Nigeria – Stop Unsafe Abortions, Go For Family Planning

Stop Unsafe Abortions, Go For Family Planning

October 15, 2019
By Media Advocacy Working Group

To tackle and (stop or end) unsafe abortion occasioned by unplanned pregnancy, maternal and child health, experts have called on government at all levels to massively invest in family planning.

This they say is to enable more women and girls have access to modern contraceptive methods of their choice.

Continued: https://leadership.ng/2019/10/15/stop-unsafe-abortions-go-for-family-planning/


India: 15-year-old dies allegedly due to botched abortion

India: 15-year-old dies allegedly due to botched abortion
The police have arrested one person; a probe is under way

Published: October 14, 2019

New Delhi: Delhi Police have arrested one person after a 15-year-old girl died on Friday night allegedly due to a botched try at abortion.

According to the police, the girl was brought to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital on Friday late evening in a serious condition; she died a bit later.

Continued: https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-15-year-old-dies-allegedly-due-to-botched-abortion-1.1571022774662


Botswana: Tshireletso Calls for Safe Abortion

Botswana: Tshireletso Calls for Safe Abortion

13 October 2019
Botswana Daily News (Gaborone)
By Collin Ntesang

Gaborone — The Assistant Minister of Local government and Rural Development, Ms Botlogile Tshireletso, has called for formulation of policies that could promote safe abortion.

Speaking at commemoration of the International Safe Abortion Day, Ms Tshireletso called on government to come up with initiatives that could promote access to safe and legal abortion, saying many women continued to lose their lives due to unsafe abortion.

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201910140125.html


Why a NY woman came to Colorado for a 32-week abortion

Why a NY woman came to Colorado for a 32-week abortion
Forty-three states place some restrictions on abortions after a certain point in pregnancy, but Colorado isn’t one of them

By Anna Staver, The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: October 13, 2019

In the spring of 2016, Erika Christensen and her husband walked past a tall, wooden fence that obscured the Boulder office of Dr. Warren Hern from the street and into his waiting room.

Printed signs taped to bulletproof glass told her all electronic devices — even cellphones — were prohibited and asked her to tell someone on staff if she needed to leave for any reason. The only items she could carry through the door were a printed book, her identification card and a check for $10,000.

Continued: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/10/13/late-abortion-women-2020/


Kenya – Girls don’t run the world yet; there is still ground to cover

Kenya - Girls don’t run the world yet; there is still ground to cover

Saturday October 12 2019
By FAITH ONEYA

Atieno is a pitiful eight-year-old girl in Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye’s poignant poem "A Freedom Song", which is often referred to as Atieno.

She works her fingers to the bone in her aunt's house while her cousins enjoy basic rights and freedoms that she’s denied. Years later, she falls pregnant and bleeds to her death and "meat and sugar are lavished at her funeral".

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Girls-still-have-ground-to-cover/440808-5308004-13pycsnz/index.html


California Just Became the First State to Require Public Colleges to Provide Abortions

California Just Became the First State to Require Public Colleges to Provide Abortions
Medication abortion must be available on campus starting in January 2023.

by Marie Solis
Oct 11 2019

California became the first state in the country to require its public universities to provide medication abortion on campus after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the “College Student Right to Access Act,” or Senate Bill 24, into law on Friday. The University of California and California State University systems don’t currently offer abortion on campus.

The 34 universities have until January 2023 to comply with the new legislation, time that will be used to assess each campus health center’s ability to provide medication abortion, a first-trimester procedure that involves administering two pills to induce what is effectively a miscarriage.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a35y7e/gavin-newsom-california-public-universities-will-offer-abortion-pills-on-campus-in-2023?utm_campaign=sharebutton


Gender counts: Why investing in data on girls means transforming the future

OPINION: Gender counts: Why investing in data on girls means transforming the future
We cannot possibly understand the situation and needs of girls without reliable data, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalised

by Karin Hulshof and Bjorn Andersson | UNFPA
Friday, 11 October 2019

It’s an undeniable fact that even in the 21st century, whether you are born a girl or a boy will shape to a large extent the lives and opportunities of the vast majority of the 2.3 billion children and adolescents around the world.

Quite simply, gender counts – with girls at a distinct disadvantage.

Continued: http://news.trust.org/item/20191011094802-6ijk7


Teen Girls Need Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

Teen Girls Need Access to Safe and Legal Abortion
On International Day of the Girl, Imagine Life with Reproductive Rights Guaranteed

Margaret Wurth, Senior Researcher, Children's Rights Division MargaretWurth
October 11, 2019

Today, on International Day of the Girl, we have an opportunity to reflect on what life could be like if girls around the world had access to safe and legal abortion. I’ve done research in countries with some of the world’s harshest abortion laws. I’ve met girls and young women whose lives were derailed by an unplanned pregnancy during adolescence.

“Lucely,” from the Dominican Republic, became pregnant at age 16. “Everything ended right there,” she said. Abortion is banned in all circumstances in the country, so she couldn’t get a safe and legal abortion. She tried using a home remedy to end the pregnancy, but it didn’t work. She gave birth, and without a support network to help her, she dropped out of school.

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/10/11/teen-girls-need-access-safe-and-legal-abortion


Canada – Clinic 554, Fredericton Abortion Clinic That Also Supports LGBTQ Patients, Set To Close

Clinic 554, Fredericton Abortion Clinic That Also Supports LGBTQ Patients, Set To Close
The clinic's director, along with Jagmeet Singh, want the federal government to intervene.

10/11/2019
By Maija Kappler

New Brunswick’s only freestanding abortion clinic, which also provides health care to much of the province’s transgender population, is set to close.

Clinic 554 has previously relied on crowdsourced donations to stay open, and the staff sometimes forgoes payment from patients in order to provide services.

“We feel a tremendous amount of fear for our patients and the underserved communities we care for,” Clinic 554’s medical director, Dr. Adrian Edgar, said in an emotional statement posted to Facebook. “I thought I would be the family doctor for my patients until I or they died.”

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/abortion-clinic-closure-new-brunswick_ca_5d9fa05de4b087efdbab11c0?utm_hp_ref=ca-living


Nigeria – Dangers Of Uncontrolled Population Growth

Dangers Of Uncontrolled Population Growth

on October 10, 2019
By PATIENCE IHEJIRIKA and ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBE

With Nigeria’s population estimated to be the fourth highest in the world by 2030, government must as a matter of urgency ensure a more sustainable population growth, by increasing access to voluntary and quality family planning services.

This year’s World Contraception Day commemoration with the theme: It’s your life, it’s your responsibility” has further renewed the call for access to contraception services as well as youth awareness on use of modern contraceptives.

Continued: https://leadership.ng/2019/10/10/dangers-of-uncontrolled-population-growth/