Abortion in New Zealand and How We Got Here

Abortion in New Zealand and How We Got Here
Untangling the criminal history of abortions in New Zealand shows our laws have long been out of step with society.

by Laetitia Laubscher
Nov 27 2018

Abortion is legal in New Zealand but to get one most women have to lie.

In the year to June 2017, New Zealanders had 13,285 abortions, about one-fifth of all known pregnancies that year. The overwhelming majority were obtained through the circuitous, ambiguously legal method that exists in New Zealand—a system criticised by the United Nations for being an arbitrary, discriminatory mess.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/wj3jmx/abortion-in-new-zealand-and-how-we-got-here

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USA/Canada – Why I Wanted to Learn to Perform Abortions

Why I Wanted to Learn to Perform Abortions
With the future of contraception in question, looking back to recent history is instructive.

By Jen Gunter
Oct. 14, 2018

It starts with steel.

A speculum. A needle. A tenaculum to steady the cervix. A set of dilators. These were the instruments I used when I trained to perform abortions in the 1990s.

There was also plastic and suction. The equipment was all so hard and sharp, and yet the procedure itself required a delicate touch. This was before ultrasound was commonly used, so a surgical abortion was often performed blindly. It took experience to recognize and understand the feel of steel and hard plastic on the cervix and the uterus. Not just because you couldn’t see, but also because the tissue changes week by week as the uterus enlarges and the muscle thins.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/14/style/performing-abortions.html

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Uganda: Nurses Flee Health Centre Over Abortion

Uganda: Nurses Flee Health Centre Over Abortion

September 28, 2018
By Yahudu Kitunzi

Bududa — Police in Bududa District are hunting two nurses at Bulucheke Health Centre III over accusations that they helped a 15- year-old girl carry out an abortion.

The District Police Commander, Ms Esther Adeke, yesterday said the girl nearly lost her life as a result.

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201809280200.html

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South Africa: #sliceoflife – ‘I Opened Her Up and Found Her Womb Was Rotten From the Infection’

South Africa: #sliceoflife - 'I Opened Her Up and Found Her Womb Was Rotten From the Infection'

28 September 2018
By Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Obstetrician Eddie Mhlanga often had to attend to women who had unsafe abortions during apartheid, when abortion was illegal in South Africa.

I had a colleague who went and obtained an illegal abortion. I was the one who admitted her [after the procedure went wrong]. I promised her at 12 midday on a Thursday that I would see her at 2 o'clock in theatre. That was the last time I spoke to her because, at half-past one, she collapsed. She had been bleeding heavily and been in a lot of pain. When they called me to come to the theatre, she was already under anaesthetic.

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201809280059.html

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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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