Rwanda – Let’s stop restrictions on contraceptives for teenagers

Let’s stop restrictions on contraceptives for teenagers

By Andre Ndayambaje
Published : March 12, 2020

Mercy Mbabazi died at the age of 14 from severe infection due to unsafe abortion. Although she attempted to use emergency contraceptives to avoid that pregnancy, Mercy was not given the morning after pills because Rwandan laws say that teenagers need permission from their parents or must be accompanied by their guardians to access reproductive health services.

Mercy is just one case in an epidemic of teenage pregnancies sweeping Rwanda. Recent data shows that teenage pregnancies in the country have increased by 200 per cent in the last ten years. In the last four years, 78,000 teenage births were reported in Rwanda.

Continued: https://www.newtimes.co.rw/opinions/lets-stop-restrictions-contraceptives-teenagers


Ghana – More teenage girls attempt unsafe abortion in Sunyani West Municipality

More teenage girls attempt unsafe abortion in Sunyani West Municipality

Friday 28th February, 2020
By Dennis Peprah, GNA

Odumase (B/R), Feb. 28, GNA – Twenty cases of unsafe abortion were reported in the Sunyani West Municipality of the Bono Region in 2019 says the Municipal Health Directorate.

The cases were reported at Chiraa, Fiapre, Odumase and Nsoatre among girls between 12 and 18 years, but no death was recorded.

Continued: https://ghananewsagency.org/health/more-teenage-girls-attempt-unsafe-abortion-in-sunyani-west-municipality--164776


Birthrates in the U.S. are falling. Abortions have also hit an all-time low

Birthrates in the U.S. are falling. Abortions have also hit an all-time low.

By Marisa Iati
November 27, 2019

Rates of births and abortions in the United States again declined in the most recent years for which data is available, as women experience fewer pregnancies, according to analyses released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The birthrate reached its lowest point in more than three decades, with 3,791,712 births registered in 2018. That total is 2 percent below the number reported in 2017, marking the fourth year in a row that births have declined.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/11/27/birthrates-us-are-falling-abortions-have-also-hit-an-all-time-low/


Uganda – Let us act against teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortions

Let us act against teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortions
These are serious public health, human rights and social equity dilemmas that must be addressed

Added 30th September 2019
By Umar Wewala

One in every four teenage girls in Uganda aged 15-19 years is a mother a child or pregnant. 42% of all the pregnancies among adolescents in Uganda are unintended.

Under the existing restrictive SRHR environment, a significant number of these pregnancies end up in unsafe abortions or culminate into pregnancy complications, sometimes leading to death.

Continued: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1507768/us-act-teenage-pregnancy-unsafe-abortions


GHANA – Religious leaders in Ghana encouraged to spend time to educate their members on sex and reproductive health-related issues

GHANA – Religious leaders in Ghana encouraged to spend time to educate their members on sex and reproductive health-related issues

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 19, 2019

The Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation, Raphael Godlove Ahenu, who gave the advice, explained that the practice where many churches, mosques and parents shy away from educating their children about sex is a major setback to the campaign against illegal abortions and teenage pregnancies. The lack of sexual and reproductive health education among most young people has led to wanton sexual exploitation, unwanted pregnancies, avoidable deaths, health complications and abuse of emergency contraceptives among others.

Mr. Ahenu was addressing separate health summits with members of ‘Lead Me To Heaven Church’ at Kwatire and Amazing Grace Chapel at Odomase, both in the Sunyani West District as part of activities marking this year’s International Day of Action for Women’s Health, 28 May.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/ghana-religious-leaders-in-ghana-encouraged-to-spend-time-to-educate-their-members-on-sex-and-reproductive-health-related-issues/


Kenya – Abortion hypocrisy kills women

Abortion hypocrisy kills women

Patricia Nudi Orawo
10 May 2019

Opposition to abortion is so intense that even where women have the legal right to terminate their pregnancy, it can be extremely difficult to get the services needed to exercise that right. But, worse than that, opponents of abortion tend to ignore the failures that lead women to the point where they seek one in the first place.

From a moral standpoint, there is a strong case to be made for respecting a woman’s personal freedom and bodily autonomy, rather than forcing her to put her health or wellbeing at risk by carrying an unwanted or unsafe pregnancy to term. Yet, given how rife with misinformation and muddied by misplaced arguments the issue is, policy debates often go nowhere unless they frame abortion as a health matter.

Continued: https://mg.co.za/article/2019-05-10-00-abortion-hypocrisy-kills-women


Kenya – Holiday season ends as fears over teenage pregnancies persist

Holiday season ends as fears over teenage pregnancies persist

Jeckonia Otieno
01st May 2019

Teenage pregnancies conceived during the holiday season is not a new phenomenon in Kenya but some take it as a learning experience.

One such young mother from Mur Malanga Village in Siaya County found herself pregnant after engaging in sex during the holidays and she wishes she had enough education.

Rachel, 17, now a Form Two student at a well-performing girls’ school in Alego-Usonga got pregnant and delivered a baby boy when she was still in Class Seven at her local village school.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001323502/holiday-season-ends-as-fears-over-teenage-pregnancies-persist


Venezuela – This Woman Performed Her Own Abortion — And Was Lucky To Survive

This Woman Performed Her Own Abortion — And Was Lucky To Survive
After barely surviving two illegal abortions, Beatriz sells birth control on the black market to help other women in Venezuela, as the economic and political crisis deepens.

Karla Zabludovsky, BuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on February 28, 2019

CARACAS, Venezuela — With a flick of the wrist, Beatriz pulled out two strips of birth control pills from her top.

Contraceptives are in short supply in Venezuela, with most pharmacies sold out, so it’s largely up to black marketeers like Beatriz to supply women with them. And despite their exorbitant price tag — on the street, $1 gets you a month’s birth control, but that represents a week’s salary — the pills remain highly sought after.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/karlazabludovsky/venezuelas-crisis-is-pushing-women-to-have-illegal-abortions


Kenya – Honest discussions needed on abortion and contraception

Honest discussions needed on abortion and contraception

Monday November 19 2018
By KALTUM GUYO

Praying that things go away, seems to be a Kenyan, or indeed, African way of dealing with matters that we wish not to confront because they are incomprehensible, sinful or God’s will. Mental health is one such example. This myth has been dispelled by Hauwa Ojeifo, the founder of ‘She Writes Woman’, a mental health helpline in Nigeria.

MENTAL HEALTH
Hauwa offers people who suffer mental health breakdowns an opportunity to talk their problems out and seek psychological help. I must acknowledge the phrase, “Praying things away”, as hers. We are also experiencing our own challenges of “praying things away” when dealing with incessant traffic accidents, corruption, election violence and now, abortion and teenage pregnancies.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Honest-discussions-needed-on-abortion-and-contraception/440808-4858100-mj5wpyz/index.html


Uganda – Activists commemorate victims of unsafe abortion

Activists commemorate victims of unsafe abortion

Monday October 1 2018

In Summary
- The 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey indicates that 25 percent of the adolescent girls and young women aged 15-19 in Uganda is pregnant or a mother, which is one of the highest teenage rates in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- In Uganda teenage pregnancy has drastic and far-reaching health, developmental and economic effects at the individual, family, community and national levels.

By ANTHONY WESAKA

KAMPALA. A network of civil society organizations over the weekend, joined the rest of world to mark the International Day of Safe Abortion by lighting candles in memory of thousands of women and girls who have died after undergoing unsafe abortion.

Continued: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Legalise-abortion-activists-urge-government-/688334-4786122-2vinyu/index.html