Illegal abortion in Lebanon: ‘I couldn’t comprehend how painful it was’

Illegal abortion in Lebanon: 'I couldn't comprehend how painful it was'
Despite the risks, thousands of women in Lebanon undergo the banned procedure every year

Virginie Le Borgne
Thursday 20 September

BEIRUT - Farah has morbid memories of the abortion she had three years ago, but she cannot recall exactly how long the procedure took.

“I just felt like it lasted a whole day, the longest day of my life,” the 26-year-old tells Middle East Eye. “I vividly remember the unbearable wait before the operation. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop talking about it...It was gruelling.”

Continued: https://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/illegal-abortion-in-lebanon-I-couldn%27t-comprehend-how-painful-it-was-1067232849

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Nigeria – This couple does not want the baby, but the law prohibits abortion

This couple does not want the baby, but the law prohibits abortion
Elective abortion remains illegal in Nigeria. While the law is clear, clinical practice pitches healthcare providers as the enemy. This is one of such cases.

By Dr. Victoria Adepoju
on September 4, 2018

"I’m so scared, how is it going to be. Am I going to bleed? The pharmacist said it will involve bleeding. That’s why he sent me here. I don’t know what to do."

AT is a 19-year old female who is pregnant with a 6-month old baby. She was referred to a private hospital by a pharmacist when she went to ask for abortion pills. That same morning, she bought a pregnancy test strip over the counter with which she confirmed she was pregnant. She became suspicious following a brief illness with symptoms that she assumed mimicked those of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.healthnews.ng/this-couple-does-not-want-the-baby-but-the-law-prohibits-abortion/

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Guatemalan congress to debate contradicting abortion bills

Guatemalan congress to debate contradicting abortion bills

04 September 2018

Guatemalan legislators are to start a confusing debate on Tuesday over two bills proposing changes to the country's strict abortion laws: one looking to loosen them and the other to toughen them.

Currently, abortion is only allowed in the conservative Catholic-majority Central American country if a mother's life is in danger.

A bill sponsored by the leftist Convergencia opposition party wants to expand that to allow underage girls that have been the victims of sexual abuse to abort in the first 12 weeks.

Continued: https://www.france24.com/en/20180904-guatemalan-congress-debate-contradicting-abortion-bills

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Kenya – Police arrest 2 women over abortion in Nyamira

Police arrest 2 women over abortion in Nyamira

Saturday August 11 2018
By RUTH MBULA

Police in Keroka, Nyamira County detained two women over abortion-related crimes.

Keroka police boss Eliud Muchira said the two women were seized on Friday evening from a house in Nyankoba village while in the company of two high school students who were allegedly attempting to procure illegal abortion.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/counties/nyamira/Police-arrest-2-women-over-abortion/3444896-4708018-iuupal/index.html

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Tensions flare in Brazil as supreme court considers loosening abortion restrictions

Tensions flare in Brazil as supreme court considers loosening abortion restrictions

by Marina Lopes
August 6 2018

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s supreme court is considering decriminalizing abortion through the 12th week of pregnancy, stoking activists' hopes that the country could follow other Latin American nations in loosening abortion restrictions.

Hearings on the issue, which began Friday and continued on Monday, included testimony from dozens of doctors, specialists and religious leaders. Tensions flared in the days leading up to the hearings, with activists on both sides speaking out. Outside the supreme court on Friday, women donned red robes resembling those worn on the hit TV show, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” in favor of decriminalization. Meanwhile, #AbortionisaCrime trended on Twitter, and churches sounded their bells in protest.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2018/08/06/tensions-flare-brazil-supreme-court-considers-loosening-abortion-restrictions/?utm_term=.b55e1952e7f8

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Nepal – Illegal and unsafe abortion on the rise in Lamjung: Officials

Illegal and unsafe abortion on the rise in Lamjung: Officials

Published: August 05, 2018

LAMJUNG: The number of women opting for illegal abortion in Lamjung district is on the rise, authorities say.

The authorities asserted the alarming rate of increase in illegal abortion as the number of women with health complications visiting medical facilities after carrying out unsafe and illegal abortion increased in recent days.

District’s major health institution, Lamjung District Community Hospital, does not provide abortion services, however, the women visit the facility after facing health complications due to unsafe abortion.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/illegal-and-unsafe-abortion-on-the-rise-in-lamjung-officials/

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BURKINA FASO – Interview with Mariam Nonguerma/Zorome, President of the Burkinabe Association of Midwives

BURKINA FASO – Interview with Mariam Nonguerma/Zorome, President of the Burkinabe Association of Midwives

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 31, 2018

The extent of illegal abortion in Burkina is terrible because of the disastrous consequences of these abortions, including haemorrhage, sepsis, uterine perforation and even death. Sometimes girls come to our health centres from disastrous situations, bleeding. But when they present themselves, they do not confess that it is due to an induced abortion. And it is only following examination that one realises it was an abortion induced clandestinely. So, we do not distinguish between the different types of terminations, whether miscarriages or induced, but work to try to save the life of the woman and the child.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/burkina-faso-interview-with-mariam-nonguerma-zorome-president-of-the-burkinabe-association-of-midwives/

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South Asia: Prevalence of Unsafe Abortion

Prevalence of Unsafe Abortion

Aditi Aryal
Published July 30, 2018

Every day in India, 13 women die of unsafe abortions. It accounts for 10 to 12 per cent of total maternal deaths in Pakistan, and 7 per cent in Nepal. Unsafe abortions have increased three folds in the last decade in South Asia and this has become a pressing problem. These abortions are done without medical supervision, and include activities like inserting surgical devices or inapt herbs and spices or poison through the vaginal canal, consumption of non-OTC abortion pills without medical consultation, and perforation of the uterus. These methods are hazardous to the health of women as such abortions are performed by medically unqualified personnel and sometimes induced by the pregnant women on themselves and more often than not causes disability or worse, death.

Continued: https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2018/07/30/prevalence-of-unsafe-abortion/

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Nigeria – Doctor, nurse in trouble as patient died after abortion

Doctor, nurse in trouble as patient died after abortion

By Olawale Adewale, The Nigerian Voice, Osogbo
29 July 2018

The Ogun state Police Command has arrested one Doctor Olawale Raji and a nurse Olusegun Funmilayo for carrying out an abortion that led to the death of one Aminat Iyanda.

Their arrest followed a complaint from the the sister of the deceased, one Bose Kazeem of Ireakari Street, Atan-Ota.

Continued: https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/268805/doctor-nurse-in-trouble-as-patient-died-after-abortion.html

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USA – Remembering an Era Before Roe, When New York Had the ‘Most Liberal’ Abortion Law

Remembering an Era Before Roe, When New York Had the ‘Most Liberal’ Abortion Law

By Julia Jacobs
July 19, 2018

In 1971, Pamela Mason was a college freshman living in Ohio when she got pregnant. She knew immediately that she wanted an abortion, but the procedure was heavily restricted in her state.

Still, she wanted to find a way. The clinic near her university’s campus referred her to an abortion clinic in Manhattan, and when she was about 10 weeks along, Ms. Mason and her boyfriend scraped together enough money to drive to New York City.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/us/politics/new-york-abortion-roe-wade-nyt.html

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