In Developing Regions, Greater Investment Is Needed to Help Adolescents Prevent Unintended Pregnancy

In Developing Regions, Greater Investment Is Needed to Help Adolescents Prevent Unintended Pregnancy

Nov 9, 2018

20 Million Adolescent Women Have an Unmet Need for Modern Contraception

Ensuring that adolescent women are able to choose whether and when to have children is crucial to their sexual and reproductive health, yet new data published today by the Guttmacher Institute show that contraceptive services in developing regions fall short of meeting adolescents’ needs. The new data, published in a series of fact sheets, indicate that as of 2017, an estimated 36 million young women aged 15–19 in developing regions are married or sexually active and want to avoid becoming pregnant in the next two years. Yet the majority of this group—20 million adolescents—are not using a modern contraceptive method and thus have an unmet need for modern contraception. Most adolescent women with unmet need are using no contraceptive method (85%), while the remaining 15% are using traditional methods, such as withdrawal or periodic abstinence, which are less effective than modern methods.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2018/developing-regions-greater-investment-needed-help-adolescents-prevent-unintended

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First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ugandan Adolescents Released

First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ugandan Adolescents Released
Research Sheds Light on Abortion and Postabortion Care Experiences

Sept 11, 2018

A new study by researchers at the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute and Uganda’s Makerere University documents, for the first time, abortion rates and the severity of abortion-related complications among Ugandan adolescents aged 15–19. The study, published in Contraception, found that an estimated 57,000 abortions took place among Ugandan adolescents in 2013. The researchers also found that adolescents seeking postabortion care for complications resulting from an unsafe abortion or miscarriage did not face greater disadvantages in their abortion care experiences, compared with women older than 20. However, among those seeking postabortion care, unmarried women, including unmarried adolescents, were more likely than married women to experience severe complications.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2018/first-study-incidence-abortion-among-ugandan-adolescents-released

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Uganda – Traditional healers aiding teenage abortions in Gulu

Traditional healers aiding teenage abortions in Gulu

Wednesday April 25 2018
By CISSY MAKUMBI

Gulu. Miriam (not real name), 20, sitting on the veranda of her grandmother’s hut in Gulu District is in deep thoughts, wondering what the future holds for her.

She carried out unsafe abortion that resulted in the removal of her uterus while she was 17 years.

Continued: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Traditional-healers-aiding-teenage-abortions-Gulu/688334-4520764-33dh6ez/index.html

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Paraguayan rape victim, 14, dies giving birth

Paraguayan rape victim, 14, dies giving birth

Doctors say baby is stable but relying on breathing machine
Tragic case renews focus on Paraguay’s strict abortion laws

Santi Carneri in Asunción
Thu 22 Mar 2018

A 14-year-old rape victim has died during childbirth in Paraguay, where abortion is forbidden unless giving birth threatens the life of the mother.

Her baby is stable but relying on a breathing machine, the medical team told the Guardian. The girl, who has not been named, had been hospitalized for 20 days because of pregnancy complications when she went into labor.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/mar/22/paraguayan-rape-victim-14-dies-giving-birth

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Ireland – Gardaí investigate 12-year-old’s abortion in Britain

Gardaí investigate 12-year-old’s abortion in Britain
DNA from the foetus is being examined to confirm the father was a 15-year-old boy

Sun, Mar 18, 2018
Colm Keena

The circumstances that led to an 12-year-old girl getting an abortion in Britain in the past year are being investigated by the gardaí.

It is understood that DNA from the foetus is being examined to confirm the father was a 15-year-old boy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/garda%C3%AD-investigate-12-year-old-s-abortion-in-britain-1.3431941

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First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ethiopian Adolescents Released

First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ethiopian Adolescents Released
Improved Access to Safe Abortion Has Benefited Adolescent Women

March 14, 2018
News Release

A new study finds that adolescent women have benefited greatly from the 2005 expansion of Ethiopia’s abortion law that gave them access to safe, legal abortion services. “Playing it Safe: Legal and Clandestine Abortions Among Adolescents in Ethiopia,” conducted by researchers from the Guttmacher Institute and Ipas, documents for the first time legal and clandestine abortion rates among Ethiopian adolescents (aged 15–19), and the severity of abortion-related complications in this age-group. The study found that adolescents are more likely than older women to obtain legal abortion services, and that complications from unsafe abortion are just as severe among adolescents as they are among other age-groups.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2018/first-study-incidence-abortion-among-ethiopian-adolescents-released

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Thailand: Girl granted abortion over allegations of repeated rape by new stepfather

Girl granted abortion over allegations of repeated rape by new stepfather

ASEAN/East Asia
Tuesday, 6 Mar 2018

BANGKOK: Authorities will permit a 13-year-old girl to have an abortion after becoming two-months pregnant from allegedly being repeatedly raped by her drug-addicted stepfather in Pathum Thani’s Thanyaburi district.

The girl's 36-year-old scavenger mother had on Saturday filed a police complaint against her new husband, who is also a scavenger.

Continued: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2018/03/06/girl-granted-abortion-over-allegations-of-repeated-rape-by-new-stepfather/

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India: HC directs AIIMS to examine abortion plea

HC directs AIIMS to examine abortion plea
Staff Reporter
New Delhi, December 21, 2017

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to form a medical board to decide if the pregnancy of a 15-year-old girlcould be terminated safely. The girl, who is over four months pregnant, said that she wanted to terminate the pregnancy to pursue her studies.

The girl had earlier run away from home and got married. The court directed the AIIMS to submit its report by December 22.

continued at source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/hc-directs-aiims-to-examine-abortion-plea/article22119114.ece

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Bolivia lawmakers vote to ease abortion limits

Bolivia lawmakers vote to ease abortion limits

The Associated Press
December 6, 2017

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivian lawmakers voted on Wednesday to ease the country’s tight restrictions on abortions, shrugging aside opposition from religious groups.

The Legislative Assembly vote will allow “students, adolescents or girls” to have abortions up to the eighth week of pregnancy. The measure doesn’t specify ages, but it appears to apply to girls up to and including 17 years old and older students who still depend on their parents or guardians.

Continued at source: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/bolivia-lawmakers-vote-to-ease-abortion-limits

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