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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Nepal – Makwanpur: 18pc women abort babies last fiscal

Makwanpur: 18pc women abort babies last fiscal

- PRATAP BISTA, HETAUDA
Oct 28, 2018

Almost 18 percent of the pregnant women in Makwanpur district underwent abortion in the last fiscal year, according to the District Public Health Office (DPHO).

Around 2,062 of the 11,649 pregnant women in the district were found aborting their foetus, and the number could be even higher as many undergo abortion illegally, an official at the DPHO said.

Continued: http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-10-28/makwanpur-18pc-women-abort-babies-last-fiscal.html

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Kenya – Marie Stopes defies ban on advert linked to abortion

Marie Stopes defies ban on advert linked to abortion

Sunday September 30 2018
By JOHN MUTUA

International charity Marie Stopes has defied Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) orders to pull down an advertisement said to promote abortion.

The advertisement has been running on radio weeks after the agency banned it on September 10 on claims the campaign supports abortion of unplanned pregnancies.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/business/Marie-Stopes-defies-ban-on-advert-linked-to-abortion/996-4784930-12p1t47/index.html

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UK – The government is wrong to dismiss abortion clinic buffer zones

The government is wrong to dismiss abortion clinic buffer zones
Protests outside abortion clinics are a form of harassment which undermine the free choices of women

By Sophie Kilminster
September 22, 2018

Last week, Home Secretary Sajid Javid rejected calls for buffer zones outside abortion clinics by saying that protest-free areas around clinics “would not be a proportionate response” to the harassment from protestors. Now perhaps it’s the English student in me, but the suggestion of a “proportionate response” seems to imply that the Home Secretary feels we should wait for a ‘proportionate’ number of women to be harassed before any action is taken to stop this harassment.

Abortion is a contentious issue, but I believe wrongly so; abortion should be personal and the business of only the woman who needs it, like any medical procedure. Protestors have attempted to undermine women’s choices through tactics such as physically blocking the patient’s path, assault and displaying distressing images.

Continued: http://cherwell.org/2018/09/22/the-government-is-wrong-to-dismiss-abortion-clinic-buffer-zones/

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Australia – More choice for women seeking abortion in the ACT

More choice for women seeking abortion in the ACT

Released 19/09/2018 - Joint media release

Women will have more choice for abortion services in the ACT under the Health (Improving Abortion Access) Amendment Bill 2018, which was passed today in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

The legislation, introduced by the ACT Greens, allows medical abortions to be accessed through a local GP or telehealth provider for the first time in the ACT.

Continued: http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/open_government/inform/act_government_media_releases/yvette-berry-mla-media-releases/2018/More-choice-for-women-seeking-abortion-in-the-ACT

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Kenya – Medic backs safe abortion as film board bans advert

Medic backs safe abortion as film board bans advert

Sep. 13, 2018,
By NANCY AGUTU

Educating women on safe abortions is the right thing to do, a doctors network said yesterday barely hours after the Film Classification Board banned an advert by Marie Stopes.

Marie Stopes is running a campaign that seeks to educate young girls about safe abortion. The promotion runs on Radio Africa Group platforms.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/09/13/medic-backs-safe-abortion-as-film-board-bans-advert_c1817749

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