.

Continued at source: https://www.fellowpress.com/2017/12/29/special-report-checking-increasing-rate-unsafe-abortions/

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25% of Nigerian adolescents are sexually active — NURHI

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25% of Nigerian adolescents are sexually active — NURHI
Published November 16, 2017

Concerned by the spate of unsafe sex by adolescents in the country, an NGO, the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, says there is a need for increased information about unsafe sex to reduce the consequences.

According to the NGO, current studies indicate that about one-quarter of Nigerian adolescents are sexually active, with the age of sexual debut ranging from 10 to 15 years.

Continued at source: http://punchng.com/25-of-nigerian-adolescents-are-sexually-active-nurhi/

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How Nigeria can ensure healthy mothers, babies

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How Nigeria can ensure healthy mothers, babies

November 9, 2017
Sade Oguntola Health News

A Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Abiola Okunlola has said that Nigeria may be able to reduce women dying from pregnancy related complications by 71 per cent and newborn death by 53 per cent if it meets its needs for family planning and maternal new born health services simultaneously.

Professor Okunlola made the declaration in his lecture entitled Reducing Maternal Mortality: Family planning as a Veritable Tool” at the 2017 press week and award ceremony of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalist, Oyo State Council. The medical expert said ensuring this will also reduce unintended pregnancies by more than two thirds and unsafe abortion by 73 per cent.

Continued at source: http://www.tribuneonlineng.com/nigeria-can-ensure-healthy-mothers-babies-don/

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Africa/Nigeria: Abortions that kill and the laws that enable them

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Abortions that kill and the laws that enable them

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By The Sexuality Blog October 6, 2017

A new study published in the scientific journal, “The Lancet” has just revealed that about 50% of all abortions performed across the world are either illegal or performed in unsafe environments.

Dr. Bela Ganatra, the lead author of this study which was performed over the course of four years (2010 – 2014) discovered that an estimated 55.7 million abortions were performed across the world and about 30 million of those abortions happened in third world countries.

Continued: The Sexuality Blog: https://ynaija.com/90-abortions-will-happen-year-nigeria-will-illegal-unsafe/

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