Africa – Abortion is healthcare – and this makes it a human right

Reproductive justice is about much more than the freedom to choose to terminate a pregnancy or not – it challenges systems of oppression and discrimination and calls for a focused action plan for law reform.

By Tlaleng Mofokeng
14 August 2020

Dignity, bodily integrity, equality, safety and security, and health – including reproductive health – are human rights.

States must work to ensure that all people, regardless of gender, age, immigration or documentation status, geography or class, are able to access life-affirming and comprehensive healthcare. No circumstances or interventions should lead to discrimination, obstruction of access to abortion, or complications or death due to unsafe procedures.

Continued: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-08-14-abortion-is-healthcare-and-this-makes-it-a-human-right/


Pro-Choice vs Pro-Life splits Namibia

By Southern Times -- Jul 10,2020
Benahzir Majiedt

Windhoek – An emotive Bill seeking to legalise abortion, tabled by the Deputy Health Minister Ester Muinjangue in Parliament, has split Namibian society as the pro-choice and pro-life debate takes centre stage in the Southern African country.

Muinjangue described the right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy through to birth (pro-choice) was the hallmark of a “progressive” nation that placed rights above religion and “morality”.

Continued: https://southerntimesafrica.com/site/news/pro-choice-vs-pro-life-splits-namibia


Namibia – Making abortion safe and legal

Staff Reporter   National   Khomas
July 2, 2020

The abortion debate post-independence was started by Dr Libertina Amathila, the then minister of health. During this debate, she highlighted the statistics of girls and women that had lost lives due to unsafe abortions and the actual number of women and girls that had proffered an abortion. This motion was denied.

Thereafter, the motion was taken up by Dr Nickey Iiyambo and the motion was denied. The Ombudsman Advocate John Walters has spoken out about the effects of illegal abortion, Dr Richard Kamwi, the former minister of health has spoken out about unsafe abortion, the president of Namibia, Hage Geingob, has as well spoken out against unsafe abortion and has indicated the need to legalise abortion.

Continued: https://neweralive.na/posts/opinion-making-abortion-safe-and-legal


Namibia – Beyond the veil of unsafe abortion

2020-07-01
by Yokany Oliveira

SHE still cannot erase the dark memory of the day she overdosed on pills in order to induce an abortion in 2010.

The incident landed *Ndinelao in hospital where she was treated for severe bleeding.

Ndinelao took the pills knowing she would experience severe side effects but her desire to terminate the pregnancy was greater than the risk.

Continued: https://www.namibian.com.na/92360/read/Beyond-the-veil-of-unsafe-abortion


Campaigners demand the legalisation of abortion in Namibia

Campaigners demand the legalisation of abortion in Namibia

17th June 2020
By Daniel Itai – The Zimbabwe Daily

Namibia is currently facing a shortage of contraceptives and this has prompted some members of the civil society to advocate for the legalization of abortion.

The Popular Democratic Movement Women’s League (PDMWL) feels the shortage of contraceptives in public health facilities across the country is life threatening.

Continued: https://thezimbabwedaily.com/africa/491447-campaigners-demand-the-legalisation-of-abortion-in-namibia.html


Namibia decriminalises baby abandonment

Namibia decriminalises baby abandonment

Feb 15, 2019
AFP

Mothers are being encouraged to give up children to be looked after by the state without being prosecuted rather than resort to an illegal abortion.

The Namibian government on Friday said it hoped a new law to remove criminal penalties for mothers abandoning their new-born babies would ensure women who cannot look after their children can hand them safely to authorities.

Continued: https://citizen.co.za/news/news-africa/2084745/namibia-decriminalises-baby-abandonment/amp/


SAFAIDS brings ‘She Decides Southern Africa’ to Namibia

SAFAIDS brings ‘She Decides Southern Africa’ to Namibia

By Southern Times
Aug 20,2018
Lahja Nashuuta

Windhoek - Gender activists from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region launched the She Decides Southern Africa campaign on 13 August in Windhoek.

The campaign, part of a global effort to protect women and girls, was launched along with the 10th edition of the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer ahead of the 38th SADC Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government held from 17 to18 August 2018.

Continued: https://southerntimesafrica.com/site/news/safaids-brings-she-decides-southern-africa-to-namibia


Trump’s Global Gag Rule: Nigerian Women In Jeopardy

Trump’s Global Gag Rule: Nigerian Women In Jeopardy
Rise In Unsafe Abortion, Maternal Deaths Loom

By Chioma Umeha
March 7, 2018

A little more than a year ago after the Mexico City Policy, also known as the ‘Global Gag Rule,’ (GGR) was reintroduced by President Donald Trump on his first day in office; the fear of its dreaded impact is beginning to be felt.

GGR is an executive order by the US government that blocks U.S. federal funding for non-governmental organisations that provide abortion counselling or referrals, advocate to decriminalise abortion or expand abortion services.

Continued: https://independent.ng/trumps-global-gag-rule-nigerian-women-jeopardy/


In Namibia’s abortion debate, echoes of a repressive history

In Namibia's abortion debate, echoes of a repressive history
Opponents argue the restrictions represent a troubled legacy of apartheid rule, echoing debates around Africa about what to do with laws left over from colonial days. Others say they reflect contemporary views in a deeply religious country.

Ryan Lenora Brown, Staff writer
January 11, 2018

Windhoek, Namibia—The president’s voice came booming in through the open window of Rosa Namises’ house, crackling over the speakers from the soccer stadium next door.

It was the early 1990s, just years after Namibia’s independence from South Africa, a time when nearly every speech a politician here gave seemed full of outsized meaning – like a series of patriotic “how to” guides on building a new country.

That day in her kitchen, Ms. Namises heard President Sam Nujoma explain that Namibia was a small nation. Too small, in fact. It simply didn’t have enough people.

Continued at source: https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2018/0111/In-Namibia-s-abortion-debate-echoes-of-a-repressive-history


Namibia: Editorial … Abortion is Not the Only Killer

Editorial ... Abortion is Not the Only Killer
Opinions - Editorials | 2017-03-31 11
Editorial

'500 WOMEN die from abortion every year.' Perhaps such should be the news headlines to make Namibians understand we have a crisis, and all because of a lack of empathy.

Health minister Bernard Haufiku tried this week to highlight the magnitude of the problem when he announced that more than 7 300 women were treated at state health centres last year due to “illegal abortions” gone wrong. Haufiku said the figure could be as high as 10 000 –– at least 27 cases a day.

The minister called for “decriminalisation” of abortion, which is outlawed by legislation dating back to 1975. We can only imagine the minister is treading carefully for fear of a backlash from zealots, who view the issue as nothing but a callous crime commited by pregnant women.

Continued at source: The Namibian: http://www.namibian.com.na/52924/read/Editorial--Abortion-is-Not-the-Only-Killer
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