Where Abortion is Illegal, Women Turn to Facebook for Alternatives
March 29, 2018
By Jenna Presta in International
Women in Lesotho are finding abortion pills and their providers on Facebook. Abortion, a matter of common law rather than statutory law in Lesotho, is illegal in all cases except those that threaten the life of the mother according to the UN country report.
In addition to legal obstacles, women in Lesotho face threats of social isolation, similar to women in the United States, where abortion can also be a taboo topic. These societal implications coupled with the legal restrictions of the nation drive women to seek out an alternative path.
Unlicensed doctor fined for illegal abortion
Update: March 26/2018
Viet Nam News
NGHỆ AN — An unlicensed doctor in the central province of Nghệ An was fined VNĐ50 million (US$2,200) for performing an unsafe abortion that killed a local woman.
The unlicensed doctor, Đinh Thị Thanh, 52, performed the abortion by placing a catheter into the woman’s uterus and fed her boiled katuk (Sauropus androgynus) water on March 12, Vietnamnetonline newspaper reported.
Fifty years on, the Abortion Act should be celebrated – and updated
It was – and still is – landmark legislation for women. But some aspects are not fit for purpose in the 21st century
Friday 27 October 2017
Today is the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that allowed doctors in Great Britain to perform abortions lawfully so long as certain conditions were met. Doctors were given the responsibility of deciding if a woman met the conditions laid down by the act. The act has achieved its objective of eliminating deaths from illegal abortion and this fact – and the relief of millions of women who faced an unwanted pregnancy – should be celebrated.
Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/27/50-years-abortion-act-law-women