The top 6 priorities of quality abortion services according to women

The top 6 priorities of quality abortion services according to women

12 March 2019
GCACI, India

Safe abortion services are a crucial aspect of healthcare. Estimates suggest that approximately 1 in 4 pregnancies worldwide will end in abortion. But what constitutes quality abortion care for the people that access these services?

In order to find out women’s priorities in abortion care, IPPF in partnership with Ibis Reproductive Health interviewed 45 women in Kenya and India. These women identified important characteristics of what they perceived as the highest quality care. Here are the 6 most commonly identified characteristics:

Continued: https://www.ippf.org/blogs/top-6-priorities-quality-abortion-services-according-women

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USA – Reporters Must Do Better on Abortion: Six Facts You Should Know

Reporters Must Do Better on Abortion: Six Facts You Should Know
Reputable newspapers and TV news outlets are supposed to care about facts and evidence to help inform the public. And they continue to fail miserably when reporting on abortion.

Feb 5, 2019
Jodi Jacobson

Media coverage of abortion care in the United States is — to be blunt — abysmal. Too much news coverage and analysis of abortion is devoid of fact, and instead relies on the faulty premise that the abortion debate involves two sides arguing in good faith, when in reality one side is rooted in evidence and clinical experience and the other in flat-out lies and ideology.

Much of what passes for conservative commentary in outlets like the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and numerous other mainstream publications fails to engage any facts at all.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2019/02/05/reporters-must-do-better-on-abortion-six-facts-you-should-know/

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South Africa – #MyBodyMyChoice: The Right To Safe Abortion Is Protected By Law

#MyBodyMyChoice: The Right To Safe Abortion Is Protected By Law

Shaazia Ebrahim
On Oct 1, 2018

Cries of “my body, my choice”, “my vagina my choice” and “phansi unsafe abortions” rang in the air in the name of the campaign #MyBodyMyChoice. A group of people marched from Theatre Park in Braamfontein to Newtown Park in the name of access to quality reproductive healthcare services on Friday. There, an event featuring speeches from experts in the field, panel discussions, personal stories of women, and a musical performance was staged. Friday September 28 also marked International Safe Abortion Day.

The aim of the digital campaign #MyBodyMyChoice is to break the silence around abortion by connecting key audiences and create conversations around sexual and reproductive health and rights and abortion. It also aimed to emphasise that abortion is legal in South Africa and inform women about their rights and how to realise them.

Continued: http://www.thedailyvox.co.za/mybodymychoice-the-right-to-safe-abortion-is-protected-by-law-shaazia-ebrahim/

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A roadmap for research on self-managed abortion in the United States

A roadmap for research on self-managed abortion in the United States
(Posted August 29 2018)

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), Gynuity Health Projects, and Ibis Reproductive Health. A roadmap for research on self-managed abortion in the United States. August 2018.

Media coverage and research data show a growing awareness of the option to self-manage (or self-induce or self-source) abortion outside of the formal health care system; we are learning more about people’s experiences with self-managed abortion, and how often people choose this option in the United States. Recent evidence indicates between one and seven percent of abortion patients (see below) have taken or done something to try to end their current pregnancy. In addition, in 2015, there were more than 700,000 Google searches using terms related to self-induced abortion in the United States. The reasons women attempt to self-manage an abortion are varied, but they are often related to barriers accessing clinic-based care, as well as a preference for self-care.

Continued: https://ibisreproductivehealth.org/publications/roadmap-research-self-managed-abortion-united-states

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USA – How technology could preserve abortion rights

How technology could preserve abortion rights
Telemedicine prescriptions could undercut state abortion restrictions.

By MOHANA RAVINDRANATH and RENUKA RAYASAM
07/29/2018

Abortion rights advocates are exploring how technology might preserve or even expand women’s access to abortion if the Supreme Court scales back Roe v. Wade.

A nonprofit group is testing whether it's safe to let women take abortion pills in their own homes after taking screening tests and consulting with a doctor on their phones or computers. Because the study is part of an FDA clinical trial, the group isn’t bound by current rules requiring the drugs be administered in a doctor’s office or clinic.

Continued: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/29/abortion-rights-technology-telemedicine-prescriptions-693328

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US servicewomen’s reproductive health coverage trails global counterparts, pro-abortion rights group study says

US servicewomen’s reproductive health coverage trails global counterparts, pro-abortion rights group study says

By WYATT OLSON | STARS AND STRIPES
Published: February 13, 2018

American servicewomen receive “below average” reproductive health coverage compared to their counterparts serving in the armed forces of many other countries, according to a study released Tuesday by a pro-abortion rights group.

