The Zimbabwe Herald publishes a series of articles on abortion, homosexuality and condoms to prevent HIV

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The Zimbabwe Herald publishes a series of articles on abortion, homosexuality and condoms to prevent HIV
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 23, 2017

In a series of three articles, the Zimbabwe Herald has reported widely differing views on the subject of abortion as an issue for Zimbabwe’s parliament, as a public health issue, as an issue of religion and morality, and as a source of suffering for women.

The first article was prompted by Hon Dr Ruth Labode, MP for Matabeleland North province and chairwoman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care, calling for safe abortions to be allowed for unwanted pregnancies, in response to findings that 16% of maternal deaths in Zimbabwe were due to unsafe abortions and over half the deaths were among adolescents. According to the 2016 national adolescent fertility study, 9% of adolescents aged 10 to 19 years have ever been pregnant, the majority of whom were from rural areas. Dr Labode criticised government policy for only allowing post-abortion care as a “corrective procedure” when abortions could be made safe in the first place, as in other countries.

Continued at source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/the-zimbabwe-herald-publishes-a-series-of-articles-on-abortion-condoms-to-prevent-hiv-and-homosexuality/

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US refuses to back UN on abortion access in human rights resolution

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US refuses to back UN on abortion access in human rights resolution
Washington supports ‘the spirit’ of a UN resolution calling for women’s access to reproductive healthcare but ‘does not recognize abortion’ as a method

Agence France-Presse in Geneva

Thursday 22 June 2017

The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning abuse and discrimination of women, but Washington refused to back one paragraph mentioning access to safe abortions.

The strongly worded resolution, tabled by Canada, expressed “outrage at the persistence and pervasiveness of all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide”, calling on countries to take immediate steps to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/mps-argue-northern-irish-women-right-to-abortion-nhs

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A Lesson in Medicine and Morality: Argentine Physician Pioneers Abortion Education in Medical School

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A Lesson in Medicine and Morality: Argentine Physician Pioneers Abortion Education in Medical School

A group of Argentine doctors moves beyond the polarized political debate to equip a new generation of medical professionals with the training necessary to care for patients who requiring abortion care.

By Marissa Rosenberg-Carlson -
Jun 17, 2017

Dr. Raquel Tizziani identifies herself as an educator. Anti-abortion activists think she’s a murderer. The professor of medicine at the National University of Rosario (UNR) is spearheading Argentina’s first university curriculum on abortion. Two months before the program’s start date, its faculty is already under fire. In the three days after UNR announced the plan, no fewer than 10,000 emails demanding an immediate halt to the program flooded the inbox of Ricardo Nidd, Dean of the College of Medicine.

Continued at source: The Bubble: http://www.thebubble.com/a-lesson-in-medicine-and-morality-argentine-physician-pioneers-abortion-education-in-medical-school/

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Zimbabwe: Unsafe abortions major cause of maternal deaths

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Unsafe abortions major cause of maternal deaths
June 14, 2017 Local News

Thandeka Moyo, Health Reporter
ABOUT 16 percent of Zimbabwe’s maternal deaths are caused by unsafe abortions, a procedure which is illegal in the country.

Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality rate stands at 614 deaths per every 100 000 live births which remains one of the highest in the region.

Continued at source: The Chronicle: http://www.chronicle.co.zw/unsafe-abortions-major-cause-of-maternal-deaths/

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Zimbabwe: MPs clash on abortion policy

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LATEST: MPs clash on abortion policy
June 12, 2017

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Health Reporter

Some members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care are pushing for legislation on abortion amid revelations that 16 percent of maternal deaths were due to unsafe abortions, with over half of the deaths occurring among adolescents.

According to the 2016 national adolescent fertility study, nine percent of adolescents between 10 and 19 years had ever been pregnant, majority of whom were girls from rural areas.

