Latin America – Covid-19 hospital beds and abortion

There is hard evidence that the pandemic presents a heightened risk to reproductive health

DEBORA DINIZ and GISELLE CARINO
31 JUL 2020

“Abortion is a public health matter,” scientists say. This notion seems a bit abstract – how can a criminalized practice constitute a public health need? The Covid-19 pandemic is a teachable moment. But it is the teaching of horror: according to the World Health Organization, thousands of women visit health services every month to receive care for incomplete abortions. In Argentina, the figure was 3,330 women; in Chile, 1,522; in Colombia, 7,778; and in Mexico, 18,285, in different years. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 760,000 women in Latin America and the Caribbean are treated annually at healthcare services because of complications from unsafe abortions, averaging out to 63,000 beds a month. When a woman goes to a hospital for complications from an unsafe abortion, she might end up needing a bed twice: once, to treat the unsafe abortion and next, to be treated for the Covid-19 she contracted in the hospital.

Continued: https://english.elpais.com/opinion/2020-07-31/covid-19-hospital-beds-and-abortion.html


Zimbabwe – Woman Battling For Life After Terminating Pregnancy Arrested At Hospital

Woman Battling For Life After Terminating Pregnancy Arrested At Hospital

By Andrew
On Mar 23, 2020

A 23-year-old Hwange woman who suffered massive complications after terminating a pregnancy was arrested on her hospital bed after the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers pounced on her following a police report. The woman, Shyleen Ncube, 23, of Shangano village in Dete was arrested on Saturday at St Patrick’s Hospital in Hwange where she is currently admitted. She was charged with unlawful termination of pregnancy but is yet to appear in court.

According to reports from NewZimbabwe, Ncube unlawfully terminated her pregnancy and then buried the fetus in a shallow grave near her house. She later fell ill after the unsafe abortion procedure. She was then rushed to the hospital for immediate medical attention.

Continued: https://iharare.com/woman-arrested-in-hospital-for-terminating-pregnancy/


Kenya split over campaign to give women the right to safe abortions

Kenya split over campaign to give women the right to safe abortions
MP Esther Passaris says lives are being put at risk in a country where 40% of pregnancies are unplanned

Ginger Hervey in Nairobi
Tue 17 Mar 2020

The pills arrived with no instructions. Delivered on a Sunday to Joy’s home in Kayole, an informal settlement in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, by someone she didn’t know.

She had ordered them because she was pregnant, and didn’t want to be. At 19, she said, she couldn’t support a baby, and the father had stopped answering his phone after she told him. Desperate, she had asked an older friend, who said she knew someone who could help.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/17/kenya-split-over-campaign-to-give-women-the-right-to-safe-abortions


The informal networks resisting Honduras’s abortion ban

The informal networks resisting Honduras's abortion ban
Through hotlines and clinics, activists and health experts are trying to change the stigma associated with abortion.

Anna-Cat Brigida
July 12, 2019

Tegucigalpa, Honduras - At 22 years old, Ana Padilla was certain of one thing: she did not want to be a mother. So when she found out she was pregnant six years ago, she frantically called a friend to see if she knew how to get an abortion, which is illegal under all circumstances in Honduras. The friend calmed her nerves and gave her the phone number of someone she knew who clandestinely sold mifepristone and misoprostol, pills used for at-home abortions.

"I was desperate in that moment," says Padilla, adding that the experience of buying the pills was "mysterious", like a drug deal.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/informal-networks-resisting-honduras-abortion-ban-190712162754747.html


Unsafe abortion: 13-year-old girl’s life hangs by thread in Banke, Western Nepal

Unsafe abortion: 13-year-old girl’s life hangs by thread in Banke, Western Nepal

May 15th, 2019

BANKE: A 13-year-old girl in Nepalgunj sub-metropolitan city in Banke, in Western Nepal who conceived a baby after being sexually exploited by yet-to-be identified person has her life at stake after she attempted an unsafe abortion.

According to the District Police Office, Banke 8th-grader Alina (name changed) had attempted to terminate the three-month-old baby through medication abortion process.

She suffered excessive bleeding thereafter. Superintendent of Police (SP) Arun Poudel shared the girl was currently receiving treatment at Nepalgunj Medical College Teaching Hospital at Kohalpur.

