Abortion Remains an Unresolved Issue: ICPD25 Meeting next Month
By Osamu Kusumoto
Osamu Kusumoto is Secretary General and Executive Director of Asian Population and Development Association (APDA)
TOKYO, Japan, Oct 9 2019 (IPS) - Currently, the topic of abortion as human rights leaves the world bustling. When the state of Alabama1 in the United States enacted a very strict ban on abortion, it shocked the world. This prompted so-called conservative movements, led by female business owners, to make a full-scale advertisement in the New York Times claiming abortion is a human right2 ; hence the global debate between pro-life and pro-choice.
This discussion is a remnant of the debate at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994. Twenty Five years into the ICPD and the struggle between opposing views persists, causing the continued disruption in the accessibility of women to reproductive health. This is especially true in developing countries.
Why Nigeria Should Provide Safe Spaces For Adolescent Girls – SFH
October 8, 2019
By ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBEH
Nigeria will move closer to achieving major targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by assuring adolescent girls access to health and critical social services, says the Society for Family Health (SFH).
Deputy Project Director of Adolescents 360 (A360), Pharm. Fifi Ogbondeminu, at the National Conference on Inclusivity, Equality & Diversity in University Education hosted by the University of Lagos, said the action will also promote social inclusiveness and help drive down maternal mortality, some drivers of which are unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortion among adolescent girls and young women.
Abortion a right not privilege. On Safe Abortion Day, govt must consider amending MTP Act
In 1971, India became one of the first countries to legalise abortion, but today its healthcare system is lagging behind and doing a great disservice to women.
Updated: 28 September, 2019
Forty-eight years ago, in 1971, when conversations about women’s reproductive health and rights were still in nascent stages across the world, India became one of the first countries to ensure that women have access to a crucial reproductive health need — that of having a safe, legal abortion.
Today, however, India’s laws and systems have lagged behind and we are doing a great disservice to the women in our country by limiting their control over their wombs because of challenges discussed here.
Reducing maternal mortality ratio in Nepal still a daunting challenge
Published: September 15, 2019
Considering the investment and efforts put in by the government in the field of maternal health, it is unlikely that the government will meet the target of reducing maternal mortality ratio to 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030 as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals for Nepal, 2016-2030.
According to the National Demographic Health Survey 2016, the maternal mortality ratio for Nepal was 239 per 100,000 live births for the seven year period before the survey. The confidence interval for the 2016 maternal mortality ratio ranges from 134 to 345 deaths per 100,000 live births.
Safe And Legal Abortion: Conceive Choice, Terminate Myths
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Sept 10, 2019
By Souvik Pyne
Abortion is a word that holds the massive weight of social pressure. Many people also believe that abortion in India is illegal. However, under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (MTP), abortion services can be availed. But despite their being a law in place, it hasn’t been easy for abortion-seekers to access safe and legal abortion services due to the taboo around it.
Safe abortion to terminate an unwanted pregnancy is an important reproductive health need for individuals seeking it of all ages, educational levels, racial and ethnic groups, social and economic classes and religions. The need to make safe abortion services available has also been upheld in many international platforms and intergovernmental agreements on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
Why The Use of Modern Family Planning Method Should Be Promoted
on August 26, 2019
By Media Advocacy Working Group
The effective use of modern contraception such as; Intrauterine devices, (IUDs) implants, injectables, oral pills amongst others are said to be the safest methods of birth control.
In teenagers, pregnancies are at greater risk of poor outcomes, hence a comprehensive sex education and access to modern contraception would decrease the rate of unwanted pregnancies in this age group.
Opinion: India's government must prioritize women's needs — including SRHR
By Vinoj Manning
24 July 2019
The 2019 general elections in India saw a record turnout of women — equal to the percentage of male voters — and indicating that women expect the majority government of the day to prioritize and address their needs.
One of their primary expectations is improved access to women’s sexual reproductive health and rights services.
Youth Friendly Sexual & Reproductive Health Services a Must! Data shows 14 million Indian girls marry before 18 years
Updated: March 24, 2019
By Vandana Chavan, Member of Parliament
A 2015 UNESCO report on “Emerging Evidence, Lessons and Practice in Comprehensive Sexuality Education” (CSE) suggests that CSE has far-reaching benefits for SRH, particularly in reducing STI’s and unintended pregnancies.
India, with the second largest population in the world of 1.3 billion, is also home to the world’s largest adolescent and youth at 365 million. Over 50 per cent of the country’s population is under the age of 25. An analysis of the United Nations World Population Prospects 2017 by Bloomberg revealed that by 2027, India with its current increase in the proportion of working age people, also known as the demographic dividend, will have the largest workforce in the world.
Despite Progress, Over 200 Million Women Still Waiting for Modern Contraception
By Thalif Deen
OTTAWA, Canada, Oct 23 2018 (IPS) - The international community will be commemorating two milestones in the history of population and development next year: the 50th anniversary of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the 25th anniversary of a Programme of Action (PoA) adopted at the1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.
“Let’s use these important benchmarks to launch accelerated action – together. Starting here in Ottawa,” UNFPA Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem told a gathering of over 150 parliamentarians from more than 60 countries who were meeting in the Canadian capital to review the progress made in several key socio-economic issues on the UN agenda, including reproductive health, maternal and infant mortality, family planning, female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
World Contraception Day: Body Calls on Stakeholders to Make Access to Modern Contraception Easy
Sept 26, 2018
A body made up of journalists, the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria (NRHJN), a key advocacy stakeholder has called on government and other stakeholders to join hands in closing the wide gap of access to all forms of modern method of contraception.
In a press statement to mark the World Contraception Day 2018, the network said the promotion of safe, accessible modern family planning methods at this point in time in Nigeria, is therefore very crucial towards achieving the global goal of Family Planning by 2020 (FP2020) and the sustainable development goals (SDGs).