BENIN – Alerte sur les avortements sauvages (Alert on unsafe abortions)

BENIN – Alerte sur les avortements sauvages (Alert on unsafe abortions)

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Dec 6, 2018

Despite the restrictions imposed by the law and a socio-cultural context where it remains a taboo subject, abortion is common in Benin where many girls and women practice it in hiding, risking their lives.

Solange, 32, remembers it as if it were yesterday. Pregnant a little over a month while she lives an adventure “without promises” with a man, she does not wish to keep the pregnancy. Already the father of a daughter whom his mother helps him to raise, this man is not ready to take on a second paternity. He cannot afford it, either. Very soon, they come into contact with a young man who puts them in contact with the “doctor” of a private care practice located in Akpakpa, a district of Cotonou. Against 30,000 FCFA, about US$51, the “doctor” helps Solange get rid of the pregnancy. “I do not even know if he was a doctor or not. My only concern at the time was to end this pregnancy,” says Solange today, who has done rather well. “He gave me an injection before “scraping” inside. It did not hurt. We were in a very dimly lit room.”

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/benin-alerte-sur-les-avortements-sauvages-alert-on-unsafe-abortions/

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New Zealand – Doctors to fight new abortion law

Doctors to fight new abortion law
Group opposes any moves that erode rights in dealing with patients seeking terminations, writes Claire Trevett.

3 Dec, 2018
By: Claire Trevett, Deputy political editor, NZ Herald

A group of doctors opposed to abortion say they will fight any moves in looming reforms to erode their rights to refuse to deal with patients wanting abortions. The issue of referring patients seeking abortions to another doctor has drawn opposition from the group.

Justice Minister Andrew Little says he agrees with a Law Commission proposal for doctors who are "conscientious objectors" to abortion to be made to directly refer a patient on to another doctor who they know will provide the service.

Continued: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12167498

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How stigma and restricted access stop Indian women from seeking safe abortions

How stigma and restricted access stop Indian women from seeking safe abortions
When women who approach doctors are denied abortion, they are forced to break the law and opt for unsafe abortion. The result? Unsafe abortions is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India.

Haripriya Suresh and Shiba Kurian
Friday, November 30, 2018

For her first termination of pregnancy, Aishwarya* had gone to a gynaecologist, but was flat out denied by the doctor, who said she would not perform the abortion. The doctor then referred her to a colleague, who turned out to be an IVF specialist. The second doctor, too, denied her the abortion, and instead asked her to carry the pregnancy to term and have a baby. Aishwarya was seven weeks pregnant at the time, but the IVF specialist refused to give her a medical kit, and stated that she was too far along, and asked her to come in for a prohibitively expensive surgery to abort.

“I walked out of the hospital, went to my neighbourhood pharmacy, asked for the kit, and I self-medicated,” Aishwarya says.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/how-stigma-and-restricted-access-stop-indian-women-seeking-safe-abortions-92505

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Kenya – Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’

Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’
(3-minute podcast)

Nov 28, 2018

Authorities in Kenya have banned the international health organisation Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortion services. Marie Stopes says it operates within the law, offering counselling services including post-abortion care. But there are now fears the ban might prompt more women to undergo unsafe back-alley abortions. Beatrice became pregnant while she was still in high school. This is her story. You may find some of what she says distressing.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06t10t2

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In pictures: Expanding access to safe abortion in India

In pictures: Expanding access to safe abortion in India

Nov 23, 2018
International Planned Parenthood Federation

(Stories and pictures of the work and experiences of 8 women in India)

Konika* - Mother of three, Parivar Swasthya Kendra (PSK) client

Konika is 20 years old, and the mother of three girls. Like many local young women, she decided to have an abortion when she became pregnant for the fourth time within five years. Citing financial issues as the driving force behind her decision, despite her mother-in-laws desire for her to have another child, hoping this time it would be a boy.

Continued: https://www.ippf.org/expanding-safe-abortion-India

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Kenya – Harsh realities behind the moral debate on abortion

Harsh realities behind the moral debate on abortion

Nov. 22, 2018
By KAGWENI MICHENI

In a dark, nondescript room, the walls caked in spots and smears whose origins she would rather not think about, a young girl sits wringing her hands, waiting for the woman she had been told could help her. She takes one deep breath after another, telling herself it will be okay, there is no other option, she has to be there.

Eventually the door slowly starts to open, bathing the room in light that does nothing other than illuminate the dilapidated hospital bed in the corner.

“You, lie over there!”

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/11/22/harsh-realities-behind-the-moral-debate-on-abortion_c1854140

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Dominican Republic: Abortion Ban Endangers Health

Dominican Republic: Abortion Ban Endangers Health
Criminal Penalties Violate Rights

November 19, 2018

(Santo Domingo) – The Dominican Republic’s total ban on abortion threatens women's health and lives and violates their rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Abortion is illegal in the Dominican Republic in all circumstances, even when a pregnancy is life-threatening, unviable, or the result of rape.

The 78-page report, “‘It’s Your Decision, It’s Your Life’: The Total Criminalization of Abortion in the Dominican Republic,” documents that women and girls facing unwanted pregnancies have clandestine abortions, often at great risk to their health and lives. Many experience health complications from unsafe abortions, and some die. Some women and girls face abuse, neglect, or mistreatment by healthcare providers. The ban does not stop abortion but drives it underground and makes it less safe. As a starting place toward meeting the country’s human rights obligations, Congress should decriminalize abortion in three circumstances.

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/19/dominican-republic-abortion-ban-endangers-health

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South Korea’s nascent feminist movement turns to abortion ban

South Korea's nascent feminist movement turns to abortion ban
Women have continued to access abortion illegally in defiance of 65-year-old law

Benjamin Haas in Seoul
Sun 11 Nov 2018

Kim Soo-jin will never forget the disgusting taste of the pulpy green-brown traditional Korean brew she drank in the hopes of ending her pregnancy, or the night she spent in pain, curled into a ball and unable to move.

The recipe her roommate found on the internet was an attempt to sidestep South Korea’s 65-year ban on abortions, but in the end it did not work and Kim, a 21-year-old student at the time, was forced to go to a clinic a week later for an illegal surgical procedure.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/11/south-koreans-nascent-feminist-movement-turns-to-abortion-ban

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‘Scared teenager’: Why NZ abortion law must change

'Scared teenager': Why NZ abortion law must change

Name Withheld
Nov 01 2018

I was sixteen when I missed a pill. I knew that meant no unprotected sex for a week. But telling a man in a country with some of the highest sexual assault statistics in the OECD that you won't have sex with him doesn't bode well.

We fought, he argued that he'd "just pull out", and we fought some more. Eventually, I broke. I caved, I gave in to his anger at being denied sex he felt, as my boyfriend, he deserved. He didn't pull out. And four weeks later, I knew I was pregnant.

Continued: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/108114281/scared-teenager-why-nz-abortion-law-must-change

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USA – The women looking outside the law for abortions

The women looking outside the law for abortions

By Jessica Lussenhop BBC News
28 October 2018

Accessing abortion has become increasingly difficult in parts of the US. As a result, a growing number of reproductive rights activists say it is time American women learn the facts about "self-managing abortion" with pills.

Kate could tell something was wrong. She'd been feeling nauseous for days and her body just felt different. The 27-year-old massage school student and her boyfriend were supposed to leave on a short road trip together, but before they hit the highway, she asked him to drive to a local drugstore.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45970356

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