Morocco: Journalist's pardon for 'abortion' reflects societal split
Hajar Raissouni was jailed for an abortion she has always denied. Her pardon this week was a small victory for women's rights activists across the region who, despite recent gains, still face serious resistance.
Author Tom Allinson, Imane Mellouk
After Morocco's king pardoned her for the crimes of having an "illegal abortion" and premarital sex , journalist Hajar Raissouni on Wednesday made a victory sign with her fingers. The moment has come to symbolize a win for her and civil rights activists, who have campaigned for her release.
King Mohammed VI overturned her one-year sentence and conviction, which was handed down on September 30 in order to "preserve the future of the two fiancés who planned to found a family in line with our religious and legal precepts, despite the error they made," the justice ministry said.
Death and the abortion doctor: The story of Dr. W.H. Dudley
This edition of Remember This is the first of three stories recounting the status of abortion in the 1920, and the downfall of a prominent local doctor
Aug 25, 2019
From the archives of the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library:
In 1928, doctors were called to a local hotel to find a woman – the wife of the owner – dead. And with that was launched an inquest into the nature of her death, and the activities of Doctor William Howard Dudley, who had been treating her prior to her death.
The woman’s autopsy revealed a perforated uterus and indicated that she had died of peritonitis, an infection of the abdomen’s inner wall. As a result of these findings and witness testimony, Doctor William Howard Dudley was arrested. His bail was set at $10,000 – over $145,000 by today’s standards – and he was charged with manslaughter in the woman’s death.
Woman and high school student arrested for attempted abortion
By Amina Wako
May 6th, 2019
A middle-aged woman and a Form Three student were arrested on Sunday after they were allegedly caught planning to procure an abortion.
The 18-year-old girl from a school in Nakuru County had traveled to Bomet to seek the help of the 50-years-old woman to terminate her 6-month pregnancy.
Five busted in Klaten for allegedly running online abortion clinic
Ganug Nugroho Adi
The Jakarta Post
Thu, March 14, 2019
The Klaten Police arrested five people last Friday for allegedly running an online abortion clinic in Ceper, Klaten, Central Java.
The suspects were identified as Agung Nugroho and his wife, Anisa Puspitasari, as well as Ariyanti, a local midwife. Agung and Anis allegedly offered abortion services on a LINE messaging app under the handle Nindira. The police also arrested Dian Arisa and Yoga Janu, a couple who allegedly used the clinic’s service.
Autopsy finds Kenyan right activist died from bad abortion
The Associated Press
Published: February 14, 2019
NAIROBI, Kenya — An autopsy shows that a Kenyan rights activist, missing for six days before her body was discovered in a city morgue, died from a botched abortion.
Many had feared that Caroline Mwatha’s disappearance and death had to do with her work at the Dandora Social Justice Center which has been documenting illegal police killings and other violations.
Dr. Peter Muriuki, who conducted the autopsy for Mwatha’s family, said she died of excessive bleeding both internally and externally. He said it was a result of a medical intervention removing the fetus.
Police asked a court Thursday to hold six people for 14 days to investigate Mwatha’s death. They include the owner of the clinic where she died. Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless it’s an emergency to save the mother.
Stigma, shame and back street abortion pills
27 January 2019
Cape Town - Sixteen. That’s how old I was the first time I bought a pregnancy test.
“It’s not for me, it’s for a life orientation project,” I nervously explained to the middle-aged woman on the other side of the counter.
Her raised eyebrows and pursed lips were a clear indication she didn’t believe me. She was right not to. There was no assignment that required me, a Grade 10 pupil at the time, to purchase a home pregnancy test.