Kenya – Reinstate the guidelines on safe abortions

Reinstate the guidelines on safe abortions

Sunday March 10 2019
By SAOYO TABITHA

On August 4, 2013, Mary Omollo (not her real name), a young house help, was frog-marched from her home in Nairobi’s Mathare slums to Muthaiga Police Station. She was accused of procuring an unsafe abortion.

Mary was humiliated in the full glare of the media. More importantly, she was kept in custody without any medical attention.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Reinstate-the-guidelines-on-safe-abortions/440808-5016912-13vw17bz/

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Zimbabwe – Inside the illegal abortion market: ‘I nearly touched hell’

Inside the illegal abortion market: 'I nearly touched hell'
Zimbabwe’s tight abortion laws aren’t curbing demand, they’re driving them underground — and it’s about to get worse.

29 Jan 2019
Wendy Muperi

Tapiwa Chiwenga was two months pregnant when she slipped the pink pills inside herself, lay down on her bed, and prayed they would do their job.

They had to.

She was 22. Her boyfriend, a foreign student in Zimbabwe on a scholarship, loved her fiercely. But he was broke. So was she. She lived with her cousin and didn’t have a job. A baby simply was not in the cards.

Continued: https://bhekisisa.org/article/2019-01-29-00-illegal-abortions-zimbabwe-shut-down-what-is-the-gag-rules-impact-contraception

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Kenya – Marie Stopes abortion services ban lifted, but with conditions

Marie Stopes abortion services ban lifted, but with conditions

Thursday December 20 2018
By JILL NAMATSI

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has lifted the ban on post-abortion care services by Marie Stopes Kenya and ordered its full compliance with relevant laws.

In a statement on Thursday, Ms Kariuki directed the company to observe all laws that cover its work, as stated in article 26(4) of the Constitution.

continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/Ban-on-Marie-Stopes-abortion-services-lifted/1056-4904014-nw9wdo/index.html

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Abortion in Kenya: Everything you need to know

Abortion in Kenya: Everything you need to know

Author: Pauline Mwabishi
Dec 14, 2018

The ‘Abortion is a Crime’ reggae song is probably one that many of us have heard more than once. The song’s message, which is evident in its title, is that abortion is an act that should be shunned upon. The abortion debate is one that has been going on for a while, not only in Kenya but also worldwide. Various human rights groups, non-governmental organizations, and governments all over the world have not been shy when it comes to stating their stand on abortion. However, what we all ask ourselves when it comes to this topic is, “Is it ethical to legalize abortion?” Let us delve deeper into this debate, mainly using abortion in Kenya as a case study. Read more: https://www.tuko.co.ke/293876-abortion-kenya-everything-know.html#293876

Continued: https://www.tuko.co.ke/293876-abortion-kenya-everything-know.html#293876

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Kenya – Abortion: Rights group sues ministry, officials over Marie Stopes ban

Abortion: Rights group sues ministry, officials over Marie Stopes ban

Dec. 01, 2018
By LILLIAN MUTAVI

The Centre for Reproductive Rights on Friday sued the Ministry of Health and other state officials over the recent ban on Marie Stopes over safe abortions.

The lobby group filed a suit against the CS for Health, the Director of Medical Services, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, the Kenya Film and Classification Board and its CEO Ezekiel Mutua.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/12/01/abortion-rights-group-sues-ministry-officials-over-marie-stopes-ban_c1859353

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Despite Widespread Support for Postabortion Care, Many Countries’ Health Systems Do Not Have the Capacity to Provide Essential Services

Despite Widespread Support for Postabortion Care, Many Countries’ Health Systems Do Not Have the Capacity to Provide Essential Services
New 10-Country Study Identifies Gaps in Postabortion Care

First published online: November 29, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30404-2

There are critical gaps in the provision of postabortion care (PAC) at facilities that offer childbirth delivery services in many countries, highlighting a disconnect between national governments’ commitments to address the consequences of unsafe abortion and the capacity of health systems to provide essential services, according to a new study published today in The Lancet Global Health. “Health Systems' Capacity to Provide Post-Abortion Care: A Multicountry Analysis Using Signal Functions,” by Guttmacher researchers Onikepe Owolabi, Ann Biddlecom and Hannah Whitehead, found an unacceptably low level of appropriate medical care provided to women who experienced complications from abortion or miscarriage and who sought treatment in one of 10 countries across three regions.

Study Summary:
Abortion-related mortality is one of the main causes of maternal mortality worldwide. Laws often restrict the provision of safe abortion care, yet post-abortion care is a service that all countries have committed to provide to manage abortion complications. There is minimal evidence on the capacity of national health systems to provide post-abortion care.

Continued: hhttps://www.guttmacher.org/article/2018/11/health-systems-capacity-provide-post-abortion-care-multicountry-analysis-using

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Kenya – How conmen are minting millions in risky abortion procedures

How conmen are minting millions in risky abortion procedures

The Nairobian
By Jeckonia Otieno
Nov 11, 2018

Carol paid Sh10, 000 and was given four pills and instructed to swallow two [Photo: Courtesy]

Carol, 20, almost became a static because of an orgasm. “I had to get rid of the pregnancy. I am still waiting to join college and my parents would have been mad had they known,” Carol revealed.

A friend advised her to visit a private doctor within the Nairobi CBD, where she was charged a consultation fee of Sh3, 000.

Continued: https://www.sde.co.ke/thenairobian/article/2001302295/how-conmen-are-minting-millions-in-risky-abortion-procedures

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Ghana – MP Pushes For Law On Safe Abortions

MP Pushes For Law On Safe Abortions

Nana Kwame Asamoa-Boateng
November 6, 2018

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku in the Greater Accra Region, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, has called on parliament to consider a legal regime to guide the conduct of safe abortions since abortion is considered criminal under Section 58 of the Criminal Offence Act of 1960 (Act 29) as amended by the PNDC Law 102 of 1985.

According to him, 10,000 women and girls in Ghana die annually through attempted and unsafe abortions while 27 die daily through unsafe abortions.

Continued: http://dailyguideafrica.com/mp-pushes-for-law-on-safe-abortions/

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Ghana – 53,114 abortion cases recorded in government hospitals in 2017

53,114 abortion cases recorded in government hospitals in 2017

29 October 2018

Medical Doctors in Ghana are worried over increasing unsafe abortion cases in the country. Almost 45 percent of abortions in Ghana remain unsafe amidst high number of abortion cases.

The Ghana Health Service has indicated that a total of 53,114 abortion cases were carried out in 2017 alone in government hospitals across the country. Globally, 25 million unsafe abortion cases occur every year, according to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Continued: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/53-114-abortion-cases-recorded-in-government-hospitals-in-2017-696181

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Zimbabwe – Post-abortion drugs in short supply

Post-abortion drugs in short supply

Letwin Nyambayo
27 October 2018

HARARE - Health facilities that are meant to offer post-abortion care in the country are experiencing shortages of essential drugs required to provide for the service.

Research conducted by Tsungai Chipato of the University of Zimbabwe's Obstetrics and Gynaecology, in conjunction with Guttmacher Institute, the ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and the Women's Action Group showed that 5 percent of the health facilities had run out of misoprostol - an essential medicine for post-abortion care.

Continued: https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2018/10/27/post-abortion-drugs-in-short-supply

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