Kenya – Businesswoman held over abortion

Businesswoman held over abortion
According to a police source the accused first took her housemaid to a traditional herbalist in Bweyogerere to procure an abortion last week but her condition later worsened.

By Moses Bikala
2nd October 2018

Police in Iganga are holding a 30-year-old businesswoman for procuring an abortion for her 16-year-old housemaid.

The accused Eva Namukose a businesswoman operating from Bweyogerere, Wakiso district reportedly took her 16-year-old housemaid, Fayima Nakato to a traditional herbalist after discovering that she was five months pregnant.

Continued: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1486811/businesswoman-held-abortion

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Women are dying from backstreet abortions. But reforms to Malawi’s 157-year-old laws are stuck

Women are dying from backstreet abortions. But reforms to Malawi's 157-year-old laws are stuck

By Lameck Masina for CNN
Sep 25, 2018

Blantyre, Malawi — David Minyatso holds the voter registration card of his late wife, Selina.

The last time he saw her, she had just found out she was pregnant with their fourth child.

"She told me she was feeling symptoms of pregnancy. She left for her home village two days later to visit her parents," 36-year-old Minyatso said, standing in the doorway of their thatched-roof home in Kaseleka village, his daughters playing in the dirt yard outside.

continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/26/health/malawi-abortion-law-as-equals-africa-intl/index.html

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Kenyan campaigners root for safe abortion to contain maternal deaths

Kenyan campaigners root for safe abortion to contain maternal deaths

By CGTN Africa -
September 15, 2018

Enactment of policies and legislation that encourage safe termination of pregnancies is key to containing rising toll of maternal deaths in Kenya’s resource constrained settings, campaigners said on Saturday.

The advocates affiliated with Marie Stopes Kenya which is a leading provider of family planning and reproductive health services, said that regulated and medically sound abortion could reduce the number of maternal deaths in the country.

Continued: https://africa.cgtn.com/2018/09/15/kenyan-campaigners-root-for-safe-abortion-to-contain-maternal-deaths/

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The staggering cost of treating unsafe abortions in Kenya

The staggering cost of treating unsafe abortions in Kenya

Posted By: bethnyaga
September 4, 2018

Policy makers in the country are being confronted by the harsh reality of the staggering cost of treating unsafe abortions in Kenya.

According to a research by the Ministry of Health which was published in February 2018, the treatment of unsafe abortion complications cost the public health system a total of Ksh 432.7 million approximately 5.1 million US Dollars in health personnel salaries and medical supplies.

Continued: http://www.kbc.co.ke/the-staggering-cost-of-treating-unsafe-abortions-in-kenya/

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Professor forced into hiding by death threats over Brazil abortion hearing

Professor forced into hiding by death threats over Brazil abortion hearing
Campaigner involved in case that could lead to legal abortion in first 12 weeks of pregnancy enters protection programme

Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
Thu 2 Aug 2018

Days before a Brazilian supreme court hearing on a move that could eventually decriminalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, a leading feminist campaigner is in hiding after receiving death threats.

Debora Diniz, a professor of anthropology at the University of Brasília, who helped bring the legal action with bioethics institute Anis, is sequestered in an unknown location but will still appear at the two-day hearing, which starts on Friday.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/aug/02/professor-forced-into-hiding-by-death-threats-over-brazil-abortion-hearing

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Tanzania: Unsafe Abortion, the Silent Killer in Tanzania

Tanzania: Unsafe Abortion, the Silent Killer in Tanzania

June 13, 2018

ALTHOUGH pregnancy termination is restricted by law in Tanzania, it is widely practiced and almost always unsafe, and contributes to the country's high maternal morbidity and mortality. Yet the majority of abortion-related deaths are preventable, as are the unintended pregnancies associated with abortion.

Better access to contraceptives, more comprehensive post abortion care and greater availability of safe abortion services within the current legal framework are critical.

Continued: http://allafrica.com/stories/201806140063.html

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Demonstrations in Argentina: Anti-femicide, Pro-abortion

Demonstrations in Argentina: Anti-femicide, Pro-abortion

Published 4 June 2018

Thousands of gender and abortion rights supporters in Argentina took to the streets of Buenos Aires again under the hashtag banner #notonelessXclandestineabortions (#NiUnaMenosXAbortoClandestino) demanding an "end to femicides" and access to legal abortions.

The activists marched from the Plaza de Mayo to Congress, with a renewed force against femicides and for legislation that would allow free, safe and legal abortions up to the 14th week of inception. Since April congress has held several public hearing regarding a pro-abortion bill that senators are expected to decide upon later this month.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Demonstrations-in-Argentina-Anti-femicide-Pro-abortion-20180604-0020.html

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Back street abortions on the increase even as debate rages on

Back street abortions on the increase even as debate rages on

By Akello Odenyo
Published Mon, May 28th 2018

Rose Otieno was seated behind her desk at the clinic flipping through a newspaper when a familiar face on the obituary section caught her attention. As she read through the obituary, details of the familiar face became clearer. “The picture on the obituary wasn’t anything close to the face she wore the last time I saw Elizabeth,” recounted Otieno.

Otieno, a healthcare service provider, said Elizabeth (second name withheld to save family members from embarrassment) had walked into her clinic two weeks earlier, explaining that she wanted to terminate her eight-week pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2001281972/360-women-in-kenya-procure-abortion-daily

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Kenya spends millions treating unsafe abortion complications

Kenya spends millions treating unsafe abortion complications
The money is enough to procure at least two cancer treatment machines.

By EUNICE KILONZO
May 28, 2018

New report quantifies financial and human resource cost of treating complications of unsafe pregnancy terminations

Kenya spent Sh533 million treating complications of unsafe abortions in public health facilities, according to a new report by the Ministry of Health and the African Population and Health Research Centre.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/health/Kenya-spends-millions-treating-unsafe-abortion-complications/3476990-4583802-y8ylukz/index.html

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Kenya – Why women doctors want abortion covered by NHIF

Why women doctors want abortion covered by NHIF

by Gatonye Gathura
Published Sun, May 6th 2018

A group of women doctors want abortion covered in the universal health care plan rolled out through the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).

“Abortion and attendant complications are responsible for most maternal deaths and their care should be financed through the new health plan,” says Maryanne Nyamongo, a consultant gynaecologist.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2001279394/women-doctors-want-abortion-covered-in-nhif

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