Internalized shame and stigma-related isolation predict worse health for women who get an abortion

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Internalized shame and stigma-related isolation predict worse health for women who get an abortion

By Eric W. Dolan
March 11, 2018

New research from Ireland has found that the stigmatization of abortion is linked to psychological distress and negative health outcomes for women who terminate their pregnancy. The study, published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, found that internalized shame about abortion and deliberate isolation from others were associated with impaired mental and physical well-being.

“I started off interested in stigmatized identities, and their impact on psychological and physical well-being. I had done some earlier research on the stigma and unemployment, so I knew that most stigma research focuses on psychological well-being only,” said Aisling T. O’Donnell of the University of Limerick, the study’s corresponding author.

Continued: http://www.psypost.org/2018/03/internalized-shame-stigma-related-isolation-predict-worse-health-women-get-abortion-50858

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South Africa: 9 Things That Will Change the Way You Look At Abortion

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Africa: 9 Things That Will Change the Way You Look At Abortion

March 1, 2018

Everyone's got an opinion on it but can we say the same about the facts?

Abortion has been legal in South Africa for more than 20 years. So why do women continue to flock to illegal abortionists and put their lives in their hands? The answer is probably more complex than you've been led to believe because even in the 21st century, we're still not talking about terminations

Continued: http://allafrica.com/stories/201803010153.html

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Irish university study discusses distress and physical health symptoms post-abortion

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Irish university study discusses distress and physical health symptoms post-abortion

BY Jessica Marie Ruxton
February 05, 2018

Researchers at the University of Limerick have conducted a study that looks at the women who have had an abortion and those who feel stigmatised afterwards.

The study found that women who feel stigmatised after an abortion experience ''increased psychological distress and physical health symptoms''.

Continued: https://www.buzz.ie/life-style/researchers-irish-university-reveal-abortion-study-looks-distress-physical-health-symptoms-271614

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Ghana: Unsafe Abortion, An Unforgettable Dilemma

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Unsafe Abortion, An Unforgettable Dilemma
Dennis Peprah
Dec 5, 2017

Yaa Serwaa was 15 years old when she had an unsafe abortion. She became pregnant after two years in a relationship that she "did not take seriously".

Serwaa confides: "I relied on natural contraception, using the calendar method but it was ineffective”.

With the help of a friend Serwaa said she prepared and applied some herbs to terminate the pregnancy. "I drank the concoction behind closed doors, in a small room that no one could see me, not even my biological mother”, she said.

Continued at source: https://www.modernghana.com/news/820735/unsafe-abortion-an-unforgettable-dilemma.html

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Kenya: Health providers must be protected by the law adequately

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Health providers must be protected by the law adequately
By Evelyne Opondo
Published Sat, November 4th 2017

On October 19, the Court of Appeal put an end to Jackson Namunya Tali’s nearly nine years in prison. In the momentous decision, the three-judge bench ruled that mere suspicion, however strong, is not probative of an offence in the criminal justice system.

Tali, a trained nurse who operated a clinic in the outskirts of Nairobi, was arrested in 2009 and accused of assisting a woman procure an unsafe abortion that consequently led to her death. Rather than being charged with the offence of unlawful abortion, he was charged with murder, convicted and imprisoned at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.

Continued at source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001259242/health-providers-must-be-protected-by-the-law-adequately

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UK: Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories To Try To Tackle The Stigma Of Ending A Pregnancy

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Women Are Sharing Their Abortion Stories To Try To Tackle The Stigma Of Ending A Pregnancy
A new exhibition aims to show the wide range of reasons women have abortions. "Sometimes life is complicated," its creator said.

Posted on November 04, 2017
Laura Silver, BuzzFeed News Reporter

Women have been sharing their stories about why they chose to have abortions in the hope that a greater understanding of their reasons might help to tackle stigma around the procedure.

Last year almost 200,000 women in England and Wales chose to terminate a pregnancy, and one in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, but the topic still remains relatively taboo.

In a new exhibition, My Body, My Life, opening at The Old Fire Station in Oxford on 7 November, clothing printed with women's abortion stories will be displayed to help demonstrate the complexities of those women's decisions.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/women-sharing-their-abortion-stories-hope-to-tackle-the

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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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KENYA- Nurse Jackson Talia acquitted of murdering a woman who died from an unsafe abortion

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KENYA- Nurse Jackson Talia acquitted of murdering a woman who died from an unsafe abortion
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Oct 24, 2017

In July 2009, a pregnant woman came to a primary care health clinic in Gachie, Kiambu County, in severe pain and having been bleeding for eight days from a botched abortion. Mr Tali, a nurse at the clinic, tried to help her but determined that she needed to go to a hospital to receive specialized medical attention. However, the woman died in his car as she was being transferred to a higher level facility that could better handle her complications.

Mr Tali was held in custody at the GK Kamiti Maximum Prison from July 2009 until September 2014, when he was finally brought to trial. At trial, the High Court judge found him guilty of helping the young woman obtain an unsafe abortion and sentenced him to death for murder. Although the government pathologist testified that he was unable to find the cause of death, the Court held that there was direct and circumstantial evidence that the immediate cause of death was bleeding that resulted in anaemia due to interference with the pregnancy.

http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/kenya-nurse-jackson-talia-cquitted-of-murdering-a-woman-who-died-from-an-unsafe-abortion

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Kenya: Nurse Acquitted in a Pregnancy Complications Case

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Nurse Acquitted in a Pregnancy Complications Case

10.19.17 - (PRESS RELEASE) Today the Court of Appeal of Kenya acquitted Jackson Tali, a registered nurse who was arrested and sentenced to death on murder charges.

Mr. Tali, who has been in custody at the G.K Kamiti Maximum Prison since July 2009 was convicted and sentenced to death in September 2014 after a young woman presenting with pregnancy complications at his clinic died in his care. Mr. Tali was represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Continued at source: https://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/nurse-acquitted-in-a-pregnancy-complications-case

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UK: Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

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Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

October 16, 2017
Carrie Purcell

One in three women in the UK will have an abortion in her lifetime. But despite being a common medical procedure, abortion – which was partially legalised 50 years ago this month – continues to be stigmatised in the media and elsewhere in many different ways, meaning it is rarely talked about.

One abortion may be viewed as a reasonable “get out of jail free” card; having more than one abortion is often presented as beyond the pale. A woman might be able to decide she cannot continue with a pregnancy once, but to do so more than once speaks of her irresponsibility, fecklessness and failure to use contraception.

Continued at source: https://theconversation.com/attitudes-to-women-who-have-more-than-one-abortion-need-to-change-85707

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