Kenya – Sex education can reduce teen pregnancies, says Fida

The Reproductive Health Bill proposes including information in the syllabus

by NJERI MBUGUA News Reporter
25 July 2020

Inaccurate or misleading information on sexual and reproductive health may be to blame for the rise in cases of teenage pregnancies, Fida Kenya has said.

The organisation says proper sex education can reduce the pregnancies.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2020-07-25-sex-education-can-reduce-teen-pregnancies-says-fida/


Abortion still ‘used as contraceptive’ in Vietnam

Abortion still 'used as contraceptive' in Vietnam
Experts warn that in Vietnam, the lack of sex education means young people don't know enough about safe sex and some are relying on abortion as a form of birth control.

8 Jun 2020

No one had ever talked to her about sex: not her parents, not her teachers -- and her friends knew as little as she did.

"I was terrified when I found out I was pregnant...I think if we had been told about safe sex, we would not have fallen into this trap," the 20-year-old explains.

Continued: https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1931284/abortion-still-used-as-contraceptive-in-vietnam


Nigeria – ‘200 women died of illegal abortion in Bauchi’

‘200 women died of illegal abortion in Bauchi’

By Rauf Oyewole, Bauchi
30 May 2020

Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Rilwanu Mohammad has said that over 200 women of the state have lost their lives to abortion handled by quack medical practitioners.

Mohammed while briefing members of Bauchi State Public Health Media Network yesterday disclosed this, saying the deaths are caused by unplanned and unwanted pregnancies among women who consult quack medical workers. He said the investigation has not been concluded on the development but preliminary findings have shown that the number of deaths could go up by the end of the investigation.

Continued: https://guardian.ng/guardian-woman/200-women-died-of-illegal-abortion-in-bauchi/


Citizen initiatives on abortion and sex education debated in Parliament

Citizen initiatives on abortion and sex education debated in Parliament

km/ajk/jc
15.04.2020

Two citizen initiatives, on abortion and sex education were debated in Parliament on Wednesday. Both were submitted by conservative pro-life and pro-family groups and both attracted the statutory number of signatures (100,000) needed for such initaitives to be debated. The proposals are supported by the Catholic Church.

Similar proposals in the past have led to sizable street protests. However, the current Coronavirus restrictions on public assembly have led to the protests being conducted online, in cars and from balconies of apartments.

Continued: https://polandin.com/47575354/citizen-initiatives-on-abortion-and-sex-education-debated-in-parliament


Poles divided on ‘draconian’ abortion, sex education bills

Poles divided on 'draconian' abortion, sex education bills
Polish lawmakers are set to debate draft laws that would impose a near-total ban on abortion, criminalize school sex education and equate homosexuality with pedophilia despite similar bills getting dropped in the past due to a popular outcry

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press
15 April 2020

WARSAW, Poland -- Polish lawmakers began debating draft laws Wednesday that would impose a near-total ban on abortion, criminalize sex education in schools and equate homosexuality with pedophilia, revisiting proposals backed by a Catholic group that were shelved after a popular outcry.

Domestic critics and international human rights organizations say Poland's conservative government is playing foul by bringing the controversial proposals to parliament during the coronavirus pandemic. Mass demonstrations thwarted the bills in the past but would be illegal under a current lockdown that limits gatherings to five people.

Continued : https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/poles-divided-draconian-abortion-sex-education-bills-70157013


Malaysia – ‘Make abortion pills available at clinics, pharmacies’

'Make abortion pills available at clinics, pharmacies'
People buy abortion pills online as they are an easier and less stigmatised route.

By Teh Athira Yusof
January 6, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Experts are calling for abortion pills to be made available at public health clinics and pharmacies to prevent cases of overdose and serious health complications.

Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM) hotline coordinator Dr Sim Poey Choong said while the dangers cited by the Health Ministry regarding the overdose of abortion pills were correct, it hardly seemed to be a good reason to prevent the pills from being prescribed and supervised by doctors to provide safe abortions in early pregnancies.

Continued: https://www.nst.com.my/news/exclusive/2020/01/553841/make-abortion-pills-available-clinics-pharmacies


Kenya – Why doctors should tell teens about contraceptives

Why doctors should tell teens about contraceptives

Njeri Mbugua
Nov 23, 2019

Failure by health care personnel to discuss contraception with young people who are just about to start engaging in sexual activity potentially increases unwanted pregnancies and abortions.

This is according to a report on young voices about future scenarios and contraception released in Nairobi on Tuesday.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/sasa/lifestyle/2019-11-23-why-doctors-should-tell-teens-about-contraceptives/


Three reasons why abortion remains a legal taboo in Malaysia

Three reasons why abortion remains a legal taboo in Malaysia

Monday, 18 Nov 2019
BY TAN MEI ZI

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 — Malaysia is one of the few Muslim-majority countries in the world where it is legal to get an abortion.

Despite this, many women and those with birthing bodies still face a multitude of barriers that prevent them from terminating an unwanted pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.malaymail.com/news/life/2019/11/18/three-reasons-why-abortion-remains-a-legal-taboo-in-malaysia/1810880


Kenya – What is comprehensive sexuality education? A life saver.

What is comprehensive sexuality education? A life saver.

14 November 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya – “If I had known about safe sex in my teens, my life would never have turned out this way,” said 21-year-old Sithu* from Myanmar. He contracted HIV two years ago, despite being intimate only twice with his partner at the time.

Like millions of young people around the world, Sithu had never received any kind of comprehensive sexuality education, in school or elsewhere.

Continued: https://www.unfpa.org/news/what-comprehensive-sexuality-education-life-saver


Malaysia – Address root causes of baby dumping

Address root causes of baby dumping

Published on: Sunday, November 03, 2019

IN Malaysia, where baby dumping occurs once every three days, the government seems set on addressing the crisis.

From 2010 to May 2019, 1,010 cases of baby dumping have been recorded. Out of those, 64pc of the babies were found dead, and the majority of the others died shortly after they were rescued.

Recently, a cleaner found a newborn girl in a plastic bag while she was sorting rubbish. The baby’s umbilical cord was still attached to her belly button, there was no heartbeat, she was cold.

Continued: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/read/3286/address-root-causes-of-baby-dumping/