YouTube Censorship: safe2choose account is suspended for promoting safe abortion information and access

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YouTube Censorship: safe2choose account is suspended for promoting safe abortion information and access

23rd February, 2018

One month since YouTube arbitrarily suspended the accounts of leading pro-choice organizations (only to go back on its decision a few days later), the social media platform has targeted another reproductive rights advocate: safe2choose, a social enterprise that connects women all around the world to accurate information and quality, affordable safe abortion pills.

YouTube claims that safe2choose is violating their guidelines by generating content that allegedly “encourages or promotes violent or dangerous acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death” (read more about YouTube policies here). And they’ve already denied our appeal.

Continued: https://safe2choose.org/youtube-censorship-safe2choose/

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Morocco: Clandestine abortion: Chafik Chraïbi regrets that law reform seems stillborn

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Clandestine abortion: Chafik Chraïbi regrets that law reform seems stillborn
MOROCCO – Avortement clandestin: Chafik Chraïbi regrette un projet de loi mort-né
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Feb 6, 2018

Chafik Chraïbi, president of the Association marocaine de lutte contre l’avortement clandestin (AMLAC, Moroccan Association of Struggle against Clandestine Abortion), an obstetrician-gynaecologist who has been campaigning for many years for the government to extend access to safe abortion, seems to be losing hope that anything will ever change. But he refuses to stop his fight for the law reform that was agreed in June 2016 by a government appointed advisory committee. He has recently submitted a letter to the government as recent reforms have made little progress. He talks of looking back 5, 7, 10 years at documents in which those with responsibility in government have promised to change the situation to allow abortion on the grounds that have been agreed.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/morocco-avortement-clandestin-chafik-chraibi-regrette-un-projet-de-loi-mort-ne/

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The Astonishing Numbers Behind the Republican Crusade Against Pregnant Women

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The Astonishing Numbers Behind the Republican Crusade Against Pregnant Women
Alex Henderson
Jan 30, 2018
AlterNet, News & Politics

Forty-five years after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, the Republican Party and far-right Christian fundamentalists remain obsessed with ending safe and legal abortion in the United States. But their opposition to universal health care and attacks on everything from Medicare to school lunch programs demonstrate that their concern for human life ends once a baby is born. If the GOP and its evangelical base truly were pro-life, they might object to the fact the U.S. now has the highest maternal death rate in the developed world—a figure that is especially pronounced in Republican-dominated red states.

In 2016, The Lancet published the results of an international study on maternal mortality that found U.S. women were almost three times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications as their counterparts in Germany or the U.K., and almost seven times as likely as women in Finland. According to the medical journal, maternal mortality in the U.S. increased from 16.9 per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 26.4 per 100,000 live births in 2015.

Continued: https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/astonishing-numbers-behind-republican-crusade-against-pregnant-womenthe?amp

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Therapeutic abortion: a Costa Rican right ensnared in doubts and fears

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Therapeutic abortion: a Costa Rican right ensnared in doubts and fears

Paula Umaña
January 25, 2018

On Nov. 29, 2017, journalism student Paula Umaña published an in-depth feature for the weekly Semanario Universidad as part of Punto y Aparte, a mentoring program for young journalists. The Tico Times is proud to translate and publish her original piece with Semanario Universidad about therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica. Part I of III.

Because of lack of knowledge and fear of legal consequences, health care professionals contribute to the obstacles to therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica.

At 24, Lucía is in her last year of medicine at one of the country’s universities. When asked about therapeutic abortion, she says she remembers seeing it mentioned in one class and says “that it’s prohibited in Costa Rica”.

Continued: http://www.ticotimes.net/2018/01/25/therapeutic-abortion-a-costa-rican-right-ensnared-in-doubts-and-fears

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Advocates make progress on access to safe abortion in humanitarian crises

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Advocates make progress on access to safe abortion in humanitarian crises

By Sophie Edwards
29 November 2017

LONDON — Advocates campaigning for refugees to have access to safe abortion in humanitarian settings say they have made major progress at a recent high-level meeting — but they added that “political sensitivities” among countries and some United Nations agencies are holding back efforts to get the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services to those who need them.

