Kenya: What it is like to have unsafe abortion

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What it is like to have unsafe abortion

Aug. 09, 2017
By JOHN MUCHANGI

Close to 21,000 Kenyan women end up in hospitals every year, with complications of unsafe abortions.

Some of them succumb. But apart from physical injuries, survivors endure years of emotional and psychological trauma, yet they cannot talk about it.

Talk on abortion remains highly emotive and stigmatised, but counsellors say silence is not golden. It can kill.

Which is why some community groups in Western Kenya now encourage women — and men — to freely share their unsafe abortion experiences.

Continued at source: The Star: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/09/what-it-is-like-to-have-unsafe-abortion_c1610203

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New Zealand: Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

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Abortion services are failing vulnerable Kiwi women

NAME WITHHELD
July 24 2017

Firstly let me say I’m not 17, I wasn’t drunk or high or promiscuous. I don’t have any STIs, I’m in a loving relationship and I desperately want a baby.

However, eight days ago I was one of 11,000 Kiwis this year who will have an abortion.

I know some people reading this will be appalled knowing what I chose to do. That for some people abortion is simply not an acceptable choice. I accept your viewpoint, I was brought up to share it and I apologise that my choice has hurt someone who could have gone on to be a wonderful human being. Or a horrible one, it’s hard to know. But the fact of the matter is, many of you will be of the opinion that I shouldn’t have had the chance to make that choice.

Continued at source: Stuff.co: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/95040103/abortion-services-are-failing-vulnerable-kiwi-women

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Zimbabwe: Zim’s Abortion Dilemma – It’s the Women Who Suffer

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Zimbabwe: Zim's Abortion Dilemma - It's the Women Who Suffer

June 20, 2017
By Roselyne Sachiti

"My uterus was also damaged because of the pricking. The doctor had to remove it. I cried and begged him not to. He said I would die if he did not. The hysterectomy was performed when I was only 15."

A small black pot "sits" on a paraffin stove in a poorly ventilated, crowded room at Mbare Flats, in Harare.

Continued at link: All Africa: http://allafrica.com/stories/201706200140.html

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Who Should You Listen to on Abortion? People Who’ve Had Them

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Who Should You Listen to on Abortion? People Who’ve Had Them

By RENEE BRACEY SHERMAN
MAY 20, 2017

When I arrived at the clinic in Washington, I looked for the young woman I was waiting for. Her body was covered with tattoos of birds and stars. She hugged me with a warm smile and introduced me to her boyfriend. He didn’t look at me. In fact, he didn’t look me in the eye for the five hours we sat together in the waiting room.

I assumed it was out of shame until I noticed the white supremacist tattoos on his shaved head, neck, forearms and knuckles. As a black woman, I was scared of him. Yet I felt a bond. They had driven several hours from Virginia to avoid the numerous restrictions on abortions there. He was returning from jail. She already had a child and wasn’t ready for another. I knew the feeling well.

She asked for an abortion doula because she wanted unconditional support, no matter what she decided. She wanted me, a total stranger, to reinforce her trust in herself. After she went to the procedure room, her boyfriend and I went outside, me to make a call, him to smoke. In the elevator down, he finally spoke: “Thank you.”

Continued at source: New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/opinion/sunday/abortion-people-whove-had-them.html?_r=0

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UK: ‘It gutted me’: Five women detail what it was really like to get an abortion

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'It gutted me': Five women detail what it was really like to get an abortion - as all insist they do NOT regret having the procedure, despite the pain of making such a 'gut-wrenching choice'

By Clemence Michallon For Dailymail.com
Published: 18 May 2017

Five women have opened up about their past abortions, in a bid to educate others on what it's really like to undergo the procedure.

The women, three of whom testified anonymously, recounted the circumstances that drove them to terminate their pregnancies, and overall insisted they didn't regret their decisions.

They also opened up candidly to Her Campus about the emotional and physical challenges that sometimes present themselves before and after an abortion.

