UK – I don’t regret my abortion – even though I’ve never become a mother

I don’t regret my abortion – even though I’ve never become a mother

Jody Day
12 January 2019

When I was 21, I got pregnant. I was absolutely terrified. The message I’d got was that having children when you are young ruins your life. I’d also had a tough upbringing including domestic abuse. So, for me, family life was something I wanted to escape.

I spoke to my lovely boyfriend about it and he was happy to support me whatever I decided. And I decided to have an abortion. He and my mum came with me. The overriding emotion I remember was terror. But at the time, it was the right answer, and looking back, now 53 and in a relationship, I don’t regret it at all. I would have been an appalling mother at 21. But I never conceived again.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/dont-regret-abortion-even-though-never-become-mother/

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Abortion is Illegal in Lebanon, But That Hasn’t Stopped Abortions

Abortion is Illegal in Lebanon, But That Hasn't Stopped Abortions.
The global pushback against abortion rights won't end them. They've always been necessary, and always will.

by Ghadi Ghosn and Virginie Le Borgne
Jan 8, 2019

Continued: https://thenib.com/abortion-in-lebanon

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Kenya – Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’

Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’
(3-minute podcast)

Nov 28, 2018

Authorities in Kenya have banned the international health organisation Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortion services. Marie Stopes says it operates within the law, offering counselling services including post-abortion care. But there are now fears the ban might prompt more women to undergo unsafe back-alley abortions. Beatrice became pregnant while she was still in high school. This is her story. You may find some of what she says distressing.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06t10t2

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Kenya – Harsh realities behind the moral debate on abortion

Harsh realities behind the moral debate on abortion

Nov. 22, 2018
By KAGWENI MICHENI

In a dark, nondescript room, the walls caked in spots and smears whose origins she would rather not think about, a young girl sits wringing her hands, waiting for the woman she had been told could help her. She takes one deep breath after another, telling herself it will be okay, there is no other option, she has to be there.

Eventually the door slowly starts to open, bathing the room in light that does nothing other than illuminate the dilapidated hospital bed in the corner.

“You, lie over there!”

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/11/22/harsh-realities-behind-the-moral-debate-on-abortion_c1854140

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South Korea’s nascent feminist movement turns to abortion ban

South Korea's nascent feminist movement turns to abortion ban
Women have continued to access abortion illegally in defiance of 65-year-old law

Benjamin Haas in Seoul
Sun 11 Nov 2018

Kim Soo-jin will never forget the disgusting taste of the pulpy green-brown traditional Korean brew she drank in the hopes of ending her pregnancy, or the night she spent in pain, curled into a ball and unable to move.

The recipe her roommate found on the internet was an attempt to sidestep South Korea’s 65-year ban on abortions, but in the end it did not work and Kim, a 21-year-old student at the time, was forced to go to a clinic a week later for an illegal surgical procedure.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/11/south-koreans-nascent-feminist-movement-turns-to-abortion-ban

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‘Scared teenager’: Why NZ abortion law must change

'Scared teenager': Why NZ abortion law must change

Name Withheld
Nov 01 2018

I was sixteen when I missed a pill. I knew that meant no unprotected sex for a week. But telling a man in a country with some of the highest sexual assault statistics in the OECD that you won't have sex with him doesn't bode well.

We fought, he argued that he'd "just pull out", and we fought some more. Eventually, I broke. I caved, I gave in to his anger at being denied sex he felt, as my boyfriend, he deserved. He didn't pull out. And four weeks later, I knew I was pregnant.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/108114281/scared-teenager-why-nz-abortion-law-must-change

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USA – The women looking outside the law for abortions

The women looking outside the law for abortions

By Jessica Lussenhop BBC News
28 October 2018

Accessing abortion has become increasingly difficult in parts of the US. As a result, a growing number of reproductive rights activists say it is time American women learn the facts about "self-managing abortion" with pills.

Kate could tell something was wrong. She'd been feeling nauseous for days and her body just felt different. The 27-year-old massage school student and her boyfriend were supposed to leave on a short road trip together, but before they hit the highway, she asked him to drive to a local drugstore.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45970356

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Australia – My workplace was supportive after a traumatic abortion. This should be normal

My workplace was supportive after a traumatic abortion. This should be normal
Women are often expected to carry on without recognition for the time it takes to heal - physically and emotionally

Hannah Bambra
Thu 25 Oct 2018

My personal decision to abort was not a straightforward one – I had to consider a whole range of complicated factors. I am decidedly pro-choice, but that stance didn’t make the process itself easier. My abortion was traumatic. A large part of me felt attached to that potential child and I was consumed by grief and crippling depression for months following. There is little to no non-religious space to discuss feeling a sense of loss post-surgery.

A very supportive male colleague of mine approached our CEO to ask if he could pass on some of his sick leave. He knew I was still bleeding and almost out of time for recovery. Not only is this incredibly touching, it illustrates an issue that rarely comes up in this discussion.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/25/my-workplace-was-supportive-after-a-traumatic-abortion-this-should-be-normal

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Uganda’s untold abortion story

Uganda’s untold abortion story

October 24, 2018
Written by Zurah Nakabugo

One Margaret, 26, is among many Ugandan women who are at risk of suffering severe complications arising from unsafe abortion.

Margaret, a resident of Kazo Angola zone in Kampala, recently told The Observer that she almost died while terminating her pregnancy using local herbs. She was forced to come to Kawempe General hospital for proper care.

The mother of one says her second pregnancy came about after being raped late one night as she returned home from work. So, she decided to carry out an abortion.

continued: https://observer.ug/news/headlines/59000-uganda-s-untold-abortion-story

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Woman tweets her journey from Northern Ireland to Liverpool to have an abortion after she was told her baby won’t survive

Woman tweets her journey from Northern Ireland to Liverpool to have an abortion after she was told her baby won’t survive

Laura Abernethy
Tuesday 23 Oct 2018

A woman has tweeted the story of her heartbreaking journey from Northern Ireland to get an abortion in Liverpool after doctors told her that her baby has a rare birth defect that means it would die soon after birth.

Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland, except when there is a ‘real and serious’ physical or mental health risk to the mother. There are no exceptions for cases of fatal foetal abnormality, meaning mothers must carry their baby to full-term and give birth, even if they know it will not survive.

Continued: https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/23/woman-tweets-her-journey-from-northern-ireland-to-liverpool-to-have-an-abortion-after-she-was-told-her-baby-wont-survive-8059826/

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