Anti-abortion billboards come down in Kenya, but the debate over legalization continues

Anti-abortion billboards come down in Kenya, but the debate over legalization continues

May 9, 2019
Fredrick Nzwili

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Thirteen billboards with provocative anti-abortion messages have been pulled down, ending a three-month campaign by a local church that divided and scandalized the Kenyan capital.

“They have brought down all of them. I am very concerned,” said Apostle Kathy Kageni-Oganga, the pastor of the Sozo Church of God, a Pentecostal church that sponsored the campaign. “There have been billboards advertising cigarettes, alcohol and others on gay issues. I don’t know why they targeted ours.”

The action has triggered a heated debate between abortion-rights and anti-abortion groups in the East African country, where the procedure is mostly illegal and the faiths strongly oppose any attempts to legalize it.

Continued: https://religionnews.com/2019/05/09/anti-abortion-billboards-come-down-in-kenya-but-the-debate-over-legalization-continues/

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Kenya – Standing up Against Abortion Opposition in Nairobi

Standing up Against Abortion Opposition in Nairobi
The Center for Reproductive Rights and a dozen ally organizations take a petition to the government demanding anti-abortion billboards come down

04.25.19 - Making a strong stand against heightened organized anti-abortion activities in Nairobi, the Center for Reproductive Rights joined Kenyan women’s rights organizations and activists on April 24 in delivering a petition with over 500 signatures to the Nairobi County government. We demanded that Kenyan authorities remove the inflammatory and misleading anti-abortion billboards that have recently been put up around the city.

Continued: https://www.reproductiverights.org/Standing-up-Against-Abortion-Opposition-Nairobi

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Kenya – Anti-abortion billboards fuel stigma in Kenya, say women’s rights groups

Anti-abortion billboards fuel stigma in Kenya, say women's rights groups

Nita Bhalla
Apr 24, 2019

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women’s rights groups on Wednesday called on Kenyan authorities to remove anti-abortion billboards across the capital saying they were inaccurate and fuelling stigma in the east African nation, where thousands die from backstreet abortions each year.

Sponsored by the Nairobi-based Sozo Church of God, 13 billboards and posters near traffic lights and on electricity poles along Nairobi’s main roads state “Abortion is Murder!” or “Shut down abortion clinics!” under a picture of a fetus.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-women-abortion/anti-abortion-billboards-fuel-stigma-in-kenya-say-womens-rights-groups-idUSKCN1S02YH

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Kenya – Health lobbies condemn anti-abortion billboards

Health lobbies condemn anti-abortion billboards

Tuesday April 23 2019
By ABIUD OCHIENG

A coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) has called on the government to give support and protection to women and girls seeking abortion services.

The CSOs have particularly taken an issue with billboards erected in parts of Nairobi that portray abortion as murder and argue such blanket condemnation may lead to violation of women’s reproductive health rights.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Health-lobbies-condemn-anti-abortion-billboards/1056-5083830-gdafbk/

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USA – The Supreme Court Could Restrict Abortion Sooner Than Previously Thought

The Supreme Court Could Restrict Abortion Sooner Than Previously Thought
Abortion advocates are keeping a close eye on a Louisiana case that could come before the Supreme Court within the next two months

By Tessa Stuart
April 18, 2019

Kathleen Pittman has been the clinic administrator at Hope Medical Group in Shreveport, Louisiana, since 2010. Back when she first took the job, there were seven abortion clinics operating in the state. Today, there are three. Earlier this year, after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a law that would have required every doctor who provides abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, that number temporarily fell to two. It could have dwindled to just one if the Supreme Court had not stepped in, temporarily blocking the law from going into effect.

On Wednesday, the Center for Reproductive Rights asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Fifth Circuit’s decision, keeping the three clinics left in Louisiana open. And, in an unusual step, they’re asking for the court to overturn the law without a hearing because of its striking similarities to a law the court already struck down three years ago, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

Continued: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/supreme-court-abortion-louisiana-821017/

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Malawi: NGOs Build Capacity of Malawian Lawyers to Undertake Abortion Litigation

Malawi: NGOs Build Capacity of Malawian Lawyers to Undertake Abortion Litigation

5 April 2019
By CSJ Reporter

Litigation is one strategy that can result in clarification of current vague abortion laws, which are perpetrating violation of women rights, a reproductive health champion has said.

Nyale Institute of Reproductive Rights executive director Godfrey Kangaude said this in eastern Malawi's resort town of Mangochi on March 29 when he opened a two-day training on public interest litigation for lawyers.

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201904050976.html

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Trump’s Title X rule will restrict abortion access and obstruct women’s healthcare

Trump's Title X rule will restrict abortion access and obstruct women's healthcare

By The Times Editorial Board
Mar 25, 2019

The Trump administration’s disdain for women’s reproductive rights and reproductive healthcare are well known. Shortly taking office, President Trump reinstituted the “global gag rule” that forbids foreign aid for any overseas healthcare provider that offers abortions or abortion counseling — even if the federal funds are carefully spent only on nonabortion services. Since his election, Trump has regularly threatened to defund Planned Parenthood. He has appointed anti-abortion judges and cut federal grants for family planning research.

Now, he and the officials he has put in place at the Department of Health and Human Services are taking aim at the much-respected Title X Family Planning Program in an effort to further limit women’s access to safe and legal abortion.

Continued: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-trump-title-x-gag-rule-20190323-story.html

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Kenya – Ambiguity in abortion guidelines causing death of women and girl

Ambiguity in abortion guidelines causing death of women and girls

Monday March 11 2019
By EVELYNE OPONDO

The International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made towards gender equality — and we must as well consider the work that still needs to be done to ensure women and girls can participate with dignity as equal members of society.

Improving maternal health outcomes is an integral component in achieving gender equality. While the maternal mortality rate has declined in Kenya, the risk of women dying from pregnancy complications remains high.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Ambiguity-in-abortion-guidelines-causing-death-/440808-5020152-13qcd19/

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USA – Reproductive Rights Groups Ready to Sue Trump Over Abortion Rule

Reproductive Rights Groups Ready to Sue Trump Over Abortion Rule
The administration’s measure would effectively ban Planned Parenthood and other providers from getting Title X federal family planning fund.

Emily Shugerman
02.25.19

Reproductive rights groups were outraged when the Trump administration announced plans to cut off family planning funds for healthcare providers that offer abortions. Now they’re headed to court to battle the new rule.

At least three groups have announced plans to sue over the measure, which would effectively ban providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving funds through Title X—a federal program to help low-income Americans access family planning services.

Continued: https://www.thedailybeast.com/reproductive-rights-groups-ready-to-sue-trump-over-abortion-rule

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USA – What Brett Kavanaugh’s Dishonest Anti-Abortion Dissent Reveals About His Supreme Court Agenda

What Brett Kavanaugh’s Dishonest Anti-Abortion Dissent Reveals About His Supreme Court Agenda

Jordan Smith
February 17 2019

The most obvious thing about the Supreme Court’s decision to stay a Louisiana law that would have shuttered two of the state’s three remaining abortion clinics is that it was Chief Justice John Roberts who stopped that from happening. Roberts joined the court’s four more liberal justices to deliver a 5-4 majority that maintains the status quo, for now, and keeps the clinics open.

What is perhaps less obvious, at least at first glance, is the level of intellectual dishonesty baked into a four-page dissent penned by the court’s newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh.

Continued: https://theintercept.com/2019/02/17/louisiana-abortion-law-brett-kavanaugh-dissent/

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