Nigeria – Curbing infant and maternal mortality

Curbing infant and maternal mortality
The level of maternal and infant mortality in Kebbi State is high. In this report, AHMED IDRIS reviews the role of Dr. Zainab Atiku Bagudu, a medical practitioner and wife of the Kebbi State Governor, in the fight to reverse the trend, as well as reform health institutions in the state.

Aug 23, 2018
By Correspondents

In 2000 the maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria was 800 per 100 000 live births. The under five mortality ratio in Nigeria was 201 per 1000 live births meaning that one in five Nigerian children never reached the age of five. Infant deaths, which accounted for half of child mortality have increased from what they were in 1990.

A United Nations (UN) report released on May, 2012 called ‘Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2010,’ showed that 14 per cent of the world’s deaths related to childbearing occurred in Nigeria. Six years after, that situation has not changed.

Continued: https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/08/curbing-infant-and-maternal-mortality/

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Philippines – Secret service: Underground doctors induce safe abortions

Part 3 of 3: Secret service: Underground doctors induce safe abortions
A group of medical doctors in the Philippines risk careers to help women, in the belief that it is their duty to ensure the mental and physical well-being of their patients

By Natashya Gutierrez
August 20, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Amanda had gotten pregnant twice.

The first time she got pregnant, her then-boyfriend left her after finding out she was expecting.

“I decided to keep the child and now have a very close relationship with my son,” she wrote in an online forum for Filipina women.

Continued: https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/investigative/209891-underground-doctors-induce-safe-abortions-philippines

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Nigeria: Culture, Religious Misconceptions Hindering Family Planning in Nigeria

Nigeria: Culture, Religious Misconceptions Hindering Family Planning in Nigeria

16 August 2018
By Ayodamola Owoseye

Efforts to slow down population growth and reduce maternal and child mortality rate in Nigeria through family planning are not yielding the desired result, studies have shown.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh globally. The National Population Commission estimates the country's population at 198 million. The United Nations' publication, World Population Prospects, predicts Nigeria is on course to become the third most populous country in the world by 2050

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201808160703.html

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Australia – The big myth about abortion

The big myth about abortion

Rebecca Sullivan
14th Aug 2018

TEENAGE girls are often stereotyped as the female demographic most likely to have an abortion, but new data and health experts say it's actually middle-aged mothers who make up the majority of terminations.

According to data from family planning organisation Marie Stopes Australia, women aged 36-40 had 3100 terminations a year, on average, compared to 2900 for those aged 16-20. Women aged 41-45 had 1200 a year and there were less than 100 for women aged 46 and over.

Continued: https://www.dailyexaminer.com.au/news/the-big-myth-about-abortion-its-not-teenagers-but-/3493303/

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How a Supreme Court Shaped by Trump Could Restrict Access to Abortion

How a Supreme Court Shaped by Trump Could Restrict Access to Abortion

AUG. 14, 2018

President Trump has pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was a cautious supporter of abortion rights. With his departure and the addition of a second Trump appointee, the Supreme Court would have a conservative majority that would most likely sustain sharp restrictions on access to abortion in the United States.

But if the court does hear a case that brings up the issue, it is hardly clear that it would take the drastic step of overruling Roe. The court could instead opt for a more incremental strategy, upholding increasingly severe restrictions in much of the country but stopping short of saying that the Constitution has nothing to say about a right to abortion.

Assuming that there are five justices ready to limit abortion rights, how could that happen? Here are some of the possible scenarios, each of which entails a different degree of legal upheaval.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/14/us/roe-v-wade-explainer.html

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Abortion Is a Problem to Be Solved, Not a Moral Issue

Abortion Is a Problem to Be Solved, Not a Moral Issue
Education and birth control are slowly making the politics less relevant

By Michael Shermer | Scientific American, September 2018 Issue (online August 14)

In May of this year the pro-life/pro-choice controversy leapt back into headlines when Ireland overwhelmingly approved a referendum to end its constitutional ban on abortion. Around the same time, the Trump administration proposed that Title X federal funding be withheld from abortion clinics as a tactic to reduce the practice, a strategy similar to that of Texas and other states to shut down clinics by burying them in an avalanche of regulations, which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down in 2016 as an undue burden on women for a constitutionally guaranteed right. If the goal is to attenuate abortions, a better strategy is to reduce unwanted pregnancies. Two methods have been proposed: abstinence and birth control.

