Zimbabwe: Zim’s Abortion Dilemma – It’s the Women Who Suffer

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Zimbabwe: Zim's Abortion Dilemma - It's the Women Who Suffer

June 20, 2017
By Roselyne Sachiti

"My uterus was also damaged because of the pricking. The doctor had to remove it. I cried and begged him not to. He said I would die if he did not. The hysterectomy was performed when I was only 15."

A small black pot "sits" on a paraffin stove in a poorly ventilated, crowded room at Mbare Flats, in Harare.

Continued at link: All Africa: http://allafrica.com/stories/201706200140.html

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Why many Kenyans are opting for unsafe abortions

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Why many Kenyans are opting for unsafe abortions

Daniel Otieno
Tue 20th Jun 2017

According to Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organisation that seeks to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights, Kenya recorded 469,690 cases of induced abortion in 2012.

This corresponded to induced abortion ratio of 30 abortions per 100 births in the same year. Abortion remains a highly stigmatised issue in the society. Even though the law permits abortion in some cases, many people still consider it illegal.

Continued at source: Standard Media: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2001244211/health-why-many-kenyans-are-opting-for-unsafe-abortions

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Zimbabwe: Unsafe abortions major cause of maternal deaths

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Unsafe abortions major cause of maternal deaths
June 14, 2017 Local News

Thandeka Moyo, Health Reporter
ABOUT 16 percent of Zimbabwe’s maternal deaths are caused by unsafe abortions, a procedure which is illegal in the country.

Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality rate stands at 614 deaths per every 100 000 live births which remains one of the highest in the region.

Continued at source: The Chronicle: http://www.chronicle.co.zw/unsafe-abortions-major-cause-of-maternal-deaths/

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Zimbabwe: MPs clash on abortion policy

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LATEST: MPs clash on abortion policy
June 12, 2017

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Health Reporter

Some members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care are pushing for legislation on abortion amid revelations that 16 percent of maternal deaths were due to unsafe abortions, with over half of the deaths occurring among adolescents.

According to the 2016 national adolescent fertility study, nine percent of adolescents between 10 and 19 years had ever been pregnant, majority of whom were girls from rural areas.

Speaking during the parliamentarian’s advocacy workshop on HIV and Aids in Gweru recently chairperson of the Health and Child Care portfolio committee Dr Ruth Labode, who is also legislator for Matabeleland North province, said given the above statistics, it was only fair to allow safe abortions in unwanted pregnancies.

Continued at link: The Herald: http://www.herald.co.zw/latest-mps-clash-on-abortion-policy/

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Nigeria: NGO kick-starts campaign against unsafe abortion

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NGO kick-starts campaign against unsafe abortion
June 7, 2017

A Nigerian-based, Non-governmental organisation (NGO), Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN), has kicked off a campaign against unsafe abortion in the country, noting that over 2, 000 women engage in abortion daily in Nigeria.

The founder of the initiative, Ms Rosy, made this observation at its corporate headquarters at Okota, Isolo, Lagos State, stressing that due to various restrictions, abortion is practiced in the country under unsafe and risky procedures among poor rural women and people without easy access to information and thus are at the risk of death.

Continued at source: The Nigerian Tribune: http://tribuneonlineng.com/ngo-kick-start-campaign-unsafe-abortion/

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Dominican Republic to uphold total ban on abortion

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Dominican Republic to uphold total ban on abortion

On May 31, the Dominican Senate voted to uphold a total ban on abortion. Even in cases of rape and incest, and when the woman’s life is in danger.
June 1, 2017 by Raquel Rosario Sanchez

On May 31, the Dominican Senate voted to uphold a total ban on abortion. The country is among six countries worldwide that have banned abortion in all circumstances, including when the life of the mother is in danger. Others are: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Vatican City, Malta, and Chile. The Senate had the opportunity to change the grim situation of reproductive rights and access in the country on Wednesday, however, they voted to uphold the archaic legislation by a margin of 27 to two.

Continued at source: Feminist Current: http://www.feministcurrent.com/2017/06/01/dominican-republic-uphold-total-ban-abortion/

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Jamaica: Thinking of having an abortion? Please read this

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Thinking of having an abortion? Please read this
Published:Monday | May 29, 2017
Michael Abrahams

Although abortion is, for the most part, illegal in Jamaica, you are surrounded by women who have had pregnancies terminated. Lawyers, doctors, domestic helpers, nurses, policewomen, teachers, hairdressers. They work in your office, walk past you in supermarket aisles and sit beside you at church.

But many women who have abortions place themselves at risk without even knowing it. This is because shortcuts are often taken, which can cause significant morbidity or even death. I am not encouraging any woman to have an abortion, but the truth is that whether the procedure is legal or not, if a woman is determined not to carry a pregnancy, she will find ways of having it terminated. I am not in the habit of giving advice to people regarding breaking the law, but in this instance, I have placed concern for human safety above political correctness. So, if you have decided that you must terminate a pregnancy, please read this carefully.

Continued at source: Jamaica Gleaner: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20170529/michael-abrahams-thinking-having-abortion-please-read

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India: PM Modi looks into botched up abortion

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PM Modi looks into botched up abortion

THE ASIAN AGE. | TEENA THACKER
Published : May 28, 2017

New Delhi: The recent incident of a 26-year-old woman dying during a botched up termination of pregnancy has caught the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM has sought a report from the Centre on the matter, with a mandate to the Union health ministry to strengthen the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.

The police in March had arrested a homeopath, Dr Babasaheb Khidrapure, who ran an illicit abortion racket in the Mhaisal village, Maharashtra, after the discovery of as many as 19 aborted female foetuses dumped in a sewer.

Continued at source: Asian Age: http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/280517/pm-modi-looks-into-botched-up-abortion.html

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‘Kiss me, Frank, I’m going’: A century ago, abortion was on trial in Canada’s capital

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'Kiss me, Frank, I'm going': A century ago, abortion was on trial in Canada's capital

Megan Gillis, Postmedia
Published on: April 29, 2017

On any given day outside Ottawa’s best-known abortion clinic, protesters carry placards bearing pictures of bloody and dismembered fetuses. But in the Ottawa of 100 years ago, abortion was killing and maiming women. It was a desperate gamble that many were nonetheless willing to take, Megan Gillis writes.

Pregnant and single, the 24-year-old waitress at a Sparks Street lunch counter said she’d drown herself in the Rideau Canal if Annie Balcomb didn’t agree to help her.

Emily Cornick got her abortion but died anyway, weeping to her sister as she succumbed to peritonitis, “I’m going to die. I am sorry I came here. Oh, what will Mother say?”

Continued at source: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/kiss-me-frank-im-going-a-century-ago-abortion-was-on-trial-here-in-ottawa

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Brazil: Court Reviewing Criminalization of Abortion

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Brazil: Court Reviewing Criminalization of Abortion
April 25, 2017

Amicus Briefs Cite Violations of Women’s Rights

(Sao Paulo) – Criminalization of abortion is incompatible with Brazil’s human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today in filing amicus briefs in two cases before the Federal Supreme Court. Human Rights Watch said that the court should move to decriminalize abortion.

Abortion is legal in Brazil only in cases of rape, when necessary to save a woman’s life, or when the fetus suffers anencephaly – a fatal congenital brain disorder. Women and girls who terminate pregnancies under any other conditions face sentences of up to three years in prison, while people who perform abortions face up to four years.

Continued at source: Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/25/brazil-court-reviewing-criminalization-abortion

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