South Asia: Prevalence of Unsafe Abortion

Prevalence of Unsafe Abortion

Aditi Aryal
Published July 30, 2018

Every day in India, 13 women die of unsafe abortions. It accounts for 10 to 12 per cent of total maternal deaths in Pakistan, and 7 per cent in Nepal. Unsafe abortions have increased three folds in the last decade in South Asia and this has become a pressing problem. These abortions are done without medical supervision, and include activities like inserting surgical devices or inapt herbs and spices or poison through the vaginal canal, consumption of non-OTC abortion pills without medical consultation, and perforation of the uterus. These methods are hazardous to the health of women as such abortions are performed by medically unqualified personnel and sometimes induced by the pregnant women on themselves and more often than not causes disability or worse, death.


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Abortion rates go down when countries make it legal: report

Abortion rates go down when countries make it legal: report
Countries with stricter abortion laws have higher abortion rates

by Maggie Fox

Abortion rates have fallen over the past 25 years, even as more countries have made the procedure legal and easier to get, according to a new report released Tuesday.

Countries with the most restrictive abortion laws also have the highest rates of abortion, the study by the Guttmacher Institute found. Easier access to birth control drives down abortion rates, the report also finds.


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Why does Pakistan have low contraception and high abortion rates?

Why does Pakistan have low contraception and high abortion rates?
Stringent abortion laws and the taboos associated with the practice often lead women to seek out unsafe methods.

Zofeen T. Ebrahim
Published Sept 26, 2017

Thirty-six year old Sadaf Saeed, mother of a toddler was both “relieved and saddened” by the “extreme step” of terminating her pregnancy.

She was on the pill, as she was not planning on having a second child and therefore completely devastated after she found out she was pregnant. “We were at a complete loss,” she admitted.

The “decision” was the “most difficult” Saeed said and hopes “I hope I don't ever have to do this again,” she said.

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I never thought I’d have to get an abortion as a Muslim woman – until the day I did

I never thought I’d have to get an abortion as a Muslim woman – until the day I did
I stood in my bathroom and stared at the positive pregnancy test. Everything went numb.

By Anonymous on August 25, 2017

I got the pregnancy test on a whim. I couldn’t be pregnant, I told myself. We used a condom. But I hadn’t paid enough attention to sex education in high school to know if we had used it correctly – why, as a young Muslim girl who wore hijab and was a mosque leader, would I? I wasn’t going to have sex until I was married.

I had a plan already. My first time would be with a gentle Muslim prince who would rescue me from my abusive father and my co-dependent mother. He would understand and cherish me and carry me away on his white horse. It would be perfect.

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UK fails to contribute as donors unite to bridge US ‘global gag’ funding shortfall

UK fails to contribute as donors unite to bridge US 'global gag' funding shortfall

As countries pledge a total of €181m to fill void left by Trump administration’s funding ban, UK highlights existing commitments on family planning

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels and Jessica Elgot in London
Thursday 2 March 2017

The British government failed to join other donors in pledging millions of dollars to an international fund aimed at filling the gap left by Donald Trump’s reimposition of the “global gag rule”.

At a conference in Brussels on Thursday attended by delegates from 50 countries, pledges were made totalling €181m (£155m) to fund family planning and reproductive health services in low-income countries. Organisers hope to counter Trump’s ban on US aid to overseas groups that provide abortion or abortion advocacy, one of the US president’s first acts in the White House.

Countries including Canada, Sweden and Finland lined up to announce pledges, while Britain’s minister at the talks presented existing spending commitments.

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Abortion in Pakistan: struggling to support a woman’s right to choose

Abortion in Pakistan: struggling to support a woman's right to choose

Lack of legal clarity forces thousands of women to endure backstreet abortions in Pakistan. A helpline is providing information and support, but fears losing funding after Trump reinstated the global gag rule

by Sana Saleem
Monday 30 January 2017

Sonia woke up in a dingy room with searing pain in her stomach. All she remembered was being accompanied by her husband to a clinic for an ultrasound. She’d recently found out she was pregnant; her husband had often been abusive and didn’t react well to the news. Today was supposed to be different: he insisted on going to the clinic so he could see the scan and Sonia hoped that reflected a change of heart.

However, slowly Sonia realised she had been drugged and given an abortion without her consent at a private clinic. It took years for her to come to terms with the violence she suffered.

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Peace Foundation Pakistan – Project to Reduce Unsafe Abortion

Jan 13, 2017, by Safe Abortion

The Peace Foundation Pakistan runs a project for reducing unsafe abortions in rural areas of Sindh, Pakistan, with the Safe Abortion Action Fund. We use social media and a telephone helpline for consultations for safe medical abortion. We organize free mobile camps to provide misoprostol (the medical abortion pill that can be used alone) and family planning services in rural areas of Sindh.

We take photographs of misoprostol users, with their permission, to publish and share elsewhere, in order to provide evidence of the acceptance of misoprostol by women. All these pictures are drawn from 48 free camps we organised in Sindh during the years 2014-2016. These photographs have proved useful for assuring women who are seeking abortions. We found them very useful also in our community meetings, where people initially express reservations about the use of misoprostol. We provided 2,850 misoprostol packs which were distributed by pharmacies for safe medical abortion. In the 48 camps, 1,165 women received abortion services, including 252 girls under the age of 19, and 785 women received short-term methods of post-abortion contraception (including condoms, contraceptive pills, injectable, and emergency contraception).

SOURCE: E-mail from Peace Foundation, 10 January 2017 ; PHOTOS: Peace Foundation

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Pakistan: Resorting to unsafe abortions for family planning

by Asma Kundi
September 25, 2016

A mother of three and just 24 years old, Parveen died a few months ago after using the services of a local, unskilled birth attendant for aborting what would have been her fourth baby.

A resident of Bhara Kahu, Parveen, wanted to abort the foetus for financial reasons and did not tell her mother about her plans, as she knew her mother would not approve of an abortion. After the abortion, Parveen had started bleeding heavily and was taken to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), where she died.

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