South Africa to strive to further reduce child and maternal mortality: Mthembu

SA to strive to further reduce child and maternal mortality: Mthembu
“We are confident that these interventions will ensure that we continue to place people at the centre of our developmental agenda,” Mthembu said.

Devdiscourse News Desk
Updated: 14-11-2019

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu says South Africa will continue working to improve access to reproductive health care services.

Speaking at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which is currently underway in Nairobi, Kenya, Mthembu said the newly completed five-year plan for the country's 6th democratic administration affirmed that South Africa will in the next five years continue to improve access to reproductive health services, including targeting adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in order to address pregnancies and risky behavior.

Continued: https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/headlines/744849-sa-to-strive-to-further-reduce-child-and-maternal-mortality-mthembu


South Africa – Mthatha teen in court for allegedly forcing abortion after a break-up

Mthatha teen in court for allegedly forcing abortion after a break-up
The court will have to determine whether the teen was within her rights to abort the baby.

by Andile Sicetsha
2019-10-15

An 18-year-old is expected to appear before the Mthatha Magistrate’s Court, in East London, for the murder of her unborn child.
What prompted the Mthatha teen to abort the baby?

According to police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni, the teenager from Mthatha was placed under arrest, on Monday, after students from a college in the Eastern Cape town found a plastic bag containing a lifeless fetus in a campus residence bathroom.

Continued: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/mthatha-teen-court-forcing-abortion-why/


South Africa – Art exhibition highlights abortion stigma

Art exhibition highlights abortion stigma

27th September 2019
Marcia Zali

The Voices and Choices exhibition will put a spotlight on issues of abortion and reproductive justice in the country, as part of the #MybodyMychoice coalition campaign.

South Africans from different organisations and communities are expected to have a unique experience surrounding conversations about the stigma associated with abortion. The multimedia Voices and Choices exhibition is a collaboration of South African female artists under the curatorship of Mmabatho Montsho.

Continued: https://health-e.org.za/2019/09/27/art-exhibition-highlights-abortion-stigma/


International Safe Abortion Day: The real cost of illegal abortions

International Safe Abortion Day: The real cost of illegal abortions
This International Safe Abortion Day, Marie Stopes South Africa is calling for safe abortion services and care to be made available to every woman who wants it worldwide.

September 27, 2019

Across the globe, there are still 214 million women who currently have no reliable way of preventing an unintended pregnancy that could make them poorer, push their dreams beyond their reach forever, or threaten their health and life.

We’ve seen the transformational potential of family planning, and the positive changes that can happen in a woman’s life when she has control over her body and future. Contraception and safe abortion supports women to delay first pregnancy, space their pregnancies and avoid unsafe abortion, greatly reducing their risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth.

Continued: https://www.all4women.co.za/1852843/health/womens-health/international-safe-abortion-day-the-real-cost-of-illegal-abortions


Activist group vows to tear down ‘unsafe abortion’ posters in Johannesburg

Activist group vows to tear down 'unsafe abortion' posters in Johannesburg

29 August 2019
BY NOMAHLUBI JORDAAN

A group calling itself Sexual Reproductive Health For Your Information (#SRHFYI) vowed to take to the streets of Johannesburg on Thursday in an attempt to make abortions safer.

The group's goal is to remove posters promoting “unsafe” abortions. In a statement issued on Wednesday, it said it would march to Park Station and Hillbrow.

Continued: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-08-29-activist-group-vows-to-tear-down-unsafe-abortion-posters-in-johannesburg/


South Africa – Abortion service providers face judgment from colleagues

Abortion service providers face judgment from colleagues

Health E-News
Aug 15, 2019

Lack of support for termination of pregnancy (TOP) service providers in the public health sector has led to an exodus of qualified people who can perform abortion services. Stigma and judgement from their colleagues make their working conditions so difficult that many opt to leave the service rather than continue to work in hostile environments.

According to Kgaladi Mphahlele, the Doctors Without Borders’ Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Manager in Rustenburg, North West, part of their work has been to train nurses and doctors who perform abortions, especially for women wanting them late in their pregnancy.

Continued: https://health-e.org.za/2019/08/15/abortion-service-providers-face-judgment-from-colleagues/


South Africa – Man sentenced to 12 years for killing his girlfriend for getting an abortion

Man sentenced to 12 years for killing his girlfriend for getting an abortion

11 June 2019
By Nico Gous

The Polokwane High Court on Monday sentenced 39-year-old Joseph Mafifi to 12 years in prison for killing his girlfriend in 2018.

Officers at Tom Burke police station, outside Lephalale, received a tip-off on March 18 last year that a woman was being stabbed on a farm near Swartwater.

Continued: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-06-11-man-sentenced-to-12-years-for-killing-his-girlfriend-for-getting-an-abortion/


New report details the devastating impact of President Trump’s Global Gag Rule

New report details the devastating impact of President Trump’s Global Gag Rule

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Experts at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference discuss the impact of US funding restrictions and the need for data-driven programs and policies to increase access to safe abortion

(Vancouver, Canada) – A new report released today at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference reveals that the Global Gag Rule is reducing the quality and availability of care, particularly for marginalized communities, in four countries studied. Advocates, researchers and implementing partners discussed the findings from the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) detailing the effects of the expanded US Global Gag Rule, as well as a new evidence-gathering initiative by several partner organizations designed to increase access to safe abortion.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/0789a23add38/press-releaseglobal-gag-rule-expansion-and-the-future-of-us-global-health-policy?e=695642389f


South Africa – Reproductive Justice: The missing issue in party manifestos for 2019 Election

Reproductive Justice: The missing issue in party manifestos for 2019 Election
Women outnumber men in South Africa, yet most political parties only pay lip service to issues of reproductive health and justice in their election manifestos. Control over their own bodies and health is the first step towards gender equality and development for South African women and girls.

By Louise Carmody and Marion Stevens
5 May 2019

In every election period, political parties commit to improving service delivery, the economy, and tackling the enormous wealth, race and gender inequalities within South Africa. At 51% of the population, and 55% of the electorate, women outnumber men, yet politicians rarely address policies towards increasing their access to sexual and reproductive health services, especially in poor communities.

This gap highlights the lack of reproductive justice in South Africa, which requires the right to bodily autonomy, the right to decide whether or not to have a child, and the right to parent children in safe and healthy environments. Having the ability to exercise and control reproductive decisions and to access necessary sexual and reproductive healthcare is critical for women and girls to achieve gender equality and development.

Continued: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-05-05-reproductive-justice-the-missing-issue-in-party-manifestos-for-2019-election/


South Africa – #Elections2019 cheat sheet: Your guide to a feminist vote

#Elections2019 cheat sheet: Your guide to a feminist vote

3 May 2019
Pontsho Pilane

Like many South African women and queer people, you may find yourself in a conundrum about which political party to give your “X” to on May 8. Here is Health-e’s quick cheat sheet to help you make a pro-women, pro-queer choice — developed in partnership with the #Yvote4U campaign.

Women make up most of those registered to vote in the elections, according to the Independent Electoral Commission. This should mean gender issues are front and centre of the political parties’ campaigning, but this hasn’t been the case because young women feel excluded from these parties’ agendas.

Continued: https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/opinion/elections2019-cheat-sheet-your-guide-to-a-feminist-vote-22410145