Iceland: “What kind of society do you want to live in?”: Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing

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"What kind of society do you want to live in?": Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing

By Julian Quinones, Arijeta Lajka, CBS News
Aug 14, 2017

With the rise of prenatal screening tests across Europe and the United States, the number of babies born with Down syndrome has significantly decreased, but few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland.

Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women -- close to 100 percent -- who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy.

Continued at source: CBS News: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/down-syndrome-iceland/

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India: Negligent Kerala doctor allegedly prescribes abortion ‘by mistake’: Pregnant woman furious

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Negligent Kerala doctor allegedly prescribes abortion ‘by mistake’: Pregnant woman furious
Doubtful about what was happening, Pratibha asked the nurses in the labour room as to what she was prescribed.

TNM Staff
Monday, August 14, 2017

Pratibha is two-months pregnant, and on August 11, she went into the Karunagapally Taluk hospital in Kerala for a routine check-up. She was a little surprised when the doctor - Dr Shiny - wrote her a prescription, and asked her to change into a lungi and a T-shirt and go into the labour room.

Doubtful about what was happening, Pratibha asked the nurses in the labour room as to what she was prescribed. And to her shock, the nurses reportedly told her that it was an abortion pill - although she hadn’t requested an abortion at all.

Continued at source: The News Minute: http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/negligent-kerala-doctor-allegedly-prescribes-abortion-mistake-pregnant-woman-furious-66787

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Kenya: What it is like to have unsafe abortion

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What it is like to have unsafe abortion

Aug. 09, 2017
By JOHN MUCHANGI

Close to 21,000 Kenyan women end up in hospitals every year, with complications of unsafe abortions.

Some of them succumb. But apart from physical injuries, survivors endure years of emotional and psychological trauma, yet they cannot talk about it.

Talk on abortion remains highly emotive and stigmatised, but counsellors say silence is not golden. It can kill.

Which is why some community groups in Western Kenya now encourage women — and men — to freely share their unsafe abortion experiences.

Continued at source: The Star: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/08/09/what-it-is-like-to-have-unsafe-abortion_c1610203

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US: Abortion ‘reversal’: the latest sham from anti-choice activists trying to end women’s rights

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Abortion 'reversal': the latest sham from anti-choice activists trying to end women's rights

Talking about abortion reversal, which is not evidence-based, could sow more confusion – exactly the intended effect by anti-abortion forces

Renee Bracey Sherman and Daniel Grossman
Wednesday 2 August 2017

For years, the anti-abortion movement has popularized the myth that patients regret their abortion, or are somehow coerced into having the procedure before they are ready. This falsehood forms the foundation for many restrictive laws that states have enacted in recent years, including requirements to make an extra visit to the clinic before the procedure, or wait up to 72 hours after receiving counseling before the abortion can be performed.

The latest tactic to advance this argument is the so-called abortion reversal – an unproven treatment that supposedly counters the effect of mifepristone, the first pill used in the two-drug regimen of medication abortion. “Reversal” advocates claim this therapy can give patients a “second chance” to keep their baby.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/02/abortion-pill-reversal-anti-choice-activism

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What It Was Like to Be an Abortion Provider in the U.S. Before Roe v. Wade

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What It Was Like to Be an Abortion Provider in the U.S. Before Roe v. Wade
Michael Stone
Jul 27, 2017

Dr. David Grimes performed his first abortion in 1972 as a medical student at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Five years before, North Carolina had joined Colorado and California in becoming the first states to legalize abortions in a few select scenarios: rape, incest, physical or mental defects in the child, and threats to the health or life of the mother.

The Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade made abortion legal, upon the mother’s request, across the nation. The decision came shortly before Grimes graduated from medical school, and he would go on to perform the procedure many times in his 42-year OB-GYN career. Now retired, he is an author of Every Third Woman in America: How Legal Abortion Transformed Our Nation.

