Improving access to safe abortion

Improving access to safe abortion

20.09.2018
FIGO - International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics

Unsafe abortion continues to be a major public health problem. An estimated 25 million abortions are performed unsafely each year, resulting in the death of an estimated 47,000 women and an additional five million are hospitalised due to complications.

To thoroughly understand the differing national views on abortion, and the capacity of ten FIGO national member societies, this year FIGO, with our partners KIT Royal Tropical Institute, have undertaken a comprehensive needs assessment.

Continued: https://www.figo.org/news/improving-access-safe-abortion-0016062

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Reproductive Health should not be a Political Football

Reproductive Health should not be a Political Football
24.07.2018 In: News, FIGO news

According to UNFPA, the US contribution of $69 million in 2016 saved 2,340 women from dying in childbirth, prevented just under one million unintended pregnancies, provided 1,250 fistula surgeries and prevented nearly 300,000 unsafe abortions!

Sadly, by March 2017, as a result of the re-imposed so-called ‘Global Gag Rule,’ following the US Presidential Election, reproductive health and family planning funds were slashed significantly by the US Government (aid through the State Department and USAID).

Continued: https://www.figo.org/news/reproductive-health-should-not-be-political-football

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Removing shackles of abortion restrictions in Ireland

Removing shackles of abortion restrictions in Ireland

July 18, 2018

The landslide victory of the Yes campaign in the May 2018 referendum paves the way for an end to decades of harms caused by the abortion ban (the 8th amendment) of the Irish Constitution.

Inserted in 1983, this provision prevented legal abortion in all cases except risk to a pregnant woman’s life. It has forced thousands of women and girls to leave Ireland to access care, to undergo illegal abortions or to continue pregnancy against their will.

Continued: https://www.figo.org/news/removing-shackles-abortion-restrictions-ireland

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Expert group denounces the refusal to treat under ‘conscientious objection’

Expert group denounces the refusal to treat under 'conscientious objection'

Joyce Arthur
July 5, 2018

For the first time ever, an expert group has arrived at a majority consensus that the practice of so-called "conscientious objection" by health-care professionals should not be allowed. The experts agreed that the practice of refusing to provide legal and essential health care due to a doctor's personal or religious beliefs is a violation of medical ethics and of patients' right to health care. Abortion and other reproductive health care are the most commonly refused services.

Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care is the title of the expert group's just-released report with recommendations. It is a product of the first global meeting on the topic of "conscientious objection," which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay in August 2017 because the refusal to treat is a major barrier to abortion access in many Latin American countries.

Continued: http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/07/expert-group-denounces-refusal-treat-under-conscientious-objection

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India: ‘Abortion needed many times to save pregnant women’

‘Abortion needed many times to save pregnant women’

TNN | Updated: Dec 10, 2017

NAGPUR: Just like institutional delivery, the government needs to equally promote the concept of abortion to curb maternal mortality rate, said Dr Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, the immediate past president of International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

"Abortion is neglected in India and is many times needed to save the lives of pregnant women," he said while talking to TOI on Saturday during the international conference 'Master Class Infertility III' organized by Shrikhande IVF and Surrogacy Centre, in association with Femicare Foundation and Nagpur Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society (NOGS). \

Continued at source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/abortion-needed-many-times-to-save-pregnant-women/articleshow/62000424.cms

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Why Is India’s Abortion Law Failing Its Women On So Many Fronts?

Why Is India’s Abortion Law Failing Its Women On So Many Fronts?
The 46-year-old law is among the most liberal in the world, but that's cold comfort to women facing life-or-death situations.

August 4, 2017
Sonali Kokra, Lifestyle Editor

As a 10-year-old little girl, 32 weeks pregnant with her alleged rapist's child, prepares to deliver the baby in Chandigarh, little does she know that her tragic circumstances have rekindled the longstanding abortion debate in the country.

Last week, the Supreme Court, on the recommendations of a medical board set up to examine her for the feasibility of abortion, denied her plea to terminate the pregnancy. Close on her heels was the case of another victim, a 14-year-old mother from UP who made headlines this week when news broke that extreme poverty forced her to marry the man who admitted to raping her just so she could feed the child born out of her abuse.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/08/04/why-is-india-s-abortion-law-failing-its-women-on-so-many-fronts_a_23063014/

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Revised and expanded guidance on misoprostol-only recommended regimens

Revised and expanded guidance on misoprostol-only recommended regimens
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 14, 2017

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) has updated its guidance on misoprostol-only regimens for several obstetric and gynaecologic indications. The “FIGO Misoprostol-only Recommended Regimens 2017” chart – published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, accompanied by a commentary – is the result of extensive collaboration between an international expert group, including Gynuity Health Projects. The chart, divided by stages of pregnancy, provides recommendations for dosages and routes of administration for misoprostol use in obstetrics and gynaecology, including: medically induced abortion, medical management of miscarriage, cervical preparation for surgical abortion, fetal death, induction of labour, and management of post-partum haemorrhage (PPH).

Gynuity welcomes the guidance and hopes the chart will be widely disseminated and used by a full range of providers. We support the development and implementation of evidence-based policy and programs to broaden access and availability of misoprostol for each of its women’s health indications.

Article+ chart in PDF format are at: International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics

The chart is also available in French, Spanish and Portuguese.

SOURCE: Gynuity Health Projects News, 23 June 2017 ; INFOGRAPHIC

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

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