Displaced Rohingya women need access to abortion, not just food and shelter

Displaced Rohingya women need access to abortion, not just food and shelter
Thousands of Rohingya women and girls have been systematically raped by Myanmar's military

Anu Kumar and Sandeep Prasad
for CBC News
Posted: Sep 29, 2018

Rape is still being used as an instrument of war. Right now. Before our very eyes.

We know that since August 2017, thousands of Rohingya women and girls have been systematically raped by Myanmar military as a way to humiliate, terrify and dominate the Rohingya communities. In fact, Canadian parliamentarians recently unanimously voted to declare the systemic rape and killing of Rohingya an act of genocide.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/rohingya-women-1.4843335

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FEATURE: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion in Malaysia

FEATURE: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion in Malaysia
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11 July 2018

By Nandini Archer
Edited by Marge Berer

Introduction

In spite of sustained advocacy from sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and human rights advocates, and penal code amendments in 1971 and 1989, which opened up more grounds for abortion, access to safe, legal abortion remains heavily restricted in Malaysia. Before these changes, several prosecutions were taken against medical professionals. Since them, only one woman has been prosecuted for abortion – a Nepali migrant worker named Nirmala in 2014, who spent four months in prison and was acquitted on appeal.

This report looks at the abortion law and access to abortion in Malaysia and reviews calls to change the law and access by SRH and human rights advocates. The report ends with a discussion of the cases against medical professionals, prosecutions of women for infanticide and the case of Nirmala.[1]

continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/feature-the-law-trials-and-imprisonment-for-abortion-in-malaysia-11-july-2018?e=372dd34034

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Just released: New Ipas toolkit to improve abortion access for refugee women and girls

Just released: New Ipas toolkit to improve abortion access for refugee women and girls

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A new online toolkit that is designed to improve access to contraception and abortion care for the millions of women and girls living in refugee camps and other crisis settings is now available from Ipas.

Release of the toolkit coincides with World Refugee Day. Worldwide, there are more than 135 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these, the United Nations Population Fund estimates that

Continued: http://www.ipas.org/en/News/2018/June/Just-released-New-Ipas-toolkit-to-improve-abortion-access-for-refugee-women-and-girls.aspx

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Trump administration seeks to deny fourth undocumented immigrant right to abortion

Trump administration seeks to deny fourth undocumented immigrant right to abortion

Courts have allowed the other women to get abortions, but stopped short of striking down the government's overall policy

Clark Mindock, New York
Thursday 11 January 2018

The Trump administration is attempting to block another undocumented immigrant in federal custody from seeking an abortion for the fourth time in as many months.

A 17-year-old girl has been “pushed.. further into her pregnancy” after the federal government denied her attempt to get an abortion — with her own money — two weeks ago, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-abortion-deny-woman-aclu-undocumented-immigrant-rights-a8154686.html

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IAWG ANNUAL MEETING 2017 – Advocates make progress on access to safe abortion in humanitarian crises

IAWG ANNUAL MEETING 2017 – Advocates make progress on access to safe abortion in humanitarian crises
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Jan 10, 2017

Advocates campaigning for refugees to have access to safe abortion in humanitarian settings say they have made major progress at a recent high-level meeting – but that “political sensitivities” among countries and some United Nations agencies are holding back efforts to get the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services to those who need them.

In early November 2017, representatives from the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises (IAWG), which includes UN agencies and civil society groups, met in Athens to discuss revising the field manual for aid workers providing reproductive health services in the initial phase of a humanitarian crisis, called the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health, which is part of the Inter-Agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings (IAFM). Intended changes included expanding the range of contraceptive options recommended and including safe abortion as an objective for the first time.

Continued at source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/iawg-annual-meeting-2017-advocates-make-progress-on-access-to-safe-abortion-in-humanitarian-crises/

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USA: Admin can’t block undocumented pregnant teens in US custody from seeking abortions, judge says

Admin can't block undocumented pregnant teens in US custody from seeking abortions, judge says

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter
Tue December 19, 2017

(CNN)A federal judge ruled Monday that the Trump administration could not obstruct two undocumented pregnant teens in US custody from seeking abortions.

In her order, US District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan required the administration to allow the two teens to be transported to an abortion provider "in order to obtain any pregnancy related or abortion-related medical care and to obtain the abortion procedure itself."

Continued at source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/18/politics/abortion-undocumented-immigrants/index.html

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Opinion: Rohingya women have suffered enough. They don’t deserve discriminatory health care.

Opinion: Rohingya women have suffered enough. They don't deserve discriminatory health care.
By Anu Kumar, Sayed Rubayet
14 December 2017

Rape has been used as a weapon of war in conflicts all over the world. And has been used against women and girls caught up in the massive humanitarian crisis involving Rohingya refugees.

In the past few months, nearly 600,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, and more continue to seek refuge every day. The camps are overcrowded. The smell of waste and small fires for cooking and sweat hangs in the humid, thick air. Tents fashioned out of reeds and tarps perch precariously in the mud. Throngs of people crowd the latrines and newly dug wells. And these conditions are better than those in the makeshift camps, where thousands of unregistered refugees are living.

Continued at source: https://www.devex.com/news/opinion-rohingya-women-have-suffered-enough-they-don-t-deserve-discriminatory-health-care-91751

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USA: Federal court clears way for immigrant teen to get abortion

Federal court clears way for immigrant teen to get abortion
By Jessica Gresko | AP October 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for a 17-year-old immigrant held in custody in Texas to obtain an abortion.

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 6-3 that new dates should be set for the teen to obtain the procedure. The ruling overruled a decision by a three-judge panel of the court that at least temporarily blocked her from getting an abortion. The Trump administration could still appeal Tuesday’s decision to the Supreme Court.

Continued at source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/federal-court-clears-way-for-immigrant-teen-to-get-abortion/2017/10/24/98138eb2-b8f3-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html

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Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others denied medical transfers from Nauru

Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others denied medical transfers from Nauru
Asylum seekers and refugees awaiting surgeries, abortions and other treatment prevented from having overseas transfers by Nauru hospital committee

Ben Doherty
Sunday 20 August 2017

Nearly 50 refugees and asylum seekers held on Nauru – including at least three women seeking to terminate a pregnancy – are being refused, or not considered for, overseas medical treatment, in defiance of doctors’ recommendations.

Three pregnant refugee women on Nauru have asked to terminate their pregnancies, for cultural, familial and health reasons. Doctors’ requests for them to be transferred overseas for the procedure have been rejected. Terminations are illegal on Nauru, a devoutly Christian country.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/21/three-pregnant-refugees-and-nearly-50-others-denied-medical-transfers-from-nauru

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