New report details the devastating impact of President Trump’s Global Gag Rule

New report details the devastating impact of President Trump’s Global Gag Rule

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Experts at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference discuss the impact of US funding restrictions and the need for data-driven programs and policies to increase access to safe abortion

(Vancouver, Canada) – A new report released today at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference reveals that the Global Gag Rule is reducing the quality and availability of care, particularly for marginalized communities, in four countries studied. Advocates, researchers and implementing partners discussed the findings from the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) detailing the effects of the expanded US Global Gag Rule, as well as a new evidence-gathering initiative by several partner organizations designed to increase access to safe abortion.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/0789a23add38/press-releaseglobal-gag-rule-expansion-and-the-future-of-us-global-health-policy?e=695642389f

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Unsafe abortion: 13-year-old girl’s life hangs by thread in Banke, Western Nepal

Unsafe abortion: 13-year-old girl’s life hangs by thread in Banke, Western Nepal

May 15th, 2019

BANKE: A 13-year-old girl in Nepalgunj sub-metropolitan city in Banke, in Western Nepal who conceived a baby after being sexually exploited by yet-to-be identified person has her life at stake after she attempted an unsafe abortion.

According to the District Police Office, Banke 8th-grader Alina (name changed) had attempted to terminate the three-month-old baby through medication abortion process.

She suffered excessive bleeding thereafter. Superintendent of Police (SP) Arun Poudel shared the girl was currently receiving treatment at Nepalgunj Medical College Teaching Hospital at Kohalpur.

She was rescued from Nepalgunj sub-metropolitan city-10 during police’s routine patrolling, shared SP Poudel, adding she was immediately admitted to the hospital given her critical health condition.

Police have already contacted her family and launching investigation into the case relating to the girl’s unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion.

Police has also urged those with AB negative blood group to donate blood for the girl who only has 2.7 pints of blood left in her body, according to the hospital.

Source: https://www.nepal24hours.com/unsafe-abortion-13-year-old-girls-life-hangs-by-thread-in-banke-western-nepal/

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When the U.S. Pulls the Funding Plug, How Do Reproductive Health Providers Proceed?

When the U.S. Pulls the Funding Plug, How Do Reproductive Health Providers Proceed?

Yam Kumari Kandel Senior Reporter
Linda Mujuru Reporter
Prudence Phiri Lead Reporter
Nakisanze Segawa Reporter
May 12, 2019

In 2017, the United States reenacted a policy that dramatically limited how reproductive healthcare providers around the world could use its money. But proving the policy’s actual impact on reproductive health programs worldwide, from Nepal to Zimbabwe, is difficult: Some providers found funding elsewhere, while others are reluctant to share information about their work, leading to a lack of data.

SURKHET, NEPAL — Kaushila BK and her husband, Dilip BK, have a son and a daughter. They say they can’t afford any more children.

Continued: https://globalpressjournal.com/world/u-s-pulls-funding-plug-reproductive-health-providers-proceed/

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Nepal – Unsafe abortion puts women’s lives at risk in Ilam

Unsafe abortion puts women’s lives at risk in Ilam

- BIPLAV BHATTARAI, ILAM
May 7, 2019

Although 21 health facilities including the district hospital in Ilam have been providing safe abortion services free of cost, many women are still risking their lives opting for unsafe abortion procedures in Ilam Municipality.

According to the data of the district hospital, 32 women who had underwent unsafe abortion arrived at the hospital for treatment in the first six months of the running fiscal year. Lack of awareness on safe abortion services and policies among women in the municipality has led to many opting for unsafe abortions.

Continued: https://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2019-05-07/unsafe-abortion-puts-womens-lives-at-risk-in-ilam.html

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Nepal – Eliminate unsafe abortion

Eliminate unsafe abortion
In Nepal, abortion is legal and provided free of cost in government health centres.

Dr Bal Krishna Shah
Apr 23, 2019

An abortion is the ending of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion of the embryo or fetus before it can survive outside the uterus. Nepali women were granted abortion rights in 2002; and in 2004, abortion service was expanded throughout the country. In 2009, medical abortion service was introduced. There were 1,124 government and non-government hospitals and health institutions providing safe abortion services as of 2016-17. Both manual vacuum aspiration and medical abortion services are used for safe abortions in Nepal. All legal provisions need to be fulfilled in order to perform abortions, and the health institution should have the logo of safe abortion service.

