UK aid official offers ‘loud and strong’ support for access to abortion worldwide

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UK aid official offers 'loud and strong' support for access to abortion worldwide

By Sophie Edwards
09 March 2018

LONDON — A top United Kingdom aid official has reassured advocates that the Department for International Development remains a “loud and strong voice for universal access to sexual and reproductive health” services, including abortion, for women and girls in developing countries.

Speaking at the launch of a new report from the U.K. All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health, which calls for the U.K. government to support safe abortion at home and abroad, international development minister Alistair Burt said:

Continued: https://www.devex.com/news/uk-aid-official-offers-loud-and-strong-support-for-access-to-abortion-worldwide-92282

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US abortion funding rule hurting health overseas, aid groups argue

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US abortion funding rule hurting health overseas, aid groups argue

By Nicole Gaouette, CNN
Thu March 8, 2018

Washington (CNN)Less than a year after the Trump administration moved to cut funding for international organizations that provide women's reproductive health care and abortions, aid groups report they are beginning to see a host of negative impacts.

In Nigeria, health groups found greater difficulty accessing contraception, reduced access to health services, and an increasingly hostile environment for sexual and reproductive health rights.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/08/politics/global-gag-early-health-impact/index.html

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Trump’s Global Gag Rule: More cases of unsafe abortion imminent in Nigeria

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Trump’s Global Gag Rule: More cases of unsafe abortion imminent in Nigeria

March 6, 2018
By Sola Ogundipe

Women in developing countries were the first casualties as soon as President Donald Trump assumed office in January 2017. With a stroke of his pen, Trump declared war on women’s health by reinstating and expanding the Mexico City Policy, an executive order also known as the Global Gag Rule (GGR).

First introduced in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, the Mexico City Policy had earlier been suspended by former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in 2009.

Continued: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/03/trumps-global-gag-rule-cases-unsafe-abortion-imminent-nigeria/

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Few Groups Reject Abortion-Restricted U.S. Global Health Funds

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Few Groups Reject Abortion-Restricted U.S. Global Health Funds

February 7, 2018
Nurith Aizenman

The Trump administration has released its first assessment of the impact of the president's decision to reinstate the "Mexico City policy," which cuts off U.S. aid to international groups unless they promise not to provide or promote abortion, even with non-U.S. funding sources.

The review finds that so far practically all grantees have agreed to those conditions. But opponents of the policy caution that the administration's statistics offer too incomplete a picture to draw conclusions about the policy's impact.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/07/584141588/few-groups-reject-abortion-restricted-u-s-global-health-funds

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Trump-Pence Administration’s Neocolonial Assault on Reproductive Freedom Is Killing African Women and Girls

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Trump-Pence Administration’s Neocolonial Assault on Reproductive Freedom Is Killing African Women and Girls
Jan 23, 2018
Hayley Farless

As advocates and researchers have seen, it is African women and girls who are suffering because of the United States’ interference with reproductive autonomy globally.

Just three days after his inauguration, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum to reinstate and expand the “global gag rule,” a Reagan-era, anti-abortion, foreign policy directive, with the backing of Vice President Mike Pence. Because of this policy, any nongovernmental organization (NGO) outside of the United States that provides abortion procedures, participates in pro-choice advocacy, supplies information about abortion, or offers referrals to abortion providers has been forced to choose between forfeiting U.S. foreign assistance funding or ceasing to provide the basic reproductive health services that its patients need.

The global gag rule, also known as the “Mexico City Policy,” goes beyond just blocking U.S. funding for critical reproductive health services. A Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) research report notes that this policy also restricts what groups receiving U.S. funds can do with money from all other sources; organizations must subject all their funds to the same restrictions or lose U.S. funding.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/01/23/trump-pence-administrations-neocolonial-assault-reproductive-freedom-killing-african-women-girls/

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Trump’s global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say

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Trump's global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say
The Associated Press
Cara Anna
January 23, 2018

JOHANNESBURG — President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a ban on U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases, health groups say, calling it “devastating” because Trump went where no administration had gone before.

Trump in his first working day in office revived the so-called global gag rule. He expanded on previous versions so that for the first time foreign NGOs that even discuss abortion as an option are barred not only from about $575 million in U.S. family planning funds but also an estimated $8.8 billion in U.S. global health aid. And they must certify that none of their non-U.S. funding goes for abortion-related activities.

Continued: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/trumps-global-gag-rule-goes-far-beyond-abortion-groups-say

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Abortion battles rage on in France despite liberal regime

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Abortion battles rage on in France despite liberal regime
Terminations and related expenses are covered by state with 211,900 performed in 2016

Dec 15, 2017
Lara Marlowe Paris Correspondent

There are two types of abortion in France.

Voluntary abortion is legal without restrictions until the 12th week of pregnancy, while the medical interruption of pregnancy can be performed up to the very end if there is a serious threat to the life of the mother or a grave abnormality in the foetus.

Until 2014, abortion was available to every woman “in a state of distress”. That qualifying condition no longer exists.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-battles-rage-on-in-france-despite-liberal-regime-1.3327713

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Mozambique: ‘Women and girls will die’: Trump’s foreign aid rule on abortion

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'Women and girls will die': Trump's foreign aid rule on abortion
2017-12-08

In the heat of a late September day in Mozambique, southern Africa, we started filming a meeting of young charity volunteers. They had poured heart and soul into an ambitious project aimed at combating HIV and spreading a message about contraception in the province of Gaza.

Then, out of the blue, and as our cameras rolled, came an unexpected announcement: the volunteers' work was to end because of a new policy from the United States.

Continued at source: https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/women-and-girls-will-die-trumps-foreign-aid-rule-on-abortion-20171208

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Nepal: Defying Donald Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’ essential for women’s health

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Defying Donald Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’ essential for women’s health

Nerida Williams says organisations like the International Planned Parenthood Federation continue to provide important family planning and health services to women despite the US funding block
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 September, 2017

A young woman lays back calmly, a nurse gently stroking her hand and asking a series of mundane questions to keep her at her ease. A doctor then starts performing a manual vacuum abortion.

This is taking place in the deep south of Nepal, which has legalised abortion. In theory, Nepali women can choose to discontinue their pregnancy safely and legally before the 12-week mark.

Continued at source: South China Daily Post: http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2112380/defying-donald-trumps-abortion-gag-rule-essential-womens

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Resources/Videos: Women’s experiences with abortion

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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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