USA: Self-Managed Abortion and Embodying the Principles of Reproductive Justice

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Self-Managed Abortion and Embodying the Principles of Reproductive Justice

Jan 12, 2018
Marlene G. Fried & Susan Yanow

Legal and policy barriers too often render the legal right to abortion meaningless, especially for those individuals and communities who are already the most vulnerable.

Worldwide, there is an enormous gap between having the legal right to abortion and being able to access one. This is painfully obvious in the United States. While abortion is legal, its opponents have successfully decreased access to services through restrictive laws; bans on Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance coverage; and violence directed at clinics and providers.

These strategies have successfully put abortion clinic services out of reach for many people. Their long-range goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade and re-criminalize abortion. In the meantime, legal and policy barriers too often render the legal right to abortion meaningless, especially for those individuals and communities who are already the most vulnerable.

Continued at source: https://rewire.news/article/2018/01/12/self-managed-abortion-embodying-principles-reproductive-justice/

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In Namibia’s abortion debate, echoes of a repressive history

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In Namibia's abortion debate, echoes of a repressive history
Opponents argue the restrictions represent a troubled legacy of apartheid rule, echoing debates around Africa about what to do with laws left over from colonial days. Others say they reflect contemporary views in a deeply religious country.

Ryan Lenora Brown, Staff writer
January 11, 2018

Windhoek, Namibia—The president’s voice came booming in through the open window of Rosa Namises’ house, crackling over the speakers from the soccer stadium next door.

It was the early 1990s, just years after Namibia’s independence from South Africa, a time when nearly every speech a politician here gave seemed full of outsized meaning – like a series of patriotic “how to” guides on building a new country.

That day in her kitchen, Ms. Namises heard President Sam Nujoma explain that Namibia was a small nation. Too small, in fact. It simply didn’t have enough people.

Continued at source: https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2018/0111/In-Namibia-s-abortion-debate-echoes-of-a-repressive-history

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Peru: New study on abortion pill shows high success, low rate of complications

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New study on abortion pill shows high success, low rate of complications
by Ariana Eunjung Cha
January 11, 2018

Abortion is legally restricted in Peru, forcing women who want to end their pregnancies to seek other means. (Mariana Bazo/Reuters)

Ever since the abortion pill RU-486 began to hit the market in the 1980s, questions have lingered about its safety, especially for women who take it in countries where terminating an unwanted pregnancy is restricted and they cannot openly seek help from a medical professional if something goes wrong.

As reports of deaths and injuries grew in the early 2000s and the pill became a big political issue, studies were launched to try to get more data on the safety question. The results are starting to come out.

Continued at source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/01/11/new-study-on-abortion-pill-shows-high-success-low-rate-of-complications/

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IAWG ANNUAL MEETING 2017 – Advocates make progress on access to safe abortion in humanitarian crises

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IAWG ANNUAL MEETING 2017 – Advocates make progress on access to safe abortion in humanitarian crises
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Jan 10, 2017

Advocates campaigning for refugees to have access to safe abortion in humanitarian settings say they have made major progress at a recent high-level meeting – but that “political sensitivities” among countries and some United Nations agencies are holding back efforts to get the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services to those who need them.

In early November 2017, representatives from the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises (IAWG), which includes UN agencies and civil society groups, met in Athens to discuss revising the field manual for aid workers providing reproductive health services in the initial phase of a humanitarian crisis, called the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health, which is part of the Inter-Agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings (IAFM). Intended changes included expanding the range of contraceptive options recommended and including safe abortion as an objective for the first time.

Continued at source: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/iawg-annual-meeting-2017-advocates-make-progress-on-access-to-safe-abortion-in-humanitarian-crises/

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#25YearsOfWomen’sHell – 25th disgraceful anniversary of the Polish anti-abortion law

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#25YearsOfWomen’sHell – 25th disgraceful anniversary of the Polish anti-abortion law
Jan 9, 2017
Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning

7th January 1993 Act on Family Planning, Human Embryo Protection and Conditions of Legal Pregnancy Termination (later: the Act) has had a detrimental effect on women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights for 25 years. Due to the anniversary and upcoming debates about two abortion-related citizens’ bills[1] in the Parliament, the Federation for Women and Family Planning has launched the #25YearsOfWomen’sHell campaign so as to illustrate the fictional character of the Act and its multiple negative effects. Follow memes with the hashtag to learn and share facts about SRHR in Poland.

