USA – The new Trump plan to defund Planned Parenthood, explained

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New rules could leave low-income women without access to affordable birth control.
By Sarah Kliff
May 18, 2018

Women’s health clinics that provide abortions or refer patients for the procedure will be cut off from a key source of federal funding under new Trump administration rules expected to be released Friday.

Both the New York Times and Modern Healthcare report that the White House plans to issue new guidelines for Title X, the only federal program dedicated to paying for birth control. The new rule is expected to require a “physical as well as financial separation” between entities that receive Title X funds and those that provide abortions.

continued: https://www.vox.com/2018/5/18/17367964/trump-abortion-planned-parenthood-defund

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Inside a US abortion clinic

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Inside a US abortion clinic

Valeria Perasso, Social Affairs correspondent, WS Languages
14 May 2018

Ten women walk along a busy, fluorescent-lit corridor. Undressed from the waist down, they wear big white sheets, knotted over their hips, as they make their way to the "relaxation room", a windowless space, equipped with large sofas and a TV. There they wait, mostly in silence, for their turn to have an abortion.

This is Hope Medical Group for Women, a small abortion clinic in the US city of Shreveport serving an ever-expanding 200-mile radius through rural Louisiana and all the way to Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43966855

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USA – The domestic gag rule on abortion, explained

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The domestic gag rule on abortion, explained
Anna North
May 11, 2018

Trump is reportedly weighing a rule that would ban some doctors from even talking about abortion.

The Trump administration last year reinstated — and expanded — a rule from performing abortions or even discussing abortion with their patients. Often called the Global Gag Rule, it’s led to clinic closures and reductions in crucial services around the world. And now it might be coming to the United States.

The White House is reportedly considering a domestic gag rule that would essentially apply the restrictions of the global rule to providers that receive federal Title X funds, which help low-income patients get services like contraceptive counseling and testing for sexually transmitted infections. Such a rule would force Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health providers to either stop discussing abortions with their patients or stop receiving Title X money.

continued: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-domestic-gag-rule-on-abortion-explained/ar-AAx72OD

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Trump’s GGR: Nigeria Becoming Unsafe To Live And Procreate

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Trump’s GGR: Nigeria Becoming Unsafe To Live And Procreate

By Chioma Umeha
May 9, 2018

“It was a Monday. I started working early; I cleaned my salon and washed all the towels. When I finished I went to Randle Health Centre and picked up two pregnancy tests.

“I honestly didn’t think I was pregnant, but wanted to put my mind at ease. I remember seeing the two lines show up and I burst into tears. This couldn’t be happening. Quickly, I visited my childhood friend, Adegoke at Apapa Road, Ebute Metta. She accompanied me to another Lab, close to Oyibo Market. There, I took another one. Positive! I was pregnant.”

Continued: https://independent.ng/trumps-ggr-nigeria-becoming-unsafe-to-live-and-procreate/

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Accelerate progress—sexual and reproductive health and rights for all: report of the Guttmacher–Lancet Commission

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Accelerate progress—sexual and reproductive health and rights for all: report of the Guttmacher–Lancet Commission
Published: May 9, 2018
Executive Summary

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are essential for sustainable development because of their links to gender equality and women’s wellbeing, their impact on maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, and their roles in shaping future economic development and environmental sustainability. Yet progress towards fulfilling SRHR for all has been stymied because of weak political commitment, inadequate resources, persistent discrimination against women and girls, and an unwillingness to address issues related to sexuality openly and comprehensively. As a result, almost all of the 4·3 billion people of reproductive age worldwide will have inadequate sexual and reproductive health services over the course of their lives.

To address this unfinished agenda, this 2018 Guttmacher–Lancet Commission proposes a new, comprehensive definition of sexual and reproductive health and rights, an associated essential package of health services, and outlines actions needed beyond the health sector to change social norms, laws, and policies to uphold human rights. Not only are the necessary investments modest and affordable for most low-income and middle-income countries, the benefits of investing in sexual and reproductive health services pay dividends over many years, making it easier to achieve other development goals.

Continued: https://www.thelancet.com/commissions/sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-rights

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How abortion stigma is exposing medical students to risky behaviors in Uganda

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How abortion stigma is exposing medical students to risky behaviors in Uganda

20th April, 2018

Sex is a reality, and we are proud to be sex-positive. As long as people are engaging in consensual experiences, safe2choose encourages and supports it. We do so by sharing accurate and stigma-free information, as well as facilitating access to safe abortion methods.

True autonomy comes with deep understanding of your options, your risks and your benefits. Therefore, one can never be autonomous without education on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Sadly, that’s exactly what we have witnessed among medical students from Uganda.

Continued: https://safe2choose.org/medical-students-uganda-abortion-stigma/

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‘It’s time-critical’: the race to overturn abortion ban in El Salvador

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'It's time-critical': the race to overturn abortion ban in El Salvador
Efforts to legalise abortion for first time since 1998 hinge on pushing through changes before conservative legislators take office in May

Teresa Welsh in San Salvador
Tue 3 Apr 2018

Moves to overturn El Salvador’s ban on abortion could be thwarted unless lawmakers work quickly to push through changes before a more conservative group assumes office in May.

Abortion is banned in all circumstances in El Salvador, and women accused of undergoing the procedure can be charged with aggravated homicide and sentenced to up to 50 years in jail. However, a bill proposed last August would legalise abortion in some cases.

continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/apr/03/lawmakers-el-salvador-race-to-overturn-abortion-ban

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Lesotho – Where Abortion is Illegal, Women Turn to Facebook for Alternatives

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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.

Continued: http://www.mediafiledc.com/abortion-illegal-women-turn-dangerous-measures/

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Want to lower the abortion rate? Support pro-choice policies

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Want to lower the abortion rate? Support pro-choice policies
The chief lesson of a new report is that making abortion illegal or hard to get doesn’t end abortion, it just makes it less safe

Jill Filipovic
Sat 24 Mar 2018

Want to lower the abortion rate and prevent maternal deaths worldwide? Support pro-choice policies. That’s the takeaway from a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, which looks at abortion around the world.

The chief lesson of the report is one pro-choice advocates have known for years: that making abortion illegal or hard to get doesn’t end abortion, it just makes it less safe. And opposition to abortion tends to come along with opposition to contraception and women’s rights more broadly – and the limited contraception access that results means a higher abortion rate.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/24/want-to-lower-the-abortion-rate-support-pro-choice-policies

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Abortion rates drop dramatically – but only in rich countries

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Abortion rates drop dramatically – but only in rich countries
Study says terminations have nearly halved in 25 years, but higher rates, particularly of unsafe abortions, occur ‘overwhelmingly’ in poorer nations

Karen McVeigh
Wed 21 Mar 2018

Rates of abortion have dropped significantly across the world in the past quarter-century, but the decline has been predominantly in the developed world, according to a report.

Evidence gathered by the US-based Guttmacher Institute, a research and advocacy group for reproductive health, suggests the procedure, which kills tens of thousands of women every year, has become safer in many parts of the world.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/mar/21/abortion-rates-drop-dramatically-rich-countries-terminations-study

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