Baranyai: Strict abortion bans harm girls forced to give birth

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Baranyai: Strict abortion bans harm girls forced to give birth
The fate of one individual can galvanize public sentiment. So it is with the widespread tragedy of children forced into childbirth

Robin Baranyai
Published on: March 30, 2018

Statistics of tragedy can become meaningless; the scope of suffering, vague. Yet the fate of one individual can galvanize public sentiment – three-year-old Alan Kurdi, drowned escaping the conflict in Syria, or Kim Phuc, Vietnam’s “napalm girl.”

So it is with the widespread tragedy of children forced into childbirth. Every year, worldwide, two million girls aged 14 and under have babies themselves, because they don’t have access to safe, legal abortion.

Continued: http://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/baranyai-strict-abortion-bans-harm-girls-forced-to-give-birth

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Lesotho – Where Abortion is Illegal, Women Turn to Facebook for Alternatives

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Where Abortion is Illegal, Women Turn to Facebook for Alternatives

March 29, 2018
By Jenna Presta in International

Women in Lesotho are finding abortion pills and their providers on Facebook. Abortion, a matter of common law rather than statutory law in Lesotho, is illegal in all cases except those that threaten the life of the mother according to the UN country report.

In addition to legal obstacles, women in Lesotho face threats of social isolation, similar to women in the United States, where abortion can also be a taboo topic. These societal implications coupled with the legal restrictions of the nation drive women to seek out an alternative path.

Continued: http://www.mediafiledc.com/abortion-illegal-women-turn-dangerous-measures/

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ARGENTINA – What’s been happening since the abortion law reform bill was tabled

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ARGENTINA – What’s been happening since the abortion law reform bill was tabled
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Mar 27, 2018

The tabling of the bill drafted by the Campaña por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito took place on 6 March in the lower House of the Argentine Congress.

Mariana Romero of Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES) writes: “I was inside the Chamber that day. There were 116 representatives at the ‘informative session’ in which the process of consideration of this bill and several others that were tabled at the same time was presented. Of the 116 representatives present in the Chamber, 102 of them belong to one of the three Committees that will take evidence from “experts” and will vote on whether to take one or more bills to the full Chamber, as outlined below. The methodology for this process was presented, and it seems transparent. All in all, it was a very good day. For sure, the situation is new, and we have two months to lobby those who do not know how they are going to vote.”

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/argentina-whats-been-happening-since-the-abortion-law-reform-bill-was-tabled/

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I’m a Catholic obstetrician who had an abortion. This is not politics or religion. It’s life.

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I'm a Catholic obstetrician who had an abortion. This is not politics or religion. It's life.

Rebecca Luckett, Opinion contributor
March 27, 2018

My job is to take care of women. As an obstetrician-gynecologist working in Botswana, I see women through the highs and lows of their reproductive lives. Until last year, I personally had only experienced the highs. In 2015, I gave birth to a perfect baby at the right time in my life given my values and goals. A few years later, when I was ready, I got pregnant with my second child.

Last August, I went for my 20-week ultrasound, expecting to find out if number two was a boy or a girl. Instead, I looked to the monitor and found a fetus struggling to survive in my womb. I’m used to being on the other side of that ultrasound probe, so I knew what was next. I would have said the same thing: “The baby can’t survive. And you can get very sick.”

Continued: https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/416614002

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Vietnam – Unlicensed doctor fined for illegal abortion

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Unlicensed doctor fined for illegal abortion

Update: March 26/2018
Viet Nam News

NGHỆ AN — An unlicensed doctor in the central province of Nghệ An was fined VNĐ50 million (US$2,200) for performing an unsafe abortion that killed a local woman.

The unlicensed doctor, Đinh Thị Thanh, 52, performed the abortion by placing a catheter into the woman’s uterus and fed her boiled katuk (Sauropus androgynus) water on March 12, Vietnamnetonline newspaper reported.

