Uganda – Traditional healers aiding teenage abortions in Gulu

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Traditional healers aiding teenage abortions in Gulu

Wednesday April 25 2018
By CISSY MAKUMBI

Gulu. Miriam (not real name), 20, sitting on the veranda of her grandmother’s hut in Gulu District is in deep thoughts, wondering what the future holds for her.

She carried out unsafe abortion that resulted in the removal of her uterus while she was 17 years.

Continued: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Traditional-healers-aiding-teenage-abortions-Gulu/688334-4520764-33dh6ez/index.html

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Uganda – Misuse of Misoclear driving abortion rates

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Misuse of Misoclear driving abortion rates
March 10, 2018

“One morning, in December last year, as the taxi I was travelling in came to a halt on Nakivubo Road, my eyes landed on a poster on the wall of BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Temple (Biwologoma). Someone was advertising legal abortion services. This seems interesting, I thought to myself.

When I called the telephone number provided on the poster, a man answered. He was cordial, and when I told him I wanted to have an abortion, he asked, Is this your first time to call this number? When I answered in the affirmative, he promised to send me a price list so that I would go to the clinic near Nakasero Market with an informed view.

Continued: http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Full-Woman/Misoclear-abortion-rates-Drugs-cost-women-/689842-4334624-13gn1dpz/index.html

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US abortion funding rule hurting health overseas, aid groups argue

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US abortion funding rule hurting health overseas, aid groups argue

By Nicole Gaouette, CNN
Thu March 8, 2018

Washington (CNN)Less than a year after the Trump administration moved to cut funding for international organizations that provide women's reproductive health care and abortions, aid groups report they are beginning to see a host of negative impacts.

In Nigeria, health groups found greater difficulty accessing contraception, reduced access to health services, and an increasingly hostile environment for sexual and reproductive health rights.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/08/politics/global-gag-early-health-impact/index.html

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‘More Ugandan women aged 40 and above seek abortion services’

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‘More Ugandan women aged 40 and above seek abortion services’

Wednesday March 7 2018
By ANTHONY WESAKA

KAMPALA. Women above 40 years are increasingly accessing abortion services in the country, a senior gynaecologist attached to Mulago national referral hospital has revealed.

Dr Charles Kiggundu explained that this trend has taken the medical world by surprise since it’s usually abortions among teenagers that are common.

Continued: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/More-Ugandan-women-aged-40-above-seek-abortion-services/688334-4331866-15878fp/index.html

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Trump’s Global Gag Rule: Nigerian Women In Jeopardy

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Trump’s Global Gag Rule: Nigerian Women In Jeopardy
Rise In Unsafe Abortion, Maternal Deaths Loom

By Chioma Umeha
March 7, 2018

A little more than a year ago after the Mexico City Policy, also known as the ‘Global Gag Rule,’ (GGR) was reintroduced by President Donald Trump on his first day in office; the fear of its dreaded impact is beginning to be felt.

GGR is an executive order by the US government that blocks U.S. federal funding for non-governmental organisations that provide abortion counselling or referrals, advocate to decriminalise abortion or expand abortion services.

Continued: https://independent.ng/trumps-global-gag-rule-nigerian-women-jeopardy/

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Uganda/Kenya: Cruel Choices: How Trump’s Global Gag Rule Hurts the Fight Against HIV

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Cruel Choices: How Trump’s Global Gag Rule Hurts the Fight Against HIV

By: skye wheeler
Dec 7, 2017

Pamela was 13 years old when both her parents died in the 1990s as the AIDS pandemic inflicted death across East Africa. She sold sex to keep herself and her three younger siblings fed and alive. When she got pregnant she had no real choice but to get an abortion. Abortion is illegal in most instances in Uganda. Her second of three backstreet abortions almost killed her.

Now 24, Pamela [not her real name] works for a sex worker-led organization, fighting for women’s rights, sex workers’ rights, and access to anti-retroviral drugs and other lifesaving health care for her organization’s members. The job provides her with income, but also the satisfaction of working to increase choices for women and to minimize the risk of harm she knows from personal experience.

Continued at source: http://womensenews.org/2017/12/cruel-choices-how-trumps-global-gag-rule-hurts-the-fight-against-hiv/

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Uganda: Don’t Criminalise Women Who Abort, Says Judge

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Uganda: Don't Criminalise Women Who Abort, Says Judge

By Anthony Wesaka
2 November 2017

Kampala — High Court judge David Batema has scoffed at people who criminalise women who have procured an abortion.

He said that since Article 32 (2) of the Constitution protects marginalised groups including women who abort from laws, culture, customs and traditions that would undermine their status, there is no need to demonise them.

Continued at source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201711030086.html

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Trump Policy Harming Kenya, Uganda Health Services

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US: Trump Policy Harming Kenya, Uganda Health Services
October 26, 2017
Expanded ‘Mexico City’ Policy Causing Cuts in HIV, Reproductive Care

On his first full day in office, US President Donald Trump issued an expanded “Global Gag Rule,” or “Mexico City Policy,” which strips foreign nongovernmental organizations of all US health funding if they use funds from any source to offer information about abortions, provide abortions, or advocate liberalizing abortion laws.

(Washington, DC) – Early effects of United States restrictions to global health aid include cuts to essential health services in Kenya and Uganda, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that was released today. The changes have resulted in a loss of training and equipment from nongovernmental groups for government health clinics, and widespread confusion about implementation. Human Rights Watch sent its findings in advance of a six-month review by the State Department of these funding restrictions.

Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/10/26/us-trump-policy-harming-kenya-uganda-health-services

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Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as ‘morally wrong’

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Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as 'morally wrong'

Ministry of Health declines to endorse proposals to tackle teen pregnancy rates, with distribution of contraceptives to 15-year-olds branded an ‘erosion of morals’

Samuel Okiror in Kampala
Friday 20 October 2017

A row has broken out in Uganda over proposals to extend sex education to 10-year-olds and give some 15-year-olds access to family planning services.

The Ministry of Health has refused to endorse the guidelines, which were designed to tackle the country’s high teenage pregnancy rate, objecting that they are morally wrong and would encourage promiscuity and abortions.

Activists condemned the decision as a “failure of leadership”.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/oct/20/uganda-condemns-sex-education-for-10-year-olds-as-morally-wrong

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African MPs want laws on abortion harmonised

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African MPs want laws on abortion harmonised

By Vision Reporter
Added 19th October 2017

African countries should safeguard reproductive health rights of women by permitting abortion in cases of sexual assault or where pregnancy poses a risk to the physical or mental health of a woman.

Legislators from the Pan African Parliament (PAP) are calling upon African countries that are signatories to the Maputo Protocol to comply.

A statement from Ugandan Parliament said they also urged States to decriminalise abortion by reforming their laws.

Continued at source: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1463993/african-mps-laws-abortion-harmonised

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