Let’s stop restrictions on contraceptives for teenagers
By Andre Ndayambaje
Published : March 12, 2020
Mercy Mbabazi died at the age of 14 from severe infection due to unsafe abortion. Although she attempted to use emergency contraceptives to avoid that pregnancy, Mercy was not given the morning after pills because Rwandan laws say that teenagers need permission from their parents or must be accompanied by their guardians to access reproductive health services.
Mercy is just one case in an epidemic of teenage pregnancies sweeping Rwanda. Recent data shows that teenage pregnancies in the country have increased by 200 per cent in the last ten years. In the last four years, 78,000 teenage births were reported in Rwanda.
Rwandan pardons 52 abortion convicts
Published on 12.10.2019
By APA News
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has signed a decree on pardoning 52 abortion convicts including those convicted for the offenses of infanticide, on the eve of the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, in a statement obtained Saturday by APA in Kigali. The statement issued from the Cabinet meeting chaired by President Kagame said the presidential pardon means that the President has exercised his power of mercy to give people another chance.
Rwandan minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye said the President finds it fitting to give these convicts a second chance.
Rwanda: How Literate are Health Care Providers about Abortion?
By Dan Ngabonziza
June 10, 2019
Therese Mujawayezu is a 4th year medical student pursuing General Medicine at the University of Rwanda (UR).
Since childhood, she has been hearing elders describe abortion as a crime, a taboo – to be precise. As a medical student nearing completion and join the job market, Mujawayezu has been shying away whenever a subject on abortion comes up among her peers.
Historic progress on abortion rights in Rwanda
May 6, 2019
Last month, Rwanda made historic progress toward advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights: President Paul Kagame pardoned 367 women and girls who had been jailed for abortion, and a ministerial order broadened the conditions under which people can access abortion. As part of the order, girls under 18 have the right to terminate a pregnancy before 22 weeks.
“These steps recognize abortion as a health and rights issue and acknowledge that imprisoning women for abortion does not address the reasons why women have abortions,” says Gillian Kane, Ipas senior policy and advocacy advisor.
RWANDA – Details of the Ministerial Order regulating abortion
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Apr 26, 2019
In October 2018, the Rwandan government removed the requirement of court approval and the second doctor’s permission for a legal abortion. These changes came into effect with Ministerial Order No.002/MoH/2019 on 8 April 2019, which outlines the conditions to be satisfied for a medical doctor to be able to approve and provide abortion care – a major step forward legally.
The Ministerial Order No.002/MoH/2019 of 8 April 2019, states:
Rwandan President Pardons Hundreds Convicted of Having or Assisting in an Abortion
By Tara Law
April 6, 2019
The President of Rwanda pardoned hundreds of people convicted of having or assisting in an abortion this week.
President Paul Kagame pardoned 367 people “convicted for the offenses of abortion, complicity in abortion and infanticide,” the Prime Minister’s cabinet announced on Thursday.
Paul Kagame orders release of women and girls jailed over abortion in Rwanda
Women’s rights activists welcome presidential pardon of 367 female prisoners as evidence of progress
Fri 5 Apr 2019
Rwanda’s president has pardoned hundreds of girls and women jailed for abortion.
The women are expected to be released immediately under the presidential prerogative.
Over 360 abortion convicts receive presidential pardon
By Jean d'Amour Mbonyinshuti
Published : April 04, 2019
President Paul Kagame has pardoned 367 girls and women convicted for the offence of abortion, complicity in abortion and infanticide.
The President’s clemency is part of the resolutions of Wednesday’s extraordinary cabinet meeting that was chaired by Kagame.
Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental human rights
By Jenny Ohlsson
Published : December 10, 2018
On Human Rights Day 2018, I would like to put the spotlight on the many women that die every year because some of their most fundamental human rights are not respected.
I would also like to convey my sympathies to the many daughters, sons, mothers, fathers and siblings that has lost, and will lose, a loved one. But also to our societies that will continue to lose so many brilliant minds and changemakers – all in vain – unless we implement the necessary reforms. Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are not only human rights, but a matter of life and death.
The future of abortion access in the United States
By Anu Kumar, President and CEO
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Well, now we know—President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Kennedy’s U.S. Supreme Court seat. When Justice Kennedy announced he’ll retire at the end of July, there was a collective panic attack on the part of thousands of us who work to protect reproductive rights.
Kennedy was seen as a centrist and a critical “swing vote” on the court. In the early 1990s and again in 2016, he voted to preserve Roe v. Wade. What’s burning in my mind and the minds of so many of my colleagues and compatriots is Trump’s vow to ensure the Court has another justice who’s against abortion rights.