Nepal: Cutting the lifeline


Cutting the lifeline
‘Protecting life’ under the Trump administrtion in the US will put more Nepali women's lives on the line

14-20 July 2017 #867
Nepali Times Buzz
Kate Ryan

Last week, governments and private partners gathered in London for the 2017 Family Planning Summit. The goal: to evaluate progress toward commitments to improve healthcare for more than 120 million women worldwide from 2012-2020.

More than half-way to 2020, only 30 million women have been reached. At a time when activities need to be sped up, the United States, the leading bilateral funder of family planning worldwide, just pulled out billions of dollars from organisations serving the world’s poorest nations, claiming they funded abortion services.

Continued at source: Nepali Times:,3841

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


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:

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Asia: Meet the ASAP Change Makers II


Meet the ASAP Change Makers II
Posted on 15 March, 2017 by Asia Safe Abortion Partnership

Commemorating #IWD2017 we are celebrating work of our young women champions in promoting women’s access to safe abortion in their region. This blog series is an attempt to acclaim their power as #ASAPChangemakers !!

Featuring: Prabani Perera of Sri Lanka, and Pushpa Joshi Pradhan of Nepal.

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Nepal: Back to the drawing board


Back to the drawing board
Global Gag Rule can have huge repercussions on reproductive health services in Nepal

the kathmandu post

Feb 17, 2017- The battle to legalise abortion in Nepal was hard won. Hindered by patriarchal notions nullifying the fundamental right of women to health and life, Nepal made huge strides forward in 2002, when a bill permitting abortion under broad grounds was signed into law. Abortion is legal in Nepal under certain conditions regarding time of gestation, and extenuating circumstances such as rape or risk of life.

In 1996, for every 100,000 live births, 539 women died because of unsafe abortion, or little or no access to health care. Owing partly to foreign assistance supporting awareness campaigns, family planning and reproductive health services, this figure fell to almost half (281) in 2006 and further down to 258 in 2015. Nepal’s tumultuous political history has resulted in considerable reliance on outside help—particularly on the United States as the largest donor—for the provision of health care.

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First National Study on the Incidence of Abortion and Unintended Pregnancy in Nepal Released


First National Study on the Incidence of Abortion and Unintended Pregnancy in Nepal Released

Despite Abortion Legalization and Efforts to Expand Access, Many Women Continue to Have Clandestine Procedures
Feb 10, 2017

In the first-ever national study of the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy in Nepal, researchers found that, despite abortion being legally available, many Nepalese women have potentially unsafe abortions performed by unapproved or untrained providers. The study, “Abortion Incidence and Unintended Pregnancy in Nepal,” conducted jointly by Nepal’s Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA) and the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute, found that approximately 323,000 induced abortions occurred in Nepal in 2014, giving it an abortion rate of 42 per 1,000 women of reproductive age (15–49). However, out of all induced abortions, only 42% were provided legally at government-approved facilities.

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How the Trump Gag Rule Threatens Women’s Lives in Nepal


How the Trump Gag Rule Threatens Women’s Lives in Nepal

FEB. 9, 2017

One January morning in 2002, I met 15-year-old Sita Tamang in a prison in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Her boyfriend, who had promised marriage, made her pregnant. Afterward, he gave her a pill to make her “feel stronger.” The pill aborted her pregnancy. Ms. Tamang was still delirious with pain and shock when the police arrested her and charged her with infanticide. A court gave her a life sentence.

In the late 1990s, 80 Nepali women were in prison for having undergone an abortion. It took Nepali activists three decades of advocacy to change the abortion laws. In March 2002, Nepal legalized abortion. Over the next two years, the women imprisoned for abortion were granted amnesty and released.

Continued at source: New York Times:

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‘There will be more deaths’: NGOs on Trump’s anti-abortion rule


'There will be more deaths': NGOs on Trump's anti-abortion rule

We asked NGOs how the reinstatement of the ‘global gag’ rule will impact what they do, and the people they work with. Here are some of the responses.