Continued at source: Time: http://time.com/4873317/abortion-provider-interview/

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Nigeria: FG plans reduction in hospital bills

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FG plans reduction in hospital bills

Soji-Eze Fagbemi - Abuja Health News
July 26, 2017

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday, said the Federal Government is planning to reduce hospital bills in public hospitals.

According to the minister, the plan is part of the various measures being considered to drastically bring down high maternal mortality rate in the country.

Continued at source: Tribune Online: http://tribuneonlineng.com/fg-plans-reduction-hospital-bills/

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India: 26 weeks-abortion safer than giving birth for 10 year-old raped girl

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26 weeks-abortion safer than giving birth for 10 year-old raped girl
Abortion safer than giving birth at age 10

Jul 23, 2017
Sanchita Sharma
Hindustan Times

A 10-year-old child serially raped by her uncle was denied permission to terminate her 26 weeks pregnancy by a Chandigarh Court last week because of fears that an abortion so late in the pregnancy could kill her.

Continuing the pregnancy is a bigger threat to the pregnant child’s life and sanity. Medically, the chances of the little girl dying carrying her rapist’s foetus to term are far higher than getting an abortion at 26 weeks.

Continued at source: Hindustan Times: http://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/26-weeks-abortion-safer-than-giving-birth-for-10-year-old-raped-girl/story-qctr2tDTfOUcs0GyMgZM3I.html

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India: 10 year-old rape victim denied an abortion by court after becoming pregnant

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India: 10 year-old rape victim denied an abortion by court after becoming pregnant

'There are risks and abortion at this stage is tough, but for the girl who is still developing, the scars will be many' says a Delhi-based gynaecologist

Derek Hawkins, Washington Post
July 21, 2017

​A court in India on Tuesday ordered a 10-year-old girl whose parents say she was raped and impregnated by her uncle to carry her foetus to term, ruling she is too young and her pregnancy too advanced to have an abortion.

The girl, who has not been identified, is six months pregnant and sought medical attention after her maternal uncle allegedly raped her several times, CBS News reported.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/india-latest-news-rape-victim-girl-10-year-old-abortion-denied-pregnant-rapist-sexual-assault-a7853426.html

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Nepal: Cutting the lifeline

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Cutting the lifeline
‘Protecting life’ under the Trump administrtion in the US will put more Nepali women's lives on the line

14-20 July 2017 #867
Nepali Times Buzz
Kate Ryan

Last week, governments and private partners gathered in London for the 2017 Family Planning Summit. The goal: to evaluate progress toward commitments to improve healthcare for more than 120 million women worldwide from 2012-2020.

More than half-way to 2020, only 30 million women have been reached. At a time when activities need to be sped up, the United States, the leading bilateral funder of family planning worldwide, just pulled out billions of dollars from organisations serving the world’s poorest nations, claiming they funded abortion services.

Continued at source: Nepali Times: http://nepalitimes.com/article/Nepali-Times-Buzz/globe-rallies-to-aid-nepals-women,3841

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Revised and expanded guidance on misoprostol-only recommended regimens

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Revised and expanded guidance on misoprostol-only recommended regimens
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 14, 2017

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) has updated its guidance on misoprostol-only regimens for several obstetric and gynaecologic indications. The “FIGO Misoprostol-only Recommended Regimens 2017” chart – published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, accompanied by a commentary – is the result of extensive collaboration between an international expert group, including Gynuity Health Projects. The chart, divided by stages of pregnancy, provides recommendations for dosages and routes of administration for misoprostol use in obstetrics and gynaecology, including: medically induced abortion, medical management of miscarriage, cervical preparation for surgical abortion, fetal death, induction of labour, and management of post-partum haemorrhage (PPH).

Gynuity welcomes the guidance and hopes the chart will be widely disseminated and used by a full range of providers. We support the development and implementation of evidence-based policy and programs to broaden access and availability of misoprostol for each of its women’s health indications.

Article+ chart in PDF format are at: International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics

The chart is also available in French, Spanish and Portuguese.

SOURCE: Gynuity Health Projects News, 23 June 2017 ; INFOGRAPHIC

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

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