Let’s break the silence on abortion and save lives
08 Oct, 2019
Edinah Masiyiwa, Correspondent
The time to discuss unsafe abortions has never been more urgent in Zimbabwe, where nearly all abortions are clandestine and approximately 40 percent of these abortions result in complications such as severe bleeding, infection and even death.
Though the exact figures of women and girls who have died from unsafe abortions is not known, a study showed that abortions are the fifth leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in Zimbabwe.
‘Address unsafe abortions to reduce maternal deaths’
September 24, 2019
BY PHYLLIS MBANJE
THE emotive issue of unsafe abortions which accounts for a fifth of the over 3 000 maternal deaths that occur every year in Zimbabwe should be tackled urgently by all stakeholders with specific reference to the Termination of Pregnancy Act (TOR), which has repeatedly been said to be restrictive.
Addressing legislators at a meeting convened by the Women Action Group (WAG) yesterday, family health director in the Health ministry, Bernard Madzima said although consensus on the matter will not come easily, it was important for all concerned to come up with solutions that would preserve women’s lives.
Minimum age may force girls to abort foetus overseas or without clinical help
By Ashton Ng Jing Kai
Published 17 August, 2019
I refer to Voices writer Zhang Jieqiang’s letter, “Set minimum age for women seeking abortion” (Aug 15).
It noted the existence of a minimum age for sex (16 years old), consuming alcohol (18), buying cigarettes (19), and voting or consenting to marry someone (21).
Based on these facts, the writer argued: “Does it not logically follow that there should be a minimum legal age for abortion?”
Let’s end unnecessary delays to safe abortions for rape victims
April 18, 2019
Guest Column: Edinah Masiyiwa
RUDO Moyo (not her real name) is a 19-year-old who lives in the Guruve district of Zimbabwe.
Rudo was raped by a relative and two months later, she discovered that she was pregnant as a result of the rape.
ONLINE POLL RESULTS: 51% says no to legalising abortion
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Of the 203 respondents to a recent OBSERVER ONLINE poll, 51 per cent said no to the Jamaican Government legalising abortion.
Government Member of Parliament for West Rural St Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn, on October 9, opened a debate in the House of Representatives on her motion seeking to have abortion made legal in the island.
Just Bring Abortion Out Of The Darkness
By Lazarus Sauti
On Jul 19, 2018
When Kuipa (14) from Tafara fell pregnant recently, her mother visited a popular traditional healer in the high density suburb and secretly arranged for an abortion, risking the life of her daughter as well as a five year jail term.
“The Bible says don’t kill, but I think termination was the only wise option. Honestly, my daughter was not ready to be a mother. Sadly, she died,” said Mai Kuipa, who declined to give her real name.
Pregnant teenagers like Kuipa, who are not ready to be mothers, account for almost one in three of the country’s abortion-related maternal death as they opt for termination.
The multi-pronged dilemma of abortion
July 7, 2018
BY PHYLLIS MBANJE
A CROWD gathers around the dumpster and many are busy taking videos of the lifeless body of a new born baby. The horrible sight is made worse by the garbage and filth that surrounds the tiny pink mass covered in blood. Its tiny hands are balled into fists, most probably he/she gave a good fight before the cold got the better of its underdeveloped lungs.
Many are upset with the “monster mother” who just threw away her newborn and walked away as if all was in order.
Baby dumping or foetuses clogging sewer pipe is not new in this country neither have we seen the last of it. This social scourge is an indication of bigger problems of sexual reproductive health (SRH), particularly termination of pregnancy or abortion.
As teenagers die, Zim lawmakers call for abortion reform
Wednesday 9 May 2018
BULAWAYO - When her 15-year-old daughter fell pregnant last year, Irene Ndlovu secretly arranged for an abortion before the pregnancy became visible so that she could continue with her education.
Abortions are only allowed in Zimbabwe if a woman's life is in danger, if there is a risk that the child will be "seriously handicapped" or if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. Those who break the law can be jailed for five years.
Legalize Abortion: Doctors
June 30, 2017
Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights are calling for the total repeal of the country's 1977 Termination of Pregnancy Act, which bans abortion and is responsible for a high rate of unsafe abortion. One-third of maternal deaths are due to unsafe abortion and considerable resources are spent treating post-abortion complications.
Continued at source: Daily News: https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2017/06/30/legalise-abortion-doctors
Unsafe abortions major cause of maternal deaths
June 14, 2017 Local News
Thandeka Moyo, Health Reporter
ABOUT 16 percent of Zimbabwe’s maternal deaths are caused by unsafe abortions, a procedure which is illegal in the country.
Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality rate stands at 614 deaths per every 100 000 live births which remains one of the highest in the region.
Continued at source: The Chronicle: http://www.chronicle.co.zw/unsafe-abortions-major-cause-of-maternal-deaths/