Kenya – Ambiguity in abortion guidelines causing death of women and girl

Ambiguity in abortion guidelines causing death of women and girls

Monday March 11 2019
By EVELYNE OPONDO

The International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made towards gender equality — and we must as well consider the work that still needs to be done to ensure women and girls can participate with dignity as equal members of society.

Improving maternal health outcomes is an integral component in achieving gender equality. While the maternal mortality rate has declined in Kenya, the risk of women dying from pregnancy complications remains high.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Ambiguity-in-abortion-guidelines-causing-death-/440808-5020152-13qcd19/

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Mexico’s president wants abortion referendum

Mexico's president wants abortion referendum

By Patrick Timmons
Mar 11, 2019

MEXICO CITY, March 11 (UPI) -- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he wants a referendum on abortion, sparking immediate opposition from abortion rights advocates in this overwhelmingly Catholic country.

Mexico's 32 states consider abortions criminal unless the pregnancy results from rape or if it endangers the woman's health and life or because of fetal abnormalities. Mexico City is the country's only jurisdiction that permits a woman to abort up to 12 weeks of gestation.

Continued: https://www.upi.com/Mexicos-president-wants-abortion-referendum/7351552323810/?rc_fifo=1

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Kenya – Reinstate the guidelines on safe abortions

Reinstate the guidelines on safe abortions

Sunday March 10 2019
By SAOYO TABITHA

On August 4, 2013, Mary Omollo (not her real name), a young house help, was frog-marched from her home in Nairobi’s Mathare slums to Muthaiga Police Station. She was accused of procuring an unsafe abortion.

Mary was humiliated in the full glare of the media. More importantly, she was kept in custody without any medical attention.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Reinstate-the-guidelines-on-safe-abortions/440808-5016912-13vw17bz/

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Women from across two countries march through Belfast for abortion rights

Women from across two countries march through Belfast for abortion rights
The march was organised to follow on from International Women's Day, and organisers say women's rights are being denied

Jem Collins
Saturday March 9th 2019

Hundreds of women have marched through Belfast demanding liberalised abortion rights, bringing the city centre to a standstill just a day after International Women’s Day.

Northern Ireland’s biggest political party, the DUP, which in Westminster supports Theresa May’s minority government, supports restrictions on terminations and has prevented change in the past.

Continued: https://inews.co.uk/news/abortion-rights-women-march-belfast/

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NORWAY – New Government backsliding on abortion rights

NORWAY – New Government backsliding on abortion rights

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Mar 5, 2019

The government of Norway since the last election in 2017 had been led by a coalition of three parties. Last autumn, a fourth (anti-abortion) party was invited to join the coalition in order for the other three parties to obtain a majority of seats. The negotiations with this new party led to a new “regulation of the Norwegian abortion law”. Since 1978, the law had permitted abortion on request up to 12 weeks, with no reasons or permission required.

The new “regulation” is about multi-fetal pregnancy reduction, that is, in a pregnancy with more than one embryo/fetus, aborting some but not all, usually all but one or two. The practice is widely accepted and used in the USA and across Europe. It began in the early days of in vitro fertilisation, when multiple embryos were created in order to increase the chances of at least one implanting. In Norway, the reduction of multi-fetal pregnancies was regarded as covered by the abortion law. In 2001 the Law Department in the Ministry of Health stated that: “With multi-fetal pregnancies the legal right of the fetus or the mother has not changed, and the law applies in the same way for a single fetus pregnancy as for multi-fetus pregnancy.” And in 2016 they wrote: “The Law Department states that the abortion law also applies to fetus-reduction in multi-fetal pregnancies…”

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/norway-new-government-backsliding-on-abortion-rights/

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Abortion rights campaigners flood the streets of Buenos Aires

Abortion rights campaigners flood the streets of Buenos Aires
Thousands of women rally in front of Argentina's Congress to relaunch campaign for legal abortion.

20 Feb 2019

Thousands of women rallied in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires on Tuesday to relaunch a campaign for legal abortion after an abortion rights bill suffered a setback in the Senate last year.

Waving green handkerchiefs, women chanted and held banners that read, "We all abort, the rich girls stay quiet, and the poor die."

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/abortion-rights-campaigners-flood-streets-buenos-aires-190220143549930.html

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Abortion vote fails, but debate ignites a nation

Abortion vote fails, but debate ignites a nation
In a year when women’s rights and gender violence once again took centre stage in Argentina, perhaps no other subject divided the nation more than the bill to legalise elective abortion that arrived in Congress this year.

James Grainger
Dec 29, 2018

The landmark piece of legislation – Argentina currently allows abortion only in cases of rape or risks to a woman’s health – motivated both sides, prompting demonstrations, huge crowds and the ubiquitous sight of green (pro) and blue (against) headscarves being affixed to people’s clothes, bags and bodies throughout the year. Politicians were forced to declare their allegiances too, giving voters a rare glimpse of lawmakers’ true colours.

Continued: http://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/abortion-vote-fails-but-debate-ignites-a-nation.phtml

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Despite law’s defeat, women fight on for abortion rights in Argentina

Despite law’s defeat, women fight on for abortion rights in Argentina

By Kathleen Durkin
posted on August 26, 2018

Women in Argentina may have lost a vote for the right to abortion on Aug. 9, but they are undaunted. They are not intimidated or afraid. They are angry. They are determined. They are optimistic. With renewed energy, they say they will keep on organizing until they win this fundamental right.

The current struggle is for legalization of elective abortions up to the 14th week of pregnancy; 62 percent of the population supports reform. The lower house of the Argentinian Congress had passed such a law on June 14, in response to the mass movement. However, the more conservative Senate narrowly defeated legalization on Aug. 9 with a 38-31 vote; two senators abstained. The majority of “no” votes were cast by men over the age of 50.

Continued: https://www.workers.org/2018/08/26/despite-laws-defeat-women-fight-on-for-abortion-rights-in-argentina/

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‘Women in Argentina live in hell’: calls for legal abortion grow

'Women in Argentina live in hell': calls for legal abortion grow
A groundswell of support for Argentinian women to be allowed terminations in the early weeks of pregnancy could soon culminate in a change to the law

Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Wed 14 Mar 2018

“When I tell people abroad that abortions are still illegal in Argentina, they say, ‘You must live in hell,’” says comedian Malena Pichot. “And yes, women in Argentina live in hell.”

The country has very restrictive abortion laws. Even when it is deemed lawful – in the case of rape, or when a woman’s life is in danger – doctors are often unwilling to proceed for fear of prosecution.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/mar/14/women-in-argentina-live-in-hell-calls-for-legal-abortion-grow

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Ensuring women’s sexual and reproductive autonomy key to gender equality

Ensuring women's sexual and reproductive autonomy key to gender equality, writes Amruta Fadnavis

Written By Amruta Fadnavis
Updated: Mar 10, 2018

Women, who constitute 49 per cent of India’s population, are increasingly contributing to the economy and are crucial drivers of the growth and progress we witness today. However, we will not be able to sustain this progress unless their health, specifically sexual and reproductive health issues, are prioritised in the national agenda.

Many women still do not have access to essential sexual and reproductive health services and infrastructure. They face vulnerabilities due to several economic and social barriers – lack of financial resources, skewed cultural norms, lack of information and stigma – that prevent them from accessing timely and life-saving services.

Continued: http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/column-in-sickness-and-in-health-2592362

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