Ireland: Websites to reveal how many women buy abortion pills

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Websites to reveal how many women buy abortion pills

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 11 2017

The health service is working with websites that sell abortion pills to find out how many Irish women are illegally terminating pregnancies.

Women on Web, a website that sells the pills to countries where abortion is restricted, has agreed to share data with the HSE. The health service is also approaching other abortion pill providers with a request to share information.

It is understood that the data will reveal only the number of women buying the drugs and no personal details.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/websites-to-reveal-how-many-women-buy-abortion-pills-6p9zx09rc

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Government doctors are being trained to help women in India get safe and legal abortions

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Government doctors are being trained to help women in India get safe and legal abortions
The Comprehensive Abortion Care programme is training doctors in abortion laws, medical and surgical abortion procedures, and how to counsel women.

Nov 8, 2017
Jyotsna Singh

On a busy Monday morning in June, Dr Gopal Krishna was suddenly summoned to the emergency ward of Vani Vilas Women and Children Hospital in Bengaluru where he works. He had been called to attend to Beena Kumari (name changed), a 23-year-old woman who had been admitted with profuse vaginal bleeding.

Kumari had earlier taken medicines to induce an abortion – pills of misoprostol and mifepristone that are sold at pharmacies as Medical Termination of Pregnancy kits to terminate early pregnancies. Misoprostol and mifepristone fall under Schedule H of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, which means that they can only be sold against a prescription from a registered medical practitioner. But Kumari took the pills on the direction of the pharmacist.

Continued at source: https://scroll.in/pulse/857044/government-doctors-are-being-trained-to-help-women-in-india-get-safe-and-legal-abortions

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Zimbabwe: There’s no ‘goodwill’ from Robert Mugabe, a man with blood on his hands

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There's no 'goodwill' from Robert Mugabe, a man with blood on his hands

Every time a man who thinks women’s lives don’t matter is granted a position of authority, the social acceptability of misogyny is reinforced

Glosswitch
Oct 21, 2017

According to the World Health Organisation, around 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. It’s one of those figures which, no matter how you slice it – 35 per hour, 300,000 per year – never gets any less shocking. It’s also one that isn’t likely to improve any time soon.

Around half of these deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Zimbabwe maternal mortality actually increased from 555 to 960 per 100,000 live births between 2006 and 2011, with 47 per cent of these deaths being classed as avoidable. Childbirth – a natural, necessary event, occurring daily since the dawn of humanity – is killing women, even when we have the knowledge and means to stop it.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/robert-mugabe-who-goodwill-ambassador-zimbabwe-women-health-death-a8012776.html

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South Africa: Backstreet abortions: Illegal, dingy clinics advertise ‘safe … pain free’ procedures

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Backstreet abortions: Illegal, dingy clinics advertise ‘safe ... pain free’ procedures

ILLEGAL abortions for women who are as far as six months pregnant are just a text message away, a news.com.au investigation has revealed.
Megan Palin
October 7, 2017

“SAFE abortions — pain free,” one flyer stuck to a tin shack reads.

The advertisement includes a phone number and guarantees “same day” procedures.

It’s one of hundreds like it plastered around the cities and shanty towns of South Africa, where the majority of citizens live below the poverty line.

Continued at source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/backstreet-abortions-illegal-dingy-clinics-advertise-safe-pain-free-procedures/news-story/66b06d317fab4069fe469dc678dd01f1

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Sweden gives Mozambique $5.2m for safe abortion

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Sweden gives Mozambique $5.2m for safe abortion

ARNALDO VIEIRA in Luanda
Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Mozambican government has received $5.2 million from Sweden for a programme aimed at accessing safe abortion, VOA Radio reported.

According to the report, the programme aims at furnishing women with information about abortion, its access, precautions to take and means of contraception.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines an unsafe abortion as the termination of an unwanted pregnancy either by "persons lacking the necessary skills or an environment lacking minimal medical standards, or both".

Continued at source: Africa Review: http://www.africareview.com/news/Sweden-gives-Mozambique-cash-for-safe-abortion/979180-3837816-x8e21y/

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Denmark to set up fund to access abortion in response to Trump gag

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Denmark to set up fund to access abortion in response to Trump gag

Denmark announces ‘alliance of like-minded countries’ lobbying to support international aid providers after US President withdrew funding

by Lucy Pasha-Robinson
Feb 8, 2017
The Independent Online

An alliance of European countries is fighting to replace funds for family planning services following Donald Trump’s reinstatement of the “global gag rule” blocking US financing of groups that give women information about terminations.

Denmark’s development aid minister Ulla Toernaes said “an alliance of like-minded European countries” was lobbying the EU to support international aid providers after the US President withdrew funding.

Ms Toernaes said Denmark would give 75 million kroner (£8.6m) to organisations impacted by the US ban in a bid to “reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and deaths due to pregnancy and childbirth”.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/europe-unites-denmark-netherlands-international-abortion-groups-donald-trump-aid-ban-global-gag-rule-a7568051.html

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Ireland: What unites sex workers’ rights and abortion rights movements?

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What unites sex workers’ rights and abortion rights movements?

February 6, 2017

By @CuteCatriona and Grace Wilentz

The Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) and the Sex Workers’ Alliance Ireland (SWAI) are part of a larger, integrated movement for sexual rights and bodily autonomy. This includes maternity rights, access to contraception, and comprehensive sexuality education and information to name just a few. In a vision for a better world, we are building solidarity across movements and drawing out the synergies, as campaigns such as ours calling for abortion rights and sex workers’ rights do not exist in a vacuum. It is important to show our solidarity, because these campaigns represent different dimensions of a shared struggle to address different manifestations of the same underlying forces of oppression.

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: http://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/02/06/what-unites-sex-workers-rights-and-abortion-rights-movements/

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