Professor forced into hiding by death threats over Brazil abortion hearing

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Kenya – State spent Sh533 million on unsafe abortions patients in 2016

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State spent Sh533 million on unsafe abortions patients in 2016

Apr. 06, 2018
By RHODA ODHIAMBO

Public hospitals spent Sh533 million treating patients who sought medical services after botched abortions in 2016, a new report suggests.

The amount was used to purchase medical supplies and pay health personnel.

This was an increase by Sh100 million that was used in 2012 to treat unsafe abortions.

continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/04/06/state-spent-sh533-million-on-unsafe-abortions-patients-in-2016_c1741531

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Baranyai: Strict abortion bans harm girls forced to give birth

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Baranyai: Strict abortion bans harm girls forced to give birth
The fate of one individual can galvanize public sentiment. So it is with the widespread tragedy of children forced into childbirth

Robin Baranyai
Published on: March 30, 2018

Statistics of tragedy can become meaningless; the scope of suffering, vague. Yet the fate of one individual can galvanize public sentiment – three-year-old Alan Kurdi, drowned escaping the conflict in Syria, or Kim Phuc, Vietnam’s “napalm girl.”

So it is with the widespread tragedy of children forced into childbirth. Every year, worldwide, two million girls aged 14 and under have babies themselves, because they don’t have access to safe, legal abortion.

Continued: http://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/baranyai-strict-abortion-bans-harm-girls-forced-to-give-birth

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Unsafe abortions killing women, damaging wombs in Nigeria ― Gynaecologist

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Unsafe abortions killing women, damaging wombs in Nigeria ― Gynaecologist

August 10, 2017

DR Godwin Akaba, a Gynaecologist with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, has described as “alarming”, the rate of deaths caused by unsafe abortions in the country.

Akaba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jos that many lives were lost on a daily basis to crude abortions, and described the trend as “scary”.

The expert said that many of those who survived often suffer acute complications such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which could lead to secondary infertility, systemic infection and ectopic pregnancies.

Continued at source: Nigerian Tribune: http://tribuneonlineng.com/unsafe-abortions-killing-women-damaging-wombs-nigeria-gynaecologist/

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Kenya: What it is like to have unsafe abortion

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What it is like to have unsafe abortion

Aug. 09, 2017
By JOHN MUCHANGI

Close to 21,000 Kenyan women end up in hospitals every year, with complications of unsafe abortions.

Some of them succumb. But apart from physical injuries, survivors endure years of emotional and psychological trauma, yet they cannot talk about it.

Talk on abortion remains highly emotive and stigmatised, but counsellors say silence is not golden. It can kill.

Which is why some community groups in Western Kenya now encourage women — and men — to freely share their unsafe abortion experiences.

Continued at source: The Star: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/09/what-it-is-like-to-have-unsafe-abortion_c1610203

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