South Africa: Private-member bill set to revive abortion debate

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Private-member bill set to revive abortion debate
Pregnancy termination amendment is intended to tighten conditions for allowing women to have abortions

08 December 2017
Tamar Kahn

The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill has been tabled in Parliament, paving the way for an emotional debate on access to abortion when MPs return to their duties next year.

The draft legislation is a private-member’s bill introduced by African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Cheryllyn Dudley, who previously tried to restrict women’s access to abortion by proposing an amendment to the Constitution to include the right to life of the unborn child.

Continued at source: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/health/2017-12-08-private-member-bill-set-to-revive-abortion-debate/

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CYTOTEC – First responses to the intended withdrawal from the market in France

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CYTOTEC – First responses to the intended withdrawal from the market in France
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Dec 5, 2017

Abortion providers in France are mobilising to retain Cytotec for abortion (or an affordable substitute). The decision to withdraw Cytotec from the market in France following complaints that it had caused problems for several women who had been given too high a dose to induce labour has led to an outcry among those who support universal access to safe abortion in France, such as the National Association of Clinics for Abortion and Contraception and the French National College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.

The group REIVOC, which consists of all the abortion providers in the Occitanie Region in France, including GPs, gynaecologists, midwives, and family planning advocates, called the decision hypocritical: “Cytotec is indispensible for inducing abortion. While there is an alternative, Gymiso, it is 40 times more expensive. Everyone knows Cytotec is used for abortion even if that is not one of its approved indications. Instead of withdrawing it, it is urgent that a generic substitute is found.”

Continued at source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/cytotec-first-responses-to-the-intended-withdrawal-from-the-market-in-france/

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South Africa: Backstreet abortions: Illegal, dingy clinics advertise ‘safe … pain free’ procedures

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Backstreet abortions: Illegal, dingy clinics advertise ‘safe ... pain free’ procedures

ILLEGAL abortions for women who are as far as six months pregnant are just a text message away, a news.com.au investigation has revealed.
Megan Palin
October 7, 2017

“SAFE abortions — pain free,” one flyer stuck to a tin shack reads.

The advertisement includes a phone number and guarantees “same day” procedures.

It’s one of hundreds like it plastered around the cities and shanty towns of South Africa, where the majority of citizens live below the poverty line.

Continued at source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/backstreet-abortions-illegal-dingy-clinics-advertise-safe-pain-free-procedures/news-story/66b06d317fab4069fe469dc678dd01f1

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Abortion in Johannesburg: Painting the town safe

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Abortion in Johannesburg: Painting the town safe

6th October, 2017

From a young age, girls are exposed to posters on the side of the road reading “quick & painless abortion”. It doesn’t take long before this message is ingrained in their heads and such information is ready to be used in case they ever find themselves in this situation.

Abortion in South Africa is rarely spoken about. The spaces in which we find ourselves getting educated about it are specialized and hard to access. But abortion is legal and there are professional and registered providers all over the country that can offer the service in the safest way possible.

Continued at source: https://safe2choose.org/safe-providers-painting-town-sa/

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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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South Africa: It’s Time to End the Stigma and Silence Around Abortion

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Africa: It's Time to End the Stigma and Silence Around Abortion

Sep 28, 2017
By Marion Stevens

International Safe Abortion Day - celebrated every year on September 28 - marks a woman's fundamental reproductive right to access safe, legal abortion. For many women all over the world, this right, along with the right to access modern contraception, is essential for their maternal health, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and well-being. It allows women and couples the right to decide freely if and when to have children.

Especially for the many women who have unsupportable pregnancies, abortion is a vital yet normal medical procedure during their reproductive lives. When performed properly, abortion procedures are safe and can saves women's lives. However, unlike other reproductive health services, abortion is enveloped by stigma and silence, which leads to many women in South Africa lacking access to this crucial health service.

Continued at source: All Africa: http://allafrica.com/stories/201709280584.html

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Fem Advocates Safe Abortion in Gauteng

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Fem Advocates Safe Abortion in Gauteng
Posted on September 11, 2017 by Terri Chowles

Fem's art competition gave artists a chance to openly discuss and spread a positive message of support towards women who have opted for an abortion.

mHealth initiative Fem launched an art competition, in June 2017, to give South African artists a chance to use their social voice to openly discuss and spread a positive message of support and respect towards women who have opted for an abortion.

Fem is an SMS platform that refers women to safe and legal abortion service providers in their area, quickly and privately. The user simply sends the trigger word ‘Fem’ to 30816 via SMS, and receive a referral SMS to a legal and safe health facility in their area.

Continued at source: http://ehealthnews.co.za/fem-advocates-safe-abortion-gauteng/

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The Discussion on Conscientious Objection

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The Discussion on Conscientious Objection

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Nomtika

All roads led to Uruguay last week, between July 31st and August 4th, as 5 SRJC members took to Montevideo for the International Convention on Conscientious Objection.

The meeting, co-hosted by Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU) and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), featured policymakers, academics, health professionals, legal experts, and feminist activists who collectively established that objecting to the provision of voluntary abortion services on religious or moral grounds, is a chief barrier to safe abortion and endangers the lives of women.

Continued at source: Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition: http://srjc.org.za/2017/08/10/the-discussion-on-conscientious-objection/

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South Africa: No Fetus Scan, No Abortion. Really?

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South Africa: No Fetus Scan, No Abortion. Really?

Aug 8, 2017

Draft bill would, for instance, undo clauses in SA law that provide for abortions in some cases of extreme birth defects.

A proposed amendment to the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act would require that anyone seeking an abortion first undergo an ultrasound scan. In its draft bill, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) argues making this type of scan mandatory for abortion seekers will assist people to make "an informed choice".

Continued at source: All Africa: http://allafrica.com/stories/201708080318.html

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South Africa: Parliamentarian tries to curb abortion

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GroundUp: Parliamentarian tries to curb abortion

Terminating a pregnancy after 12 weeks will be much harder if a private member's bill passes.

Aug 1, 2017
By Safura Abdool Karim for GROUNDUP.

A Member of Parliament is trying to limit the right to abortion. Cheryllyn Dudley (ACDP) introduced a private member’s bill that proposes a severe departure from existing law.

Under current legislation, any woman may have an abortion up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy. From week 13 to 20, a woman may have an abortion if the pregnancy poses a risk to her or it would “significantly affect” her “social or economic circumstances”. This last reason makes South African abortion law different to many other countries. It makes abortions accessible to almost all women up to their 20th week.

Continued at source: Daily Maverick: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-08-01-groundup-parliamentarian-tries-to-curb-abortion/

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