80 pro-choice organizations have supported and signed the Federation’s statement concerning the “Save women” bill on women’s rights and conscious parenthood so as to appeal to the MPs for a fact-based, open-minded and genuine debate in the Parliament as well as for a vote in favour of the bill.

Continued at source: http://en.federa.org.pl/25yearsofwomenshell/

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Scotland: Anti-abortion campaigners challenge medication plans

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Anti-abortion campaigners challenge medication plans

Anti-abortion campaigners are launching a legal challenge against Scotland’s top doctor over plans to allow women to take medication to end pregnancies at home.

by Press Association
07/01/2018

John Deighan, chief executive of the Society of the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) said it has instructed a legal team to prepare court papers calling for a judicial review of the decision.

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, confirmed in October she had written to all Scottish health boards indicating the drug misoprostol could be taken by women outside a clinical setting, under plans using powers available within the Abortion Act 1967.

continued at source: https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/anti-abortion-campaigners-challenge-medication-plans/

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Canada: Governments should fund birth control, as they do HIV prevention

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Governments should fund birth control, as they do HIV prevention
MARINA ADSHADE and NIKO BELL, VANCOUVER
The Globe and Mail
Published January 7, 2018

Sixty-one per cent of Canadian women have had an unintended pregnancy, notes a study by Canada's Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Government policy is to blame.

On Jan. 1, the B.C. government joined Ontario and Quebec in offering coverage of a drug that prevents HIV infection for people at high risk. This is a smart move, spending a little money on prevention to save much more on health care down the road. If only the provinces were as clever when it came to providing affordable contraceptives for women; failing to do so costs taxpayers millions of dollars and imposes undue hardship on parents and children.

Continued at source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/governments-should-fund-birth-control-as-it-does-hiv-prevention/article37521476/

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Unsafe abortions cause high maternal death rate in Sierra Leone

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Unsafe abortions cause high maternal death rate in Sierra Leone

Jan 6, 2017
Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality and unsafe abortions account for 10 percent of those deaths, says a report by the country's health ministry and a non-profit organisation IPAS.

Women in Sierra Leone are dying from unsafe abortion methods as President Ernest Bai Koroma refused to sign a law legalising abortion in the West African country.

Sierra Leone's parliament has twice passed a bill that would allow women to terminate a pregnancy up to 12 weeks.

But the bill has failed to become a law and it's been held up by religious groups who oppose it.

Continued at source: https://www.trtworld.com/mea/unsafe-abortions-cause-high-maternal-death-rate-in-sierra-leone-13951

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UK: Abortion clinics will have to display official rating from Care Quality Commission

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Abortion clinics will have to display official rating from Care Quality Commission

Alexandra Richards
Jan 3, 2018

Abortion clinics will have to publicly display an official rating from the Care Quality Commission.

The Department of Health is extending the CQC’s current rating system to include a new group of health services.

All healthcare organisations in England offering regulated care will now be rated by the commission and awarded marks which they will have to display on their websites or on their premises.

Continued at source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/abortion-clinics-will-have-to-display-official-rating-from-care-quality-commission-a3730711.html

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USA: For reproductive rights campaigners 2017 felt like the calm before the storm

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For reproductive rights campaigners 2017 felt like the calm before the storm
The Trump administration has chipped away at women’s access to contraception and other health services but an all-out assault may just be a question of time

Molly Redden
Sat 30 Dec ‘17

The year 2017 was supposed to be when reproductive health battles simmering in the states boiled over into national policy.

Not only did Republicans retain control of Congress in last year’s election, Donald Trump stocked his administration with people opposed to not only abortion but everything from sex education to insurance coverage for contraception.

But while the administration did make moves that will limit access to abortion and reproductive care, Trump’s first year in office was not the all-out assault public health advocates feared.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/30/for-reproductive-rights-campaigners-2017-felt-like-the-calm-before-the-storm

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