Continued: https://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2019-04-23/eliminate-unsafe-abortion.html

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Women’s Groups and Funders Respond to Global Gag Rule

Women’s Groups and Funders Respond to Global Gag Rule
Four successful strategies to mitigate the effects of a restrictive funding policy that the Trump administration reinstated.

By Leila Hessini
Apr. 10, 2019

As one of his first acts as president of the United States, Donald Trump reinstated a policy prohibiting organizations from receiving US government aid if they provide services, referrals, and advocacy related to abortion abroad. In late March 2019, the Trump administration expanded this policy to include subcontractors serving groups that provide or discuss abortion.

The United States is the world’s largest donor to global health, and abortion-related services are often integrated into general health care involving HIV, contraceptives, and families. The policy, known as the Mexico City Policy and dubbed the global gag rule by women’s groups to reflect the act’s intentions and impact, was first introduced by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Since then, each Democratic president has rescinded it and each Republican president has reinstated it. Under Trump, the policy covers all $8.8 billion in US global health aid, nearly 15 times the reach of previous iterations.

Continued: https://ssir.org/articles/entry/womens_groups_and_funders_respond_to_global_gag_rule#

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Unsafe and Illegal Abortions in Nepal

Unsafe and Illegal Abortions in Nepal

By Bryan Kulka
March 1, 2019

Despite the fact that abortion has been legalized in Nepal since 2002, the number of unsafe and illegal procedures remains dreadfully high. The main reasons being: lack of awareness and cultural shame. For a country that has 50% unwanted pregnancies, this is a large scale sanitary crisis.

“We [Neplali] have different mentalities about health care. We never think about tomorrow which is really bad. We all need to think about it now and act.” A Volunteer from Awareness Programs

Continued: https://kathmandutribune.com/unsafe-and-illegal-abortions-in-nepal/

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Study explores role of pharmacy workers in expanding provision of medication abortion in Nepal

Study explores role of pharmacy workers in expanding provision of medication abortion in Nepal

Feb 4, 2019
Guttmacher Institute

Nepali pharmacy owners and staff who participated in a study on medication abortion provision in pharmacy contexts expressed confidence that they can deliver safe and effective services to their clients, and that they offer an important alternative in regions where women have limited access to clinic-based abortion care. The study, conducted by Goleen Samari of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and her U.S. and Nepali collaborators, is the first to examine the perspectives of these health workers and their role in offering pharmacy-based medication abortion in Nepal.

Despite the legalization of abortion in Nepal in 2002 and subsequent expansion of services, unsafe abortion is still common and exacts a heavy toll on women, as documented in the 2016 study, “Abortion Incidence and Unintended Pregnancy in Nepal.”

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2019/study-explores-role-pharmacy-workers-expanding-provision-medication-abortion-nepal

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Nepal – Many women opting for unsafe abortion

Many women opting for unsafe abortion

Kathmandu, December 25, 2018

The government provides safe abortion service free of cost across the country through various health facilities. However, data show that many women are not taking this service due to lack of awareness and to keep the matter a secret.

Karuna (name changed), a 26-year-old woman from Mugu, got pregnant for the fifth time. She already has four daughters. Considering her poor financial condition, she decided to go for abortion. But, she prioritised secrecy over safety and thus reached Kathmandu traveling a long way. She had to spend around Rs 80,000, including transport fare, medical bills, and food and lodging expenses. She is facing health complications after abortion as she did not have any idea about safe abortion centres.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/many-women-opting-for-unsafe-abortion/

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Nepal – Women still unable to enjoy reproductive health rights

Women still unable to enjoy reproductive health rights

Published: December 21, 2018

It has already been four months since the Parliament passed Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights Act, but due to lack of effective implementation many women across the country are not able to enjoy these rights.

The act has legalised abortion and it has the provision for free abortion service at all public health facilities. This law makes abortion legal for all cases up to 12 weeks’ of gestation on request, up to 28 weeks’ gestation in cases of rape or incest, and at any time if the pregnancy poses a danger to the woman’s life, or physical or mental health, or in case of foetal abnormality.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/women-still-unable-to-enjoy-reproductive-health-rights/

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