Ireland: Websites to reveal how many women buy abortion pills

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Websites to reveal how many women buy abortion pills

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 11 2017

The health service is working with websites that sell abortion pills to find out how many Irish women are illegally terminating pregnancies.

Women on Web, a website that sells the pills to countries where abortion is restricted, has agreed to share data with the HSE. The health service is also approaching other abortion pill providers with a request to share information.

It is understood that the data will reveal only the number of women buying the drugs and no personal details.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/websites-to-reveal-how-many-women-buy-abortion-pills-6p9zx09rc

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Does it Matter if Abortion Is Legal?

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Does it Matter if Abortion Is Legal?
A new book warns that even with Roe v. Wade intact, the procedure is still effectively banned in some places.

By Rebecca Grant
November 8, 2017

In 2013, 22-year old Beatriz Garcia found herself in the middle of the global abortion debate, a symbol and a lightning rod for what happens when a woman who lives in a country with a total abortion ban faces a life-threatening pregnancy.
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Michelle Oberman, a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, opens her new book Her Body, Our Laws: On the Front Lines of the Abortion Wars, From El Salvador to Oklahoma, with Beatriz’s story. The case gives grounding to this ambitious book, which looks at the effects of abortion restrictions in Latin America and the United States. Oberman has spent her career studying the murky ethical waters of pregnancy and motherhood. She’s done research about pregnant women who abuse drugs and written two books about mothers who have killed their children. Her mission with this book is not to argue whether or not abortion should be legal, but to interrogate the impact of laws that restrict it.

Continued at source: https://newrepublic.com/article/145700/matter-abortion-legal

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Ghana: Safe abortion services are relevant – Ipas

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Safe abortion services are relevant - Ipas
Nov 4, 2017

Ipas Ghana Youth Advisory Board has called on the public to rally behind safe abortion, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services for young women in the country.

Mr Samuel Nii Lante Lamptey, a Board member of Ipas Ghana Youth Board, said the risk of death following complications of unsafe abortion procedures is several times more than that of safe abortion performed by well-trained health service providers.

Continued at source: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/Safe-abortion-services-are-relevant-Ipas-597221

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Rwanda: What difference will revised Penal Code make on abortion?

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What difference will revised Penal Code make on abortion?

By: Collins Mwai
Published: November 01, 2017

The draft Penal Code – currently under parliament’s scrutiny– among other things proposes scraping of the requirement of a court order before procuring an abortion.

This will broaden exemptions from criminal liability for abortion from the current four conditions to five.

Currently, anyone seeking an abortion is expected to submit to a doctor an order issued by a competent court recognising that pregnancy is the result of rape, second degree incest, or forced marriage.

Continued at source: http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/222757/

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Norway to increase support for women’s health and safe abortion

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Norway to increase support for women's health and safe abortion

Press release | Date: Oct 12, 2017

'Norway is at the forefront of efforts to promote gender equality and women's health at the international level. We are among the biggest donors to efforts in this field, but there are still many unmet needs. The Government therefore proposes an increase of NOK 180 million in earmarked support for women's health and safe abortion in 2018. 'This increase comes in addition to the major increase in funding earlier this year, in connection with the SheDecides initiative,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Continued at source: Government of Norway: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt/womens_health/id2574852/

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Nepal: The abortion puzzle

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The abortion puzzle

September 16, 2017
Laxmi Sapkota

Abortion as a choice is in itself a pro-women step. But we have been unable to make it safe

There is an ongoing debate in the international arena on the personality of a fetus, a debate which has morphed into a larger “pro-choice” vs “pro-life” debate on abortion. In Nepal, abortion is recognized as pro-choice: as a privilege of pregnant women. According to our Country Code (2020), if an abortion is carried out by a qualified and registered health worker as per the procedures prescribed by the government, it shall not be deemed a criminal offense. Also, for the abortion of a fetus of up to 18 weeks that is the result of rape or incest, abortion can be carried out with the consent of the pregnant woman.

Continued at source: My Republica: http://www.myrepublica.com/news/27644/

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Fem Advocates Safe Abortion in Gauteng

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Fem Advocates Safe Abortion in Gauteng
Posted on September 11, 2017 by Terri Chowles

Fem's art competition gave artists a chance to openly discuss and spread a positive message of support towards women who have opted for an abortion.

mHealth initiative Fem launched an art competition, in June 2017, to give South African artists a chance to use their social voice to openly discuss and spread a positive message of support and respect towards women who have opted for an abortion.

Fem is an SMS platform that refers women to safe and legal abortion service providers in their area, quickly and privately. The user simply sends the trigger word ‘Fem’ to 30816 via SMS, and receive a referral SMS to a legal and safe health facility in their area.