Some experts also warned that pushing the abortion agenda could derail efforts to reach refugees in some settings and distract from more immediately urgent obstetric needs.

Continued at source: https://www.devex.com/news/advocates-make-progress-on-access-to-safe-abortion-in-humanitarian-crises-91554

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Brazil Congress Debates Ban on Abortion in Rape Cases

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Brazil Congress Debates Ban on Abortion in Rape Cases

Published 22 November 2017

Activists say the bill is unconstitutional and a violent act against women in Brazil.

Brazil's Congress is once again debating a proposed full ban on abortion with the aim of securing a unanimous vote in the Senate. Meanwhile, activists are holding protests near the legislative branch and out on the streets.

The project was originally thought to amend constitutional articles PEC 181, extending maternity leave for mothers with premature children. If the law is passed, however, it would ban all abortions, including in cases of rape.

Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Brazil-Congress-Debates-Ban-on-Abortion-in-Rape-Cases-20171122-0018.html

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Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

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Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

October 3, 2017
Susan Brink

Of the 56 million annual abortions performed around the world, nearly half, or 25 million, posed some threat to the health or life of the woman. The vast majority of unsafe abortions – 97 percent — were performed in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

And about half of those abortions in poor countries are unsafe, compared with just 12.5 percent in wealthy countries, according to a report in last week's issue of The Lancet, the British medical journal.

Gilda Sedgh, an author of the paper, is a scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive rights research organization. We talked with her about the problem of unsafe abortions in low-income countries. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Continued at source: http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/10/03/555317349/nearly-half-of-all-abortions-unsafe-in-developing-countries

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Protect Global Health, End the Gag Rule

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Protect Global Health, End the Gag Rule
By: Kory Stuer
09/28/2017

The World Health Organization estimates that every eight minutes a woman in the developing world dies from an unsafe abortion. On January 23, 2017 President Donald Trump endangered even more women’ lives by reinstating the “Mexico City policy,” more commonly known as the global gag rule. First put in place under Ronald Reagan, the global gag rule has seesawed through the last thirty-three years; each time a Democratic president has come into office he has rescinded the policy, and each time a Republican has won the presidency he has reinstated it. Trump’s reinstatement of the policy expanded its impact further than ever before, applying it for the first time to all U.S. global health spending. Today, on International Safe Abortion Day, we must all call for an end to playing political games with health and lives and demand the permanent repeal of the global gag rule.

Continued at source: http://georgetownvoice.com/2017/09/28/protect-global-health-end-the-gag-rule/

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Nicaragua’s Abortion Ban Makes Victims the Criminals

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Nicaragua’s Abortion Ban Makes Victims the Criminals

September 28, 2017
Janet Walsh, Deputy Director, Women’s Rights Division

For more than six years, Ana’s partner raped her repeatedly in their home several hours from Nicaragua’s capital. He threatened, humiliated, and tormented Ana and their two young children. When she begged him to leave, he refused.

Twice, the rapes resulted in unwanted pregnancies. The first time, Ana told her partner she wanted to get a clandestine abortion. “He said he would kill me,” Ana told me. Afraid for her life, she continued the pregnancy and gave birth to her second child.

Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/09/28/nicaraguas-abortion-ban-makes-victims-criminals

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Almost half of all abortions performed worldwide are unsafe, reveals WHO

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Almost half of all abortions performed worldwide are unsafe, reveals WHO

World Health Organisation figures show 25.1 million procedures every year are not safe, with abortion-related deaths highest in west and central Africa

Sarah Boseley Health editor
Wednesday 27 September 2017

There are nearly 56 million abortions every year in the world and almost half of them are unsafe, according to a major piece of research from the World Health Organisation.

The study found that there were 55.7 million abortions every year between 2010 and 2014 worldwide, and of them 17.1 million were unsafe because the woman was taking pills alone or was with a trained helper but using a method of abortion that is no longer considered best practice.

Continued: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/27/almost-half-of-all-abortions-performed-worldwide-are-unsafe-reveals-who?CMP=share_btn_tw

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