Malaysia – Let’s talk about… abortion

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Let’s talk about… abortion
Abortions shouldn't be taken lightly as it can put the life of the pregnant woman at risk if she is not armed with the right facts to make an informed decision.

June 1, 2018

Abortion is a taboo subject in many parts of the world and Malaysia is no exception. It is a topic that provokes much emotion from both sides of the debate and like all ethical debates, the grey areas are more common than the clear cut, black and white answers. The practical implications of the hesitance to discuss this topic gives way to misinformation. Misinformation in the medical field is akin to walking blindfolded through a jungle. One wrong step can put one in danger.

Here in Malaysia, the social stigma of abortion encourages people to seek help in secrecy. In this environment, predatory opportunists seek to make money off desperate people and when things go wrong, the victims have nobody to turn to.

Continued: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2018/06/01/lets-talk-about-abortion/

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Malawi: Gynaecologist Sheds Light On Abortion Law Reform in Malawi

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Malawi: Gynaecologist Sheds Light On Abortion Law Reform in Malawi

By Dr Chisali Mhango
May 7, 2018

Renowned Malawian gynaecologist Dr Chisali Mhango sheds light on abortion law history, misconceptions, fears and law reform process in Malawi.

Abortion is a very common universal phenomenon. Since the beginning of recorded history women the world over have terminated unwanted pregnancies. The first recorded evidence of an induced abortion is found in an Egyptian Papyrus dated 1550 BC. Of 213 million pregnancies that occur each year worldwide, 40% are unplanned, of these half end in abortion, and half of those abortions are unsafe, that is 22 million,

Continued: http://allafrica.com/stories/201805070813.html

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UK – Woman who bled to death after late-stage abortion was discharged despite vomiting

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Woman who bled to death after late-stage abortion was discharged despite vomiting
Richard Hartley-Parkinson
Friday 20 Apr 2018

Aisha Chithira suffered a tear to her uterus, was discharged and died later after suffering internal bleeding (Picture: Google Street View)

A woman who died following a late-stage abortion procedure was discharged from the clinic despite vomiting and swaying so much she looked ‘drunk’, an inquest has heard.

Aisha Chithira, 31, travelled to England from Ireland to have a termination at a Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, west London, on January 21 2012.

Continued: http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/20/woman-bled-death-late-stage-abortion-discharged-despite-vomiting-7482792/

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First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ethiopian Adolescents Released

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First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ethiopian Adolescents Released
Improved Access to Safe Abortion Has Benefited Adolescent Women

March 14, 2018
News Release

A new study finds that adolescent women have benefited greatly from the 2005 expansion of Ethiopia’s abortion law that gave them access to safe, legal abortion services. “Playing it Safe: Legal and Clandestine Abortions Among Adolescents in Ethiopia,” conducted by researchers from the Guttmacher Institute and Ipas, documents for the first time legal and clandestine abortion rates among Ethiopian adolescents (aged 15–19), and the severity of abortion-related complications in this age-group. The study found that adolescents are more likely than older women to obtain legal abortion services, and that complications from unsafe abortion are just as severe among adolescents as they are among other age-groups.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2018/first-study-incidence-abortion-among-ethiopian-adolescents-released

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Jamaica: Botched abortions – More than 100 cases seen at VJH since start of this year

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Botched abortions - More than 100 cases seen at VJH since start of this year

Published: Sunday | November 5, 2017
Ryon Jones

Scores of Jamaican women are turning up at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) with pregnancy complications because of botched abortions.

A Sunday Gleaner probe has revealed that between January and September of this year, of the 1,088 expectant mothers who presented to VJH with bleeding in early pregnancy, 91 admitted to having attempted to abort the foetus while an additional 47 had complications that suggested that they had attempted abortions.

Continued at source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20171105/botched-abortions-more-100-cases-seen-vjh-start-year

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Jamaica: Health minister orders abortion audit

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Health minister orders abortion audit

Published: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Patrick Planter

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton has ordered a medical audit across the public-health system to determine the extent of the problem of attempted termination of pregnancy in Jamaica.

This follows information out of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital that more than 130 women turned up at the facility in the first nine months of this year seeking emergency treatment while either admitting that they attempted abortions or showing symptoms to suggest that they did.

Continued at source: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20171105/health-minister-orders-abortion-audit

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Ghana: Group calls for NHIS cover for unsafe abortion

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Group calls for NHIS cover for unsafe abortion
Tuesday, 24 October 2017

A civil society group IPA is making a bold argument asking government to include abortion treatment to the NHIS.

According to the group it will make more sense and come as a great benefit to the country when the culturally prohibited act is listed onto the scheme.

The group argued that the move will rather lessen financial burden on the scheme if the cost is absorbed by the NHIS.

Continued at source: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/Group-calls-for-NHIS-cover-for-unsafe-abortion-593625

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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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Philippines: Duterte told: Therapeutic abortion allowed to save women’s lives

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Duterte told: Therapeutic abortion allowed to save women’s lives

By: Tonette Orejas
Inquirer Central Luzon
July 26, 2017

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Therapeutic abortion, or the medical procedure that terminates pregnancy to be able to save the life of a woman, is allowed in the Philippines, according to a women’s health group.

The group made the statement in reaction to the anti-abortion posture President Duterte expressed in his State of the Nation Address on Monday.

“In Philippine jurisprudence, it is recognized that therapeutic abortion is allowed to save the life of the woman,” lawyer Clara Rita Padilla, EnGendeRights executive director, said.

Continued at source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/917566/duterte-told-therapeutic-abortion-allowed-to-save-womens-lives

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Uganda’s Abortion Rate Has Decreased Since 2003, but Unsafe Procedures Resulting in Complications Remain Common

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Uganda’s Abortion Rate Has Decreased Since 2003, but Unsafe Procedures Resulting in Complications Remain Common
February 14, 2017
News Release

An estimated 314,300 Ugandan women had abortions in 2013, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute and Uganda’s Makerere University. This translates to a rate of 39 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–49, a significant decline from the rate in 2003, which was 51. The study also found that 93,300 women were treated across the country for complications from unsafe procedures. The annual hospitalization rate for complications from unsafe abortion is estimated to be 12 per 1,000 women aged 15–49, down from 15 per 1,000 in 2003.

Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2017/ugandas-abortion-rate-has-decreased-2003-unsafe-procedures-resulting-complications

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