Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as ‘morally wrong’

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Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as 'morally wrong'

Ministry of Health declines to endorse proposals to tackle teen pregnancy rates, with distribution of contraceptives to 15-year-olds branded an ‘erosion of morals’

Samuel Okiror in Kampala
Friday 20 October 2017

A row has broken out in Uganda over proposals to extend sex education to 10-year-olds and give some 15-year-olds access to family planning services.

The Ministry of Health has refused to endorse the guidelines, which were designed to tackle the country’s high teenage pregnancy rate, objecting that they are morally wrong and would encourage promiscuity and abortions.

Activists condemned the decision as a “failure of leadership”.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/oct/20/uganda-condemns-sex-education-for-10-year-olds-as-morally-wrong

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Women the heart of Venezuela’s revolution

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Women the heart of Venezuela’s revolution

Coral Wynter
Barquisimeto, Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Abortion rights

[Women's equality activist Elvira] Dorante said: “With respect to the issue of abortion, we address it in all spaces. In Venezuela, abortion is illegal under all circumstances. The current situation where we have no access to contraception, especially since 2015 due to the fraudulent actions of pharmaceutical companies, has made us have to confront this issue even more.

“We have seen abortion occur in places where we’d never imagined they would occur. Given the current blockades on contraception and medicine, abortion is both much more common and more dangerous.

Continued at source: https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/women-heart-venezuela-revolution

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How women’s rights have still been hit despite abortion ban climbdown in Poland

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How women’s rights have still been hit despite abortion ban climbdown in Poland
By Chris Harris
Oct 17, 2017

Poland may have kicked a near-total abortion ban into the long grass but women’s sexual and reproductive rights have taken a hit in the last year, campaigners have told Euronews.

Around 100,000 people hit the streets on October 3 last year to protest against moves to outlaw all cases of women terminating their pregnancies.

The civil disobedience – called the Black Protest – forced the government to abandon the proposals

But activists claim women’s rights have still been hit over the last year as the government introduced more subtle changes to discourage abortion.

Continued at source: http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/17/how-women-s-rights-have-still-been-hit-despite-abortion-ban-climbdown-in-poland

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UK: Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

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Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

October 16, 2017
Carrie Purcell

One in three women in the UK will have an abortion in her lifetime. But despite being a common medical procedure, abortion – which was partially legalised 50 years ago this month – continues to be stigmatised in the media and elsewhere in many different ways, meaning it is rarely talked about.

One abortion may be viewed as a reasonable “get out of jail free” card; having more than one abortion is often presented as beyond the pale. A woman might be able to decide she cannot continue with a pregnancy once, but to do so more than once speaks of her irresponsibility, fecklessness and failure to use contraception.

Continued at source: https://theconversation.com/attitudes-to-women-who-have-more-than-one-abortion-need-to-change-85707

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Norway to increase support for women’s health and safe abortion

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Norway to increase support for women's health and safe abortion

Press release | Date: Oct 12, 2017

'Norway is at the forefront of efforts to promote gender equality and women's health at the international level. We are among the biggest donors to efforts in this field, but there are still many unmet needs. The Government therefore proposes an increase of NOK 180 million in earmarked support for women's health and safe abortion in 2018. 'This increase comes in addition to the major increase in funding earlier this year, in connection with the SheDecides initiative,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Continued at source: Government of Norway: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/aktuelt/womens_health/id2574852/

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Uganda: Health Experts, Government Disagree Over Teenage Contraceptive Guidelines

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Uganda: Health Experts, Government Disagree Over Teenage Contraceptive Guidelines

By Anthony Wesaka
12 October 2017

Kampala — As Uganda joined the rest of the world to mark the International Day of the girl child on Wednesday, the recent decision by government to halt the release of the guidelines on contraceptives to be used by girls as young as 10 years old, has been sharply criticised.

On September 28, this year, State minister for Primary Healthcare, Ms Joyce Moriku, declined to launch the guidelines on National Guidelines and Standards for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The minister reasoned that the Health ministry did not own the guidelines and that they neede

Continued at source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201710130045.html

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USA: Does the Trump administration want more unintended pregnancies?

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Does the Trump administration want more unintended pregnancies?

By Editorial Board
October 7, 2017

THE TRUMP administration on Friday tore a big hole in an important public-health law, eroding the federal requirement that health insurance plans cover contraception. The administration argued that not many women will ultimately be affected. We hope that is true.

The contraception mandate, which stemmed from the Affordable Care Act, originally offered an exemption to churches and their closely connected organizations — but not to religiously affiliated universities, charities, small businesses and other groups that wanted no involvement in providing birth control to anyone, and particularly not through the health plans they offered. Successive rounds of litigation finally pushed the objectors and the government close to a deal, in which religiously conscious groups could opt out of offering contraception coverage in their insurance plans and federal authorities would find ways to serve employees still seeking birth control. The Supreme Court last year suggested they could come to an arrangement.

Continued at source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/does-the-trump-administration-want-more-unintended-pregnancies/2017/10/07/f63a6914-aac7-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

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Malaysia: Getting the message across

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Getting the message across

Letters
Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017

WHEN parents find out that their 17-year-old school-going daughter is pregnant, the reaction would most probably be anger followed by murderous rage, more anger and then a feeling of failure before they finally settle down to decide how to deal with the situation and the stigma that comes with it.

Abortion may be one option they would consider. Some might finally accept the circumstances and try to marry the girl off. In other situations, relatives or others may be brought in to take care of the girl until the baby is born, and it would most probably be given up for adoption.

Continued at source: http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2017/09/27/getting-the-message-across/

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Vietnam: Workshop raises awareness of proactive contraception

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Workshop raises awareness of proactive contraception

VNA Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hanoi (VNA) – A workshop on benefits of contraception was held in Hanoi on September 26 in response to World Contraception Day to raise public awareness of contraception and prevent unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortion.

The event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Health’s General Office for Population and Family Planning and the Vietnam Women’s Union with more than 300 local and foreign delegates in attendance.

Continued at source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/workshop-raises-awareness-of-proactive-contraception/118472.vnp

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India: Worrying signs for Tamil Nadu women as contraceptive use decreases

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Worrying signs for Tamil Nadu women as contraceptive use decreases

By Sushmitha Ramakrishnan | Express News Service
Published: 26th September 2017

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu is one of the most urbanised states in the country. But the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS) for 2015-16 has found that the State has seen an eight per cent decline in use of all kinds of contraceptives in the last decade. The decline is five per cent more than the national average.

Continued at source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2017/sep/26/worrying-signs-for-tamil-nadu-women-as-contraceptive-use-decreases-1662742.html

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