Abstinence would obviate abortions just as starvation would forestall obesity. There is a reason no one has proposed chastity as a solution to overpopulation. Sexual asceticism doesn't work, because physical desire is nearly as fundamental as food to our survival and flourishing.

Continued: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/abortion-is-a-problem-to-be-solved-not-a-moral-issue/

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Opinion: Many Cubans using abortion as birth control

Opinion: Many Cubans using abortion as birth control
Abortion can sometimes carry major health risks. The lack of availability of either condoms or contraceptive pills means that many Cuban women undergo several abortions in their lives, the blogger Yoani Sánchez writes.

13.08.2018
Author Yoani Sánchez

She is only 20 years old but has already had four abortions. The young Cuban woman, who prefers to remain anonymous, is not an isolated case.

In some countries in Latin America, women can spend many years behind bars because they have had an abortion or even because they are suspected of having undergone the procedure. In countries such as Chile and Argentina, a debate about abortion is taking place on the streets and in public discourse. However, in Cuba discussion on the subject is taking place — if at all — on social networks and the websites of the independent press.

Continued: https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-many-cubans-using-abortion-as-birth-control/a-45070097

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Nigeria – Preventing maternal mortality is achievable —Expert

Preventing maternal mortality is achievable —Expert

On August 7, 2018
By Gabriel Olawale

Obstetric and Gynecology expert, Dr Olufunke Olamigoke has called for improved access to skilled birth attendance at birth, emergency obstetrics care, effective family planning and reproductive health services as the most cost effective strategy in tackling maternal mortality.

Olufunke who spoke at a media round table organized by Development Communications Network, said the lifetime risk of maternal death indicates that one in 30 women in Nigeria will have a death related to pregnancy or child bearing.

Continued: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/08/preventing-maternal-mortality-is-achievable-expert/

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What will happen to Ireland’s abortion rate after repeal?

What will happen to Ireland’s abortion rate after repeal?

Eoin Flaherty
Aug 6, 2018

In May, Irish voters backed a proposal to amend a constitutional provision which placed a ban on abortion in most cases. But what impact is the referendum result likely to have on the Irish abortion rate in the coming years? Eoin Flaherty explains that the circumstances which drive marriage, divorce, and abortion rates are complex and are not susceptible to short-term changes in social policy. As such, it is too simplistic to assume that a change in the law will necessarily result in a direct increase in the number of abortions being carried out.

Before going to the polls on 25 May, those opposed to liberalising Ireland’s abortion laws claimed the results of a successful repeal would be dire. One report on likely future scenarios from the ‘LoveBoth’ campaign, predicted an extra 5,300 abortions per year post-repeal. Due to its constitutional prohibition on abortion, Ireland does not keep reliable data on those who travel to procedure terminations, but of those who do, we are certain the majority travel to the UK. In 2017, a total of 3,092 terminations were procured by Irish women, constituting 64% of all terminations sought in England and Wales by non-residents.

Continued: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2018/08/06/what-will-happen-to-irelands-abortion-rate-after-repeal/

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Swaziland: U.S. Halts Funding to Swaziland NGO As Anti-Abortion Policy Bites

Swaziland: U.S. Halts Funding to Swaziland NGO As Anti-Abortion Policy Bites

Aug 6, 2018

The Family Life Association of Swaziland / Ewsatini has lost a quarter of its total funding after the United States tightened up its policy against abortion.

A total of 56 jobs have been lost.

The halt in US funding worth the equivalent of E10.7 million is a direct result of an executive order signed by US President Donald Trump on his first full day in office. He reinstated and extended what is known as the Mexico City Policy or Global Gag Rule which had first been put in place in 1984.

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201808220415.html

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