USA: Doctors: You Can Help Make Self-Managed Abortions Safer

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Doctors: You Can Help Make Self-Managed Abortions Safer

Monday, February 12, 2018
By Jamila Perritt and Jill E. Adams
Truthout | Op-Ed

Forty-five years ago, doctors were at the forefront of efforts to decriminalize abortion, which culminated in the landmark Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade. And today, doctors are again in the vanguard speaking out against abortion criminalization of a more recent vintage: that of the pregnant woman herself.

While people have been ending their own pregnancies throughout the world since the dawn of time, it is only recently that social scientists have begun studying the prevalence of this practice in the United States. Evidence shows that people are ending pregnancies outside of clinical settings using abortion pills, herbs and other methods for a variety of reasons. And the need for options outside of clinics is expected to continue -- if not grow -- in the coming years as anti-abortion zealots in public office make good on their campaign promises to enact and enforce unnecessary and onerous restrictions on clinical abortion care designed to make abortion even more scarce and unaffordable.

Continued: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/43516-doctors-it-is-time-to-rise-up-and-rally-against-abortion-criminalization

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Abortion Provision Snafu In Tasmania

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Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Abortion Provision Snafu In Tasmania
The state's shadow health minister is worried there could be backyard abortions.

Posted on February 8, 2018
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

The closure of a single reproductive health clinic in Tasmania has sparked a national conversation about the barriers to accessing surgical abortion in Australia.

The procedure was decriminalised in Tasmania in 2013 but now its accessibility, particularly for poorer women, is being debated by state and federal politicians on both sides of the political spectrum, drawing in the federal health minister, as well as the prime minister.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-abortion?utm_term=.nkZaKe8P0#.inDLamoAj

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Scotland: Abortion pill is safe — and helping rates fall

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Abortion pill is safe — and helping rates fall
Allowing women to take misoprostol at home is compassionate and humane

Gillian Bowditch
February 4 2018, The Sunday Times

As I write this, I am waiting to hear if the operation a close relative is due to undergo next week will take place as scheduled. He’s been waiting for treatment since last summer.

The procedure has been cancelled twice this year despite the health board in question instigating a three-week planned stoppage of non-urgent operations over Christmas, ostensibly to prevent the need for further cancellations.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/abortion-pill-is-safe-and-helping-rates-fall-cf5gf2962

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Kenya:: Bring back ‘safe’ abortion guidelines, say petitioners

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Bring back 'safe' abortion guidelines, say petitioners

by Paul Ogemba
Published Sat, February 3rd 2018

Two civil society organisations championing women rights put up a brave fight to compel the government to put in place guidelines for safe abortions.

Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya) and the Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR) argued that their petition was not about legalising abortion but fighting for the right of women with unwanted pregnancies and who have a right to life and to procure safe, legal abortion services.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/health/article/2001268307/ngos-push-for-reintroduction-of-safe-abortion-guidelines

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Nigeria: Advocates urge women to embrace contraceptive use

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Advocates urge women to embrace contraceptive use

Published on February 1, 2018
By Appolonia Adeyemi

The Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government to respond to Trump’s Global Gag Rule by and taking advantage of family planning (FP) as a development strategy to save billions in scarce resources and reduce poverty.

In a Communiqué signed by its President, Mr. Roland Ogbonnaya and Secretary, Mrs Yinka Sokunbi at the end of its meeting which held in Ibadan recently, the network observed that as a result of the United State President, Donald Trump’s Global Gag Rule (GGR), more Nigerian women were losing access to contraception while more incidences of unintended and unwanted pregnancies, abortions and unsafe abortions and deaths of women are being recorded.

https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/02/advocates-urge-women-embrace-contraceptive-use/

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Inside the Top-Secret Abortion Underground

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Inside the Top-Secret Abortion Underground
Code names, top-secret training, and a movement of women determined to avoid the medical establishment.

