Why did she die?

Updated 03 Nov, 2021
By Neha Khan & Sadia Wali

Sakina has two daughters and two sons aged 7, 5, 3 respectively and the youngest is three months old and nursing. Sakina suddenly learns she is pregnant, as she did not use any method of family planning.

Sakina’s family is financially weak; her husband is the sole earner as a daily wage laborer and their circumstances do not allow them to have another child. Everyone Sakina consults tells her to continue with this pregnancy and use family planning methods for the future.

Continued: https://www.aaj.tv/news/30270495


Poor Access to Safe Abortions Is Killing South Asian Women

Even in countries where abortion is legal, access to safe abortions remains challenging

By Bansari Kamdar
June 15, 2021

One in every four maternal deaths around the world happens in South Asia. Lack of access to safe and legal abortions and contraceptives is a leading reason for the region’s high maternal mortality rate. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), less than half the abortions in South and Central Asia were safe.

In Bhutan, which has a 1.4 percent case fatality rate, one of the main reasons for maternal mortality is abortion complications. Section 146 of Bhutan’s Penal Code legalizes abortion only if it is to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy resulted from incest and rape or the mother is not of sound mental condition. Denied access to safe abortion, many Bhutanese women cross the border to neighboring India, where abortion, while legal on most grounds, remains dangerous.

Continued: https://thediplomat.com/2021/06/poor-access-to-safe-abortions-is-killing-south-asian-women/


Pakistan – A strange paradox

Rizwana Naqvi
April 23, 2021

To say that we live in a patriarchal society would be a cliché, but how else can we describe a society where women can’t even make decisions regarding their own body, and regarding when and how many children to have.

Feminists have for years been advocating for equal rights for women not only in education and health but in all spheres of life. And when it comes to women’s rights, reproductive health is an important segment where women need to make informed decisions. Unfortunately, according to the State of World Population 2019 report, Pakistan’s maternal mortality (death due to pregnancy-related complication) rate was still as high as 178 women per 100,000. Though it has improved from 276 in 2008 and 375 per 100,000 in 1995, it is still quite high, as compared to other countries in the region.

Continued: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/824468-a-strange-paradox


Unsafe abortion causing maternal mortality in Punjab

Women face agonising barriers to accessing quality healthcare, consultation

Muhammad Shahzad
February 26, 2021

LAHORE: The recent incidents of deaths of women during abortion in Lahore need to be looked beyond the moral implications.

These women lost their lives not because of the suspicions over their character or their relations but due to the absence of the needed healthcare facilities.

Continued: https://tribune.com.pk/story/2286311/unsafe-abortion-causing-maternal-mortality-in-punjab


Pakistan – More arrests made in female student’s death case in Lahore

JANUARY 27, 2021

Lahore police on Tuesday made more arrests in connection with the incident of recovery of the female student’s body outside the emergency ward of a teaching hospital in Lahore.

Police officials have arrested another suspect named Owais in the case after getting his information from an accused, Usama, who had reportedly brought Maryam’s body to the Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital on Sunday.

Continued: https://dailytimes.com.pk/717581/more-arrests-made-in-female-students-death-case-in-lahore/


Police nab suspect who left female student’s body outside hospital

By News desk
January 26, 2021

The police officials have arrested a suspect who allegedly fled along with his accomplice after leaving the body of a female student outside the emergency ward of Lahore Jinnah Hospital on Monday.

Earlier, the body of a girl student was recovered outside the emergency ward of Jinnah Hospital which was sent medico-legal formalities by the police. The deceased female student was identified as Marium, a resident of Gujrat, whose body was later handed over to the relatives after conducting a post-mortem.

The initial post-mortem report revealed that the female student had allegedly died due to excessive bleeding during an unsafe abortion. Police said that the final post-mortem report will provide more facts regarding her death.

Continued: https://pakobserver.net/police-nab-suspect-who-left-female-students-body-outside-hospital/


That radical idea: a woman’s body belongs to her

Ground reality reveals deep rooted patriarchy that has taken hold of both formal state institutions and informal ones

Benazir Jatoi
September 11, 2020

One would think it is simple — one’s body
belongs to oneself. The reality is that a woman’s body does not belong entirely
to her. It belongs to the state, family, religious institutions and ideology.
Globally, controlling a woman’s body is one of the tools used to maintain the
deeply entrenched patriarchal status quo. For centuries, this is how it has
been regardless of the advancement societies make. That simple idea then that a
woman’s body belongs to her is in fact really, even in this day and age, a
radical one.

Continued:  https://tribune.com.pk/story/2263585/that-radical-idea-a-womans-body-belongs-to-her


Pakistan – Lost protection

Lost protection
The lockdown has limited peoples’ access to various forms of birth control. The restrictions have also prompted a shortage of contraceptives. The government must declare sexual and reproductive healthcare an essential service or get ready to embrace a baby boom in due course

Alefia T. Hussain
May 3, 2020

Lately, we’ve been joking about a lockdown baby boom. The joke may turn sour a few months on when stay-at-home rules and boredom-induced intimacy between couples start resulting in the arrival of coronababies, coronials or quaranteens.

It might sound cute and joyful, but it’s making many couples insecure — because it’s not the best time to get intimate.

Continued: https://www.thenews.com.pk/tns/detail/652596-lost-protection


Pakistan – More investment in family planning programmes stressed

More investment in family planning programmes stressed

Myra Imran
January 31, 2020

Islamabad : Increased investment in family planning programmes could accelerate Pakistan’s progress across social, economic and environmental areas of sustainable development.

This was discussed at a meeting held with media persons on Pakistan’s population challenge, hosted by the Population Council in Islamabad with the support of United Nations Population Fund.

Continued: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/606792-more-investment-in-family-planning-programmes-stressed


Pakistan – Opposition, treasury in Sindh Assembly join hands to pass reproductive healthcare rights law

Opposition, treasury in Sindh Assembly join hands to pass reproductive healthcare rights law

Hasan Mansoor
Updated November 14, 2019

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed the Sindh Reproductive Healthcare Rights Bill aimed at promoting the reproductive healthcare rights of men and women and taking care of complications with regard to pregnancy and childbirth.

The bill was originally handed to the standing committee on health a month earlier, which returned it to the house after necessary tweaking.

Continued: https://www.dawn.com/news/1516521/opposition-treasury-in-sindh-assembly-join-hands-to-pass-reproductive-healthcare-rights-law