A Century Old “Heartbeat Bill” In The Philippines

A Century Old “Heartbeat Bill” In The Philippines

By Featuresdesk (ICG) on June 12, 2019

Earlier this May, the US signed a law called the “Heartbeat Bill” which according to news, seeks to make abortion illegal as soon as the fetus’ heartbeat is detectable. In most cases, this is at the six-week mark of a pregnancy – before many women even know they are pregnant. This law has no exceptions for rape or incest.

Here in the Philippines there are facts on abortion you should know about that are similar to “Heartbeat Bill”.

Continued: http://pageone.ph/a-century-old-heartbeat-bill-in-the-philippines/

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What Life is Like When Abortion is Banned

What Life is Like When Abortion is Banned

Margaret Wurth, Senior Researcher, Children's Rights Division
June 10, 2019

As Republicans in states around the country pass sweeping abortion bans, I think about what life could be like for women and girls if these laws take effect. I don’t have to use my imagination.

Women and girls across Latin America are already living in places where abortion is heavily restricted or completely banned. In the past year, I’ve done research for Human Rights Watch in two countries that ban abortion completely, without any exceptions, even if the woman’s life is in danger.
Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/10/what-life-when-abortion-banned

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Honduras abortion misery a ‘frightening preview’ of America’s future – study

Honduras abortion misery a 'frightening preview' of America's future – study
Reproductive rights pushback could leave American women facing same life-or-death choices as Hondurans, say researchers

Karen McVeigh
Fri 7 Jun 2019

One woman handcuffed by police after suffering a miscarriage, another forced to bear her rapist’s child. A doctor who risks imprisonment to end pregnancies that threaten the lives of patients. The reality of healthcare in Honduras provides a “frightening preview” of what could happen in America if the pushback on reproductive rights continues, Human Rights Watch has warned.

Researchers from the organisation spoke of the “enormous suffering” of women and girls in Honduras, where there is a total ban on abortion in all circumstances.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jun/07/honduras-abortion-misery-frightening-preview-of-america-future-study

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Honduras: Abortion Ban’s Dire Consequences

Honduras: Abortion Ban’s Dire Consequences
Arrests, Criminal Charges, Health Issues, Bearing Rapist’s Child

June 6, 2019

(New York) – Honduras’ total ban on abortion in all circumstances puts women and girls in danger and violates their rights, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a web feature on the topic. Abortion in Honduras is illegal in all circumstances, including rape and incest, when a woman’s life is in danger, and when the fetus will not survive outside the womb.

The web feature, “Life or Death Choices for Women Living Under Honduras’ Abortion Ban,” shares stories of Honduran women confronting the cruel effects of the abortion law. They include a woman forced to bear her rapist’s child; a woman facing jail after having a miscarriage; women who experienced complications from clandestine abortions; a pro-choice pastor who has faced death threats for her activism; a doctor who cannot always act in her patients’ best interests; and women who share information about safe abortion in secret through an anonymous phone line.

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/06/06/honduras-abortion-bans-dire-consequences

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US global gag rule abortion policy ‘killing women’: IWHC

US global gag rule abortion policy 'killing women': IWHC
5 Jun 2019
Al Jazeera

Report highlights 'devastating impact' of Trump's reinstatement of ban on foreign aid to groups that discuss abortion.
The Trump administration's reinstatement and expansion of the global gag rule has "deprived women of essential healthcare" and is "ultimately killing" women worldwide, the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) said in a report released on Wednesday.

"This deadly policy violates the rights of patients and ties the hands of providers," IWHC President Francoise Girard said in a statement. "After two years of implementation, the impact is clear: The Global Gag Rule reduces access to contraceptives and abortion care, leading to unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and preventable deaths."

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/global-gag-rule-abortion-policy-killing-women-worldwide-iwhc-190605211959955.html

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USA – The states passing strict abortion bans have some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the country

The states passing strict abortion bans have some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the country

Grace Panetta
June 2, 2019

A surge of new abortion bans and clinic closures has highlighted the recent rise in America's maternal mortality rates that are disproportionately affecting women of color, and have placed the US first in maternal deaths among all developed nations.

In April and May alone, the governors of Louisiana, Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, and Alabama signed some of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country into law. These bans represent the most aggressive anti-abortion activity from states with Republican-controlled legislatures in decades.

Continued: https://www.businessinsider.com/states-passing-abortion-bans-have-highest-infant-mortality-rates-2019-5

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USA – Pregnancy Kills. Abortion Saves Lives.

Pregnancy Kills. Abortion Saves Lives.
Every pregnancy poses a “serious health risk” to the mother.

By Warren M. Hern
May 21, 2019

Pregnancy is a life-threatening condition. Women die from being pregnant. We have known that for thousands of years.

They die from hemorrhage, infection, pre-eclampsia (which can lead to fatal seizures), obstructed labor, amniotic fluid embolism, thromboembolism, a ruptured uterus, retained placenta, hydatidiform mole, choriocarcinoma and many other causes that fill the obstetrics textbooks. Modern medicine can prevent and treat many, but not all, of these conditions. Some potentially fatal problems cannot be foreseen or prevented. Pregnancy always comes with some irreducible risk of death.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/opinion/alabama-law-abortion.html

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Why Death Still Stalks Pregnant Kenyan Women

Why Death Still Stalks Pregnant Kenyan Women

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Every day, about 830 women die due to preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications, the World Health Organisation estimates. Sadly, 99 per cent of these deaths occur in developing nations. Every year, Kenya loses over 6,000 women due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths occur in the rural areas. This high number of deaths is unacceptable considering that pregnancy is not a disease. No woman should die while giving life.

As part of a two-part series on leading killer conditions in Kenya, this week we have a look at conditions that can be fatal to pregnant mothers and their babies.

Continued: https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/lifestyle/fitness/Why-Death-Still-Stalks-Pregnant/4258372-5118980-2f19jb/

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Channels of safe abortion will reduce maternal death rate

Channels of safe abortion will reduce maternal death rate
Abortion stigma, rules on pregnancy termination lead women to their graves

30 April 2019

Unsafe abortion accounts for up to 11 per cent of global maternal deaths, according to a new report by the United Nations Population Fund.

Some 31,000 women die every year as a result of unsafe abortion, while eight million suffer from abortion-related complications. By giving women access to safe abortion services especially in a situation where the pregnancy threatens the life and health of a woman, it will become significantly less likely that women will risk their health by undergoing unsafe abortion from unqualified service providers.

Women should be given quality services to end their unwanted pregnancies without putting their lives at risk. Increasing access to safe abortion will improve the health of families, enhance education rates and boost people’s economic prospects.

Youth health advocate, NAYA Kenya

Source: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-04-30-channels-of-safe-abortion-will-reduce-maternal-death-rate/

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Unsafe and Illegal Abortions in Nepal

Unsafe and Illegal Abortions in Nepal

By Bryan Kulka
March 1, 2019

Despite the fact that abortion has been legalized in Nepal since 2002, the number of unsafe and illegal procedures remains dreadfully high. The main reasons being: lack of awareness and cultural shame. For a country that has 50% unwanted pregnancies, this is a large scale sanitary crisis.

“We [Neplali] have different mentalities about health care. We never think about tomorrow which is really bad. We all need to think about it now and act.” A Volunteer from Awareness Programs

Continued: https://kathmandutribune.com/unsafe-and-illegal-abortions-in-nepal/

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