Guyana – The cost of unsafe abortions

The cost of unsafe abortions

Akola Thompson
Jun 21, 2019
The Minority Report, Stabroek News

A few weeks ago, I participated in a Safe Abortions Advocacy session held by the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association. Led by Sherlina Nageer, I found the session particularly informative on the various ways unsafe abortions are promoted due to dangerous cultural attitudes, economic circumstances and limited to no access to services and information.

Abortion has been legal in Guyana since 1995 with the passing of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. The Act permits abortion for any reason during the first eight weeks of pregnancy once done by a licensed medical practitioner.

Continued: https://www.stabroeknews.com/2019/features/06/21/the-cost-of-unsafe-abortions/

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GHANA – Religious leaders in Ghana encouraged to spend time to educate their members on sex and reproductive health-related issues

GHANA – Religious leaders in Ghana encouraged to spend time to educate their members on sex and reproductive health-related issues

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 19, 2019

The Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Foundation, Raphael Godlove Ahenu, who gave the advice, explained that the practice where many churches, mosques and parents shy away from educating their children about sex is a major setback to the campaign against illegal abortions and teenage pregnancies. The lack of sexual and reproductive health education among most young people has led to wanton sexual exploitation, unwanted pregnancies, avoidable deaths, health complications and abuse of emergency contraceptives among others.

Mr. Ahenu was addressing separate health summits with members of ‘Lead Me To Heaven Church’ at Kwatire and Amazing Grace Chapel at Odomase, both in the Sunyani West District as part of activities marking this year’s International Day of Action for Women’s Health, 28 May.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/ghana-religious-leaders-in-ghana-encouraged-to-spend-time-to-educate-their-members-on-sex-and-reproductive-health-related-issues/

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Total abortion ban fueling teenage pregnancy and unsafe terminations in Dominican Republic, report finds

Total abortion ban fueling teenage pregnancy and unsafe terminations in Dominican Republic, report finds
'I felt like the world was falling down on me. I was going crazy, thinking I can’t have a kid,' says young woman

Maya Oppenheim, Women's Correspondent @mayaoppenheim
June 18, 2019

The total abortion ban, wholly inadequate sex education in schools and obstacles to accessing contraception are fuelling teenage pregnancy and unsafe abortion in the Dominican Republic, a new report has found.

The Dominican Republic has a deeply machismo culture and is one of the few countries in the world which has a complete ban on abortion - the procedure is illegal in all cases, including when the life of the woman or girl is at risk.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/abortion-ban-dominican-republic-teenage-pregnancy-human-rights-watch-report-a8963436.html

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Nigeria: 2,000 Nigerian Women Die Annually of Unsafe Abortion – Gynaecologist

Nigeria: 2,000 Nigerian Women Die Annually of Unsafe Abortion - Gynaecologist

By Urowayino Warami
18 June 2019

No fewer than 2,000 Nigerian women die of unsafe abortion annually with Northeast recording highest rate, says Dr Christopher Lamai, Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe.

Lamai made the disclosure at the capacity building workshop for journalist on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (WSRHR) organized by Ipas Nigeria, an international NGO on Tuesday in Gombe.

Continued: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/06/2000-nigerian-women-die-annually-of-unsafe-abortion-gynaecologist/

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Kenya – Unsafe abortion complications eat into health budget

Unsafe abortion complications eat into health budget
Money spent on treating these complications could have been used to provide family planning services

by Daniel Otieno, Star Blogs
18 June 2019

Treatment of complications of unsafe abortion consumes a disproportionate amount of health systems resources in Kenya including staff time and acquisition of medical supplies.

Last year, severe complications from unsafe abortion accounted for 54 per cent of the total health costs. Post-abortion care also consumes a significant amount of resources that would otherwise be spent on other areas of health including reproductive, maternal and child health.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/star-blogs/2019-06-18-unsafe-abortion-complications-eat-into-health-budget/

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Tanzania: Unsafe abortion: The silent killer of young women

Unsafe abortion: The silent killer of young women

Monday June 17 2019
By Salome Gregory

Abortion in Tanzania is illegal. Being the case, it makes it harder for girls and women to get access to safe abortion. But even then, women still find their own ways to terminate unwanted pregnancies.

Have you ever asked yourself, what woman and girls go through when trying to end unwanted pregnancy? A simple survey by Your Health confirms that girls and women go through a lot of pain and suffering that sometimes leads to deaths or permanent reproductive health issues.

Continued: https://www.thecitizen.co.tz/magazine/1840564-5160470-olp0doz/index.html

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USA – How did women get abortions when they were illegal? A 1966 Post series reveals the answer

How did women get abortions when they were illegal? A 1966 Post series reveals the answer
Before Roe v. Wade, women died trying to end their pregnancies

The Lily News
June 13, 2019

Original story by Elisabeth Stevens for The Washington Post.

As new abortion restrictions are being imposed in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Utah and other states, nearly a half-century after Roe v. Wade, The Washington Post is looking back at a four-part series that ran in January 1966 on how women in the Washington area obtained abortions. At the time, abortion was illegal with few exceptions in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Below is an abridged version of The Post’s four-part series, edited to highlight personal experiences. The original headlines of the series are now subheads for each section.

Continued: https://www.thelily.com/how-did-women-get-abortions-when-they-were-illegal-a-1966-post-series-reveals-the-answer/

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Unclear abortion laws in Uganda leave women who are raped unsure of options

Unclear abortion laws in Uganda leave women who are raped unsure of options

Posted on Jun 12, 2019 by Global Press News Service
by Nakisanze Segawa, Reporter

KAMPALA, UGANDA — When Irene hands her granddaughter a piece of bread, the six-year-old grins widely.

That smile never appears when the child’s mother is around, Irene says. “Sometimes, I feel like she senses that she is a mawemuko.”

In the Luganda language, the word “mawemuko” refers to a child conceived from incest.

Continued: http://www.seattleglobalist.com/2019/06/12/unclear-abortion-laws-in-uganda-leave-women-who-are-raped-unsure-of-options/85715

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Nigeria – Family Planning Key To Reducing Abortion Rates Among Adolescents

Family Planning Key To Reducing Abortion Rates Among Adolescents

June 8, 2019
By Media Advocacy Working Group

When Udeme Akpa got admitted into secondary school, the joy of the parents knew no bounds. For them, it was like a prayer answered. As the first daughter of a family of eight, there were so many expectations including lifting the family from what could be described as ‘age-long poverty.’

Udeme, 18, was living up to expectation until the unexpected occurred. Her woes began one evening when a man in her neighbourhood gave her a ride to school.

Continued: https://leadership.ng/2019/06/08/family-planning-key-to-reducing-abortion-rates-among-adolescents/

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Honduras abortion misery a ‘frightening preview’ of America’s future – study

Honduras abortion misery a 'frightening preview' of America's future – study
Reproductive rights pushback could leave American women facing same life-or-death choices as Hondurans, say researchers

Karen McVeigh
Fri 7 Jun 2019

One woman handcuffed by police after suffering a miscarriage, another forced to bear her rapist’s child. A doctor who risks imprisonment to end pregnancies that threaten the lives of patients. The reality of healthcare in Honduras provides a “frightening preview” of what could happen in America if the pushback on reproductive rights continues, Human Rights Watch has warned.

Researchers from the organisation spoke of the “enormous suffering” of women and girls in Honduras, where there is a total ban on abortion in all circumstances.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jun/07/honduras-abortion-misery-frightening-preview-of-america-future-study

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