Continued: http://vietnamnews.vn/society/425087/unlicensed-doctor-fined-for-illegal-abortion.html

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Abortion laws are not ‘pro life’ when they ignore women

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Abortion laws are not ‘pro life’ when they ignore women
Inhuman cases, especially in Latin America, expose the vacuity of claims that they are there for protection

Kenan Malik
Sun 25 Mar 2018

We don’t know her name. She was aged 14 and her rape had led to a pregnancy. Under Paraguay’s savage abortion laws she was denied a termination and died in childbirth. “Her body was not ready for a pregnancy,” said Hernán Martínez, director of the National Hospital of Itauguá.

In Paraguay, as in many Latin American countries, abortion is permitted only when the life of the woman is threatened (and, as this case shows, the threat to the life of a 14-year-old in childbirth doesn’t count). Three years ago, a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after her stepfather allegedly raped her was refused an abortion.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/25/abortion-womens-rights-latin-america

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Want to lower the abortion rate? Support pro-choice policies

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Want to lower the abortion rate? Support pro-choice policies
The chief lesson of a new report is that making abortion illegal or hard to get doesn’t end abortion, it just makes it less safe

Jill Filipovic
Sat 24 Mar 2018

Want to lower the abortion rate and prevent maternal deaths worldwide? Support pro-choice policies. That’s the takeaway from a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, which looks at abortion around the world.

The chief lesson of the report is one pro-choice advocates have known for years: that making abortion illegal or hard to get doesn’t end abortion, it just makes it less safe. And opposition to abortion tends to come along with opposition to contraception and women’s rights more broadly – and the limited contraception access that results means a higher abortion rate.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/24/want-to-lower-the-abortion-rate-support-pro-choice-policies

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ARROW – #OurStoriesOurselves!

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ARROW – #OurStoriesOurselves!

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
March 22, 2018

On International Women’s Day, the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) launched the online version of their publication #OurStoriesOurselves!, which contains stories of women’s experiences of pregnancy, abortion, the consequences of sex, child marriage and more. In addition to the stories of women themselves, the webpage includes podcasts, a photo gallery and images of hand-written journals by women that form the basis of the publication. Here is an excerpt from one of those stories from a Moroccan woman:

Fatima’s story
Five years ago, Fatima (then aged 16 years) was raped in her home by her uncle. Initially, she kept the incident to herself. “Shocked and afraid, I could not talk about it to my family or anyone I knew,” she narrated.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/arrow-ourstoriesourselves/

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Abortion rates drop dramatically – but only in rich countries

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Abortion rates drop dramatically – but only in rich countries
Study says terminations have nearly halved in 25 years, but higher rates, particularly of unsafe abortions, occur ‘overwhelmingly’ in poorer nations

Karen McVeigh
Wed 21 Mar 2018

Rates of abortion have dropped significantly across the world in the past quarter-century, but the decline has been predominantly in the developed world, according to a report.

Evidence gathered by the US-based Guttmacher Institute, a research and advocacy group for reproductive health, suggests the procedure, which kills tens of thousands of women every year, has become safer in many parts of the world.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/mar/21/abortion-rates-drop-dramatically-rich-countries-terminations-study

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Abortion Worldwide 2017: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access

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Abortion Worldwide 2017: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access

Susheela Singh,Lisa Remez,Gilda Sedgh,Lorraine KwokandTsuyoshi Onda
March 21, 2018

Published in 2018, Abortion Worldwide: Uneven Progress and Unequal Access provides the most current information on the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy worldwide, as well as trends since 1990, as women and couples increasingly want smaller families. It examines laws that regulate abortion and how they have evolved, and the current safety of abortion provision. It documents the barriers women face to preventing unintended pregnancies and obtaining safe abortions, and the impacts of unsafe abortion on women’s well-being. This study provides a comprehensive update to findings from the 2009 Abortion Worldwide: A Decade of Uneven Progress.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/report/abortion-worldwide-2017

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