Kenya: What it is like to have unsafe abortion

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What it is like to have unsafe abortion

Aug. 09, 2017
By JOHN MUCHANGI

Close to 21,000 Kenyan women end up in hospitals every year, with complications of unsafe abortions.

Some of them succumb. But apart from physical injuries, survivors endure years of emotional and psychological trauma, yet they cannot talk about it.

Talk on abortion remains highly emotive and stigmatised, but counsellors say silence is not golden. It can kill.

Which is why some community groups in Western Kenya now encourage women — and men — to freely share their unsafe abortion experiences.

Continued at source: The Star: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/09/what-it-is-like-to-have-unsafe-abortion_c1610203

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Sierra Leone News: Safe Abortion Act stranded between Parliament and State House

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Sierra Leone News: Safe Abortion Act stranded between Parliament and State House

July 25, 2017

The “Safe Abortion Act, 2015, has stalled somewhere between Parliament and State House. The Act will change the 150-year old colonial “1861 Abortion Law” to allow women and girls to terminate a pregnancy in any circumstances up to 12 weeks. The Bill would also allow abortion in cases of incest, rape and foetal impairment up to 24 weeks.

In Sierra Leone, the country with the world’s worst maternal mortality, abortion is illegal in nearly all circumstances and unsafe abortion is estimated to account for 10% of maternal deaths. The World Health Organization estimates that Sierra Leone has the world’s highest maternal mortality ratio at 1,360 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2016.

Thousands of adolescent girls become pregnant in Sierra Leone every year and account for almost 50% of all births.

Continued at source: Awoko: http://awoko.org/2017/07/26/sierra-leone-news-safe-abortion-act-stranded-between-parliament-and-state-house/

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Bolivia women’s rights groups hope revised law is step toward legal abortion

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Bolivia women's rights groups hope revised law is step toward legal abortion

Procedure is currently illegal save for cases of rape, incest and health crises, a policy that activists say has encouraged dangerous clandestine abortions

Myles McCormick in La Paz
Friday 7 July 2017

Women’s rights groups in Bolivia hope that an overhaul of the country’s penal code could lead to a relaxation of the country’s restrictive abortion rules – and may even mark a stepping stone towards eventual decriminalisation.

In the coming weeks, the lower house of congress is expected to debate an article in the code that would broaden the conditions under which an abortion could be performed.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jul/07/bolivia-abortion-law-womens-rights-penal-code

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Ipas and DKT International Partnership Expands Access to Safe Abortion and Reduces Associated Maternal Deaths for Millions in 100+ Countries Worldwide

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Ipas and DKT International Partnership Expands Access to Safe Abortion and Reduces Associated Maternal Deaths for Millions in 100+ Countries Worldwide

Ipas Licenses Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Technology to DKT International

Washington, D.C (PRWEB) May 10, 2017

Ipas and DKT International are pleased to announce an exclusive partnership in which the Ipas Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) technology will be licensed to DKT for global distribution, furthering their joint mission of providing safe and high-quality family planning and abortion care for the estimated 56 million women worldwide who choose to have an abortion each year. Formerly, distribution of the Ipas MVA technology was overseen by WomanCare Global.

“We look forward to expanding on the great work of Ipas and WomanCare Global, which have provided over 1 million reusable MVA kits and served more than 32 million women since 2009,” says Christopher Purdy, President and CEO of DKT International.

Continued at source: DKT International: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/05/prweb14321090.htm

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New studies show benefits of increasing women’s access to medical abortion in South Africa

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New studies show benefits of increasing women’s access to medical abortion in South Africa

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Even though abortion is legal in South Africa for a broad range of indications, many women still encounter barriers when trying to access safe abortion care. Medical abortion, or abortion with pills, is not available in all areas of South Africa and has the potential to greatly improve women’s abortion access.

Two new articles by researchers from Ibis Reproductive Health, Ipas, the University of Cape Town, King Dinuzulu Hospital, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal add to the growing body of evidence on abortion in South Africa in support of making medical abortion more accessible.

Continued at source: Ipas: http://www.ipas.org/en/News/2017/April/New-studies-show-benefits-of-increasing-women-s-access-to-medical-abortion-in-South-Africa.aspx

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Support building for landmark move to overturn El Salvador’s anti-abortion law

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Support building for landmark move to overturn El Salvador's anti-abortion law

Parliamentary bill proposing to loosen draconian restrictions on abortion finds favour after religious groups, doctors and others voice public support

Nina Lakhani in Mexico City

Thursday 23 March 2017

El Salvador’s controversial law banning abortion in all circumstances, which has provoked ruthless miscarriages of justice, could be overturned in what has been described as a historic move.

