Philippines – How backstreet abortionists terminate 7-month pregnancies

Part 2: How backstreet abortionists terminate 7-month pregnancies
The methods used by backstreet abortionists in the Philippines are barbaric, as told by women who experienced it themselves

By Natashya Gutierrez
August 15, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The advertisements on the online forum are clear and compelling, vowing painless abortions for pregnant women. They assure Filipinas they can terminate pregnancies at any stage, even up until 7 months, without much pain.

The women believe them.

It's a mix of desperation and a lack of knowledge on safe abortion methods that drives Filipinas to put their faith – and their lives – in the hands of other women they don't know, backstreet abortionists they meet online, who assure them they can help for a low price.

Continued: https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/investigative/209416-ways-backstreet-abortionists-philippines-terminate-late-term-pregnancies

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Filipinas buy, sell, rate abortions in online forum

Part 1 of 3: Filipinas buy, sell, rate abortions in online forum
In the Philippines, abortion is illegal and deeply stigmatized, leaving desperate women with no choice but to seek unsafe options online

By Natashya Gutierrez
August 13, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – It was a desperate cry for help.

On the evening of August 2, 2015, a woman with username "aifa2500" posted on an online forum in the Philippines. She had gotten an abortion a day prior, from a backstreet abortionist she referred to as "Miss Shine."

In broken English, she explained that she had gone for her procedure to abort her 6-month-old fetus. Upon arrival, she explained she was made to go to the toilet to pee, before being asked to remove her pants and underwear because “she's going to put the catheter to push the baby out.”

Continued: https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/in-depth/208267-online-forum-sells-abortions-in-the-philippines

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South Africa – Backstreet abortions still ‘preferred’ in Pretoria

Backstreet abortions still ‘preferred’ in Pretoria
More than half of the 260 000 abortions performed each year in South Africa are done at illegal make-shift establishments.

July 11, 2018

So-called “backstreet” abortions are on the rise in major cities such as Pretoria and Johannesburg – despite abortion being legal. This was revealed by social development department official Jacques van Zuydam.

Van Zuydam was speaking at the opening of a conference on abortion and reproductive rights in the Eastern Cape yesterday.

It is estimated that more than half of the 260 000 abortions performed each year in South Africa are done at illegal make-shift establishments.

Continued: https://rekordmoot.co.za/123312/backstreet-abortions-still-preferred-in-pretoria/

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No vote in referendum will mean ‘backstreet abortion’ retained

No vote in referendum will mean ‘backstreet abortion’ retained
Rhona Mahony tells London event clinicians need current legal regime to change

April 12, 2018

A No vote in the May referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment would represent a decision to retain “backstreet abortion” in Ireland, the Master of the National Maternity Hospital has said.

Speaking at a meeting in London on Wednesday night, Dr Rhona Mahony said about 1,000 women accessed abortion tablets over the internet each year and take them in an “unsupervised way, totally unsupported”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/no-vote-in-referendum-will-mean-backstreet-abortion-retained-1.3458693

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Zimbabwe: Illegal abortion: A major public health concern

Illegal abortion: A major public health concern
December 27, 2017

Ruth Butaumocho Gender Editor

When Ms Mildred Mapingure of Chegutu was raped by Courage Chamboko during an armed robbery in 2006, she never imagined that events of that fateful night would haunt her for the rest of her life.

Soon after the traumatising incident Ms Mapingure immediately reported the matter to Chegutu Police so that she could be assisted to get medical assistance and stop her from conceiving.

Continued at source: http://www.herald.co.zw/illegal-abortion-a-major-public-health-concern/

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