Continued at source: http://ehealthnews.co.za/fem-advocates-safe-abortion-gauteng/

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Online Abortion Service Women on Web: a vital alternative

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Online Abortion Service Women on Web: a vital alternative

May 17th, 2017
A new scientific study published today in the BMJ shows that telemedical abortions are highly effective.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Texas in Austin, Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh. They looked at the data of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland who used the service of Women on Web. Women on Web is an online service of telemedicine initiated ten years ago by Women on Waves. Women living in countries where access to safe abortions is restricted can use it to access information and be referred to a medical doctor to receive a medical abortion.
For more information about Women on Web: +31624195506 or info@womenonwaves.org

Press release by BMJ:

Online abortion service offers vital alternative to unsafe methods to end pregnancy

Results support growing calls for reform of highly restrictive abortion laws

Early medical abortion using online telemedicine offers a highly effective alternative to unsafe methods to end a pregnancy for women in countries where access to safe abortion is restricted, finds a study published by The BMJ today.
The findings, based on reports from women living in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland where abortion laws are among the most restrictive in the world, show that rates of adverse events are low and that women are able to identify potentially serious complications and seek medical attention when advised.
The results provide the best safety evidence to date for self sourced medical abortion through telemedicine - and have important implications for millions of women worldwide, say the researchers.
About a quarter of the world's population lives in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws. Globally, each year an estimated 43,000 women die as a result of lack of access to safe legal abortion services through their countries' formal healthcare systems. Millions more have complications.
Yet little is known about the safety and effectiveness of medical abortion provided through online clinics.
So a team of international researchers led by Abigail Aiken at the University of Texas, analysed self reported outcome data submitted to a telemedicine clinic by 1,000 women four weeks after receiving and using the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol to end an early pregnancy.
Almost 95% reported successfully ending their pregnancy. Seven women (0.7%) reported receiving a blood transfusion and 26 (2.6%) reported receiving antibiotics. No deaths were reported.
Ninety three women (9.3%) reported experiencing any symptom for which they were advised to seek medical attention and, of these 87 (95%) sought attention.
None of the five women who did not seek medical attention reported experiencing an adverse outcome.
The researchers highlight some study limitations that could have introduced bias and say their results might not be generalisable to all settings. However, key strengths include the large sample size and high follow-up rate.
"For the millions of women worldwide living in areas where access to abortion is restricted, the findings show the vital role played by self sourced medical abortion in providing an option with high effectiveness rates and few reported adverse outcomes," they conclude.
In a linked editorial, researchers in Canada say, while findings from self reported data must always be treated with some degree of caution, these "reassuring study data support growing calls for reform."
They point out that repeal of legal restrictions "would support the safest and most equitable abortion care for women in Irish jurisdictions.
Until then, for the first time in history, women of all social classes in a legally restricted yet high resource setting have equitable access to a reasonable alternative: medical abortion guided by physicians through telemedicine," they conclude.
Note to Editors:
 
Journal: The BMJ

For more information, please contact:

Abigail R A Aiken, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA - Research

Email: araa2@utexas.edu

Wendy V Norman, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada - Editorial

Email: wendy.norman@ubc.ca

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Source: Women on Waves: https://www.womenonwaves.org/en/page/6985/online-abortion-service-women-on-web--a-vital-alternative

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US: A New Online Service Aims to Help Women Self-Manage Abortion

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A New Online Service Aims to Help Women Self-Manage Abortion
By Steph Herold
May 16, 2017

Since January, legislators have introduced 431 new restrictions on reproductive health care across the United States. Anti-abortion politicians are doing everything they can to make it as difficult as possible to obtain essential and legal health care, from forcing women to wait extra days for this time-sensitive procedure to imposing outrageous regulations on clinics. In an environment that's becoming increasingly hostile to science and facts, accurate medical information itself has become politicized. And that's where international advocacy group Women Help Women comes in: to provide people in this country with honest, compassionate guidance on how to self-manage their own abortions.

In April the organization launched the first-ever digital information service for medication abortion pills—Self-Managed Abortion: Safe and Supported, or SASS for short—that provides information and resources specifically about obtaining and using mifepristone and misoprostol, which the law usually requires are prescribed by a licensed health care professional.

Continued at source: Glamour Magazine: http://www.glamour.com/story/women-help-women-self-managed-abortion-america

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U.S.: This New Site Aims to Make It Safer to Have an Abortion at Home

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This New Site Aims to Make It Safer to Have an Abortion at Home
"If we truly believe in women’s self-determination, they should also have a choice in how."

By Jill Filipovic
Apr 27, 2017

No one knows exactly how many women in the United States induce their own abortions every year, but we do know that, despite abortion being legal, a number of women take matters into their own hands. In the United States, women self-managing their own abortions — whether because they can’t access or afford a legal abortion in a clinic, because of feelings of fear or shame, or because they simply prefer the privacy of ending a pregnancy themselves — have long relied on word of mouth, Google, or their own instincts to figure out what to do and whether something has gone wrong.

That’s what Women Help Women wants to change. The organization just launched a new website that offers personalized information for women seeking to end early pregnancies with misoprostol, an abortion-inducing medication.

Continued at source: Cosmopolitan: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a9560329/self-managed-home-abortion-pill/

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