A third of unplanned pregnancies aborted in Australia

A third of unplanned pregnancies aborted in Australia

Emily Ritchie
October 7, 2018

Almost a third of unplanned pregnancies in Australia end in abortion while stillbirth is more common among migrant women with “non white” backgrounds, according to survey data released today by the Medical Journal of Australia.

The data, collected by researchers from La Trobe University and the University of Western Australia, attempts to establish the prevalence of abortions and stillbirths.

Continued: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/health/a-third-of-unplanned-pregnancies-aborted-in-australia/news-story/7c57392dfcef19c651105df2201d0014?nk=d2feef8765d9eded8a6860bac74e0889-1539018225

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Ghana – ‘Stigmatisation causes women to seek unsafe abortion services’

‘Stigmatisation causes women to seek unsafe abortion services’

Date: Oct 04 , 2018
BY: Salomey Appiah-Adjei

Women with unwanted pregnancy who intend to access safe abortion services in Ghana suffer stigmatization and that deters them from seeking such services. They, therefore, resort to unsafe abortion, which can lead to complications such as severe infections, infertility and even death.

The Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), Mrs Abena Adubea Amoah Acheampong, who made the observation, however, pointed out that the law allowed for safe abortion by a registered professional at a registered facility if the pregnancy had the tendency to affect the woman physically, psychologically or financially.

Continued: https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/health/stigmatisation-causes-women-to-seek-unsafe-abortion-services.html

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Malaysia – Let’s talk about… abortion

Let’s talk about… abortion
Abortions shouldn't be taken lightly as it can put the life of the pregnant woman at risk if she is not armed with the right facts to make an informed decision.

June 1, 2018

Abortion is a taboo subject in many parts of the world and Malaysia is no exception. It is a topic that provokes much emotion from both sides of the debate and like all ethical debates, the grey areas are more common than the clear cut, black and white answers. The practical implications of the hesitance to discuss this topic gives way to misinformation. Misinformation in the medical field is akin to walking blindfolded through a jungle. One wrong step can put one in danger.

Here in Malaysia, the social stigma of abortion encourages people to seek help in secrecy. In this environment, predatory opportunists seek to make money off desperate people and when things go wrong, the victims have nobody to turn to.

Continued: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2018/06/01/lets-talk-about-abortion/

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Ghana: ‘More women die from unsafe abortion’

‘More women die from unsafe abortion’

Samuel Duodu, 26 October 2017

Unsafe abortion claims the lives of over 47,000 women globally each year, with Africa recording more than 90 per cent of the total deaths. Frequent,unnecessary and unsafe abortion committed by the youth, as well as the lack of access to reproductive health services, could be the causes.

The Communication and Advocacy Chairman of IPAS Ghana’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB), Mr Philip Duah, said this when he addressed the press last Monday after a stakeholders meeting.

He has, therefore, called for strong and persistent efforts by the government, related organisations and institutions to work at improving reproductive health services, particularly for the youth, to help reduce the high rate of unsafe abortion and related deaths.

Continued at source: https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/more-women-die-from-unsafe-abortion.html

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Nigeria: With information, education; abortion and other sexual problems’ll be reduced – Osowobi

With information, education; abortion and other sexual problems’ll be reduced – Osowobi
On September 24, 2017

Stand To End Rape (STER), an NGO, on Sunday sensitised over 50 teenage boys and girls at Bogije Community in Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State on prevention of sexual violence and early pregnancy.

STER Executive Director, Ayodeji Osowobi, told participants at Bogije Primary Health Centre that the campaign woud also help parents and community leaders in protecting the girls against early pregnancy so as not to jeopardise their future.

Continued at source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/09/information-education-abortion-sexual-problemsll-reduce-osowobi/

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Zimbabwe: MPs clash on abortion policy

LATEST: MPs clash on abortion policy
June 12, 2017

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Health Reporter

Some members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care are pushing for legislation on abortion amid revelations that 16 percent of maternal deaths were due to unsafe abortions, with over half of the deaths occurring among adolescents.

According to the 2016 national adolescent fertility study, nine percent of adolescents between 10 and 19 years had ever been pregnant, majority of whom were girls from rural areas.

Speaking during the parliamentarian’s advocacy workshop on HIV and Aids in Gweru recently chairperson of the Health and Child Care portfolio committee Dr Ruth Labode, who is also legislator for Matabeleland North province, said given the above statistics, it was only fair to allow safe abortions in unwanted pregnancies.

Continued at link: The Herald: http://www.herald.co.zw/latest-mps-clash-on-abortion-policy/

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The Ripple Effect Of Cuts To U.S. Funds For Overseas Abortion Services

The Ripple Effect Of Cuts To U.S. Funds For Overseas Abortion Services

May 19, 2017
Rina Shaikh-Lesko

The newly-released details of the Trump administration's version of the "Mexico City policy" are raising many questions about its impact not only on abortion but also on preventing HIV and infectious diseases like malaria.

The policy is named for the place where it was introduced by President Ronald Reagan, at a U.N. conference, in 1984. The aim was to cut off U.S. funding to nongovernmental organizations that "perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning."

Continued at source: NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/05/19/528778797/the-ripple-effect-of-cuts-to-u-s-funds-for-overseas-abortion-services

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