Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

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Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

October 3, 2017
Susan Brink

Of the 56 million annual abortions performed around the world, nearly half, or 25 million, posed some threat to the health or life of the woman. The vast majority of unsafe abortions – 97 percent — were performed in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

And about half of those abortions in poor countries are unsafe, compared with just 12.5 percent in wealthy countries, according to a report in last week's issue of The Lancet, the British medical journal.

Gilda Sedgh, an author of the paper, is a scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive rights research organization. We talked with her about the problem of unsafe abortions in low-income countries. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Continued at source: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/10/03/555317349/nearly-half-of-all-abortions-unsafe-in-developing-countries

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Nepal: Defying Donald Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’ essential for women’s health

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Defying Donald Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’ essential for women’s health

Nerida Williams says organisations like the International Planned Parenthood Federation continue to provide important family planning and health services to women despite the US funding block
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 September, 2017

A young woman lays back calmly, a nurse gently stroking her hand and asking a series of mundane questions to keep her at her ease. A doctor then starts performing a manual vacuum abortion.

This is taking place in the deep south of Nepal, which has legalised abortion. In theory, Nepali women can choose to discontinue their pregnancy safely and legally before the 12-week mark.

Continued at source: South China Daily Post: http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2112380/defying-donald-trumps-abortion-gag-rule-essential-womens

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Nepal: The abortion puzzle

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The abortion puzzle

September 16, 2017
Laxmi Sapkota

Abortion as a choice is in itself a pro-women step. But we have been unable to make it safe

There is an ongoing debate in the international arena on the personality of a fetus, a debate which has morphed into a larger “pro-choice” vs “pro-life” debate on abortion. In Nepal, abortion is recognized as pro-choice: as a privilege of pregnant women. According to our Country Code (2020), if an abortion is carried out by a qualified and registered health worker as per the procedures prescribed by the government, it shall not be deemed a criminal offense. Also, for the abortion of a fetus of up to 18 weeks that is the result of rape or incest, abortion can be carried out with the consent of the pregnant woman.

Continued at source: My Republica: http://www.myrepublica.com/news/27644/

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Nepal: Cutting the lifeline

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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: http://nepalitimes.com/article/Nepali-Times-Buzz/globe-rallies-to-aid-nepals-women,3841

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

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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: http://journal.georgetown.edu/the-damage-from-trumps-global-gag-rule-will-be-greater-in-this-era-of-abortion-rights/

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Asia: Meet the ASAP Change Makers II

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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.

Continued at source: Asap-Asia: http://asap-asia.org/blog/meet-the-asap-change-makers-ii/#sthash.zSpiADMs.2tiw1YmT.dpbs

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Nepal: Back to the drawing board

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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.

Continued at source: Kathmandu Post: http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-02-17/back-to-the-drawing-board.html

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

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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.

Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ca1e42e28a45edcdc4e51bc32&id=713d9681b2&e=2c39881aa9

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

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

By SUBINA SHRESTHA
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: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/opinion/how-the-trump-gag-rule-threatens-womens-lives-in-nepal.html?_r=0

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

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'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.
Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/feb/09/trumps-global-gag-abortion-women-health-ngos

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