Feds sending foreign aid for abortion services

Feds sending foreign aid for abortion services

June 9, 2020
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canada is dedicating $8.9 million in new international aid to ensure women and girls around the world have access to safe abortions and reproductive health services — money experts say will help maintain that access despite restrictions due to COVID-19.

International Development Minister Karina Gould said Tuesday that contraceptives, abortion services and reproductive health care have become more challenging to procure for women in many parts of the world and Canada wants to do its part to "step up."

Continued: https://www.toronto.com/news-story/10018168-feds-sending-foreign-aid-for-abortion-services/

The Sexual-Health Supply Chain Is Broken

The Sexual-Health Supply Chain Is Broken
Condoms, birth control, and other items are harder to get in the developing world because of the pandemic. That is putting lives at risk.

Anna Louie Sussman
June 8, 2020

It took Dimos Sakellaridis about six years to build Kiss condoms into one of Nigeria’s top brands, with approximately 91 million sold in 2019. The prophylactics are available in shops, markets, and kiosks across the country, and a combination of irreverent advertising, a growing population of young people, and a greater understanding of reproductive health within Nigeria has meant his sales have steadily risen.

But if he can’t get a shipment of 12 million condoms (and 4 million packs of birth-control pills) out of the Lagos port soon, those stocks will run out. And unfortunately for Sakellaridis, it makes no difference to the customs authorities, who are working their way through a backlog of containers, that ordinary Nigerians depend on Sakellaridis’s stranded cargo to prevent unwanted pregnancies and stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections. All he can do is wait—and he is not alone.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/06/coronavirus-pandemic-sex-health-condoms-reproductive-health/612298/

The Pandemic And Legal Abortion: What Happens When Access Is Limited?

The Pandemic And Legal Abortion: What Happens When Access Is Limited?

June 8, 2020
Isabella Gomez Sarmiento

In April, Johanna Cruz terminated her pregnancy with drugs obtained through a telemedicine consultation.

Abortion is legal in Colombia. And Cruz, a street performer from Chile who was backpacking through the Colombian state of Antioquia, did not feel she was in a position to raise a child. She didn't have a steady income or stable housing. And with stay-at-home orders in place to control the spread of coronavirus, she found herself facing homelessness in the town of San Rafael and unable to travel to Medellin, the nearest city with an abortion clinic.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/06/08/864970278/lockdown-limits-access-to-legal-abortion-in-colombia-telemedicine-is-now-an-opti

Feminists Defend Abortion Access Amid Pandemic

Feminists Defend Abortion Access Amid Pandemic

May 7, 2020
Emily Keller, International Women’s Health Coalition

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and lockdowns are enforced to stop the spread, abortion access—which is limited even in the best of times—has come under threat worldwide.

While some governments have responded with efforts to expand access to abortion—including the easing of restrictions on abortion pills and self-managed abortion—others, including the United States, have rushed to declare abortion “nonessential,” shut down clinics, and pass legislation to further restrict access. Pregnancy does not stop during a crisis, nor does the need for quality, safe, affordable, and compassionate abortion care. In fact, Marie Stopes International estimates that up to 9.5 million women and girls could lose access to contraception and abortion services due to the pandemic.

Continued: https://iwhc.org/2020/05/feminists-defend-abortion-access-amid-pandemic/

OPINION: Midwives are more important now than ever – let’s help them help us

OPINION: Midwives are more important now than ever – let’s help them help us

by Simon Cooke and Sylvia Hamata | Marie Stopes International
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Delivering a baby is just one part of being a midwife. This International Day of the Midwife, we want to highlight the least talked about aspect of midwifery: providing safe abortion and post-abortion care.

The meaning of midwife is ‘with woman’. By providing information and services, midwives are essential in enabling women to exercise their reproductive and sexual rights and choices. In some cases, this will mean assisting a woman with the birth of their first child. In others, it will mean supporting a woman to end a pregnancy or providing a woman with life-saving post-abortion care following an unsafe abortion.

Continued: https://news.trust.org/item/20200504144142-5hqkl

Pakistan – Lost protection

Lost protection
The lockdown has limited peoples’ access to various forms of birth control. The restrictions have also prompted a shortage of contraceptives. The government must declare sexual and reproductive healthcare an essential service or get ready to embrace a baby boom in due course

Alefia T. Hussain
May 3, 2020

Lately, we’ve been joking about a lockdown baby boom. The joke may turn sour a few months on when stay-at-home rules and boredom-induced intimacy between couples start resulting in the arrival of coronababies, coronials or quaranteens.

It might sound cute and joyful, but it’s making many couples insecure — because it’s not the best time to get intimate.

Continued: https://www.thenews.com.pk/tns/detail/652596-lost-protection

Ghana – Towards an End to Abortion Stigma

Towards an End to Abortion Stigma

By Joshua Okyere

Sexual and reproductive health and rights are imperative components of ensuring good health and wellbeing of all. It covers issues of family planning, contraceptive use, abortion, comprehensive sexuality education and gender equality. As a matter of fact, it is the fundamental human right of individuals to decide freely and responsibly without coercion and violence, the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health (ICPD 1994). Hence, the global community has championed the need for SRHR to be prioritized with UNICEF and UNDP being at the forefront of this.

The world has made great strides in this regard yet there is more to be done. Among all of these SRHR issues, abortion has been a perennial concern for individuals and decision makers. In the true sense of it, abortion can happen clinically, hence, it is dubbed as spontaneous abortion. The main issue of contention has to do with induced abortion.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/999259/towards-an-end-to-abortion-stigma.html

Million ‘Unwanted’ Babies, More Deaths: Why India’s ‘Essential’ Abortion Service Isn’t Enough

Million 'Unwanted' Babies, More Deaths: Why India's 'Essential' Abortion Service Isn't Enough
The Coronavirus pandemic will leave 24.55 million couples in India without any access contraceptives, 900,000 unsafe abortions, and a steep increase in pregnancy-related deaths.

Adrija Bose, News18.com
April 29, 2020

It took two weeks for a woman living in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra to get to an abortion clinic in South Mumbai after finding out she was pregnant. The journey usually takes about 2-3 hours.

After finding out she was pregnant, the woman got an appointment at the abortion clinic. But by the time she could arrange for a vehicle amid the lockdown, she had already crossed the seven-week limit to get a medical abortion and instead had to undergo a surgical one. "She was one of the lucky ones," a doctor who works at the hospital said.

Continued: https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/million-unwanted-babies-more-deaths-indias-essential-abortion-service-isnt-enough-during-pandemic-2596409.html

Why abortion and contraception are essential healthcare

Why abortion and contraception are essential healthcare

Amnesty International
22 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is stretching healthcare systems around the world to breaking point. As a result, many people are finding it harder than ever to access abortion and contraception.

A health crisis on this scale means governments are having to make difficult decisions about where to target limited health resources. Already, in some countries, including Nepal and South Africa, providers of abortion and contraception have been forced to reduce or suspend their services.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/04/abortion-contraception-essential/

Lockdown Keeps Millions of Women from Getting Birth Control

Lockdown Keeps Millions of Women from Getting Birth Control

April 16, 2020
by VOA

Stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus have made it impossible for millions of women in Africa, Asia and elsewhere to get birth control.

The women have no idea when they will be permitted to go out again to get access to birth control or other reproductive health needs.

Continued: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lockdown-keeps-millions-of-women-from-getting-birth-control/5367306.html