South Africa’s Liberal Abortion Laws Hampered by Widespread Stigma

South Africa’s Liberal Abortion Laws Hampered by Widespread Stigma

March 22, 2019
Anita Powell

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Twenty-six-year-old Precious, as she has asked us to call her to protect her identity, is 16 weeks pregnant. And so is her best friend, also by Precious’ boyfriend. That event turned her life upside down and brought her to the difficult decision to seek an abortion.

She lives in South Africa, where abortion is legal without justification and available through a nurse through 12 weeks of pregnancy, and legal up to 20 weeks, when done by a doctor and with justification.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/a/south-africa-s-liberal-abortion-laws-hampered-by-widespread-stigma/4841297.html

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How US organizations support anti-abortion laws in Mexico and elsewhere

How US organizations support anti-abortion laws in Mexico and elsewhere

By Rossalyn Warren, CNN
Tue March 12, 2019

Mexico City (CNN)Susana Dueñas Rocha was just 21 years old when she was sentenced to 30 years in prison. A court found her guilty of obtaining an abortion, a criminal offense in Mexico.

Rocha's throat dried and her eyes welled as she listened to the ruling in 2004 in Guanajuato, a state just north of Mexico City. Her mind kept racing: Why would no one believe her? She told everyone who would listen that she didn't have an abortion but a miscarriage.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/12/health/mexico-abortion-us-org/index.html

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Australia – Labor’s abortion policy: all the issues explained

Labor's abortion policy: all the issues explained
The opposition’s plan to allow open up sexual health services to more women raises key questions about access, cost and state laws

Josephine Tovey
Thu 7 Mar 2019

Labor has announced a national sexual and reproductive health strategy to improve access to contraception and abortion. A major plank of this policy is to “support all women to access termination services in public hospitals”, raising a number of crucial questions:
What has Labor announced?

As part of the broader package, Labor this week announced that if they’re elected, they would work to ensure abortion is provided “consistently” in public hospitals throughout Australia.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/07/labors-abortion-policy-all-the-issues-explained

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Desperate measures: Pakistani women seek abortions as birth control

Desperate measures: Pakistani women seek abortions as birth control

Monday February 18 2019
By AFP

PESHAWAR: Pregnant, desperate, and poor, Pakistani mother Zameena faced a stark choice: risk her life by having a secret abortion, or risk her life bearing her husband a sixth child.

In the end, she opted for the former, one of more than two million women a year to do so in a country where religious leaders are critical of family planning measures and there is a lack of sex education and access to contraception.

continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/world/Pakistani-women-seek-abortions-as-birth-control/1068-4986944-6tebnh/index.html

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‘Brave’ Belfast woman forced to go to England for abortion launches bid to change law on human rights grounds

'Brave' Belfast woman forced to go to England for abortion launches bid to change law on human rights grounds
'Each time I re-live the trauma. I hope this will be the last time I have to go to court and prove that women like me should be able to access abortion services at home,' says Sarah Ewart

Maya Oppenheim, Women's Correspondent
Jan 29, 2019

A landmark case in Belfast High Court could find Northern Ireland’s abortion law in breach of the UK’s human rights commitments, say experts.

Sarah Ewart, who was forced to travel to England for an abortion after being told her unborn child would not survive outside the womb, has launched a new case which starts on Wednesday.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/northern-ireland-abortion-sarah-ewart-high-court-case-human-rights-commission-a8752241.html

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Ireland – ‘Growing number’ of GPs sign up for abortion service

'Growing number' of GPs sign up for abortion service

Eilish O'Regan
December 13 2018

The HSE is getting a "steady return" of contracts from GPs applying to provide a medical abortion service from January, it was claimed yesterday.

A HSE spokeswoman said the "number is increasing on a daily basis".

It is still unclear how many GPs will be ready to deliver the service from the start of next month, but potentially several hundred may have signed up.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/growing-number-of-gps-sign-up-for-abortion-service-37622054.html

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Kenya – Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’

Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’
(3-minute podcast)

Nov 28, 2018

Authorities in Kenya have banned the international health organisation Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortion services. Marie Stopes says it operates within the law, offering counselling services including post-abortion care. But there are now fears the ban might prompt more women to undergo unsafe back-alley abortions. Beatrice became pregnant while she was still in high school. This is her story. You may find some of what she says distressing.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06t10t2

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Kenya – Marie Stopes clinics still open, says director

Marie Stopes clinics still open, says director

By Citizen Reporter For Citizen Digital
Published on: November 25, 2018

Marie Stopes has suspended abortion services as ordered by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB).

In a statement issued on Sunday, the organization, however, said it remains open and will continue offering essential family planning, maternal health and general medical services.

Continued: https://citizentv.co.ke/news/marie-stopes-clinics-still-open-says-director-220684/

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Tasmanian Speaker Sue Hickey calls on Government to make abortion easier, cheaper

Tasmanian Speaker Sue Hickey calls on Government to make abortion easier, cheaper

By Alexandra Humphries
Thu Nov 22, 2018

Tasmanian Speaker Sue Hickey wants free abortions for low-income women, and greater availability of pregnancy termination drugs.

Last week, the Government revealed Melbourne-based surgical termination provider Hampton Park Women's Health Care would begin performing procedures from the end of this month, after nearly a year without an abortion clinic in the state.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-23/sue-hickey-calls-for-free-abortions-in-tasmania/10547082

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Kenya – Why Marie Stopes has been asked to stop abortion services

Why Marie Stopes has been asked to stop abortion services

By Grace Gichuhi and Dorcus Osongo
Published Sat, November 17th 2018

Marie Stopes Kenya has been ordered to stop offering abortion services in all their facilities, a move that could see them run out of business.

The order by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) comes after a public outcry against the clinics' advertisements that have been deemed to promote abortion.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001303049/why-marie-stopes-has-been-asked-to-stop-abortion-services

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