Impact of ‘global gag rule’ goes beyond abortion for these health groups in Kenya

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Impact of ‘global gag rule’ goes beyond abortion for these health groups in Kenya
Dec 19, 2017

The so-called global gag rule, which cuts off some U.S. government aid to health agencies that offer or mention abortion services, has been reinstated by every Republican president going back to Reagan. But the Trump administration has gone much further, cutting all funding to groups that offer vital health care services in places like Kenya. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro has the story.

(7:37 minute video, and full transcript)

Continued at source: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/impact-of-global-gag-rule-goes-beyond-abortion-for-these-health-groups-in-kenya

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How a White House reversal affects a village in Madagascar

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How a White House reversal affects a village in Madagascar
On an island where 10 women a day die from complications from pregnancy and childbirth, the funding cutoff by USAID because of its new abortion rules can have serious consequences.

By Annie Burns-Pieper
Special to the Star
Sat., Nov. 25, 2017

AMPAHO, MADAGASCAR—Ampaho feels like the edge of the world, somewhere most people, even in Madagascar, will never go.

The community of 240 small bamboo huts sits along a slow-moving waterway not far from the shore of the Indian Ocean on Madagascar’s east coast. The trip from the capital, Antananarivo, to Ampaho takes two days by car along the country’s winding roads followed by a meandering voyage on a rustic boat through the Panagalane canal.

On a rainy night five years ago, Marigrety Razafindramiarana’s daughter Marthe ran into trouble giving birth to her eighth child. The family had few options.

Continued at source: https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2017/11/25/how-a-white-house-reversal-affects-a-village-in-madagascar.html

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Australia: When a woman can control when she has children, she can control her future

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When a woman can control when she has children, she can control her future
Chris Turner

In Australia we often take the access to contraception for granted. We have to talk about the right to reproductive choice for women globally

Friday 24 November 2017

With issues of reproductive rights being raised in the senate and abortion law reform on the agenda for the election in Queensland on Saturday, it’s time to stop and think about what it might be like if we had no choice in planning our own families.
Cory Bernardi's provocative motions on abortion divide Coalition
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Earlier this year my wife and I had our first child. She was 37 and I was 39. I couldn’t imagine being better prepared than we were and yet today our house looks like one of the Wiggles exploded inside it and we are both very, very tired. I often asked myself, how would I ever have coped as a teenage father? What would my life be like if I had not one, but 10 children? While I can never know the answer, my job has given me some reliable insight; it would probably be really tough.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/25/when-a-woman-can-control-when-she-has-children-she-can-control-her-future

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This Is How Contraception Saves Women’s Lives In The Asia-Pacific

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This Is How Contraception Saves Women's Lives In The Asia-Pacific

"Being able to avoid an unwanted pregnancy could be the difference between life and death.”
Posted on November 21, 2017
Gina Rushton, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

Around 214 million women of reproductive age in developing regions across the world want to access modern methods of contraception but can’t, estimates Marie Stopes International (MSI) Australia, a non-profit social enterprise providing access to reproductive health services in the Asia Pacific region.

Around 43% of pregnancies in developing regions are unintended and 13% of global maternal mortality is due to unsafe abortion.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/this-is-how-contraception-saves-womens-lives-in-the-asia

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Madagascar set to update colonial family planning and abortion law…

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Madagascar set to update colonial family planning and abortion law…
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

Oct 24, 2017

Madagascar’s Senate was set to debate legislation modernising a family planning law from 1920 that prohibits the promotion of contraception and criminalised abortion, a leftover from the French colonial era. Advocates say the most important part of the new law is the commitment to making access to reproductive health services a universal right, regardless of age.

At present there is confusion over the legality of providing contraception to young people; certain interpretations suggest that under-18s require parental permission to use contraception. Lalaina Razafinirinasoa, country director of Marie Stopes International in Madagascar, says one doctor she worked with faced legal action and a fine for providing contraception to an under-age girl after her parents complained. While such cases are rare, a lack of clear guidelines on contraception for young people has created concern among frontline health workers. According to Pierre-Loup Lesage, head of Population Services International in Madagascar, 50% of first pregnancies happen before 18 years old in the country.

If passed as currently written, the new law would also allow abortion when the woman’s life is in danger, with the written approval of two doctors. How many girls and women would that make a difference to, one might ask.

