Regional Conference on Bringing the WHO Recommendations on Safe Abortion and Family Planning Closer to Women in Countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia

EASTERN EUROPE / CENTRAL ASIA – Regional Conference on Bringing the WHO Recommendations on Safe Abortion and Family Planning Closer to Women in Countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
December 18, 2018

Chisinau, Moldova, 15-16 November 2018

Organised by the Reproductive Health Training Centre, Moldova, with support from the Safe Abortion Action Fund

There were 65 participants. The meeting was in Russian with simultaneous translation in English. Participants included health professionals, health policymakers and NGO representatives from 11 counties in the region – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Russia.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/eastern-europe-central-asia-regional-conference-on-bringing-the-who-recommendations-on-safe-abortion-and-family-planning-closer-to-women-in-countries-of-eastern-europe-and-central-asia/

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India – The Abortion Pill: The How, The Why, And Everything In-Between

The Abortion Pill: The How, The Why, And Everything In-Between

By Guest Writer
December 14, 2018

One would think that the legalisation of abortion would lead to safer options for Indian women. But the truth is far from it. Despite the legal approval to terminate a pregnancy, India continues to witness millions of incidents of unsafe abortions, making it the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India.

There is a battery of reasons that indicate why a developing country like India continues to see unsafe abortions such as the moral objection, stigma, lack of awareness, cost of abortion, legal loopholes to name a few.

Continued: https://feminisminindia.com/2018/12/14/abortion-pill-information/

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Ireland – Medical staff given outside help to prepare for legalised abortion

Medical staff given outside help to prepare for legalised abortion

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
December 3 2018

The World Health Organisation is to teach Irish doctors and examine their beliefs about abortion.

The initiative, to help prepare them for providing legal terminations from next month, comes as the Department of Health asked the HSE to make sure abortion services would be available in all 19 maternity hospitals from January.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/medical-staff-given-outside-help-to-prepare-for-legalised-abortion-m8nm0kwg9

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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 – 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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Uganda: Back Door Abortions Thriving in Kampala

Uganda: Back Door Abortions Thriving in Kampala

Nov 2, 2018
by Undercover Reporter

In a competitive environment, how you present yourself to customers determines your business survival. And that's exactly what 'Dr Gift', despite advertising an illegal service - which he called legal - did.

I was taking a walk in the city centre when I came across a bold advert on A4 size paper. It stood out from the other black and white adverts because it was written in red, capital letters. The poster proclaims how 'Dr Gift' provides "legal abortion and free cleaning".

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201811020904.html

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Unsafe Abortions Soar…In Ghana

Unsafe Abortions Soar…In Ghana

31-Oct-2018

Medical doctors in Ghana are worried over increasing unsafe abortion cases in the country.

About 45 per cent of abortions in Ghana remain unsafe.

Continued: http://www.peacefmonline.com/pages/local/social/201810/366699.php

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Ghana – 53,114 abortion cases recorded in government hospitals in 2017

53,114 abortion cases recorded in government hospitals in 2017

29 October 2018

Medical Doctors in Ghana are worried over increasing unsafe abortion cases in the country. Almost 45 percent of abortions in Ghana remain unsafe amidst high number of abortion cases.

The Ghana Health Service has indicated that a total of 53,114 abortion cases were carried out in 2017 alone in government hospitals across the country. Globally, 25 million unsafe abortion cases occur every year, according to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Continued: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/health/53-114-abortion-cases-recorded-in-government-hospitals-in-2017-696181

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Zimbabwe – Post-abortion drugs in short supply

Post-abortion drugs in short supply

Letwin Nyambayo
27 October 2018

HARARE - Health facilities that are meant to offer post-abortion care in the country are experiencing shortages of essential drugs required to provide for the service.

Research conducted by Tsungai Chipato of the University of Zimbabwe's Obstetrics and Gynaecology, in conjunction with Guttmacher Institute, the ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and the Women's Action Group showed that 5 percent of the health facilities had run out of misoprostol - an essential medicine for post-abortion care.

Continued: https://www.dailynews.co.zw/articles/2018/10/27/post-abortion-drugs-in-short-supply

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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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