Senegal: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion

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FEATURE - Senegal: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion
24 April 2018
International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

by Nandini Archer, Alice Finden, Hannah Pearson
Edited by Marge Berer

Introduction

The law on abortion in Senegal is both restrictive and unclear. Although the country’s criminal code completely prohibits pregnancy termination, the Code of Medical Ethics allows an abortion if three doctors agree that the procedure is necessary to save the pregnant woman’s life. Given these circumstances, almost no abortions are legal and unsafe abortion leads to a high maternal mortality ratio. A combination of an inherited colonial penal code, and the influence of religion and social stigma, mean that despite continuing attempts by advocates to change the law, cases of sometimes prolonged pre-trial detention and imprisonment for illegal abortion and for infanticide among women unable to obtain an abortion, are rife, especially among poor and rural women.

This report looks at Senegal’s abortion law and policy, the prevalence of unsafe abortions, attempts to reform the law, the process of criminalisation of women, the extent of infanticide, and women’s stories, based on a range of published sources and valuable input from Senegalese human rights and women’s rights advocates.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/feature-senegal-the-law-trials-and-imprisonment-for-abortion-24-april-2018?e=372dd34034

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Aborted Fetus And Pill Bottle In 19th Century New York Outhouse Reveal History Of Family Planning

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Aborted Fetus And Pill Bottle In 19th Century New York Outhouse Reveal History Of Family Planning

April 20, 2018
Kristina Killgrove , Contributor

The archaeological discovery of presumably aborted fetuses in outhouses in New York along with pill bottles and historical records have led researchers to conclude that many 19th century American women had family-planning concerns similar to those of 21st century women.

Writing in this month's Historical Archaeology journal, archaeologist Andrea Zlotucha Kozub of the Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton University details her discovery of fetal remains and associated artifacts in two upstate New York domestic outhouses. Although potential aborted fetuses have been previously found in an outhouse associated with a 19th century brothel in Manhattan, Zlotucha Kozub's study is the first to find this sort of evidence from middle-class houses.

Continued: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2018/04/20/aborted-fetus-and-pill-bottle-in-19th-century-new-york-outhouse-reveal-history-of-family-planning/#3c1d063c75a1

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UK – Woman who bled to death after late-stage abortion was discharged despite vomiting

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Woman who bled to death after late-stage abortion was discharged despite vomiting
Richard Hartley-Parkinson
Friday 20 Apr 2018

Aisha Chithira suffered a tear to her uterus, was discharged and died later after suffering internal bleeding (Picture: Google Street View)

A woman who died following a late-stage abortion procedure was discharged from the clinic despite vomiting and swaying so much she looked ‘drunk’, an inquest has heard.

Aisha Chithira, 31, travelled to England from Ireland to have a termination at a Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, west London, on January 21 2012.

Continued: http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/20/woman-bled-death-late-stage-abortion-discharged-despite-vomiting-7482792/

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UK – Without At-Home Abortion Pills, Women Risk Miscarrying In Public

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Without At-Home Abortion Pills, Women Risk Miscarrying In Public
Wales announced plans to follow Scotland and allow women to take the second abortion pill at home - when will the rest of the UK join?

19/04/2018
By Rachel Moss

Beth Redmond, 25, from Merseyside, was in her first year of university when she became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. Miles from home, with no close friends and family nearby, she was forced to pay someone from her course, whom she barely knew, £20 to drive her the 45-minute journey to the abortion clinic, because her doctor had advised her against taking public transport.

As soon as Beth left the clinic her miscarriage symptoms began, she experienced pain and heavy bleeding. “It was like period pain but 10 times worse, and with the added anxiety of being in a near stranger’s car, for 45 minutes,” she tells HuffPost UK. “I crawled from the car to my room and stayed there for a couple of days.”