SOURCE: Reuters, by Annie Burns-Pieper, 16 October 2017 ; PHOTO

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Source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/madagascar-madagascar-set-to-update-colonial-family-planning-and-abortion-law/

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UK: Women fought for abortion rights. Fifty years on, the service is in crisis

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Women fought for abortion rights. Fifty years on, the service is in crisis
The NHS has been outsourcing the procedure and failing to train specialist staff. Now hundreds of women can’t get an abortion, putting their lives at risk

Tim Friend
Tuesday 24 October 2017

Half a century after abortion was made legal in England, Scotland and Wales, outsourcing of NHS services and a subsequent lack of specialist doctors mean that hundreds of women each year are prevented from having an abortion, sometimes seriously threatening their health, according to leading medics.

“The system is broken. It’s in crisis. Not fit for purpose,” says professor Lesley Regan, the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/24/women-abortion-rights-service-crisis-nhs-no-specialist-doctors

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Kenya: Nurse Acquitted in a Pregnancy Complications Case

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Nurse Acquitted in a Pregnancy Complications Case

10.19.17 - (PRESS RELEASE) Today the Court of Appeal of Kenya acquitted Jackson Tali, a registered nurse who was arrested and sentenced to death on murder charges.

Mr. Tali, who has been in custody at the G.K Kamiti Maximum Prison since July 2009 was convicted and sentenced to death in September 2014 after a young woman presenting with pregnancy complications at his clinic died in his care. Mr. Tali was represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Continued at source: https://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/nurse-acquitted-in-a-pregnancy-complications-case

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UK: Abortion clinics set to face Ofsted-style inspections and be rated after a string of scandals

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Abortion clinics set to face Ofsted-style inspections and be rated after a string of scandals

Ministers said private providers will now be rated in a bid to end the 'lottery of poor practice'
By Nick McDermott, Health Editor
14th September 2017

A health watchdog has been given new powers to clampdown on shoddy care.

Ministers said private providers will now be rated in a bid to end the “lottery of poor practice”.

Investigators last year uncovered 2,600 examples of poor practice at Marie Stopes International.

Continued at source: The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4461375/abortion-clinics-set-to-face-ofsted-style-inspections-and-be-rated-after-a-string-of-scandals/

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Uganda: These are the consequences of the 2017 version of US’ anti-abortion Global Gag rule

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These are the consequences of the 2017 version of US’ anti-abortion Global Gag rule
Global Gag Rule Uganda

Written by Charles Ledford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
August 13, 2017, Quartz africa

Uganda’s highway A-109 shoots across the plain from Kampala past the occasional storefront shops and open-air kiosks common to the continent’s roadsides. After rising into the verdant tea plantations of the country’s Western Region, it passes through Fort Portal near the Congolese border. From there, a turn off the main road leaves the reasonably well-maintained tarmac behind in favor of red clay washboard and bone-shaking potholes. Finally, it devolves into a footpath running between a few dozen housing compounds in a village called Kalera.

Though Kalera is poor by western standards, it doesn’t approach the desperation found in many poorer parts of Africa. Flinty, hard-working women tend small plots of bananas, potatoes, maize and soybeans. These plots border larger fields of tea, a cash crop. Goats and chickens roam. The village teems with children. Today, at least, there are no men in sight.

Continued at source: Quartz Africa: https://qz.com/1051605/trumps-anti-abortion-global-gag-rule-and-its-impact-in-uganda/

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In London, Reviving Ambitious Goals: Q&A with Duff Gillespie

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In London, Reviving Ambitious Goals: Q&A with Duff Gillespie

July 10, 2017
Dayna Kerecman Myers

United around the goal of expanding contraceptive access for women and girls in the world’s poorest countries, family planning leaders convene today in London. The meeting—co-hosted by the UK Government, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in close partnership with the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Secretariat—marks the 5-year anniversary of the inaugural London Summit on Family Planning. Attendees at that first Summit set an ambitious goal: to empower 120 million additional women and girls in the 69 lowest-income countries to use modern contraception by 2020. Today, they aim to take stock of the progress and obstacles, re-energize family planning champions, and confront the ever-growing challenge of fueling the ambitious goal amid a massive funding gap.

Continued at source: Global Health Now: https://www.globalhealthnow.org/2017-07/london-reviving-ambitious-goals-qa-duff-gillespie

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