Abortion Levels in Pakistan are One of the World’s Highest

Abortion Levels in Pakistan are One of the World’s Highest
A study by the Population Council has highlighted Pakistan as having one of the highest rates of abortion globally, We look at the reasons for the findings.

December 11, 2018
By Jasneet Kaur Bagri

A study conducted by a New York-based Population Council has noted, that Pakistan has one of the world’s highest levels of abortion.

This study occurred as part of a nonprofit organisation that advocates family planning and as such they did a deep dive to investigate the global levels of abortion.

Continued: https://www.desiblitz.com/content/abortion-levels-in-pakistan-is-one-of-the-worlds-highest

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Pakistan – Bill prohibiting gender disclosure during pregnancies to be tabled to end abortio

Bill prohibiting gender disclosure during pregnancies to be tabled to end abortion

December 9, 2018

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has announced that a bill prohibiting the disclosure of gender during the pregnancy would be tabled soon to end the trend of sex-selective abortion.

She revealed this while addressing a seminar on “Ending Gender-Based Violence” held under the ambit of the Punjab Government in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN).

continued: https://dailytimes.com.pk/331409/bill-prohibiting-gender-disclosure-during-pregnancies-to-be-tabled-to-end-abortion/

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How stigma and restricted access stop Indian women from seeking safe abortions

How stigma and restricted access stop Indian women from seeking safe abortions
When women who approach doctors are denied abortion, they are forced to break the law and opt for unsafe abortion. The result? Unsafe abortions is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India.

Haripriya Suresh and Shiba Kurian
Friday, November 30, 2018

For her first termination of pregnancy, Aishwarya* had gone to a gynaecologist, but was flat out denied by the doctor, who said she would not perform the abortion. The doctor then referred her to a colleague, who turned out to be an IVF specialist. The second doctor, too, denied her the abortion, and instead asked her to carry the pregnancy to term and have a baby. Aishwarya was seven weeks pregnant at the time, but the IVF specialist refused to give her a medical kit, and stated that she was too far along, and asked her to come in for a prohibitively expensive surgery to abort.

“I walked out of the hospital, went to my neighbourhood pharmacy, asked for the kit, and I self-medicated,” Aishwarya says.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/how-stigma-and-restricted-access-stop-indian-women-seeking-safe-abortions-92505

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Why The Abortion Rate In Pakistan Is One Of The World’s Highest

Why The Abortion Rate In Pakistan Is One Of The World's Highest

Diaa Hadid
Nov 28, 2018

When at 19 Mehnaz became pregnant for the fifth time, she panicked. She already had four daughters, and her husband was threatening to throw her out if she had another. So she did what millions of Pakistani women do every year: She had an abortion.

Like many of those women, her abortion was partly self-administered. "I kept taking tablets — whatever I laid my hands on," she says. "I lifted heavy things" — like the furniture in her tiny living room. She drank brews of boiled dates — many Pakistanis believe the beverage triggers labor.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/11/28/661763318/why-the-abortion-rate-in-pakistan-is-one-of-the-worlds-highest

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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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