She was rescued from Nepalgunj sub-metropolitan city-10 during police’s routine patrolling, shared SP Poudel, adding she was immediately admitted to the hospital given her critical health condition.

Police have already contacted her family and launching investigation into the case relating to the girl’s unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion.

Police has also urged those with AB negative blood group to donate blood for the girl who only has 2.7 pints of blood left in her body, according to the hospital.

Source: https://www.nepal24hours.com/unsafe-abortion-13-year-old-girls-life-hangs-by-thread-in-banke-western-nepal/


Africa should review legal restrictions on abortion to save lives

Africa should review legal restrictions on abortion to save lives
Lives are lost when women seek help from untrained personnel to avoid facing the law

by DANIEL OTIENO, Star Blogs
01 May 2019

The annual hospitalisation rate for complications from unsafe abortion in Uganda is estimated at12 per 1,000 women aged between 15 and 49, down from 15 per 1,000 in 2003.

Kenya spent Sh533 million last year to treat complications related to unsafe abortion. In Rwanda half of all abortions are done by untrained individuals.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-05-01-africa-should-review-legal-restrictions-on-abortion-to-save-lives/


Channels of safe abortion will reduce maternal death rate

Channels of safe abortion will reduce maternal death rate
Abortion stigma, rules on pregnancy termination lead women to their graves

by PURITY NTHIANA
30 April 2019

Unsafe abortion accounts for up to 11 per cent of global maternal deaths, according to a new report by the United Nations Population Fund.

Some 31,000 women die every year as a result of unsafe abortion, while eight million suffer from abortion-related complications. By giving women access to safe abortion services especially in a situation where the pregnancy threatens the life and health of a woman, it will become significantly less likely that women will risk their health by undergoing unsafe abortion from unqualified service providers.

Women should be given quality services to end their unwanted pregnancies without putting their lives at risk. Increasing access to safe abortion will improve the health of families, enhance education rates and boost people’s economic prospects.

Youth health advocate, NAYA Kenya

Source: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-04-30-channels-of-safe-abortion-will-reduce-maternal-death-rate/


Kenya – Reinstate the guidelines on safe abortions

Reinstate the guidelines on safe abortions

Sunday March 10 2019
By SAOYO TABITHA

On August 4, 2013, Mary Omollo (not her real name), a young house help, was frog-marched from her home in Nairobi’s Mathare slums to Muthaiga Police Station. She was accused of procuring an unsafe abortion.

Mary was humiliated in the full glare of the media. More importantly, she was kept in custody without any medical attention.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Reinstate-the-guidelines-on-safe-abortions/440808-5016912-13vw17bz/


Abortion in Kenya: Everything you need to know

Abortion in Kenya: Everything you need to know

Author: Pauline Mwabishi
Dec 14, 2018

The ‘Abortion is a Crime’ reggae song is probably one that many of us have heard more than once. The song’s message, which is evident in its title, is that abortion is an act that should be shunned upon. The abortion debate is one that has been going on for a while, not only in Kenya but also worldwide. Various human rights groups, non-governmental organizations, and governments all over the world have not been shy when it comes to stating their stand on abortion. However, what we all ask ourselves when it comes to this topic is, “Is it ethical to legalize abortion?” Let us delve deeper into this debate, mainly using abortion in Kenya as a case study. Read more: https://www.tuko.co.ke/293876-abortion-kenya-everything-know.html#293876

Continued: https://www.tuko.co.ke/293876-abortion-kenya-everything-know.html#293876


Kenya – Abortion: Rights group sues ministry, officials over Marie Stopes ban

Abortion: Rights group sues ministry, officials over Marie Stopes ban

Dec. 01, 2018
By LILLIAN MUTAVI

The Centre for Reproductive Rights on Friday sued the Ministry of Health and other state officials over the recent ban on Marie Stopes over safe abortions.

The lobby group filed a suit against the CS for Health, the Director of Medical Services, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, the Kenya Film and Classification Board and its CEO Ezekiel Mutua.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/12/01/abortion-rights-group-sues-ministry-officials-over-marie-stopes-ban_c1859353