Study: Abortions From Rapes on Rise in Cameroon’s Conflict Zones

Study: Abortions From Rapes on Rise in Cameroon's Conflict Zones

February 20, 2019
Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE — A new study confirms rape has become a weapon of war in Cameroon's separatist conflict, and many victims are terminating pregnancies with crude, unsafe abortion techniques.

Sixteen-year-old Mercy Azefor says she was raped in Nkambe while hiding on her mother's farm after her parents were killed in April 2018. Nkambe is in the Northwest region, one of two areas where English-speaking separatist groups are fighting to break away from Cameroon and its French-speaking majority.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/a/study-abortions-rapes-increasing-cameroon-conflict-zones/4796973.html

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Jamaica – ‘Through Pregnancy and Abortion…I Obeyed Like a Robot’: Abuse Survivor Tells of Predator Priest

'Through Pregnancy and Abortion...I Obeyed Like a Robot': Abuse Survivor Tells of Predator Priest
Today aged 57, the academic is a leading member of a new international organisation, Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA), which is bringing together victims in Rome this week to pressure Pope Francis to take a tougher line on child abuse by clerics.

AFP - February 19, 2019

Paris: Denise Buchanan was 17 when she was raped by a seminarian who continued to abuse her when he became a priest in her native Jamaica. The Catholic Church, she says, has offered her nothing but their "prayers".

"I got pregnant and he arranged a clandestine abortion," Buchanan, still shaking and close to tears 40 years after the ordeal, told AFP.

Continued: https://www.news18.com/news/world/through-pregnancy-and-abortion-i-obeyed-like-a-robot-abuse-survivor-tells-of-predator-priest-2041173.html

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Power to terminate pregnancy key to woman’s right to health

Power to terminate pregnancy key to woman's right to health

Tuesday February 19 2019
By ANN NGIGI

Kenya should focus on the well-being and safety of its women. Women’s sexual and reproductive rights need recognition and active reinforcement, and safe and legal abortion is a positive step in that direction.

Abortions are not permitted in Kenya unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is a need for emergency treatment or the life or health of the mother is in danger.

Continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Power-to-terminate-pregnancy-key-to-woman-s-right-to-health/440808-4989524-118b6f0z/index.html

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Desperate measures: Pakistani women seek abortions as birth control

Desperate measures: Pakistani women seek abortions as birth control

Monday February 18 2019
By AFP

PESHAWAR: Pregnant, desperate, and poor, Pakistani mother Zameena faced a stark choice: risk her life by having a secret abortion, or risk her life bearing her husband a sixth child.

In the end, she opted for the former, one of more than two million women a year to do so in a country where religious leaders are critical of family planning measures and there is a lack of sex education and access to contraception.

continued: https://www.nation.co.ke/news/world/Pakistani-women-seek-abortions-as-birth-control/1068-4986944-6tebnh/index.html

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Desperate Measures: Why do moms abandon babies?

Desperate Measures: Why do moms abandon babies?

2019-02-18
Nokuthula Khanyile

Poverty, rape, abuse and lack of documentation.

These are some of the many reasons some mothers choose to abandon their babies.

Experts say the shocking discovery of a newborn who was rescued alive from inside a stormwater drain in Durban this week, highlights an ongoing crisis that needs to be addressed urgently.

Continued: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/desperate-measures-why-do-moms-abandon-babies-20190218

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184 Nigerian women die everyday due to unsafe abortions

184 Nigerian women die everyday due to unsafe abortions

By Charles Akpeji -
Feb 15, 2019

No fewer than 184 Nigeria women die daily as a result of unsafe abortion.

The leadership of IPAS who made this known at a training workshop organized for media practitioners on capacity building on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, said 67.000 women die annually from unsafe abortion in the country.

Continued: https://naija247news.com/2019/02/15/184-nigerian-women-die-everyday-due-to-unsafe-abortions/

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Kenya – Facts about abortion that many don’t know about

Facts about abortion that many don’t know about

By Esther Muchene
15th Feb 2019

The country is still reeling from the death of human’s right defender Caroline Mwatha following a botched abortion at New Njiru Community Center in Dandora.

According to Peter Ndegwa, an independent pathologist, the activist died as a result of excessive bleeding from a ruptured uterus. Mwatha had a five to six month old male foetus that was badly mutilated.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/evewoman/article/2001313202/facts-about-abortion-that-many-don-t-know-about

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Kenyan activist’s death in botched abortion spotlights ‘killer’ backstreet clinics

Kenyan activist's death in botched abortion spotlights 'killer' backstreet clinics

February 15, 2019
Nita Bhalla

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The death of a Kenyan activist due a botched abortion spotlights how thousands of pregnant women and girls are being driven by social stigma and restrictive policies to lose their lives in backstreet clinics, human rights campaigners said on Friday.

Caroline Mwatha disappeared on Feb. 6 in Dandora, a poor neighborhood in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, where she lived and campaigned against the abusive treatment of people in police custody, raising alarm among rights groups.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-women-abortion/kenyan-activists-death-in-botched-abortion-spotlights-killer-backstreet-clinics-idUSKCN1Q42H0

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Kenya – SMSes Carol Mwatha sent to ‘lover’ planning visit to abortion clinic

EXCLUSIVE: SMSes Carol Mwatha sent to ‘lover’ planning visit to abortion clinic

by Nyaboga Kiage
February 14th, 2019

As she writhed in pain due to the unsafe abortion that she had undergone, Ms Carol Mwatha did not stop assuring her alleged lover Alexander Gitau Gikonya that she loved him.

In text messages shared between the two lovers and which detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) believe will assist in the investigations, Ms Mwatha clearly explains that she was five months pregnant by Tuesday last week.

Continued: https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/life/smses-carol-mwatha-sent-to-lover/

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Autopsy finds Kenyan right activist died from bad abortion

Autopsy finds Kenyan right activist died from bad abortion

The Associated Press
Published: February 14, 2019

NAIROBI, Kenya — An autopsy shows that a Kenyan rights activist, missing for six days before her body was discovered in a city morgue, died from a botched abortion.

Many had feared that Caroline Mwatha’s disappearance and death had to do with her work at the Dandora Social Justice Center which has been documenting illegal police killings and other violations.

Dr. Peter Muriuki, who conducted the autopsy for Mwatha’s family, said she died of excessive bleeding both internally and externally. He said it was a result of a medical intervention removing the fetus.

Police asked a court Thursday to hold six people for 14 days to investigate Mwatha’s death. They include the owner of the clinic where she died. Abortion is illegal in Kenya unless it’s an emergency to save the mother.

Source: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/autopsy-finds-kenyan-right-activist-died-from-bad-abortion/

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