Cultural abortion: The unspoken cruelty destroying girls' lives
She was warned that she couldn’t get pregnant before she is wed as it was a shame to her family and her taboo.
by Michelle Dibo
06 October 2019
Eddah looks much older than her actual age of 17. She is admitted at the Maralal Referral Hospital for the 17th time.
It is funny that her age and the number of times she has been admitted at the hospital due to miscarriages is the same. She does not seem to recognise this irony when I speak with her.
“I just want to have a child,” she tells me. Her voice so sad you can hear the melancholic backdrop if you listen close enough.
What we learned from the forced-abortion case
So pro-lifers suddenly care about the state meddling in women’s affairs?
Ella Whelan, Columnist
4th July 2019
A woman’s decision to have an abortion is a deeply personal and private matter. But one mentally disabled woman living in England had her pregnancy discussed in public at length recently, following a court ruling mandating doctors to abort the pregnancy without her consent, which was later overturned.
The pregnant woman had a ‘moderately severe’ learning disorder and the mental age of a child aged between six and nine. Doctors questioned her ability to handle the psychological toll of childbirth and raising the child. The woman’s mother, her social worker and her lawyers all argued that she was capable of giving birth, and argued that the child’s grandmother would do most of the caregiving. Despite their pleas, the Court of Protection ruled that termination was in the woman’s ‘best interests’. After the case was taken to the Court of Appeal, the ruling was thankfully overturned.
Judges overturn 'forced abortion' ruling
24 June 2019
A woman has won an appeal against a court ruling that would have seen her mentally ill daughter forced to have an abortion.
She appealed a decision made last week granting permission for specialists to end the pregnancy.
Three Court of Appeal judges in London upheld the appeal, overturning the previous decision.
'They Ordered Me To Get An Abortion': A Chinese Woman's Ordeal In Xinjiang
November 23, 2018
When the 37-year-old Chinese woman stepped over China's border into Kazakhstan last July, she felt free.
The woman — who doesn't want NPR to use her name for fear of retaliation by Chinese authorities — says after her husband died in 2015, she was left with two children, a tiny house in the countryside of China's Xinjiang region, and little else. She despaired of her future.
Abortion: Who’s pushing the numbers?
By Gatonye Gathura
Published Sat, October 13th 2018
A group of women receiving post abortion care at two public hospitals say they were pushed to abort by the men in their lives.
One woman told researchers she was tricked by her partner into an illegal and risky abortion. The man suggested some drugs she could use during the pregnancy and how to administer them.
3 sue gov't over forced sterilizations, abortion under former eugenics law
June 28, 2018 (Mainichi Japan)
SAPPORO/KUMAMOTO -- A Hokkaido couple and a Kumamoto Prefecture man sued the Japanese government on June 28 over forced sterilizations and abortion under the now defunct eugenics protection law (1948-1996) for violating their constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness and their reproductive rights.
The cases filed in the Kumamoto and Sapporo district courts call for a total of 55 million yen in compensation from the central government. The plaintiffs also argue that the government and the Diet failed to take measures to aid victims after the eugenics law was revised in 1996 to become the current Maternal Health Act.
China is finally ending the one-child policy. It can’t happen soon enough.
by Chen Guangcheng
June 11, 2018
Recent news reports suggest that the Chinese Communist Party is considering abandoning one of its longest-running and most abusive practices: its reproduction planning policy, commonly known as the one-child policy. The decision comes as the nation faces a number of domestic crises resulting from the policy, from a rapidly aging labor force to severe gender imbalances. Returning reproductive rights to the people, however, does not exempt the Communist Party from responsibility for decades of trauma and murder committed under the euphemistic rubric of population planning.
According to the Chinese authorities, at least 360 million fetuses and infants have been killed since 1979, when the regime instituted the one-child policy in order to control the expanding population. Structurally, this has been a complex, nationwide affair, organized at the top echelons of power and implemented at the local levels, with perks and promotions in store for officials who meet quotas.
Rajasthan: School manager, teacher booked for gangrape, forceful abortion of minor student
By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: September 18, 2017
A class XII student was allegedly raped over a period of three-four months by a teacher and a school manager in Sikar and made to undergo an abortion, police said on Monday.
Following the “intensive” medication given to her following an abortion, the girl is suffering from acute movement disorder where she cannot move her limbs nor has control over her bowel, side effects of the drugs given to her, doctors said.
Continued at source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/rajasthan-school-manager-teacher-booked-for-gangrape-forceful-abortion-of-minor-student-4849714/
Malta issuing International Arrest Warrant for man involved in forced abortion
Julian Bonnici Sunday
20 August 2017
The Maltese police are issuing an International Arrest Warrant for the partner of a woman who had her baby forcibly aborted last April allegedly by him and three accomplices, a police spokesperson has informed this newspaper.
“The police force is doing all that it is legally and physically possible to trace and bring back the partner of the victim to Malta,” the spokesperson said.
Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-08-20/local-news/Malta-issuing-International-Arrest-Warrant-for-man-involved-in-forced-abortion-6736178012
Trump officials say the UN supports coercive abortion in China. But does it?
April 28, 2017
By Christina Asquith
In slashing $32 million of funding to the United Nations Populations Fund, also known as the UNFPA, earlier this month, the Trump administration slung a decade-old nefarious charge: The agency supports the coercive abortion of Chinese female fetuses.
To many in China, this came as a surprise.
“We regret this decision because the UNFPA was not helping Chinese women get abortions,” said Mengjun Tang, a Beijing-based fellow with the China Population and Development Research Center and who has worked with the UN. “UNFPA was helping to make sure women were not being pressured to have an abortion.”
Continued at source: Population Research Institute: https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-04-28/trump-officials-say-un-supports-coercive-abortion-china-does-it