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 Since then, each Democratic president has rescinded it and each Republican president has reinstated it.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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Nepal – Women seeking safe abortion spike in Bajura

Women seeking safe abortion spike in Bajura

Published: December 05, 2018

BAJURA: Uma Thapa (name changed) residing in Budiganga Municipality of Bajura district underwent two unsafe abortions and had to visit Bayalpata hospital in Aacham district for treatment.

However, this time around, she aborted a fetus at a local Devalsen Health Centre as safe abortion service has been launched at the facility in the village.

continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/women-seeking-safe-abortion-spike-in-bajura/

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Groundbreaking legislation protects women’s, girls’ and newborns’ health rights in Nepal

Groundbreaking legislation protects women’s, girls’ and newborns’ health rights in Nepal

Oct 29, 2018
By Stephanie Bowen, Director of Strategic Communication, White Ribbon Alliance

White Ribbon Alliance members across the world offer congratulations to our colleagues from the Safe Motherhood Network Federation Nepal (SMNF/WRA Nepal) on the passage of the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Rights Act, 2018. This achievement is part of a larger effort to embed reproductive, maternal and newborn health and health rights into Nepal’s Constitution, accomplished in 2016, then strengthen the country’s laws to uphold these rights. After more than a decade of work, on October 15, 2018, Nepal’s House of Representatives unanimously passed the groundbreaking law, explicitly protecting the health and rights of women, girls, adolescents and newborns.

“Achieving this victory was far from simple or straightforward,” said Dr. Arzu Rena Deuba, Founder of SMNF/WRA Nepal “It took years of hard work and remaining focused on our goal of embedding quality, respectful maternal and reproductive healthcare for women and girls into Nepal’s constitution and its laws.”

Continued: https://medium.com/@WRAglobal/groundbreaking-legislation-protects-womens-girls-and-newborns-health-rights-in-nepal-52c901c2c509?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=5e57b7e9-ecd4-45a3-ba79-5af3822200e5

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Nepal – Makwanpur: 18pc women abort babies last fiscal

Makwanpur: 18pc women abort babies last fiscal

Oct 28, 2018

Almost 18 percent of the pregnant women in Makwanpur district underwent abortion in the last fiscal year, according to the District Public Health Office (DPHO).

Around 2,062 of the 11,649 pregnant women in the district were found aborting their foetus, and the number could be even higher as many undergo abortion illegally, an official at the DPHO said.

Continued: http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-10-28/makwanpur-18pc-women-abort-babies-last-fiscal.html

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Nepal – Time to act

Time to act
Laws abound to end discrimination against women, but a political will to implement them is a must

Oct 24, 2018

Nepal ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw) in 1991 as part of its commitment to uphold and protect gender equality. On Tuesday, seven years after its last review, the country reported its progress to the 71st session of the Cedaw Committee in Geneva. Countries are obligated to report every four years.

Nepal has been making steady progress, both economically and socially, since it transitioned into a federal democratic republic after the promulgation of the 2015 constitution. The current constitution ensures that basic health care services are a fundamental right, and addresses women and girls’ right to safe motherhood and reproductive health through numerous national laws, policies and programmes.

Continued: http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-10-24/time-to-act-20181024084633.html

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Nepal – Sex-selective abortion continues unabated

Sex-selective abortion continues unabated

Published: October 14, 2018

Female foeticide has caused the number of male children to go up in Rupandehi.

A study jointly carried out by CIWIN Nepal and District Public Health Office, Rupandehi, shows that sex-selective abortion is widespread even among educated and well-off families in urban areas.

According to Rupandehi’s public health inspector Krishna Pokhrel, when 100 girls were born, the number of male births stood at 130 last year.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/sex-selective-abortion-continues-unabated/

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