Senegal: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion

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FEATURE - Senegal: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion
24 April 2018
International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

by Nandini Archer, Alice Finden, Hannah Pearson
Edited by Marge Berer

Introduction

The law on abortion in Senegal is both restrictive and unclear. Although the country’s criminal code completely prohibits pregnancy termination, the Code of Medical Ethics allows an abortion if three doctors agree that the procedure is necessary to save the pregnant woman’s life. Given these circumstances, almost no abortions are legal and unsafe abortion leads to a high maternal mortality ratio. A combination of an inherited colonial penal code, and the influence of religion and social stigma, mean that despite continuing attempts by advocates to change the law, cases of sometimes prolonged pre-trial detention and imprisonment for illegal abortion and for infanticide among women unable to obtain an abortion, are rife, especially among poor and rural women.

This report looks at Senegal’s abortion law and policy, the prevalence of unsafe abortions, attempts to reform the law, the process of criminalisation of women, the extent of infanticide, and women’s stories, based on a range of published sources and valuable input from Senegalese human rights and women’s rights advocates.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/feature-senegal-the-law-trials-and-imprisonment-for-abortion-24-april-2018?e=372dd34034

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USA – Inez Burns’ Abortion Clinic Was One Of San Francisco’s Worst Kept Secrets

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Inez Burns' Abortion Clinic Was One Of San Francisco's Worst Kept Secrets

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April 22, 20187
Chloe Veltman

Inez Burns performed illegal abortions in California in the early 1900s. She was a shrewd real estate entrepreneur, and eventually became the target of a politician who ruined her.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/2018/04/22/604702064/inez-burns-abortion-clinic-was-one-of-san-franciscos-worst-kept-secrets

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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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The Roadmap to Safe Abortion Worldwide: Lessons from New Global Trends on Incidence, Legality and Safety

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The Roadmap to Safe Abortion Worldwide: Lessons from New Global Trends on Incidence, Legality and Safety

Sneha Barot
Guttmacher Institute
First published online: March 20, 2018

The Trump administration and social conservatives in Congress are engaged in broad-based attacks on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally. In the international sphere, the administration has imposed and expanded the global gag rule and defunded the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), while calling for outright elimination of all U.S. international family planning aid during its first year in office (see “When Antiabortion Ideology Turns into Foreign Policy: How the Global Gag Rule Erodes Health, Ethics and Democracy,” 2017, and “The Benefits of Investing in International Family Planning—and the Price of Slashing Funding,” 2017). At the heart of these attacks is an extreme animus toward abortion rights. Advocates for women’s health fear that these attacks will roll back improvements in sexual and reproductive health services that were built over decades. This is especially true in developing regions where unsafe abortion is a serious public health issue and the limited progress to date is in jeopardy.

continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2018/03/roadmap-safe-abortion-worldwide-lessons-new-global-trends-incidence-legality-and-safety

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In Lesotho, women say they’re finding their abortions on Facebook

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In Lesotho, women say they're finding their abortions on Facebook

Story by Rossalyn Warren, for CNN
Mar 7, 2018

Maseru, Lesotho — Mpho opened a new chat on WhatsApp, entered an unfamiliar number, and typed a question she never thought she would have to ask.

Mpho: When can I get the pills?
I'm 7 weeks pregnant.
Doctor: Tomorrow
1000LSL including womb cleaning.
Okay.
Does it hurt?
No. 9am tomorrow, come by then.

Mpho, who asked that CNN not use her real name, didn't know who she was talking to. She found the phone number on a Facebook post while searching for "abortion pills, Lesotho" online. The person reading her messages claimed to be a doctor.
In Lesotho, a remote country home to just 2.2 million people and surrounded by South Africa, abortion is strictly illegal, apart from in life-threatening cases.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/07/health/lesotho-abortions-asequals-intl/index.html

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Kenya – How unsafe abortion is draining public hospital cash

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REVEALED: How unsafe abortion is draining public hospital cash

Posted on Mar 1, 2018

Kenya spent SH533 million in 2016 to treat complications of unsafe abortions in public health facilities.

This was money used to pay health workers' salaries and buy medical supplies.

Continued: http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/news/unsafe-abortion-draining-hospital-cash/

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India – TN woman dies due to botched abortion performed by local quack

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TN woman dies due to botched abortion performed by local quack
Sumathi was found dead on the floor of Jayalakshmi’s house, with a foetus lying next to her.

Manasa Rao
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A 35-year-old woman died in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvannamalai district due to a botched abortion performed by a local quack.

Sumathi, from Kalambur village, was six months pregnant when she decided to approach Jayalakshmi for an abortion. According to sources, Sumathi borrowed Rs 2,000 from her mother and left the house without telling anyone where she was going.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/tn-woman-dies-due-botched-abortion-performed-local-quack-77159

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South Africa – MEC praises arrest of illegal abortion clinic owners

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PICS: MEC praises arrest of illegal abortion clinic owners

Daily News / 22 February 2018
THOBEKA NGEMA

Durban - Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, KZN Health MEC has praised the arrest of illegal abortion owners following the court appearance of a couple who pleaded guilty for managing an illegal abortion clinic in Durban.

Dhlomo commended the police for arresting the couple who recently appeared in the Durban Regional Court for operating an abortion clinic on Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme (West) Street. The husband is a Ugandan national and his wife is South African, were arrested in December during a sting operation. They were charged with five counts of contravening sections of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act and are due for sentencing on 02 March 2018.

Continued: https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/pics-mec-praises-arrest-of-illegal-abortion-clinic-owners-13411788

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‘Quacks are killing our women’: Nigeria’s abortion ban pushes women to drastic measures

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'Quacks are killing our women': Nigeria's abortion ban pushes women to drastic measures
By Declan Cooley

Posted Fri Feb 9, 2018

Blessing grew up in a dusty but bustling city in Nigeria's forgotten east, but while she was at school and in love with her boyfriend, she fell pregnant.

Somehow Blessing's mother, and the rest of her neighbourhood, found out she was pregnant and tried to insist she marry her boyfriend and keep the baby.

"Knowing full well I couldn't keep the child I took the risk myself to have an abortion on my own," she says.

Continued: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-10/nigerias-abortion-ban-pushes-women-to-drastic-measures/9416164

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Ecuador: Congress Boosts Women’s Protection Against Violence

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Ecuador: Congress Boosts Women's Protection Against Violence

Published 29 November 2017

According to the National Institute of Statistics, 244 women have been murdered in Ecuador since 2014.

Ecuadorean lawmakers have approved a bill better protecting women against domestic violence and femicide while guaranteeing free access to public healthcare for those suffering complications during an abortion, a procedure still banned in the Andean country.

The bill was unanimously approved November 25, on the evening of the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, and dispatched to the government waiting for approval. However, Monica Aleman, a lawmaker from the center-left governing party, then made a request to modify the bill.

Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Ecuadors-Congress-Approves-Bill-on-Gender-Violence-20171129-0043.html

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