BENIN – Alerte sur les avortements sauvages (Alert on unsafe abortions)

BENIN – Alerte sur les avortements sauvages (Alert on unsafe abortions)

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Dec 6, 2018

Despite the restrictions imposed by the law and a socio-cultural context where it remains a taboo subject, abortion is common in Benin where many girls and women practice it in hiding, risking their lives.

Solange, 32, remembers it as if it were yesterday. Pregnant a little over a month while she lives an adventure “without promises” with a man, she does not wish to keep the pregnancy. Already the father of a daughter whom his mother helps him to raise, this man is not ready to take on a second paternity. He cannot afford it, either. Very soon, they come into contact with a young man who puts them in contact with the “doctor” of a private care practice located in Akpakpa, a district of Cotonou. Against 30,000 FCFA, about US$51, the “doctor” helps Solange get rid of the pregnancy. “I do not even know if he was a doctor or not. My only concern at the time was to end this pregnancy,” says Solange today, who has done rather well. “He gave me an injection before “scraping” inside. It did not hurt. We were in a very dimly lit room.”

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/benin-alerte-sur-les-avortements-sauvages-alert-on-unsafe-abortions/

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BOTSWANA – In Botswana it is easier to have a back street abortion than to be treated for flu at Princes Marina Hospital

BOTSWANA – In Botswana it is easier to have a back street abortion than to be treated for flu at Princes Marina Hospital

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Dec 6, 2018

For Pula 800 and a click of the mouse, Batswana women who wish to terminate unwanted pregnancies can have their wishes fulfilled in a few hours while influenza patients are still queuing to see a doctor, according to Sunday Standard investigations.

The right of women to terminate a pregnancy in Botswana has been the subject of political, medical, social and legal debate, but 18 years later it remains a criminal offence unless it is permitted under the Penal Code 1991, which permits abortion up to 16 weeks of pregnancy on grounds of rape, defilement or incest; if the pregnancy puts the life of the woman at risk or may cause harm to her physical or mental health; or the fetus would suffer or later develop physical or mental abnormality.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/botswana-in-botswana-it-is-easier-to-have-a-back-street-abortion-than-to-be-treated-for-flu-at-princes-marina-hospital/

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Nepal – Women seeking safe abortion spike in Bajura

Women seeking safe abortion spike in Bajura

Published: December 05, 2018

BAJURA: Uma Thapa (name changed) residing in Budiganga Municipality of Bajura district underwent two unsafe abortions and had to visit Bayalpata hospital in Aacham district for treatment.

However, this time around, she aborted a fetus at a local Devalsen Health Centre as safe abortion service has been launched at the facility in the village.

continued: https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/women-seeking-safe-abortion-spike-in-bajura/

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Zimbabwe – Make abortion safe: NGO

Make abortion safe: NGO

Mashonaland Central Correspondent
Dec 3, 2018

THERE is need to broaden circumstances under which abortion is permitted and to ensure the availability of safe, legal abortion services, as well as post-abortion care to reduce clandestine and unsafe procedures.

This was said by a non-governmental organisation, Right Here Right Now, in Bindura last week. Right Here Right Now, which is part of a consortium of NGOs that include Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Real Open Opportunities Trust Support and Katswe Sisterhood, revealed that Zimbabwe had one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, estimated at 651 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births in contrast to a worldwide trend of declines.

Continued: https://www.herald.co.zw/make-abortion-safe-ngo/

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Kenya – Abortion: Rights group sues ministry, officials over Marie Stopes ban

Abortion: Rights group sues ministry, officials over Marie Stopes ban

Dec. 01, 2018
By LILLIAN MUTAVI

The Centre for Reproductive Rights on Friday sued the Ministry of Health and other state officials over the recent ban on Marie Stopes over safe abortions.

The lobby group filed a suit against the CS for Health, the Director of Medical Services, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, the Kenya Film and Classification Board and its CEO Ezekiel Mutua.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/12/01/abortion-rights-group-sues-ministry-officials-over-marie-stopes-ban_c1859353

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Nigeria – Strict abortion laws inimical to women, says group

Strict abortion laws inimical to women, says group

November 30, 2018

The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) has canvassed for the liberalisation of restrictive abortion laws in Nigeria to enable women access appropriate health care.

President of the Society, Prof. Oluwarotimi Akinola, who addressed reporters in Calabar after their 52nd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference, said evidence all over the world has shown that the number of abortions do not increase due to the liberalisation of the law.

Continued: http://thenationonlineng.net/strict-abortion-laws-inimical-women-says-group/

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How stigma and restricted access stop Indian women from seeking safe abortions

How stigma and restricted access stop Indian women from seeking safe abortions
When women who approach doctors are denied abortion, they are forced to break the law and opt for unsafe abortion. The result? Unsafe abortions is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India.

Haripriya Suresh and Shiba Kurian
Friday, November 30, 2018

For her first termination of pregnancy, Aishwarya* had gone to a gynaecologist, but was flat out denied by the doctor, who said she would not perform the abortion. The doctor then referred her to a colleague, who turned out to be an IVF specialist. The second doctor, too, denied her the abortion, and instead asked her to carry the pregnancy to term and have a baby. Aishwarya was seven weeks pregnant at the time, but the IVF specialist refused to give her a medical kit, and stated that she was too far along, and asked her to come in for a prohibitively expensive surgery to abort.

“I walked out of the hospital, went to my neighbourhood pharmacy, asked for the kit, and I self-medicated,” Aishwarya says.

Continued: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/how-stigma-and-restricted-access-stop-indian-women-seeking-safe-abortions-92505

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Campaigners in Kenya challenge Marie Stopes abortion ban in court

Campaigners in Kenya challenge Marie Stopes abortion ban in court

30 November 2018
By Nita Bhalla, Thomson Reuters Foundation

NAIROBI - A human rights group on Friday challenged the Kenyan government in court over banning international charity Marie Stopes from providing abortion services, saying the move would drive thousands of women and girls to backstreet clinics.

Kenyan authorities directed Marie Stopes to suspend offering abortions and post-abortion care on Nov. 14, after complaints its media campaign was promoting the termination of unwanted pregnancies - a charge the charity denies.

Continued: https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/campaigners-in-kenya-challenge-marie-stopes-abortion-ban-in-court-18336919

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Kenya – Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’

Unsafe abortion: ‘It was so painful that I fainted’
(3-minute podcast)

Nov 28, 2018

Authorities in Kenya have banned the international health organisation Marie Stopes from offering any form of abortion services. Marie Stopes says it operates within the law, offering counselling services including post-abortion care. But there are now fears the ban might prompt more women to undergo unsafe back-alley abortions. Beatrice became pregnant while she was still in high school. This is her story. You may find some of what she says distressing.

Continued: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06t10t2

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What’s driving high pregnancy rates in Kenyan schools

What's driving high pregnancy rates in Kenyan schools

November 26, 2018
by Michael Mutua, The Conversation

During Kenya's national schools exams, an alarming number of girls were reported to be pregnant or in labour, and so couldn't take the exam. In just one county, 72 girls taking the exams were pregnant while 38 gave birth before the test. The Conversation Africa's Moina Spooner asked Michael Mutua to shed light on why so many girls are falling pregnant and what measures there are to support them.

What is the prevalence of pregnancy in schools in Kenya?

Cases of pregnancy among young girls is high. Teen pregnancy and motherhood rates stand at 18%. About one in every five adolescent girls (aged 15 to 19) has either had a live birth, or is pregnant with her first child. Rates increase with age: from 3% among girls at 15 years old, to 40% among girls at 19 years.

Continued: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-11-high-pregnancy-kenyan-schools.html

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