Uganda – CSOs call for revision of laws to accommodate safe abortion

NELSON MANDELA,  PML Daily Reporter
October 1, 2022

KAMPALA – Maternal mortalities remain an enormous concern in both restrictive and liberalized legal contexts. For social and political reasons, the comprehensive SRHR services i.e. abortion care delivery is not included in national responses for maternal healthcare improvement in Uganda.

The Alliance of Women Advocating for Change (AWAC) on International Safe Abortion Day on September 28, together with other Civil Society Organisations – CSOs organized a media café dialogue to spotlight the effects of unsafe abortion among marginalized women including female sex workers, and AGYW engaging in sex work.

Continued: https://www.pmldaily.com/news/2022/10/csos-call-for-revision-of-laws-to-accommodate-safe-abortion.html


Uganda rejects UN definition of abortion as a human right

Monday, September 26, 2022
By JANE NAFULA

Uganda has joined several other African countries to oppose the contentious United Nations Human Rights Committee’s definition of abortion as a human right.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines abortion as termination of pregnancy prior to 20 weeks gestation.

Continued: https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/uganda-rejects-un-definition-of-abortion-as-a-human-right-3962018


Uganda – Sexuality education: Is it a game changer?

Wednesday, September 07, 2022
Mariana Kayaga

During the national consultations by the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) on the East African Community Sexual and Reproductive Health Bill (EAC SRH Bill), a section of clerics argued that sexuality education sexualises children and that “children have no business engaging in sex”.

They further argued that sexuality education for children should be left to the parents. Discussions on sexuality education have always been a polarising debate and this is partly fueled by misconceptions and misinformation. For a long time, there has been the misconception that sexuality education and sex education are the same thing. However, sexuality education is a curriculum-based means of teaching and learning about cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality.

Continued: https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/oped/commentary/sexuality-education-is-it-a-game-changer--3939374


Dobbs v Jackson judgment in US may stifle women’s reproductive rights as far afield as Africa

Women have a right to an abortion in South Africa that is protected by the Constitution. Yet of the 3,880 health facilities in South Africa, less than 7% provide access to abortion services, and of the 505 medical facilities specifically designated to provide the service, an estimation of only 197 are currently operational.

By Sibusisiwe Ndlela, Charlemaine Husselmann and Primah Kwagala
21 Aug 2022

Recognition of a right to abortion is often the first step towards creating an enabling environment for women to access abortions but in some countries in east and southern Africa, argue the authors, the outcome of the US case may put brakes on little sparks of hope that emerged in recent years.

The right to abortion has been catapulted into the spotlight by Dobbs v Jackson, the landmark judgment of the United States (US) Supreme Court that overturned Roe v Wade — a 50-year-old precedent of that court that first recognised the constitutional right to abortion in the US.

Continued: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-08-21-dobbs-v-jackson-judgment-may-further-stifle-womens-reproductive-rights-as-far-afield-as-africa/


Uganda – We need measures to curb unsafe abortion

Thursday, August 18, 2022
Sauni Samantha Nsiimenta

What you need to know:
Also concerted efforts are needed to reduce the costs associated with post
abortion care

August 12 is commemorated as the International Youth Day, to reflect on the
challenges youth face. In Uganda, one of the biggest challenges that youth,
especially young girls, experience is early pregnancies and unsafe abortion.

Continued: https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/oped/commentary/we-need-measures-to-curb-unsafe-abortion-3918118


Why married women procure abortions in Uganda

DAVID MAFABI
August 17, 2022

MBALE – When Ms Agatha Negesa [Not her real name] got married, she had her family life planned out well, this is because she did not want to produce too early, too soon, too often, and too late.

She had a plan and target of having three children but also remaining at her workplace stable by the age of 35. Everything went well according to her plan by the time she gave birth to her third born in February 2017.

Continued:  https://www.pmldaily.com/investigations/special-reports/2022/08/why-married-women-procure-abortions-in-uganda.html


Uganda – International Youth Day: Tackling Teenage Pregnancies, Abortion & Maternal Mortality

August 11, 2022
Nsiimenta Sauni Samantha, Advocates for Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

12th August is a day dedicated to
the role young women and men play in bringing change in tackling global issues
and achieving sustainable development. It also serves as an opportunity to
raise awareness on challenges and problems facing the word’s youth.

In our society, one of the biggest challenges facing the youth has been Teenage
pregnancies and unsafe abortion among others.

Continued: https://chimpreports.com/international-youth-day-tackling-teenage-pregnancies-abortion-maternal-mortality/


US supreme court abortion reversal would be global ‘catastrophe’ for women

If Roe v Wade is overturned, it will encourage anti-choice groups – particularly in the developing world, activists warn

Wed 18 May 2022
The Guardian

The probable demise of abortion as a federal right in the US will be a “catastrophe” for women in low and middle-income countries, with an emboldened anti-choice movement likely to raise renewed pressure on hard-won gains, doctors and activists have warned.

The leak this month of the US supreme court’s draft majority opinion, which argued that the 1973 ruling effectively legalising abortion had been “egregiously wrong from the start”, stunned and enraged many in America.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/may/18/us-supreme-court-abortion-reversal-would-be-global-catastrophe-for-women


Uganda – Gulu district struggling with unsafe abortions

The Independent
December 31, 2021

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Gulu district health department is battling with unsafe abortions due to persistent increase in teenage pregnancies.

Statistics from the Gulu district and City health departments indicate that a total of 474 cases of unsafe abortions among teenage girls were registered between 2020 and 2021.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.ug/gulu-district-struggling-with-unsafe-abortions/


Looking back on the successes of the International Safe Abortion Day 2021

10 December 2021
FIGO Advocating for Safe Abortion Project

For International Safe Abortion Day (ISAD), marked on 28 September, the 10 national member societies FIGO supports through its Advocating for Safe Abortion Project developed educational activities and awareness-raising campaigns in their countries and communities.

“International Safe Abortion Day is about making what is often ignored – the preventable pandemic of unsafe abortions -  visible. As a committed health care community we come together to demonstrate what solutions must be implemented. Together with our partners, we raise our voices to dismantle abortion-related stigma which is the enemy of women/girls’ right to claim access to safe abortion – time-sensitive essential health care.  This year from Latin America to Africa we are proud to share the efforts of our OBGYN member societies, and all that they are doing to stand up for women/girls’ health care and human rights.”
– Jessica Morris, Senior Project Manager, Advocating for Safe Abortion Project, FIGO

Continued: https://www.figo.org/news/looking-back-successes-international-safe-abortion-day-2021