Momentum is building around a parliamentary bill proposing to allow abortion in cases of rape or human trafficking; when the foetus in unviable; or to protect the pregnant woman’s health or life.

Prominent church groups, doctors, lawyers and ethicists have generated a groundswell of public support after speaking out in favour of loosening restrictions in a series of public hearings and debates.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/mar/23/el-salvador-anti-abortion-law-overturn-support-building-landmark-move

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Malawi: Can incomplete abortion be treated more safely and less expensively?

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Can incomplete abortion be treated more safely and less expensively?
March 22, 2017

Incomplete abortion is one of the main causes of obstetric complications in Malawi. Surgical management with curettage is the most common treatment, despite WHO’s recommendation to use manual vacuum aspiration (MVA). Researchers are looking to see whether training health personnel in MVA can increase the use of this method.

In Malawi today, abortion is generally illegal and punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment. Malawi is not alone, as access to abortions is limited in the majority of the world’s nations. In Malawi, abortion is permitted if the pregnancy poses a danger to the mother’s life. However, there is ongoing debate on expanding the law to allow for abortion in cases of rape and incest, if the pregnancy will cause severe psychological or physiological harm to the mother, or if the foetus is severely malformed. Nonetheless, due to conservative forces in Malawian society, general legalisation is not likely to be passed until far into the future.

Continued at source: Health Canal: https://www.healthcanal.com/pregnancy-childbirth/236217-can-incomplete-abortion-treated-safely-less-expensively.html

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South Africa: US Gag Rule to cause more abortion-related deaths

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Health-e News: US Gag Rule to cause more abortion-related deaths

HEALTH-E NEWS South Africa, 20 Mar 2017

The US Gag Rule, reintroduced in January, is likely to mean that many more women in the most vulnerable parts of the world will continue to die from unsafe abortions. HEALTH-E’s Amy Green reports.

“I remember the first time I saw a woman die from an unsafe abortion,” recalls Zani Prinsloo, a midwife with international humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) where she manages maternal health projects in crisis zones around the world.

“I was on assignment and this lady came in, she was ash-grey. At the time, we took the history. She was bleeding and had taken a certain medication to induce abortion,” she said. “But it was too late. Our resources couldn’t save her – she had come to us too late.”

Prinsloo prefers to omit the names of the countries in which she has worked to protect the organisation’s projects and the work that they do there. But she told Health-e News that she has saved mothers in seven countries in Africa and the Middle East over the past four years.

Continued at link: Daily Maverick: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-03-20-health-e-news-us-gag-rule-to-cause-more-abortion-related-deaths/#.WNAJsrqXDMg

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Global gag rule: unsafe abortions kill one woman every two hours in India – Donald Trump will make this worse

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Global gag rule: unsafe abortions kill one woman every two hours in India – Donald Trump will make this worse

The Mexico City Policy blocks US funding for global health organisations who provide or give information about safe abortions

by Katie Forster
Feb 2, 2017

Limited information and stigma stop Indian women from ending pregnancies without putting their lives in danger Getty

Abortion is legal in India, but in some areas, 80 per cent of women do not know this. Many take matters into their own hands instead, using untested herbal remedies or visiting backstreet clinics – one death every two hours is caused by unsafe abortion, research suggests.

A “lack of information, stigma, and probably knowledge of a safe facility” stops Indian women, particularly in rural areas, from ending pregnancies without putting their lives in danger, said Vinoj Manning, head of global reproductive rights charity Ipas in India.

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Source, The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/unsafe-abortions-kill-woman-india-two-hours-donald-trump-global-gag-rule-mexico-city-policy-foreign-a7559781.html

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India: ‘Rules push women to unsafe abortion options’

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‘Rules push women to unsafe abortion options’
Sumitra Debroy | TNN | Updated: Jan 18, 2017
Times of India

Mumbai: A paper published in Lancet medical journal last May had shown that criminalizing abortion does not prevent it but rather pushes women towards unsafe options. Several studies have estimated that of 6.5 million abortions that take place in India annually, a staggering 57% could be unsafe.

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Source, Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/rules-push-women-to-unsafe-abortion-options/articleshow/56631860.cms

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