Why So Many Indians Watch YouTube To Know How To Get An Abortion

Turns out, that a large population in India is still not aware that abortion is legal.

By Adrija Bose 
8 July 2022

A 25-year-old woman in Nagpur used household utensils to self-abort last year by watching a YouTube tutorial. The procedure that involves a safe place, safe tools and a trained medical practitioner was carried out by herself, in her own home when her parents were away. The woman survived but she had to spend days in the hospital, recovering from an acute infection from the procedure that could have killed her. This is not the only story of a botched abortion.

This is not the only story of a botched abortion.

Continued: https://www.boomlive.in/explainers/abortion-india-legal-watching-youtube-roe-v-wade-us-18465

How Abortion Pills Changed the Political Debate in Ireland

Analysis by Clara Ferreira Marques
May 17, 2022

If the US Supreme Court overturns the five-decade-old constitutional right to abortion, as expected, many women will find it far harder to end an unwanted pregnancy. But this won’t be a return to pre-1973, largely thanks to changes to medical technology. Abortion pills, often taken at home, are already making the reality of abortion easier and safer in the early stages of gestation. And even with inevitable new restrictions, they are set to change the political fight too.

Sydney Calkin is a senior lecturer in human geography at Queen Mary University of London and the author of a forthcoming book,  “Abortion Beyond Borders: Abortion Pills and the Future of Reproductive Freedoms.” Her work has focused on cross-border abortion access and activism, an area where politics, gender and reproduction overlap. Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/how-abortion-pills-changed-the-political-debate-in-ireland/2022/05/17/f409c526-d5ed-11ec-be17-286164974c54_story.html

How Latin American women are winning the battle for abortion rights

Argentina, Colombia and Mexico have recently legalised or decriminalised abortion. Could Chile be next?

Diana Cariboni
29 April 2022

It was inconceivable, just five years ago, that ultra-conservative Colombia would decriminalise abortion, or that Catholic, neoliberal Chile would be gearing up to vote on a new constitution that enshrines sexual and reproductive rights, including on-request abortion.

Yet in February, Colombia’s constitutional court removed abortion (up to 24 weeks) from the criminal code in response to a court case brought by Causa Justa – the spearhead of a wide-ranging social and legal campaign of more than 120 groups and thousands of activists.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/women-latin-america-winning-abortion-rights/

How Feminists Won a Historic Abortion Ruling in Colombia

In 2020, Causa Justa in Colombia filed the case that the Constitutional Court ruled on last month, promoting a simple yet transformative argument: that abortion is a health need, and not a matter of criminal persecution.


After months of delays, Colombia’s Constitutional Court finally gave their ruling in a historic case for reproductive justice: In a victory for women and human rights activists everywhere, the justices ruled to decriminalize abortion completely up to 24 weeks and unconditionally under the existing three exceptions. The case, brought by a collective of feminist movements known as Causa Justa, argued for the common sense idea that criminalizing abortion violates the human rights of women, girls and other pregnant people.

Just 16 years ago, Colombia had a total ban on abortions. In 2006, the feminist organization WomensLinkWorldwide secured a Constitutional Court ruling to allow abortion in cases of rape, incest or when the life or health of the woman is at risk. But women in Colombia continued to face multiple barriers to accessing legal abortions under these exceptions…

Continued; https://msmagazine.com/2022/03/10/abortion-colombia-feminist/

Constitutional Court decriminalises abortion in Colombia

Landmark decision means women in Colombia can now terminate a pregnancy up to the 24th week.

By Emma Newbery, Bogota Post
February 28, 2022

A recent
decision from the constitutional court will decriminalise abortion in Colombia.
On February 21, the court voted that women could terminate their pregnancies
until the 24th week in what Human Rights Watch described as a “milestone for
the reproductive rights of women.”

What just happened?
The constitutional court voted five to four to decriminalise abortion in Colombia
up to the 24th week of pregnancy. It makes Colombia one of the most progressive
countries in the world in terms of its abortion legislation, but a lot depends
on how the court’s ruling gets implemented.

Continued: https://thebogotapost.com/constitutional-court-decriminalises-abortion-in-colombia/49587/

Abortion ruling eliminates hurdles for Colombian women

By Astrid Suarez, The Associated Press
Wed., Feb. 23, 2022

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — From the first day of her pregnancy, the Colombian woman was fainting. Then she started to vomit constantly and had two blood clots. Her health wasn’t going well, nor was her baby’s, so she chose to get an abortion.

But the woman, an engineer from Bogota, had to wait almost six months as a team of doctors and psychologists at her public health care provider debated whether a risk to her health made her eligible for the procedure. At the time, the law in Colombia called on doctors to make a decision within five days of abortion requests.


Top Colombia court decriminalizes abortion until 24 weeks of gestation

By Julia Symmes Cobb and Luisa Fernanda Gonzalez

BOGOTA, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Judges on Colombia's constitutional court voted on Monday to decriminalize abortion until 24 weeks of gestation, the court said in a statement, in a victory for abortion rights groups which sued to have the procedure removed from the penal code.

The decision adds Colombia to a list of Latin American countries which have recently liberalized abortion access, including Mexico and Ecuador.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/top-colombia-court-decriminalizes-abortion-until-24-weeks-gestation-2022-02-21/

In Latin American, not only abortions but miscarriages can lead to jail time

January 5, 2022
By Megan Rivers-Moore, Carleton University and 'The Conversation’

Georgina and I are drinking coffee on a rainy winter evening in San José, Costa
Rica. She’s telling me about her abortion, “When it was over, I felt a lot of
things.… But the most overwhelming feeling was relief. I was so relieved that
it was over and that I wasn’t pregnant anymore. I was so relieved to be alive
and not pregnant.”

Abortion is criminalized throughout Latin America, but Central American countries
have some of the strictest abortions laws in the world. El Salvador has been
especially notorious, with abortion banned in all cases and prison sentences if
caught — you can even go to prison for having a miscarriage or a stillbirth.

Continued: https://canadianinquirer.net/2022/01/05/in-latin-american-not-only-abortions-but-miscarriages-can-lead-to-jail-time/

Argentina: Shadows over abortion a year after legalization

It's been a year since Argentina legalized elective abortions up to 14 weeks of gestation, and there are disparities in the procedure's availability

Associated Press
27 December 2021

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Every week of late, more than 20 women with unwanted pregnancies come to Dr. Miranda Ruiz, one of the few physicians who perform free abortions in northern Argentina's Salta province — many under a year-old law that legalized elective abortion to the 14th week of gestation.

Yet activists say that abortion services in socially conservative parts of the country such as Salta remain restricted and under threat, leaving poor women the choice of a clandestine abortion or having an unwanted child.

Continued: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/argentina-shadows-abortion-year-legalization-81955957

Putting patients first

Médecins Sans Frontières
18 November 2021

Every year, 25 million people worldwide end their pregnancies with unsafe abortions, and 22,800 of them die from the consequences. Despite these grim figures, abortion is often not treated like the essential health care service it is. Here, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) midwife Nelly Staderini discusses how MSF has incorporated safe abortion into a standard package of health services.

The following Q&A was translated and adapted from an interview with Staderini by the French podcast Programme B.

Continued: https://www.msf.org/putting-patients-first