In particular, access to abortions by U.S. women in uniform is far more limited compared to those who serve in almost two dozen countries that researchers rated “exceptional,” from Canada and the United Kingdom to Nepal, Turkey and South Africa. The study was published by Ibis Reproductive Health, a nonprofit research organization whose website says it promotes increasing access to safe abortion as well as “expanding contraceptive access and choices” and “comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.”

continued: https://www.stripes.com/news/us-servicewomen-s-reproductive-health-coverage-trails-global-counterparts-pro-abortion-rights-group-study-says-1.511449

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USA: ‘You’re On Your Own’: Servicewomen Describe Impact Of Military’s Abortion Policy

'You're On Your Own': Servicewomen Describe Impact Of Military's Abortion Policy

November 15, 2017
Camila Domonoske

The U.S. military's restrictions on covering abortions can create logistical, emotional, career and health challenges for service members who become pregnant, according to a newly released study.

Previous research shows that women serving in the military have a higher rate of unintended pregnancy than civilian women do. But their access to abortion can be limited by Department of Defense policies, which prohibit military facilities from providing and military insurance from covering abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman's life.

Continued at source: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/15/564336406/-you-re-on-your-own-study-describes-impact-of-militarys-abortion-policy

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Resources/Videos: Women’s experiences with abortion

VARIOUS RESOURCES AND VIDEOS – Women’s experiences with abortion
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Sep 5, 2017

Inroads: the International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma is a global network of advocates, scholars, health providers, and donors interested in program design, research, and advocacy to address abortion stigma and its negative outcomes. One of the things Inroads does is to provide a forum for conversations between members.

During a week in June 2017, one of their conversation threads focused on how they share stories of personal testimony. Inroads members also shared a great collection of resources which you may find useful:

– From The Sea Change Program and Renee Bracey Sherman, guides for how to support storytellers and how storytellers can best prepare themselves to be more public: Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Sharing your Abortion Story Publically and Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Organisations on How to Support Abortion Storytellers

+ Ethical Storysharing, Exhale: After Abortion Support

+ International Planned Parenthood Federation have made two videos: Tips on How to Educate about Abortion and Tips on How to Talk about Abortion

+ Experiencias de aborto en el segundo trimestre de gestación (Experiences of abortion in the second trimester), by La Revuelta, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES), and Ibis Reproductive Health

+ Experiencias de aborto en el segundo trimestre de gestación (Experiences of abortion in the second trimester), by La Revuelta, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES), and Ibis Reproductive Health

+ Speak My Language – Abortion Storytelling in Eastern Europe from a Youth Perspective Toolkit, by You Act

+ CALM Malta Video – A video by the Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation in Malta (CALM) that highlights the difficulties women from Malta currently face when seeking an abortion. Most have to travel to the UK for a private procedure.

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/various-resources-and-videos-womens-experiences-with-abortion/

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U.S: Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women’s and Children’s Health and Well-being against Abortion Restrictions in the States- Volume II

Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women's and Children’s Health and Well-being against Abortion Restrictions in the States- Volume II

August 1, 2017

Anti-abortion politicians have quietly passed 391 laws restricting access to abortion since 2010. The politicians that push these laws often claim that they are necessary to protect the health and well-being of women, their pregnancies, and their children. Ample scientific evidence makes clear that restricting abortion is detrimental to women and families’ health.

This second volume of ‘Evaluating Priorities’ updates the Center for Reproductive Rights’ collaboration with Ibis Reproductive Health to explore anti-abortion politicians’ claims. The findings mirror those from the 2014 report: the more abortion restrictions a state has, the worse women and children fare when it comes to their health outcomes, and the fewer evidence-based supportive policies a state has.

The Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt pushed back on politicians’ claims that abortion restrictions protect women’s health and safety, favoring scientific evidence and women’s real life experiences over unproven or false claims. This report bolsters that message, illustrating that legislators should be taking their cues from data and their constituents’ needs to address the real health concerns in their states, and should stop playing politics with women’s reproductive rights and health.

Source: Center for Reproductive Rights: https://www.reproductiverights.org/EvaluatingPriorities

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New studies show benefits of increasing women’s access to medical abortion in South Africa

New studies show benefits of increasing women’s access to medical abortion in South Africa

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Even though abortion is legal in South Africa for a broad range of indications, many women still encounter barriers when trying to access safe abortion care. Medical abortion, or abortion with pills, is not available in all areas of South Africa and has the potential to greatly improve women’s abortion access.

Two new articles by researchers from Ibis Reproductive Health, Ipas, the University of Cape Town, King Dinuzulu Hospital, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal add to the growing body of evidence on abortion in South Africa in support of making medical abortion more accessible.

Continued at source: Ipas: http://www.ipas.org/en/News/2017/April/New-studies-show-benefits-of-increasing-women-s-access-to-medical-abortion-in-South-Africa.aspx

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