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/women-are-risking-miscarrying-in-public-because-at-home-abortion-pills-are-illegal_uk_5ad7059ce4b0e4d0715b7bf0

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This Is Why Women In England Can’t Take Abortion Pills At Home

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This Is Why Women In England Can't Take Abortion Pills At Home
In England it is illegal to take abortion pills at home. This has nothing to do with clinical advice and everything to do with politics, say experts.

by Vicky Spratt
18 04 2018

Across the United Kingdom (with the exception of Northern Ireland) abortion has been legal since the 1967 Abortion Act came into force. However, many experts argue that it’s still not as accessible as it could be.

When Sarah (not her real name) was 16 she accidentally became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. At the time, she was living in a commuter belt town where South London meets the Surrey Hills. She recalls how her GP referred her to a London clinic for a medical abortion (which involves taking pills as opposed to undergoing a surgical procedure).

continued: https://thedebrief.co.uk/news/politics/buy-abortion-pills-abortion-at-home/

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Confusion over abortion tourism: why are so many Danes heading overseas?

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Confusion over abortion tourism: why are so many Danes heading overseas?

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April 17th, 2018
by Ben Hamilton

Danish women are increasingly travelling to countries like Sweden and the UK to have abortions. Last year, 21 Danish women in their 16th, 17th or 18th week of pregnancy had abortions in Sweden, reports Kristeligt Dagblad. Meanwhile, 75 Danish women had abortions in the UK between 2012 and 2016.

In Denmark, abortions are only permitted during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, but in special circumstances the limit is raised to 22 weeks.

Continued: http://cphpost.dk/news/confusion-over-abortion-tourism-why-are-so-many-danes-heading-overseas.html

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Engaging Men; A Path To Reducing Maternal Mortality Rates In Ghana

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Engaging Men; A Path To Reducing Maternal Mortality Rates In Ghana

Elikem Agbenyo
16 April 2018

Men usually shy away from participating in maternal and child related activities because they feel it is an issue that concern only women. Meanwhile men make major decisions and take actions which affect women during pregnancy or child care. Deeply immersed in these gender-related tensions are traditions, economic self-interest, and power dynamics, all of which are advantageous to men.

The Technology for Maternal and Child Health (T4MCH) Project organized a community sensitization in 33 communities to discuss socio-cultural factors that affect maternal and child health. It was revealed that, though men exude power and influence in the family and society, most men have little or no knowledge on pregnancy, delivery and child care.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/847845/engaging-men-a-path-to-reducing-maternal-mortality-rates-in.html

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How do GPs treat women who’ve taken abortion pills in Ireland?

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How do GPs treat women who've taken abortion pills in Ireland?
“They’d be more nervous telling a doctor they don’t know. Oftentimes, they might say they’re miscarrying.”

April 15, 2018

IT’S ESTIMATED THAT around 1,500 abortion pills are used on the island of Ireland each year, or around 5 pills a day.

That figure is based on a study conducted on women in Northern Ireland and the Republic, the number of seizures of abortion pills, and the number of pills ordered by women from online providers.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/gp-patient-3954650-Apr2018/

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Obstetricians to agree principles if Eighth Amendment repealed

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Obstetricians to agree principles if Eighth Amendment repealed
Extraordinary general meeting ‘very constructive’, says Institute of Obstetricians

Fri, Apr 13, 2018
Elaine Edwards

Obstetricians and gynaecologists have agreed to establish principles of safe practice that will “underpin safe care for women” in the event of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the constitution in next month’s referendum.

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists held an extraordinary general meeting on Friday.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/obstetricians-to-agree-principles-if-eighth-amendment-repealed-1.3461242

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Women in Ireland should not take abortion pills, says Harris

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Women in Ireland should not take abortion pills, says Harris
Senior obstetrician warns of ‘serious dangers’ when women take abortion pills without medical supervision

April 12, 2018
Pat Leahy

There are significant dangers to the unsupervised use of abortion pills, the Minister for Health Simon Harris and the chair of the Institute of Obstetricians Peter Boylan warned yesterday while calling for a Yes vote in the abortion.

The widespread use of “illegal” and “unsupervised” abortion pills present a compelling case for repealing the eighth amendment and legalising the pills so they can be used under medical supervision, the men said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/women-in-ireland-should-not-take-abortion-pills-says-harris-1.3459882

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