Nigeria – Desire for male child causing maternal morbidity, mortality

Desire for male child causing maternal morbidity, mortality

By Franka Osakwe
07 December 2019

In Nigeria, quest for male child has resulted in multiple un-spaced pregnancies.

This is one of the reasons why many women are dying during childbirth and lots more developing health problems. Male child preference has given rise to violence against women and girls.

According to EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, discrimination of the girl child is a crime and should be stopped.

Continued: https://guardian.ng/features/focus/desire-for-male-child-causing-maternal-morbidity-mortality/


Nigeria – A tragedy of choice!

A tragedy of choice!

On November 23, 2019
by Urowayino Jeremiah

Abortion! I’d almost forgotten that such a word exists until last Thursday. The gist was that a former neighbour’s teenage daughter died last week due to complications from an illegal abortion. No sooner had I walked into my regular salon in the area, did my hair dresser, wearing a forlorn face ask if I had stopped at Mummy Seni’s house. I said no and asked why. “Did something happen to her?

“So you have not heard. Jumoke, Mummy Seni’s daughter is dead oh!!

Continued: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/11/a-tragedy-of-choice/


Indian Women Are Fighting Stigma by Sharing Their Personal Abortion Stories

Indian Women Are Fighting Stigma by Sharing Their Personal Abortion Stories
The My Body My Choice campaign is creating a safe space through which abortion can be discussed and understood openly by women in India.

by Meera Navlakha
20 November 2019

“I had just turned 26, my partner was without a job [and] I was struggling to figure out life,” said one anonymous woman in a post released on Instagram by the My Body My Choice campaign. She explains how she found out she was pregnant, after days of feeling dizzy. “What began after that was an excruciating process of figuring out how, when and where to seek an abortion.”

“My stomach would cramp all of a sudden and I’d feel the deepest sense of loss,” said another woman, describing her abortion story.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/vb5aaj/indian-women-are-fighting-stigma-by-sharing-their-personal-abortion-stories


Women being pushed to the margins of society in Guatemala

Women being pushed to the margins of society in Guatemala
Violence and discrimination are routine and many die in childbirth from largely preventable causes

Nov 18, 2019
Aisling Walsh, Naomi Elster, Guatemala City

Guatemala is marketed across the globe as the “Heart of the Mayan World”. Photographs of spectacular jungle pyramids and smiling indigenous women, carried on Piccadilly buses in London and splashed across screens in new York’s Times Square, promote a tourism industry worth almost $3.4 billion (€3 billion) a year.

On arriving in Guatemala, it is easy to recognise the vivid colours of Mayan traditional clothing and the dramatic scenery of imposing volcanoes, shimmering lakes and dense forests sliced into steep hills and sharp ravines.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/women-being-pushed-to-the-margins-of-society-in-guatemala-1.4087198


The American anti-abortion movement is reverberating abroad

The American anti-abortion movement is reverberating abroad

By Annalisa Merelli in Nairobi, Kenya
November 14, 2019

25 years ago, UN member states met in Cairo for a groundbreaking summit: the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). It was a massive meeting, attended by some 20,000 government representatives, activists and nonprofits.

Their goal was to make international commitments to improve reproductive rights and health around the world. They ultimately pledged to increase access to education for women, reduce maternal, infant and child mortality, and ensure access to family planning methods and reproductive health for all. Among those in attendance was then US president Bill Clinton. The US had emerged as a leader in promoting global reproductive rights. It was an exciting time. The conference felt like a landmark meeting. It was history in the making.

Continued: https://qz.com/1743640/us-abortion-politics-are-affecting-global-reproductive-health/


Debate on legalising abortion stokes passions

Debate on legalising abortion stokes passions

By The Standard
14th Nov 2019

Pro-choice advocates want abortion legalised to reduce maternal mortality.

Several advocacy groups, among them International Campaign for Women Rights to Safe Abortion, argued that religious and cultural norms should not be a hindrance for countries to enact laws on safe abortion.

“If people want to be bound by religious norms it is okay. If you have a law on safe abortion, it does not mean every woman will be forced to do it,” said Dr Shilpa Shroff, the director of International Campaign for Women Rights to Safe Abortion.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/evewoman/article/2001349369/debate-on-legalising-abortion-stokes-passions


Atheists in Kenya president Harrison Mumia asks government to legalise abortion

Atheists in Kenya president Harrison Mumia asks government to legalise abortion

Nov 13, 2019
by Japhet Ruto

Atheists in Kenya president Harrison Mumia has asked the government to review the country’s abortion laws. The controversial chairman of non-believers said the government should provide access to safe and legal abortion under the new constitution.

In a letter dated Tuesday, November 12, the former Central Bank of Kenya employee said the state should expand post abortion care services all over the country until unsafe termination of pregnancies is eradicated.

https://www.tuko.co.ke/324431-atheists-kenya-president-harrison-mumia-asks-government-legalise-abortion.html


USA – The Dishonesty of the Abortion Debate

The Dishonesty of the Abortion Debate
Why we need to face the best arguments from the other side

Story by Caitlin Flanagan
December 2019 Issue
(Posted Nov 11, 2019)

In 1956, two American physicians, J. A. Presley and W. E. Brown, colleagues at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, decided that four recent admissions to their hospital were significant enough to warrant a published report. “Lysol-Induced Criminal Abortion” appeared in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. It describes four women who were admitted to the hospital in extreme distress, all of them having had “criminal abortions” with what the doctors believed to be an unusual agent: Lysol. The powerful cleaner had been pumped into their wombs. Three of them survived, and one of them died.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/12/the-things-we-cant-face/600769/


Nigeria – Addressing troubling maternal mortality

Addressing troubling maternal mortality
The worsening maternal mortality rates can be tackled by promoting family planning, use of contraceptives and making quality health care accessible to the people, reports MOSES EMORINKEN

November 8, 2019

ACCORDING to the World Health Organisation (WHO), maternal mortality is the death of a pregnant woman within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes.

According to the joint report by WHO, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Bank and United Nations Population Fund, which considered trends in maternal mortality from 1990 to 2015, in Nigeria, at least 800 women die in every 100,000 live births.

Continued: https://thenationonlineng.net/addressing-troubling-maternal-mortality/


Scientist urges Kenya to take steps to diminish maternal deaths

Scientist urges Kenya to take steps to diminish maternal deaths

By xinhuanet.com
Nov 2, 2019

An international health scientist on Friday urged Kenya to embrace partnership and awareness creation to end the increasing maternal deaths.

Marleen Temmerman, director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Medical College of Aga Khan University in East Africa said that the country’s maternal mortality rate (MMR) is high, with 488 deaths per every 100,000 live births per year.

Continued: https://www.newsghana.com.gh/scientist-urges-kenya-to-take-steps-to-diminish-maternal-deaths/