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

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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.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/mar/02/uk-donors-unite-us-global-gag-rule-shortfall-trump-she-decides-conference-brussels

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

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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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Source, The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/jan/30/abortion-in-pakistan-struggling-to-support-a-womans-right-to-choose

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Peace Foundation Pakistan – Project to Reduce Unsafe Abortion

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

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Pakistan: Resorting to unsafe abortions for family planning

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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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Source: Dawn.com

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