India – Women’s empowerment is incomplete without access to safe abortion, but this just got worse

Women’s empowerment is incomplete without access to safe abortion, but this just got worse

September 28, 2019
VS Chandrashekar

Women’s reproductive rights in general, and abortion in particular, have been the subject of intense debate globally. Even in countries where the law permits abortions women battle stigma, bias, lack of awareness and information, all of which result in restriction of access to safe abortion.

Almost 48 years after abortion was legalised in India, a majority of women continue to lack access to safe abortion care. Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India. Every day 10 women die in India due to unsafe abortion-related causes and many more suffer from morbidities such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility, which are related to unsafe abortion practices – ranging from home remedies to inserting sharp foreign objects into the cervix.

Continued: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-edit-page/womens-empowerment-is-incomplete-without-access-to-safe-abortion-but-this-just-got-worse/


India – Abortion a right not privilege. On Safe Abortion Day, govt must consider amending MTP Act

Abortion a right not privilege. On Safe Abortion Day, govt must consider amending MTP Act
In 1971, India became one of the first countries to legalise abortion, but today its healthcare system is lagging behind and doing a great disservice to women.

Nozer Sheriar
Updated: 28 September, 2019

Forty-eight years ago, in 1971, when conversations about women’s reproductive health and rights were still in nascent stages across the world, India became one of the first countries to ensure that women have access to a crucial reproductive health need — that of having a safe, legal abortion.

Today, however, India’s laws and systems have lagged behind and we are doing a great disservice to the women in our country by limiting their control over their wombs because of challenges discussed here.

Continued: https://theprint.in/opinion/abortion-a-right-not-privilege-on-safe-abortion-day-modi-govt-must-consider-amending-mtp-act/298238/


African Women’s Rights Groups Dismayed By US Abortion Move

African Women's Rights Groups Dismayed By US Abortion Move

2019-06-26
Stella Mapenzauswa

JOHANNESBURG – The United States' relationship with Africa has always been somewhat strained, as unequal match ups often are, and president Donald Trump's abrasive rhetoric towards the region has not helped.

Ironically, however, his administration's crackdown on abortion will likely resonate with most of the continent's political leaders, even as it alienates rights groups which have historically held Washington up as a champion of personal freedoms they accuse African leaders of stifling.

Continued: https://www.namibian.com.na/80077/read/African-Womens-Rights-Groups-Dismayed-By-US-Abortion-Move


Nigeria – Family Planning Key To Reducing Abortion Rates Among Adolescents

Family Planning Key To Reducing Abortion Rates Among Adolescents

June 8, 2019
By Media Advocacy Working Group

When Udeme Akpa got admitted into secondary school, the joy of the parents knew no bounds. For them, it was like a prayer answered. As the first daughter of a family of eight, there were so many expectations including lifting the family from what could be described as ‘age-long poverty.’

Udeme, 18, was living up to expectation until the unexpected occurred. Her woes began one evening when a man in her neighbourhood gave her a ride to school.

Continued: https://leadership.ng/2019/06/08/family-planning-key-to-reducing-abortion-rates-among-adolescents/


Why Death Still Stalks Pregnant Kenyan Women

Why Death Still Stalks Pregnant Kenyan Women

By DR MUKUHI NG’ANG’A
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Every day, about 830 women die due to preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications, the World Health Organisation estimates. Sadly, 99 per cent of these deaths occur in developing nations. Every year, Kenya loses over 6,000 women due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths occur in the rural areas. This high number of deaths is unacceptable considering that pregnancy is not a disease. No woman should die while giving life.

As part of a two-part series on leading killer conditions in Kenya, this week we have a look at conditions that can be fatal to pregnant mothers and their babies.

Continued: https://www.businessdailyafrica.com/lifestyle/fitness/Why-Death-Still-Stalks-Pregnant/4258372-5118980-2f19jb/


Abortion providers — the custodians of reproductive justice in South Africa

Abortion providers — the custodians of reproductive justice in South Africa

Marion Stevens
13 March 2019

Sunday 10 March marked Abortion Provider Appreciation Day. These are men and women providing a service many health professionals shun. In South Africa, despite a progressive law, abortion providers continue to face stigma and difficult working conditions.

On 10 March 1993 Dr David Gunn was murdered by an anti-abortion extremist in Florida in the United States (See Appendix below annotating assassinations and violence). Three years later, to honour his life and work, 10 March became the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers.

Continued: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2019-03-13-abortion-providers-the-custodians-of-reproductive-justice-in-south-africa/


Uganda – When rural women seek crude abortions to end unwanted pregnancies

When rural women seek crude abortions to end unwanted pregnancies

By DAVID MAFABI | PML Daily Senior Staff Writer
Posted on March 2, 2019

MBALE – Hanna Namutosi, 19, was raped by a mentally ill man while walking alone in a bushy village path in Bududa district.

And when she missed her first period, she thought nothing of it. Her periods had always been irregular. But after some time, she started vomiting in the morning and got nauseous whenever she the smelt eggs or mandazi or anything being fried.

Continued: http://www.pmldaily.com/features/2019/03/when-rural-women-seek-crude-abortions-to-end-unwanted-pregnancies.html


Power to terminate pregnancy key to woman’s right to health

Power to terminate pregnancy key to woman's right to health

Tuesday February 19 2019
By ANN NGIGI

Kenya should focus on the well-being and safety of its women. Women’s sexual and reproductive rights need recognition and active reinforcement, and safe and legal abortion is a positive step in that direction.

Abortions are not permitted in Kenya unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is a need for emergency treatment or the life or health of the mother is in danger.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Power-to-terminate-pregnancy-key-to-woman-s-right-to-health/440808-4989524-118b6f0z/index.html


Jamaica – The time has come to make access to abortion services legal

The time has come to make access to abortion services legal

Jaevion Nelson
Published: Saturday | February 2, 2019

The abortion debate in Jamaica is as old as time but there has barely been any positive action to provide women with access to safe, legal and affordable services to terminate pregnancies. Instead, we pussyfoot with our obligations and responsibilities. We pretend abortion services aren’t needed and shouldn’t be allowed and carry on as if a handful of liberal minded Jamaicans are trying to take the country down a path of destruction.

If we are to be honest with ourselves, we would agree that everyone knows or knows of someone in their community who has had an abortion. We know that many of these have been botched and result in serious complications to the woman because they accessed unsafe services from individuals who are not adequately trained to perform an abortion.

Continued: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20190202/jaevion-nelson-time-has-come-make-access-abortion-services-legal


Is the future of abortion online?

Is the future of abortion online?

January 27, 2019
Hazal Atay

While the abortion debate continues worldwide, even in countries where it has long been legal, new drugs and online telemedicine services could provide access to safe abortion beyond borders and laws.

Since the early days of the birth-control movement, scientific research and development have contributed significantly to increase the range of options available for managing human fertility and giving women autonomy over their own bodies. One of the most remarkable changes in recent years is medical abortion, a non-surgical method for terminating pregnancies. It involves the use of prescription drugs such as Misoprostol and Mifepristone (also known as RU-486), which was developed in France and approved for use in 1989.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/is-the-future-of-abortion-online-110339