Nepal – Sex-selective abortion continues unabated

Sex-selective abortion continues unabated

Published: October 14, 2018

Female foeticide has caused the number of male children to go up in Rupandehi.

A study jointly carried out by CIWIN Nepal and District Public Health Office, Rupandehi, shows that sex-selective abortion is widespread even among educated and well-off families in urban areas.

According to Rupandehi’s public health inspector Krishna Pokhrel, when 100 girls were born, the number of male births stood at 130 last year.

Continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/sex-selective-abortion-continues-unabated/

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UK – The ethical case against sex-selective abortion isn’t simple

The ethical case against sex-selective abortion isn’t simple

September 25, 2018
Jeremy Williams

A key theme in public debate over abortion in many countries over the last few years has been the morality and legality of sex-selective terminations. Now the use of an early prenatal testing technique in the UK has led to further concerns.

The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is being fully introduced on the NHS this year, as a safe method of detecting Down’s Syndrome and other genetic conditions. But it has been internationally available from private providers for a number of years, and, as a 2017 report noted, is often offered as a sex-determination test. This has raised concerns that the test may be used to facilitate sex-selective abortion – particularly within communities where women can be subject to strong cultural and familial pressure not to have girls. The current legal status of this practice in the UK is a matter of some controversy.

Continued: http://theconversation.com/the-ethical-case-against-sex-selective-abortion-isnt-simple-103806

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India – Botched abortion kills 28-year-old woman in Madurai, hospital attendant arrested

Botched abortion kills 28-year-old woman in Madurai, hospital attendant arrested
The police suspect that the woman was trying to abort the foetus from the third month of her pregnancy after finding out that she was expecting a girl.

Megha Kaveri
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A 28-year-old woman died in Usilampatti near Madurai after an unsafe abortion was performed on her by an attendant of a private hospital on Saturday. The police have arrested the attendant, identified as Jayalakshmi.

According to police sources, the woman, Ramuthayi, lived in Peraiyur taluk in Madurai district with her husband Ramar and their three daughters. Ramuthayi was seven months into her fourth pregnancy and visited a private hospital in the town for her routine medical check-ups. It was there that she befriended Jayalakshmi.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/botched-abortion-kills-28-year-old-woman-madurai-hospital-attendant-arrested-88600

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Early gender tests ‘leading to selective abortions of girls in UK’

Early gender tests 'leading to selective abortions of girls in UK'Labour calls for ban on misuse of blood screening for sex-selective abortions

Adam Forrest
Monday 17 September 2018

Blood tests used to reveal a baby’s gender are leading to the abortion of unwanted girls in the UK, MPs and charities have warned.

Labour MP Naz Shah, shadow women and equalities minister, said the government must act now to stop the misuse of Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) to abort pregnancies based on gender.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/selective-abortions-gender-tests-girls-uk-labour-a8540851.html

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How Canada’s growing anti-abortion movement plans to swing the next federal election

How Canada’s growing anti-abortion movement plans to swing the next federal election
Anti-abortion lobbyists cheered Ontario’s election as evidence of success. Next up: an ambitious strategy for 2019.

Anne Kingston
Sep 12, 2018

When Doug Ford, newly minted as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, took the stage at the party’s leadership convention last March, he conspicuously thanked one person standing behind him: Tanya Granic Allen, an outspoken social conservative and leadership hopeful. Ford spoke of his intent “to return our province to where it belongs” before making a show of shaking Granic Allen’s hand. It was a small gesture with big import that would have been missed by many: Ford’s debt to “socons” and, specifically, the anti-abortion lobby that enabled his win.

Granic Allen was the top choice of Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), a national group that works to nominate and elect candidates who oppose abortion at all levels of government, CLC vice-president Jeff Gunnarson tells Maclean’s.

Continued: https://www.macleans.ca/politics/how-canadas-growing-anti-abortion-movement-plans-to-swing-the-next-federal-election/

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Restricting Abortion Access in the Name of Women's Rights

By Suchitra Dalvie
Posted Aug 31, 2018

We need more girls to be born, they say. We need to stop the gendercide that is taking place across the world, they say. For social justice. For women’s rights. For human rights.

This is a compelling argument when taken at face value, and one that is commonly heard in many countries in Asia and among the Asian diaspora elsewhere. But, if we take a moment to examine it more closely, the true nature of the discourse becomes clear. It sounds as though it is for women’s rights but, in reality, it puts restrictions on women using the excuse of sex determination.

Continued: https://consciencemag.org/2018/08/31/a-wolf-in-sheeps-clothing/

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Australia – LNP under pressure to thwart late-term abortion laws

LNP under pressure to thwart late-term abortion laws

Jared Owens
August 24, 2018

Queensland’s Liberal National Party is under pressure from ­Canberra to thwart the state Labor government’s efforts to legalise late-term abortion on medical ­advice.

Federal party MPs are publicly ­leaning on the state Liberal ­National Party ­opposition, which is privately ­discussing whether to grant ­members a conscience vote on the controversial bill, ­which would allow terminations on ­request up to 22 weeks’ ­gestation.

Continued: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/lnp-under-pressure-to-thwart-lateterm-abortion-laws/news-story/644ae597cb0ed55ac2459393e3d2868c?nk=d2feef8765d9eded8a6860bac74e0889-1535128247

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Labor calls for activists to be exposed on abortion claims

Labor calls for activists to be exposed on abortion claims

Jared Owens
August 23, 2018

Queensland’s Labor government is urging people to dob in anti-abortion activists who make dubious claims about its plan to legalise terminations on request for women up to 22 weeks’ ­pregnant.

The draft law, introduced into parliament yesterday, would also decriminalise abortion and create safe zones to prevent activists’ canvassing pregnant women within 150m of clinics.

continued: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/labor-calls-for-activists-to-be-exposed-on-abortion-claims/news-story/9902ad056a04f1e9e77a2ba5927cc2a6?nk=d2feef8765d9eded8a6860bac74e0889-1535041177

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India – ‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

Swagata Yadavar
August 7, 2018

New Delhi: Abortion was legalised in India almost half a century ago, yet unsafe abortions – performed in unhygienic conditions by untrained providers – are the third largest cause of maternal death. Nearly 78% of the more than 15 million abortions conducted annually in India are outside of health facilities, giving rise to safety concerns. There is only one licensed provider for 224,000 women in rural areas.

India allows medical termination of a pregnancy of up to 20 weeks’ gestation to be conducted by a registered medical practitioner. There have been attempts to amend the act to expand the provider base to include nurses and non-allopathic medicine practitioners, and extend the deadline to 24 weeks from the current 20.

Continued: http://www.indiaspend.com/indiaspend-interviews/reduce-stigma-to-make-women-comfortable-accessing-safe-abortions-88950

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South Asia: Prevalence of Unsafe Abortion

Prevalence of Unsafe Abortion

Aditi Aryal
Published July 30, 2018

Every day in India, 13 women die of unsafe abortions. It accounts for 10 to 12 per cent of total maternal deaths in Pakistan, and 7 per cent in Nepal. Unsafe abortions have increased three folds in the last decade in South Asia and this has become a pressing problem. These abortions are done without medical supervision, and include activities like inserting surgical devices or inapt herbs and spices or poison through the vaginal canal, consumption of non-OTC abortion pills without medical consultation, and perforation of the uterus. These methods are hazardous to the health of women as such abortions are performed by medically unqualified personnel and sometimes induced by the pregnant women on themselves and more often than not causes disability or worse, death.

Continued: https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2018/07/30/prevalence-of-unsafe-abortion/

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