Nina Liss-Schultz
Mother Jones, March/April 2018 Issue

On a summer day in 2015, Renata and more than a dozen women, all strangers from different parts of the country, sat in a semicircle on the living-room floor of a house, deep in the rural South. A lean twentysomething with a wide smile and olive skin, Renata was the only nonwhite person in the group. And she felt conspicuous in other ways too—many of the women struck her as kind of “new agey,” and some had been involved in a “crystal energetics” midwifery program. All of them had big red binders full of worksheets and documents related to the topic at hand: how to help women self-induce an abortion. “My initial thought,” she recalls, “is, ‘What the fuck did I get myself into?'”

Renata had come from Arizona to attend the weeklong training. She learned how, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, white male doctors consolidated their professional power in part by sidelining female and often nonwhite midwives and other community healers. She learned which drugs and herbs induce a miscarriage and where to buy the small, plastic, strawlike instrument that is inserted into the uterus and suctions out an unwanted pregnancy. If problems arise, what should one say to avoid scrutiny at the emergency room? In which states is self-induced abortion, and helping women self-induce, a crime?

Continued: https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2018/02/inside-the-top-secret-abortion-underground/

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Ireland: Questions and Answers: Key abortion issues

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Questions and Answers: Key abortion issues
A number of medical issues will arise if there is a policy of termination of pregnancy on request

Jan 30, 2018
Muiris Houston

As we move towards a date for a referendum on a repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution and the possible implementation of a policy of termination of pregnancy on request, a number of medical and health system issues will arise. They include the availability of prenatal ultrasound scans and the effect new regulations may have on pregnancies where there is a foetal chromosomal abnormality.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/questions-and-answers-key-abortion-issues-1.3372873

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South Africa: Abortion – the legal service performed mostly illegally

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Abortion – the legal service performed mostly illegally

HEALTH-E NEWS South Africa
29 Jan 2018

Healthworkers who refuse to help women who want abortions are driving them into the arms of illegal abortionists who perform more than half of the country’s procedures. But activists believe it is time to stop stigmatising this service. GILL GIFFORD reports for HEALTH-E NEWS.

“I did not used to agree with abortion, but I changed my view. It took the death of a close friend and colleague who had procured an abortion. I promised I would meet her in theatre. She collapsed 30 minutes before. Her womb was rotten. I operated on her and found massive infection. Her insides were full of pus. She was in ICU, and I prayed for her. She died after 10 days and her mother had to take in her four-year old son.”

Continued: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-01-29-health-e-news-abortion-the-legal-service-performed-mostly-illegally/

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Trump’s global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say

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Trump's global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say
The Associated Press
Cara Anna
January 23, 2018

JOHANNESBURG — President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a ban on U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases, health groups say, calling it “devastating” because Trump went where no administration had gone before.

Trump in his first working day in office revived the so-called global gag rule. He expanded on previous versions so that for the first time foreign NGOs that even discuss abortion as an option are barred not only from about $575 million in U.S. family planning funds but also an estimated $8.8 billion in U.S. global health aid. And they must certify that none of their non-U.S. funding goes for abortion-related activities.

Continued: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/trumps-global-gag-rule-goes-far-beyond-abortion-groups-say

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Peru: New study on abortion pill shows high success, low rate of complications

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New study on abortion pill shows high success, low rate of complications
by Ariana Eunjung Cha
January 11, 2018

Abortion is legally restricted in Peru, forcing women who want to end their pregnancies to seek other means. (Mariana Bazo/Reuters)

Ever since the abortion pill RU-486 began to hit the market in the 1980s, questions have lingered about its safety, especially for women who take it in countries where terminating an unwanted pregnancy is restricted and they cannot openly seek help from a medical professional if something goes wrong.

As reports of deaths and injuries grew in the early 2000s and the pill became a big political issue, studies were launched to try to get more data on the safety question. The results are starting to come out.

Continued at source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/01/11/new-study-on-abortion-pill-shows-high-success-low-rate-of-complications/

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