Continued at source: Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4519982/Five-women-open-abortions.html

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Ireland: “Fianna Fáil TD told us he arranged an abortion for his niece, but he was against abortion”

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'FF TD told us he arranged an abortion for his niece, but he was against abortion'
Face the 50: The X-ile Project's online gallery of women who shared experiences of abortion has grown to 50 photos

May 12, 2017
Rosita Boland

On December 10th, 2015, 11 portraits of women were posted online to a new website. Nothing unusual or remarkable about that entirely routine event. Countless new websites appear every day around the world. But this one went on to be reported by news organisations in the US, Australia, Britain, Poland, Italy, India, Belgium, Germany and France. It was picked up by outlets as diverse as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, The Pool, Mashable, Le Figaro and The Telegraph.

These photographs were of women who, while living in Ireland, had all shared the same experience; of having had an abortion. The gallery of their portraits was the first to go online in the X-ile Project. There were more than 10,000 hits in the first few hours when it went online originally. On May 12th, the photographs of 17 new participants in the project will be added to the ever-growing gallery, bringing the number to 50.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/ff-td-told-us-he-arranged-an-abortion-for-his-niece-but-he-was-against-abortion-1.3077115

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Why I don’t regret my abortion: Dispelling the myths around termination

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Why I don't regret my abortion: Dispelling the myths around termination

Abortion has been in the headlines over the past few months but rarely are the voices of women who have actually had one heard. The Independent speaks to a woman about why she does not regret her choice, contrary to popular assumption

Olivia Blair
Wednesday 10 May 2017

It is estimated that almost one in three women in the UK have had an abortion. However, when you think about the statistics in terms of your family or friends, this might not match up.

This is because although it has been legal in almost all of the UK for 50 years there is still a huge amount of stigma attached to abortion and, with that, a woman’s right to choose.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/abortion-no-regrets-myths-dispel-pregnancy-terminations-women-pro-choice-a7726701.html

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Project: On Abortion by Laia Abril

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Project: On Abortion by Laia Abril

Written by Izabela Radwanska Zhang
Published on 4 May 2017

Every year, some 47,000 women die from backstreet abortions because of a lack of legal or free access: in her project, Abril shows the after-effects of this experience. This article was first published in the May issue of BJP

Laia Abril is no stranger to themes of distress. Bulimia, coping with the death of a child, the asexual community, virtual sex-performer couples – these are all topics that the Barcelona-based photographer has explored and attempted to demystify with her multi-layered, story-based practice. The subjects she tackles are complex and provocative, but ones she is able to connect with by way of female empathy, “where I can be involved emotionally”, she says.

Continued at source: http://www.bjp-online.com/2017/05/project-on-abortion-by-laia-abril/

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Afghanistan: “No One Knows About My Abortion. I Feel Like a Criminal”

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“No One Knows About My Abortion. I Feel Like a Criminal”
Maija Liuhto
Apr 10, 2017

Soon after leaving my abusive husband, I learned I was pregnant. To remain divorced under Afghanistan law, I had to do something that still makes me feel guilty.
A woman wearing a burqa is silhouetted against the lights illuminating an underpass in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph by Christian Als/Panos

Tarana, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy, is a 19-year-old woman living in Kabul, Afghanistan who recently divorced her husband and had an illegal abortion in secret. If authorities were to find out, she would either be fined or arrested.

Abortion is illegal in Afghanistan — even in cases of rape or incest — except if the mother’s life is in danger or there is a risk of the child being born with severe disabilities. The country’s birth rate is 4.8 children per woman, which is the highest in Asia (though is significantly lower than it was under Taliban rule, when girls weren’t allowed to attend school). Birth control is not illegal in the Muslim-majority country, though it is taboo and often difficult to access.

Tarana told her story in Dari through a translator to Maija Liuhto.

Continued at source: The Development Set: https://thedevelopmentset.com/no-one-knows-about-my-abortion-i-feel-like-a-criminal-bfb5b16eefd3

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Nigeria: Abortion Reality Talk

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Abortion Reality Talk
April 6, 2017

By Dr. Goke Akinrogunde

This piece heralds a serial discussion on elective abortion and the effect, or otherwise, of criminalising the act of choosing to terminate a pregnancy earlier post-conception. In this, and subsequent editions, I will narrate real life experiences of fatalities and morbidities associated with the present status quo of criminalising elective abortion in our setting and beyond.

Continued at link: This Day Live: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/04/06/abortion-reality-talk/

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