South Africa: Parliament rejects ACDP’s abortion bill

Parliament rejects ACDP’s abortion bill
Health committee declares private members bill ‘undesirable’, but MP Cheryllyn Dudley says the debate has now been started

06 September 2018
Tamar Kahn

Parliament has rejected the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Cheryllyn Dudley’s private members bill on abortion, which critics have seen as a thinly veiled attempt to roll back women’s hard-won rights to safely terminate unwanted pregnancies.

Until the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act came into effect in 1997, abortions were only available in SA under extremely limited conditions. They required the approval of two doctors who were not involved in the matter, and in some cases a magistrate or psychiatrist as well.

Continued: https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2018-09-06-parliament-rejects-acdps-abortion-bill/

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Indonesia drops abortion charge against teen raped by brother

Indonesia drops abortion charge against teen raped by brother

Published Aug 27, 2018

JAMBI (AFP) - A 15-year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her older brother and then sentenced to jail for having an abortion has been freed, a court spokesman said on Monday (Aug 27).

The case drew international headlines and was slammed by rights groups, which have frequently criticised the nation's restrictive abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-drops-abortion-charge-against-teen-raped-by-brother

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Allowing English women to take the abortion pill at home is good news – and now we’re coming for you, Northern Ireland

Allowing English women to take the abortion pill at home is good news – and now we're coming for you, Northern Ireland

Harriet Marsden
25 August 2018

As landmark women’s health text Our Bodies, Ourselves put it in 1970, abortion is “our right ... as women to control our own bodies. The existence of any abortion laws (however ‘liberal’) denies this right.”

Those rights are advancing in some parts of the UK, and stalling in others. The latest development is that women in England will soon be able to take an abortion pill at home: a small but significant step forward that many welcome. Yet in Northern Ireland, women still face draconian laws and life in prison for daring to access their reproductive rights.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/abortion-pill-at-home-northern-ireland-pregnancy-a8507811.html

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Ireland – Leaflets making false link between abortion and cancer on offer at World Meeting of Families

Leaflets making false link between abortion and cancer on offer at World Meeting of Families
The best-available medical evidence consistently refutes the claims made in the leaflet.

Thu Aug 23, 2018

LEAFLETS MAKING FALSE links between abortion and breast cancer are on display in the main exhibition hall of the RDS today, where the three-day pastoral congress of the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families is taking place.

The leaflets, which falsely claim that a woman who ends her pregnancy by elective abortion is at increased risk of cancer, have been available to attendees at a stall run by the Ask Majella organisation since yesterday morning.

Continued; http://www.thejournal.ie/leaflets-making-false-link-between-abortion-and-cancer-on-offer-at-world-meeting-of-families-4196915-Aug2018/

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Australia – The big myth about abortion

The big myth about abortion

Rebecca Sullivan
14th Aug 2018

TEENAGE girls are often stereotyped as the female demographic most likely to have an abortion, but new data and health experts say it's actually middle-aged mothers who make up the majority of terminations.

According to data from family planning organisation Marie Stopes Australia, women aged 36-40 had 3100 terminations a year, on average, compared to 2900 for those aged 16-20. Women aged 41-45 had 1200 a year and there were less than 100 for women aged 46 and over.

Continued: https://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/the-big-myth-about-abortion-its-not-teenagers-but-/3493303/

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India – ‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

Swagata Yadavar
August 7, 2018

New Delhi: Abortion was legalised in India almost half a century ago, yet unsafe abortions – performed in unhygienic conditions by untrained providers – are the third largest cause of maternal death. Nearly 78% of the more than 15 million abortions conducted annually in India are outside of health facilities, giving rise to safety concerns. There is only one licensed provider for 224,000 women in rural areas.

India allows medical termination of a pregnancy of up to 20 weeks’ gestation to be conducted by a registered medical practitioner. There have been attempts to amend the act to expand the provider base to include nurses and non-allopathic medicine practitioners, and extend the deadline to 24 weeks from the current 20.

Continued: http://www.indiaspend.com/indiaspend-interviews/reduce-stigma-to-make-women-comfortable-accessing-safe-abortions-88950

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Uganda to conduct a study on abortion rates

Uganda to conduct a study on abortion rates
Findings will highlight deficiencies in safe abortion and post-abortion care services.

By Carol Natukunda
3rd August 2018

KAMPALA - Uganda is participating in cross-country studies on abortion and post-abortion care in Africa and Asia. Researchers seek to find out women’s knowledge of abortion methods and sources, the incidence of induced abortion, how women terminate pregnancies, and the extent of unsafe abortion.

In addition to direct questions on abortion, the female survey module includes questions about the respondents’ two closest friends and their experiences with abortion.

Continued: https://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1482722/uganda-conduct-study-abortion-rates

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UK – Women ‘illegally taking abortion pill at home’

Women 'illegally taking abortion pill at home'

By Jean Mackenzie
Victoria Derbyshire programme
31 July 2018

Women are illegally taking abortion pills, which they have bought online, at home to avoid enduring abortions on public transport. In England, abortion pills must be administered in a clinic or hospital. For some this means the pill can take effect on their journey home.

Campaigners say women should be able to take the second pill at home, as buying pills online can be dangerous. The Department of Health said it was monitoring the evidence on home use.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45007707

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Indonesia girl jailed for abortion after being raped by brother

Indonesia girl jailed for abortion after being raped by brother
15-year-old sentenced to six months for terminating pregnancy after six-week limit

Agence France-Presse in Jakarta
Sat 21 Jul 2018

A 15-year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her older brother has been jailed for six months for having an abortion, an official said on Saturday.

The girl was sentenced on Thursday alongside her 17-year-old brother in a closed hearing at Muara Bulian district court on the island of Sumatra, the court spokesman Listyo Arif Budiman said.

“The girl was charged under the child protection law for having an abortion,” he said.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/21/indonesia-girl-jailed-for-abortion-after-being-raped-by-brother

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South Africa – Backstreet abortions still ‘preferred’ in Pretoria

Backstreet abortions still ‘preferred’ in Pretoria
More than half of the 260 000 abortions performed each year in South Africa are done at illegal make-shift establishments.

July 11, 2018

So-called “backstreet” abortions are on the rise in major cities such as Pretoria and Johannesburg – despite abortion being legal. This was revealed by social development department official Jacques van Zuydam.

Van Zuydam was speaking at the opening of a conference on abortion and reproductive rights in the Eastern Cape yesterday.

It is estimated that more than half of the 260 000 abortions performed each year in South Africa are done at illegal make-shift establishments.

Continued: https://rekordmoot.co.za/123312/backstreet-abortions-still-preferred-in-pretoria/

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