Why women, girls die from preventable, treatable health complications

Why women, girls die from preventable, treatable health complications

November 9, 2019
By Joseph Erunke – Abuja

Women and girls in Nigeria are dying from preventable and treatable sexual health complications as a result of entrenched resistance to women’s autonomy and control over their bodies, a non-governmental human rights organisation, Vision Spring Initiatives, has said.

The non-governmental human rights organisation which regretted that Nigeria has the third-highest infant mortality in the world besides being the largest contributor to the global mortality rate insisted that deep-seated religious and cultural beliefs were responsible for the action.

Continued: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/11/why-women-girls-die-from-preventable-treatable-health-complications-group/

Nigeria – Addressing troubling maternal mortality

Addressing troubling maternal mortality
The worsening maternal mortality rates can be tackled by promoting family planning, use of contraceptives and making quality health care accessible to the people, reports MOSES EMORINKEN

November 8, 2019

ACCORDING to the World Health Organisation (WHO), maternal mortality is the death of a pregnant woman within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes.

According to the joint report by WHO, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Bank and United Nations Population Fund, which considered trends in maternal mortality from 1990 to 2015, in Nigeria, at least 800 women die in every 100,000 live births.

Continued: https://thenationonlineng.net/addressing-troubling-maternal-mortality/

Kenya – WHO guidelines on abortion will reduce maternal death

WHO guidelines on abortion will reduce maternal deaths

by Daniel Otieno
Star Blogs
25 October 2019

In 1967, the World Health Organization highlighted unsafe abortion as a health issue affecting women.

However, it wasn’t until 1987 when the safe motherhood conference was held in Nairobi that the world understood unsafe abortion as a public health concern. At the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994, governments again identified unsafe abortion as a public health concern and pledged their commitment to reducing the need for abortion through expanded and improved family planning services.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-10-25-who-guidelines-on-abortion-will-reduce-maternal-deaths/

BRAZIL – Online newspaper AzMina, run by women journalists, attacked and threatened online

BRAZIL – Online newspaper AzMina, run by women journalists, attacked and threatened online

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Oct 11, 2019

AzMina is a feminist journalists’ collective that campaigns for gender equality, covers women’s rights and provides extensive and critical reporting on all kinds of violence against women in Brazil. They also provide training and organise debates throughout the country.

On 18 September 2019 AzMina published a report online entitled “How to abort safely”. The report used World Health Organization recommendations to advise women how to have a safe abortion using medical abortion pills.

Continued: https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/brazil-online-newspaper-azmina-attacked-and-threatened-online/

Teen Girls Need Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

Teen Girls Need Access to Safe and Legal Abortion
On International Day of the Girl, Imagine Life with Reproductive Rights Guaranteed

Margaret Wurth, Senior Researcher, Children's Rights Division MargaretWurth
October 11, 2019

Today, on International Day of the Girl, we have an opportunity to reflect on what life could be like if girls around the world had access to safe and legal abortion. I’ve done research in countries with some of the world’s harshest abortion laws. I’ve met girls and young women whose lives were derailed by an unplanned pregnancy during adolescence.

“Lucely,” from the Dominican Republic, became pregnant at age 16. “Everything ended right there,” she said. Abortion is banned in all circumstances in the country, so she couldn’t get a safe and legal abortion. She tried using a home remedy to end the pregnancy, but it didn’t work. She gave birth, and without a support network to help her, she dropped out of school.

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/10/11/teen-girls-need-access-safe-and-legal-abortion

Uganda – Gynaecologists call for safe abortion as part of essential health package for women

Gynaecologists call for safe abortion as part of essential health package for women

By DAVID MAFABI | PML Daily Senior Staff Writer
Posted on October 3, 2019

KAMPALA – “When the doctor told me that we needed to discuss the results of my pregnancy test, I already knew I was pregnant; because I was just recovering from rape,”

Oliver tested for pregnancy and the result was positive. It was hard for her to accept the news, since she saw this as an end to her dream of becoming a teacher.

Continued: http://www.pmldaily.com/features/2019/10/gynaecologists-call-for-safe-abortion-as-part-of-essential-health-package-for-women.html

Abortion Bans Strip People of Their Human Rights. Here’s Why We Must Stand In Solidarity Against Them

Abortion Bans Strip People of Their Human Rights. Here's Why We Must Stand In Solidarity Against Them

By Uma Mishra-Newbery and Jaime Todd-Gher
September 27, 2019

Banning abortions isn’t particularly effective. When governments restrict access to abortion, abortions actually continue to take place at roughly the same rate, according to the World Health Organization. But they get less safe. When abortion services are denied or limited, coat hangers, toxic herbal medicines and unqualified practitioners step into the breach, while medical professionals who provide proper care are criminalized.

Total bans or restrictive abortion laws in countries like El Salvador, Poland and more recently several U.S. states (including Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama and Missouri) are designed to control and confine women and girls to stereotypical gender roles. They are an affront to their human rights and dignity and constitute gender discrimination. For transgender and queer people who need abortions, such restrictive laws are the latest in a long line of attacks on their rights and freedoms.

Continued: https://time.com/5684858/international-safe-abortion-day/

Brazilian outlet AzMina faces criminal complaints, online harassment over abortion article

Brazilian outlet AzMina faces criminal complaints, online harassment over abortion article

September 25, 2019

Rio de Janeiro, September 25, 2019 -- Brazilian authorities should investigate harassment against AzMina magazine and its journalists, and should refrain from prosecuting the outlet or its journalists for their reporting on abortion, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

On September 18, AzMina, a São Paulo-based online magazine that covers women’s rights, published an article explaining safe methods for obtaining an abortion and the circumstances under which abortion is legal in Brazil, based on reporting and information from the World Health Organization.

Continued: https://cpj.org/2019/09/brazilian-outlet-azmina-faces-criminal-complaints-.php

Meet Argentina’s Self-Styled Anti-Abortion Feminist

Meet Argentina's Self-Styled Anti-Abortion Feminist
Why you should care: Because she is fueling the abortion debate with campaigns for contraception and sex ed.

By Amy Booth
Sept 24 2019

Argentine Deputy Carla Pitiot believes in leveling the playing field for women. She has fought workplace harassment and the gender pay gap, campaigned for shared parental leave and criticized the Catholic Church for its stance on contraception. But in one respect she stands out from the women’s rights crowd: She is staunchly opposed to abortion.

The abortion debate has divided Argentina as it could become the biggest country in Latin America to broadly legalize abortion. Currently, abortion is legal only when there is a risk to the life or health of the mother or in cases of rape. A bill last year to allow abortion up to 14 weeks for any reason passed the lower House but was voted down in the Senate. (The bill encompassed anybody who could become pregnant, to include trans and nonbinary people.) A bill this year was put on ice ahead of October’s national elections — but advocates believe it’s likely to pass under the next president.

Continued: https://www.ozy.com/provocateurs/meet-argentinas-anti-abortion-feminist/96432

Leaked letter suggests US is rallying UN member states to oppose abortion

Leaked letter suggests US is rallying UN member states to oppose abortion
Attempt to ‘roll back the clock’ condemned as governments are urged to oppose UN support for reproductive rights

Liz Ford
Mon 23 Sep 2019

The US is understood to have written to UN member states urging them to join a “growing coalition” of countries rallying against abortion, in what seems to be the latest attempt by the Trump administration to rollback women’s rights.

A letter, seen by the Guardian, is believed to have been sent to governments deemed sympathetic to the administration’s view on reproductive health.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/sep/23/leaked-letter-suggests-us-is-rallying-un-member-states-to-oppose-abortion