Speaking during the parliamentarian’s advocacy workshop on HIV and Aids in Gweru recently chairperson of the Health and Child Care portfolio committee Dr Ruth Labode, who is also legislator for Matabeleland North province, said given the above statistics, it was only fair to allow safe abortions in unwanted pregnancies.

Continued at link: The Herald: http://www.herald.co.zw/latest-mps-clash-on-abortion-policy/

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India: Minor raped, dies after botched abortion in Telangana

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Minor raped, dies after botched abortion in Telangana

By Express News Service | Published: 11th June 2017

KHAMMAM: In a shocking incident, a mentally-challenged girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted and impregnated by a person and was forced to undergo an abortion by the village panchayat in Kallur mandal of the district, died of infection that spread after she underwent abortion. The incident, once again, came to the fore about the `instant justice’ delivered by local panchayats.

According to Kallur police, the 15-year-old girl hails from Errapandira village of Kallur mandal. The girl’s parents are daily wage workers. Taking advantage of the absence of her parents, a 24-year-old youth of the village, M Chennakeshavulu befriended the girl and started exploiting her sexually. This went on for more than six months and in April, the parents of the girl noticed that she was a pregnant.

Continued at source: New India Express: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/telangana/2017/jun/11/minor-raped-dies-after-botched-abortion-in-telangana-1615401.html

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Global gag rule expected to hit safe abortion, contraceptive use in Nigeria

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Global gag rule expected to hit safe abortion, contraceptive use in Nigeria
By Christin Roby
9 June 2017

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Marie Stopes International in Nigeria is bracing for a dramatic drop in funding, following United States President Donald Trump’s decision to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, or “global gag rule.”

MSI declined to sign onto the policy, which would require them to cut all services and information relating to abortion, and will therefore forfeit all funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Continued at source: Devex: https://www.devex.com/news/global-gag-rule-expected-to-hit-safe-abortion-contraceptive-use-in-nigeria-90417

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When Antiabortion Ideology Turns into Foreign Policy: How the Global Gag Rule Erodes Health, Ethics and Democracy

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When Antiabortion Ideology Turns into Foreign Policy: How the Global Gag Rule Erodes Health, Ethics and Democracy

Sneha Barot
Guttmacher Institute
First published online: June 8, 2017

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The Trump administration reimposed and expanded the global gag rule to block U.S. global health assistance to all foreign nongovernmental organizations that use their own funding to engage in abortion-related services or advocacy.

This ideologically driven policy undermines the very goals of U.S. foreign aid programs by harming the health of people in poor countries, violating medical ethics and trampling on democratic values.

Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2017/06/when-antiabortion-ideology-turns-foreign-policy-how-global-gag-rule-erodes-health-ethics

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India: PM Modi looks into botched up abortion

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PM Modi looks into botched up abortion

THE ASIAN AGE. | TEENA THACKER
Published : May 28, 2017

New Delhi: The recent incident of a 26-year-old woman dying during a botched up termination of pregnancy has caught the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM has sought a report from the Centre on the matter, with a mandate to the Union health ministry to strengthen the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.

The police in March had arrested a homeopath, Dr Babasaheb Khidrapure, who ran an illicit abortion racket in the Mhaisal village, Maharashtra, after the discovery of as many as 19 aborted female foetuses dumped in a sewer.

Continued at source: Asian Age: http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/280517/pm-modi-looks-into-botched-up-abortion.html

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Kenyan medics say U.S. health aid cuts will mean more abortions

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Kenyan medics say U.S. health aid cuts will mean more abortions

By Neha Wadekar | KISUMU, Kenya
Tue May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump's dramatic expansion of a policy blocking U.S. aid to organizations offering abortion services will have one sure result, say medical workers in this city: more abortions.

The United States reinstated the "Mexico City Policy" in January, cutting some $600 million in funds for family planning programs overseas.

Last week its scope suddenly mushroomed. Trump expanded it to affect $8.8 billion worth of global health funding, including programs on HIV/AIDS, malaria and child health.

Continued at source: Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-abortion-africa-idUSKBN18J1Y8

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