Katherine Purvis and Guardian readers

Thursday 9 February 2017

Three days after his inauguration, Donald Trump reinstated the “global gag” rule, which prohibits the use of US aid money for abortions, prevents NGOs from using private funds for abortion services, from referring women to groups that provide abortions, and even from offering information on services.

We asked NGOs around the world to tell us how the policy impacted them in the past, and what it means for their work today.
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Nepal: Abortion: Crime or Women’s Human Rights?


Abortion: Crime or Women’s Human Rights?
Upendra Raj Dulal
Friday, Feb 03, 2017

Abortion everywhere is a battle between choice and life. One side argues woman’s decision about her own body and the other side argues about developing baby’s life. It has been a controversial subject in many societies through history on religious, moral, ethical, practical, and political grounds. It has been banned frequently and otherwise limited by law.

Abortion is simply understood as termination of the immature and undeveloped fetus before the natural time of delivery. However, there is no any specific definition of abortion in Nepalese legal system yet. But it has been incorporated as an element of homicide under the chapter on the homicide of Muluki Ain (2020 B.S.) despite that it has already been recognized as a human right internationally.

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Donald Trump’s abortion funding ban will lead to millions of unsafe abortions around the world, NGOs warn


Donald Trump's abortion funding ban will lead to millions of unsafe abortions around the world, NGOs warn

'Agreeing to the Mexico City Policy would mean accepting their fate and turning our backs on the very women who need us most,' says Marjorie Newman-Williams, of Marie Stopes International

by May Bulman, Jan 24, 2017

Donald Trump's decision to block US funding for abortion services around the world could result in tens of thousands of women dying, with the decline of these services leading to millions of unsafe abortions in developing countries, aid organisations have warned.

Mr Trump signed an executive order reinstating a ban — known as the Mexico City Policy — which prohibits the US giving federal family planning funding to international health groups that provide abortion care. Shortly afterwards, the President's press secretary Sean Spicer said Mr Trump was “standing up for all Americans - including the unborn”.

But the policy is likely to hugely increase the rate of abortion in developing countries, causing the deaths of an estimated more than 21,000 women.

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Safe Abortion Services in Cambodia and Safe Abortion with Quality of Care in Nepal


Jan 13, 2017, by Safe Abortion

The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) has been working since 1993 to champion women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). They try to achieve this through interlinked strategies of information and communications for change, monitoring and research for evidence-based advocacy, strengthening partnerships for advocacy and organisational development.

Their January 2017 e-newsletter, Issue 1, highlights five short videos on SRHR issues in Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, and Philippines. We highlight two of them here, which are on safe abortion in Cambodia and Nepal, both countries that have legalised early abortions, highlighting the fact that many women are not yet aware of this. You can view the whole newsletter here. You can watch the two videos at the links below:

Safe Abortion Services in Cambodia

The Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia shows that while access to safe abortion services is legal in the country, there is still a need to raise awareness on this to ensure that women have access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Safe Abortion with Quality of Care, Nepal

The Beyond Beijing Committee in Nepal’s video shows that while access to safe abortion services is legal in the country, there is still a need to raise awareness on this to ensure that women have access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Publication of the video coincides with a report they have just published, entitled Report on status of abortion stigma in Nepal.pdf. Based on the finding of the report we had very good policy dialogue at the central level with the government, non -government and with Ipas-Nepal.

Shanta Laxmi Shrestha, lead researcher on the Beyond Beijing Committee report, is going to speak on “How SDGs can be translated into actions, especially to assure SRHR in Nepal + situation of abortion stigma” on 16 January 2017 in the national consultation on “Achieving universal access to sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Leaving no one behind” .

Lastly, she advises that the Guidelines on Free Abortion Service in Public Health Facilities in Nepal in place and  women in need of free services can now request these. (Guideline in Nepali with some text in English)

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

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