South Africa: Abortion advice by SMS beats going back to the clinic‚ say patients in Cape Town study

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Abortion advice by SMS beats going back to the clinic‚ say patients in Cape Town study
June 26, 2017

SMS advice‚ a checklist and a simple home urine test are all most women need after a medical abortion‚ a Cape Town study has found.

A team led by Deborah Constant‚ of the Women’s Health Research Unit at the University of Cape Town‚ tried the approach on 525 women who had free abortions at six public sector clinics. And 92% said they would be happy to repeat the regimen in future.

Continued at source: Times Live: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-06-26-abortion-advice-by-sms-beats-going-back-to-the-clinic-say-patients-in-cape-town-study/?device=feature_phone

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Australia: ‘Just not good enough’: Bendigo woman says improvements needed for abortion access in central Victoria

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'Just not good enough': Bendigo woman says improvements needed for abortion access in central Victoria

Adam Holmes
5 Jun 2017

A CENTRAL Victorian mental health social worker believes Bendigo is in clear need of greater women’s health services that allow women to access abortion without encountering resistance from medical staff.

Her call comes as a second woman told the Bendigo Advertiser of her frustration in trying to access abortion services in Bendigo this year.
Continued at source: Bendigo Advertiser: http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/4709869/abortion-experience-leaves-woman-horrified/

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Australia: Fifteen calls in five days: Barriers to accessing abortion in Bendigo laid bare

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Fifteen calls in five days: Barriers to accessing abortion in Bendigo laid bare
Adam Holmes

3 Jun 2017

AMY* was left close to tears when she found out she was pregnant late last year.

The Bendigo woman, in her 20s, had taken all precautions with her partner to avoid an unplanned pregnancy.

Struggling to find long-term employment and a stable income, the imminent possibility of bringing a child into the world could not have come at a worse time.

Continued at link: The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com.au/story/4705743/barriers-to-abortion-a-concern-for-women/?cs=4172

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Mumbai: No prescription required, abortion pills at doorstep

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Mumbai: No prescription required, abortion pills at doorstep
By Rupsa Chakraborty | Mumbai | Posted 02-Jun-2017

With this line, online agencies hawk pregnancy termination pills, often to women unaware of the danger of using medication without expert help. mid-day puts itself out there as a desperate customer

An unplanned pregnancy can be terrifying, particularly for single, underage girls afraid of the backlash from their parents and society. This is the fear that online stores are exploiting, by offering abortion pills without prescriptions.

Continued at source: Mid-Day: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-news-abortion-pills-no-prescription-pregnancy-termination-pills-online-agencies/18299199

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Jamaica: Thinking of having an abortion? Please read this

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Thinking of having an abortion? Please read this
Published:Monday | May 29, 2017
Michael Abrahams

Although abortion is, for the most part, illegal in Jamaica, you are surrounded by women who have had pregnancies terminated. Lawyers, doctors, domestic helpers, nurses, policewomen, teachers, hairdressers. They work in your office, walk past you in supermarket aisles and sit beside you at church.

But many women who have abortions place themselves at risk without even knowing it. This is because shortcuts are often taken, which can cause significant morbidity or even death. I am not encouraging any woman to have an abortion, but the truth is that whether the procedure is legal or not, if a woman is determined not to carry a pregnancy, she will find ways of having it terminated. I am not in the habit of giving advice to people regarding breaking the law, but in this instance, I have placed concern for human safety above political correctness. So, if you have decided that you must terminate a pregnancy, please read this carefully.

Continued at source: Jamaica Gleaner: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20170529/michael-abrahams-thinking-having-abortion-please-read

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Who Should You Listen to on Abortion? People Who’ve Had Them

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Who Should You Listen to on Abortion? People Who’ve Had Them

By RENEE BRACEY SHERMAN
MAY 20, 2017

When I arrived at the clinic in Washington, I looked for the young woman I was waiting for. Her body was covered with tattoos of birds and stars. She hugged me with a warm smile and introduced me to her boyfriend. He didn’t look at me. In fact, he didn’t look me in the eye for the five hours we sat together in the waiting room.

I assumed it was out of shame until I noticed the white supremacist tattoos on his shaved head, neck, forearms and knuckles. As a black woman, I was scared of him. Yet I felt a bond. They had driven several hours from Virginia to avoid the numerous restrictions on abortions there. He was returning from jail. She already had a child and wasn’t ready for another. I knew the feeling well.

She asked for an abortion doula because she wanted unconditional support, no matter what she decided. She wanted me, a total stranger, to reinforce her trust in herself. After she went to the procedure room, her boyfriend and I went outside, me to make a call, him to smoke. In the elevator down, he finally spoke: “Thank you.”

Continued at source: New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/opinion/sunday/abortion-people-whove-had-them.html?_r=0

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Health Canada eases restrictions on abortion pill

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Health Canada eases restrictions on abortion pill
Health Canada has lifted two of the restrictions it had in place for Mifegymiso, a two-drug combination known as the abortion pill, advocates say

By: Alex Abdelwahab Metro Published on Thu May 18 2017

Health Canada has relaxed some of its restrictions for Mifegymiso, commonly known as the abortion pill, according to a prominent sexual health group.

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights said Thursday it welcomed Health Canada’s announcement it was no longer requiring pharmacists to complete a mandatory training program before being able to dispense the drug.

Continued at source: Metro News: http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2017/05/18/health-canada-eases-restrictions-on-abortion-pill.html

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US: Federally Qualified Health Centers Could Not Readily Replace Planned Parenthood

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Federally Qualified Health Centers Could Not Readily Replace Planned Parenthood
May 17, 2017

New and Updated Guttmacher Resources Detail the Critical Roles Filled by Planned Parenthood and Title X in U.S. Family Planning Safety Net

New evidence from the Guttmacher Institute shows that it is unrealistic to expect federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to serve the millions of women who currently rely on Planned Parenthood for high-quality contraceptive care. The argument that FQHC sites could easily absorb these clients has been key to social conservatives’ efforts to shutter Planned Parenthood health centers by excluding them from various public funding streams, including Medicaid.

Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: http://mailchi.mp/guttmacher/federally-qualified-health-centers-could-not-readily-replace-planned-parenthood?e=bb6e0547c2

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India: Under-19 abortions high in Mumbai, reveals RTI query

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Under-19 abortions high in Mumbai, reveals RTI query
The query revealed that there were 33,526 abortions in 2016-17, of which at least 491 were girls below 19 and 1,336 single women

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Published: May 16, 2017

Since 2013, abortions have increased from 30,117 to 34,790 in 2015.

A query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that at least four women died due to complications arising from abortion in 2016-17 after undergoing medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)-run hospitals. Three of them succumbed to sepsis, which experts claim can be prevented by infection-control mechanisms.

Continued at source: India Express: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/under-19-abortions-high-in-mumbai-reveals-rti-query-4657578/

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Research finds 95% success from abortion pills bought online

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Research finds 95% success from abortion pills bought online
British Medical Journal publishes findings suggesting abortion pills are safe alternative

May 16, 2017
Kitty Holland

Abortion pills bought online can be a safe “alternative” to travelling for abortion or unsafe abortion, research published in the British Medical Journal finds.

The study, based on self-reported outcome data from 1,000 women in the Republic and Northern Ireland, finds 95 per cent of those who obtained abortion pills online successfully terminated their pregnancies.

Just under 10 per cent sought medical attention.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/research-finds-95-success-from-abortion-pills-bought-online-1.3085526

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