Global gag rule is cutting off funding for much needed health services
Thursday February 13 2020
By Moses Mulumba
For close to 15 years, I have been working as a health and human rights advocate, focusing on ensuring social justice in health systems for the most vulnerable.
Unsurprisingly, I have witnessed that women, mothers and young girls continue to be the major users of the health system. This is largely because of the critical maternal function they perform in society.
Secret abortions spike in Nigeria with Boko Haram chaos
October 14, 2019
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kellu became pregnant after a Nigerian soldier offered her food and shelter in exchange for sex. But the destitute teenager - who lost her family when Boko Haram militants attacked her village two years earlier - did not want to have the baby.
After moving to a camp for displaced people in northeastern Borno state, where she relied on neighbours for food, 18-year-old Kellu wanted an abortion but did not know where to go - like a growing number of women since the Islamist insurgency began.
Botswana: Tshireletso Calls for Safe Abortion
13 October 2019
Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)
By Collin Ntesang
Gaborone — The Assistant Minister of Local government and Rural Development, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso, has called for formulation of policies that could promote safe abortion.
Speaking at commemoration of the International Safe Abortion Day, Ms Tshireletso called on government to come up with initiatives that could promote access to safe and legal abortion, saying many women continued to lose their lives due to unsafe abortion.
Let’s break the silence on abortion and save lives
08 Oct, 2019
Edinah Masiyiwa, Correspondent
The time to discuss unsafe abortions has never been more urgent in Zimbabwe, where nearly all abortions are clandestine and approximately 40 percent of these abortions result in complications such as severe bleeding, infection and even death.
Though the exact figures of women and girls who have died from unsafe abortions is not known, a study showed that abortions are the fifth leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Zimbabwe.
Make post-abortion pills readily available
21 September 2019
THERE is a glaring shortage of post-abortion pills across Zimbabwe.
Abortion is illegal in the country except in circumstances where the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life, where there is serious risk the child to be born will suffer from a physical or mental defect or when the pregnancy is a result of rape.
More and more women are dying each year from untreated or inadequately treated abortion-related complications.
Zimbabwe in top maternal mortality rates
21 Sep, 2019
Thandeka Moyo, Chronicle Reporter
LESS than half of health facilities in Zimbabwe are fully equipped to handle pregnancy-related complications which include post-abortion care, a study has shown.
In 2016 alone, 66 800 unsafe abortions were carried out according to a recent study in the country, which translates to about 18 out of every 1 000 pregnancies.
Standards Are Not Enough: Policy Implementation Remains Central
August 22, 2019
By Melvine P. Ouyo
In 2013, Kenya’s Ministry of Health made the devastating decision to withdraw the Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Unsafe Abortion. This caused a huge influx in untrained back street abortions, immense suffering, and the loss of countless lives. After six years of irreversible damage from this decision, Kenya’s High Court issued a clear ruling this summer: the government had violated the rights of Kenyan women and girls by withdrawing the Standards and Guidelines. It was a revolutionary moment for Kenyan communities.
The worldwide movement to give women freedom to choices first culminated at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt. The conference brought diverse views of human rights, population, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and sustainable development. It marked a global consensus that placed human dignity and human rights—including the right to plan a family—at the heart of development.
Is it time to legalize abortion in Nigeria?
June 3, 2019
Francis I. Ogboko
News broke this Tuesday that the Marie Stopes International Clinic was raided by Nigerian authorities. The press release reads:
This morning a combined team of police detectives shut down the Marie Stopes Abortion Clinic in Lagos. Marie Stopes is a notorious abortion international NGO based in the UK and heavily funded from the UK.
On arrival at the abortion clinic, the police caught Dr Bernard on the verge of performing abortion on one young lady.
Woman and high school student arrested for attempted abortion
By Amina Wako
May 6th, 2019
A middle-aged woman and a Form Three student were arrested on Sunday after they were allegedly caught planning to procure an abortion.
The 18-year-old girl from a school in Nakuru County had traveled to Bomet to seek the help of the 50-years-old woman to terminate her 6-month pregnancy.
Post-abortion care saves hundreds
Post-Abortion Care (PAC) services are saving hundreds of lives of women with pregnancy miscarriages from falling into maternal deaths in Sengerema District, Mwanza Region.
May 3, 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Interviews during a rapid journalists’ survey to uncover the salient features of higher maternal mortality in Mwanza, it was confirmed that many women in the region are using traditional herbs to induce abortion, terminating unintended pregnancies, which leads to unsafe abortions.