‘Quacks are killing our women’: Nigeria’s abortion ban pushes women to drastic measures

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'Quacks are killing our women': Nigeria's abortion ban pushes women to drastic measures
By Declan Cooley

Posted Fri Feb 9, 2018

Blessing grew up in a dusty but bustling city in Nigeria's forgotten east, but while she was at school and in love with her boyfriend, she fell pregnant.

Somehow Blessing's mother, and the rest of her neighbourhood, found out she was pregnant and tried to insist she marry her boyfriend and keep the baby.

"Knowing full well I couldn't keep the child I took the risk myself to have an abortion on my own," she says.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-10/nigerias-abortion-ban-pushes-women-to-drastic-measures/9416164

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Why You Need To Watch BBC Two’s New Programme On Abortion This Weekend

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Why You Need To Watch BBC Two's New Programme On Abortion This Weekend
This weekend, the BBC welcomes a live performance using real-life testimonies from 50 women around the world on the subject of abortion. Here's why it's a must-see.

By Katie O'Malley
Jan 19, 2018

If it's not you it was your mum, sister, best friend or colleague.

According to the UK's leading abortion care service BPAS, one in three women will have an abortion by the time they are 45-years-old.

However, for a procedure that's statistically provided to more women than caesarean sections, abortion remains a taboo subject in society, with some women choosing to keep their terminations a secret for fear of vilification and deep-rooted shame.

Continued: http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/culture/news/a41037/why-you-need-to-watch-bbc-twos-new-programme-on-abortion-this-weekend/

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Ireland: The Women’s Podcast: ‘Everyday Stories’ of abortion

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The Women’s Podcast: ‘Everyday Stories’ of abortion
Caoimhe Anglin talks to Róisín Ingle about the project aiming to get people talking about the Eighth Amendment

Jan 8, 2018
Jennifer Ryan

Have you ever wanted to talk to someone about abortion, but didn’t know how to go about it?

The Everyday Stories project is about facilitating those conversations through workshops in towns and villages across the country ahead of a referendum on the Eighth Amendment in the coming months.

The project is gathering the personal accounts of women who have experienced abortion and allowing them to be used to aid group discussions on the topic, organised in association with the campaign.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/the-women-s-podcast-everyday-stories-of-abortion-1.3348536

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Brazilian women break taboo to talk about illegal abortions

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Brazilian women break taboo to talk about illegal abortions

By Renata Brit, Sarah DiLorenzo
The Associated Press on January 4, 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO — The doctor was late. So the women sat quietly in the waiting area of a clinic in an upscale neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro until they were overcome by thoughts of what they were about to do and what might happen to them. They began to talk.

One woman said she was in a relationship with a drug lord and knew he would force her to have “his” baby if he found out she was pregnant. Another was a successful businesswoman who had separated from her children’s father and become pregnant accidentally by another man. A third just cried.

continued at source: http://www.canadianinquirer.net/2018/01/04/brazilian-women-break-taboo-to-talk-about-illegal-abortions/

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This woman has recorded almost 300 abortion stories so others don’t have to feel alone

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This woman has recorded almost 300 abortion stories so others don’t have to feel alone
Erin Corbett
2017-12-14

The ‘Abortion Diary’ podcast is the support resource we need in the era of Trump.

Melissa Madera was 17 years old when she found out she was pregnant. It was the summer of 1997, right before she was about to go off to college. She decided to have an abortion.

The process was lonely, she tells the Daily Dot, because she didn’t think she knew anyone else who had been through the procedure. Unfortunately, many who decide to terminate a pregnancy report isolation, in part because of the stigmas associated with abortion—women are supposed to be ashamed to have sex and not want to raise a child—that keep them silent.

Continued at source: https://www.dailydot.com/irl/abortion-diary/

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UK: Five women at different stages of life but all made the same stark choice: to have an abortion

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Five women at different stages of life but all made the same stark choice: to have an abortion. Here they speak with utter candour about how the decision still haunts them

By Jill Foster for the Daily Mail

Published: 6 December 2017 |

Fifty years ago, the Abortion Act 1967 made it legal for a woman in Britain to terminate a pregnancy. Since then, attitudes have been transformed, with one woman in three now predicted to have a termination during her lifetime.

Yet abortion remains an emotive, rarely discussed subject.

Here, five women who have had abortions bravely tell their stories.

Continued at source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5152843/The-decision-haunts-me.html

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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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UK: ‘I’m having an abortion, this is what it feels like’

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‘I’m having an abortion, this is what it feels like’

By Marie Claire
November 8, 2017

'No one wants to have an abortion, they just don't want an unplanned pregnancy'
Words by Samantha Lewis

I’m pregnant, but I’m not going to have the baby. I’m having an abortion. It feels like a weight off my shoulders just to admit it.

I’m currently around 6 weeks, exhausted and emotional. I haven’t told many people that I’m having an abortion besides my partner, my Mum, a few carefully selected close friends and my line manager. (I have to organise time off work for the abortion).

Continued at source: http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/life/health-fitness/having-an-abortion-549249

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UK: ‘They called me a silly girl’: Abortion stories from real women, aged 24 to 86

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'They called me a silly girl': Abortion stories from real women, aged 24 to 86

Radhika Sanghani
27 October 2017

Exactly 50 years ago today, the 1967 Abortion Act was passed. It meant that for the first time in Britain, a woman could legally have an abortion without facing life imprisonment in jail.

Millions of women have been able to have abortions since then, with one in three women today expected to have a termination in their lifetime. Last year, 190,406 abortions were carried out in England and Wales - a relatively constant figure over the last few years - on women aged 15-44.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/called-silly-girl-abortion-stories-real-women-aged-24-86/

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UK: New exhibition challenges abortion stigma through clothing

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New exhibition challenges abortion stigma through clothing
26 Oct 2017

Oxford University researchers have teamed up with peers at the Open University to create an innovative exhibition that will challenge abortion stigma through clothing and stimulate conversation around the Abortion Act, fifty years after it was passed.

My Body My Life, a new research-based exhibition, that challenges abortion stigma through clothing, will run next month at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, from 7-11 November 2017.

Designed to look like a fashion boutique, the unique exhibition uses clothing to bring a range of abortion experiences to life, representing just some of the nearly 200,000 abortions that take place in the UK every year.

Continued at source: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-10-26-new-exhibition-challenges-abortion-stigma-through-clothing

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