Building Support for Safe Abortion in Asia, One Network at a Time

Building Support for Safe Abortion in Asia, One Network at a Time

November 9, 2018
Liza Kane-Hartnett

In Asia, approximately 27 percent of all pregnancies end in abortion. This is a key reason why, for 10 years, the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) has sought to reframe abortion as a human right and build a regional movement to improve access to safe and legal abortion services.

Asia is home to 50 countries, diverse in culture, gender norms, and abortion policies. Seventeen of the 50 countries allow for abortion without restriction of reason, though they may require parental or spousal permission and employ gestational limits.

Continued: https://iwhc.org/2018/11/building-support-safe-abortion-asia-one-network-time/

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Jamaica – Church condemning women to unsafe abortions

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Church condemning women to unsafe abortions

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Dear Editor,

Like clockwork, the far right radicals of the church have sought to turn another conversation about progressive law reform into something which it is not. They have come, guns blazing to “defend the life of the unborn child”.

For them, millions of lives are at stake if the laws were to change so as to allow women to safely access services which they are already accessing (with no significant decline in the population as a result), often times in less than optimal conditions

Continued: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/ONLINE_READERS_COMMENT:_Church_condemning_women_to_unsafe_abortions?profile=1228

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Ghana – MP Pushes For Law On Safe Abortions

MP Pushes For Law On Safe Abortions

Nana Kwame Asamoa-Boateng
November 6, 2018

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku in the Greater Accra Region, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, has called on parliament to consider a legal regime to guide the conduct of safe abortions since abortion is considered criminal under Section 58 of the Criminal Offence Act of 1960 (Act 29) as amended by the PNDC Law 102 of 1985.

According to him, 10,000 women and girls in Ghana die annually through attempted and unsafe abortions while 27 die daily through unsafe abortions.

Continued: http://dailyguideafrica.com/mp-pushes-for-law-on-safe-abortions/

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Jamaica – Letter of the Day | Break down barriers to abortion

Letter of the Day | Break down barriers to abortion

Published:Saturday | November 3, 2018

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Jamaica, like many developing countries across the world, is in need of laws that create space for safe-abortion care. Many persons in Jamaica, particularly men, seem to have this notion that women shouldn't have the right to access abortion care because it is their duty to carry children no matter how having that child may affect their life.

Professor Wendel Abel, head of The University of the West Indies' (UWI) Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, stated on Tuesday, October 10, 2018, at a Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange: "Unsafe abortion accounts for the third leading cause of maternal death. And why this is important is that maternal deaths and under-five deaths are sensitive measures of the quality of our healthcare."

Continued: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/letters/20181103/letter-day-break-down-barriers-abortion

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Uganda: Back Door Abortions Thriving in Kampala

Uganda: Back Door Abortions Thriving in Kampala

Nov 2, 2018
by Undercover Reporter

In a competitive environment, how you present yourself to customers determines your business survival. And that's exactly what 'Dr Gift', despite advertising an illegal service - which he called legal - did.

I was taking a walk in the city centre when I came across a bold advert on A4 size paper. It stood out from the other black and white adverts because it was written in red, capital letters. The poster proclaims how 'Dr Gift' provides "legal abortion and free cleaning".

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201811020904.html

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Nigeria – Group Drum Support Against Teenage Pregnancy, Unsafe Abortion

Group Drum Support Against Teenage Pregnancy, Unsafe Abortion

October 31, 2018
By Obinna Ogbonnaya Abakaliki

A Coalition of Eastern Non-Governmental Orgaizations Ebonyi state chapter, Wednesday advocated for concerted efforts to end teenage pregnancies and unsafe abortions especially among young girls in the state.

The NGO noted that if teenage pregnancy is reduced among young girls, it will help the state to develop the more with its lean resources managed properly.

Continued: https://leadership.ng/2018/10/31/group-drum-support-against-teenage-pregnancy-unsafe-abortion/

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Unsafe Abortions Soar…In Ghana

Unsafe Abortions Soar…In Ghana

31-Oct-2018

Medical doctors in Ghana are worried over increasing unsafe abortion cases in the country.

About 45 per cent of abortions in Ghana remain unsafe.

Continued: http://www.peacefmonline.com/pages/local/social/201810/366699.php

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MADAGASCAR: We can prevent women dying

MADAGASCAR: 28 SEPTEMBER REPORT – Nous pouvons éviter que des femmes meurent (We can prevent women dying)

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Oct 30, 2018

by Lovatiana Andriamboavonjy, Nifin’akanga, Madagascar

In Madagascar, the Minister of Public Health announced that an estimated 75,000 abortions take place per year in the country, that there is one abortion per ten live births and based on data from East Africa, there are about 575 deaths from complications of unsafe abortion on the Madagascar mainland per year. Complications of unsafe abortion are the second highest cause of maternal deaths registered in the health system, after antenatal and post-partum haemorrhage. In a study at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Gynécologie-Obstétrique Befelatanana in 2012-13, there were 360 cases of complications of unsafe abortion, with a fatality rate of 4.16%. According to another study in this same hospital in 2011-12, the majority of those treated for complications were aged 15-24 years, with the age range being 15-43 years of age. 70% of cases were due to haemorrhage, and 30% due to sepsis. But these data do not reflect the reality outside of hospital clinics, where many women never seek treatment and die of post-abortion complications. These problems are all due to abortions being prohibited in the law, and take place clandestinely, using unsafe, often traditional methods.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/madagascar-28-september-report-nous-pouvons-eviter-que-des-femmes-meurent-we-can-prevent-women-dying/

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Ghana – Dr. Okoe Boye calls for decriminalisation of abortion

Dr. Okoe Boye calls for decriminalisation of abortion

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ledzokuku Constituency, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye, has called for the decriminalisation of abortion in the country.

According to him, he is not calling for an unrestricted, unrestrained and unstructured legal regime that grants a blank cheque for the termination of pregnancy but to bring to the attention of the members of the Ghanaian parliament the increase in abortion by the end of 2017.

Continued: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Dr-Okoe-Boye-calls-for-decriminalisation-of-abortion-696667

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Brazil’s Abortion Rights Push Could Come To A Screeching Halt After Jair Bolsonaro’s Election

Brazil's Abortion Rights Push Could Come To A Screeching Halt After Jair Bolsonaro's Election

By Caitlin Cruz
Oct 29, 2018

Brazil elected Jair Bolsonaro as president on Sunday, marking a momentous shift to the far-right. His extremist policies and outrageous comments about minority groups have had some people refer to him as the Brazilian version of Donald Trump. And of his many troubling stances, Bolsonaro's decidedly anti-abortion views may impact Brazil's push to expand abortion rights.

As a candidate, Bolsonaro suggested that if he won the presidency, Brazil will adopt a policy similar to the Hyde Amendment, which outlaws American government dollars from funding abortion. (There's also a policy that prohibits American government dollars from going to funding abortion abroad called the Helms Amendment.)

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/brazils-abortion-rights-push-could-come-to-a-screeching-halt-after-jair-bolsonaros-election-13026022

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