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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Women’s bodies are under attack: The alarming reality of reproductive rights in India and the US

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Women’s bodies are under attack: The alarming reality of reproductive rights in India and the US

Written by Sophie Cousins
September 12, 2017 Quartz india

Outside, the mid-morning heat is stifling. It’s not humid like the bustling metropolises of Mumbai or Kolkata; here in New Delhi, it’s a dry heat, the type of heat that exhausts you, made worse by a thick layer of dust which sticks to your face and stings your eyes.

At the maternity ward inside the hospital at Jamia Hamdard University, all the metal gurneys are taken, some with sheets, some without.

Continued: https://qz.com/1073136/abortion-contraception-pregnancy-how-womens-bodies-became-a-battlezon/

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Ireland: To understand abortion travel, you have to be there

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To understand abortion travel, you have to be there
The ‘Not At Home’ exhibition is an attempt to recreate the experience of the 170,000 Irish women who have travelled abroad for abortions

Róisín Ingle
Aug 28, 2017

Last year theatre makers Grace Dyas and Emma Fraser came to me with a big idea. They had plans to recreate the experience of the just over 170,000 Irish women who over the past few decades have had to travel out of Ireland for safe abortion services. It would be a “durational art installation” open to the public. It would feature video and live performances. There was talk of “soundscapes”. I did not immediately fall in love with the big idea.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/to-understand-abortion-travel-you-have-to-be-there-1.3198084

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Congo: What It’s Like to Risk Death and Jail Time to Get an Illegal Abortion

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What It's Like to Risk Death and Jail Time to Get an Illegal Abortion

Laura Kasinof
Aug 28 2017

Abortion is banned almost without exception in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but countless women still terminate their pregnancies illegally and dangerously. Fatima was one of them.

Fatima* lives with her two children in a mud brick home on the outskirts of Lubumbashi, a city in the far south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the earth is colored red and mining industries rule the economy. Fatima, 31, used to have a husband, too, but he disappeared last year after she learned that she was pregnant with their third child. Birth control of any variety is not regularly used in the DRC.

Continued at source: Broadly: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/evvq8k/what-its-like-to-risk-death-and-jail-time-to-get-an-illegal-abortion

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I never thought I’d have to get an abortion as a Muslim woman – until the day I did

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I never thought I’d have to get an abortion as a Muslim woman – until the day I did
I stood in my bathroom and stared at the positive pregnancy test. Everything went numb.

By Anonymous on August 25, 2017

I got the pregnancy test on a whim. I couldn’t be pregnant, I told myself. We used a condom. But I hadn’t paid enough attention to sex education in high school to know if we had used it correctly – why, as a young Muslim girl who wore hijab and was a mosque leader, would I? I wasn’t going to have sex until I was married.

I had a plan already. My first time would be with a gentle Muslim prince who would rescue me from my abusive father and my co-dependent mother. He would understand and cherish me and carry me away on his white horse. It would be perfect.

Continued at source: The Tempest: https://thetempest.co/2017/08/25/life-love/love-sex/muslim-had-abortion/

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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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