India – ‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

Swagata Yadavar
August 7, 2018

New Delhi: Abortion was legalised in India almost half a century ago, yet unsafe abortions – performed in unhygienic conditions by untrained providers – are the third largest cause of maternal death. Nearly 78% of the more than 15 million abortions conducted annually in India are outside of health facilities, giving rise to safety concerns. There is only one licensed provider for 224,000 women in rural areas.

India allows medical termination of a pregnancy of up to 20 weeks’ gestation to be conducted by a registered medical practitioner. There have been attempts to amend the act to expand the provider base to include nurses and non-allopathic medicine practitioners, and extend the deadline to 24 weeks from the current 20.

Continued: http://www.indiaspend.com/indiaspend-interviews/reduce-stigma-to-make-women-comfortable-accessing-safe-abortions-88950

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Argentine sex workers are fighting for legal abortion and the right to work

Argentine sex workers are fighting for legal abortion and the right to work
We hear the harrowing stories of women championing reproductive rights in Argentina as a crucial vote takes place

7 August 2018
Text Elizabeth Sulis Kim
Photography Michael Vince Kim

Tomorrow (August 8), the Argentine Senate will vote on an abortion bill that was narrowly passed by the Chamber of Deputies in June. If passed, it would allow women to have a legal abortion up until the 14th week of pregnancy.

Sex workers in Argentina’s capital have expressed solidarity with the pro-choice movement, which they say aligns with their own wish for body autonomy and integrity.

Continued: http://www.dazeddigital.com/politics/article/40917/1/argentina-buenos-aires-sex-workers-abortion-law-vote

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USA – Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories

Why Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories
Even though abortion is technically legal, it can still come with shame, stigma, and fear.

By Katha Pollitt
Aug 3, 2018

Vats of ink have been spilled trying to figure out whether the coming right-wing majority on the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade. The truth is, we just don’t know; it will all come down to what’s in the hearts and minds of five anti-abortion, very conservative men. If I were one of them, I would definitely opt for keeping Roe and letting it dangle in the wind. Upending the precedent could awaken the majority of Americans who want to keep abortion legal. Right now a lot of pro-choicers still don’t pay attention to restrictions on abortion, no matter how stringent they are, as long as the procedure is technically lawful and available to them personally.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/why-women-are-sharing-their-abortion-stories/

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Plenty of people are pro-abortion

Plenty of people are pro-abortion
It is a necessary health care procedure that saves lives.

Kathi Valeii
Aug—01—2018

Since Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement in June, the discussion about reproductive rights has intensified. Amid the social media discussions about the Supreme Court, and the importance of choice, and Roe v. Wade, emerged a common narrative in support of abortion that went: “No one is pro-abortion, but...” The conclusion to such a statement usually rounds out with something like, “...but we should all mind our own business and let people make their own choices about their health.” And while the latter part of this argument is a message we can all get behind, the first part is a problem.

While the pro-choice movement has long been conditioned to talk in metered ways about abortion, saying “no one is pro-abortion” is patently inaccurate. Let’s be straight — many, many people are pro-abortion, simply because we don’t view abortion as anything more than necessary health care.

Continued: https://theoutline.com/post/5636/yes-people-are-pro-abortion?zd=2&zi=4ry3i5go

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Roe Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

Roe Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

By Katha Pollitt
July 10, 2018

President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court is bad news for reproductive rights.

That Judge Kavanaugh’s record on abortion and contraception is slim will be used by his supporters to paint his views as moderate, but let’s get real: The president promised to nominate only justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, and his potential nominees were vetted by a committed abortion opponent, Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society. There is no reason not to take Mr. Trump at his word.

What should the pro-choice movement be doing — right now and in the months and years to come?

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/opinion/abortion-roe-kavanaugh-supreme-court.html

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Teenager at centre of Kenyan court case over botched abortion has died

Teenager at centre of Kenyan court case over botched abortion has died
Family of raped teenager are demanding government reissues guidance on safe terminations after crackdown puts lives at risk

Rebecca Ratcliffe
Tue 10 Jul 2018

A teenager whose botched abortion was at the centre of a high court case in Kenya has died.

The girl, who was raped aged 14 and then left with horrific injuries after a backstreet termination, had been the subject of a controversy over whether the Kenyan government was to blame for her death.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jul/10/high-court-kenya-government-girls-death-after-botched-abortion

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‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion

‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion

By Josephine Sedgwick
July 9, 2018

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Even in places where the practice is legal, abortion can still be hard to talk about. When we invited readers to share their own stories, more than 1,300 responded from over 30 countries, showing the vast range of reasons, means and outcomes for abortion.

We selected the 13 stories below from distant pockets of the globe. They reflect the spectrum of abortion laws and the important roles of money, technology, information and culture in dictating the safety and aftermath of the procedure. These accounts have been condensed and edited for clarity, and to protect the identities of those involved.

continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/09/reader-center/abortion-around-the-world.html

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South Africa – ‘Conscientious objection’: when doctors’ beliefs are a barrier to abortion

'Conscientious objection': when doctors' beliefs are a barrier to abortion
As a report highlights the ruinous impact of denying abortion, two medics offer opposing views on the role of personal belief

Hannah Summers
Fri 22 Jun 2018

A rise in the number of healthcare providers who refuse to provide abortion services based on their personal beliefs is having a devastating impact on women and girls around the world, a new study has claimed.

Over the past two decades, at least 30 countries – including, most recently, Ireland, Chile and Argentina – have taken steps to improve access to abortion through legislative changes.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jun/22/should-doctors-be-free-to-refuse-patients-an-abortion-on-personal-grounds

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Tasmanian doctors fear Government reprisal if they speak out on abortion constraints

Tasmanian doctors fear Government reprisal if they speak out on abortion constraints

By Felicity Ogilvie
Tue June 12, 2018

An ABC investigation has encountered a culture of secrecy and fear surrounding the provision of surgical abortions in Tasmania.

While debate around providing surgical abortions in public hospitals unfolds in State Parliament, the medical community is doing what it can to make those services available now.

The closure of Tasmania's only abortion clinic in Hobart at the end of last year left women with limited options for getting surgical abortions.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-13/abortion-figures-revealed-at-royal-hobart-hospital/9862034

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Back street abortions on the increase even as debate rages on

Back street abortions on the increase even as debate rages on

By Akello Odenyo
Published Mon, May 28th 2018

Rose Otieno was seated behind her desk at the clinic flipping through a newspaper when a familiar face on the obituary section caught her attention. As she read through the obituary, details of the familiar face became clearer. “The picture on the obituary wasn’t anything close to the face she wore the last time I saw Elizabeth,” recounted Otieno.

Otieno, a healthcare service provider, said Elizabeth (second name withheld to save family members from embarrassment) had walked into her clinic two weeks earlier, explaining that she wanted to terminate her eight-week pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2001281972/360-women-in-kenya-procure-abortion-daily

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