Trump left international abortion rights in shambles, activists say. Can Biden undo the damage?

Biden vowed to repeal the ‘global gag rule,’ but Trump’s ‘anti-woman rhetoric’ isn’t necessarily going away

Urooba Jamal
Jan. 19, 2021

In 2019, Melvine Ouyo, a health policy expert and reproductive rights activist, attended a conference in her city of Nairobi, where antiabortion campaigners were protesting the event. Shortly after that, Ouyo said, she met a pregnant 14-year old girl who had no information about how she could access a safe abortion if she chose.

Ouyo said she believes that if the Trump administration’s “global gag rule” — a U.S. foreign aid policy that restricts funding for abortion-related services — had not been in place, the campaigners wouldn’t have had such a prominent platform, and the girl would have had more information about her reproductive health options.

Continued:  https://www.thelily.com/trump-left-international-abortion-rights-in-shambles-activists-say-can-biden-undo-the-damage/


A helping hand, a listening ear: abortion helpline in India

A helping hand, a listening ear: abortion
helpline in India, where 10 women a day die from unsafe terminations, offers
counselling and access to a safe clinic

Priti Salian
6 Aug, 2020

Yet another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic has been to restrict the
access of millions of women in lockdown to their choice of birth control. India
is seeing millions of unintended pregnancies – and risky abortions.

Zainab Mandlawala will never forget her own experience on a March afternoon in
2018. After waiting for hours, a gynaecologist finally led her into the
operating room and numbed her cervix with a local anaesthetic. She then
performed a “D&C” – dilation and curettage – abortion.

Continued: https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/3096082/helping-hand-listening-ear-abortion-helpline-india-where


Asia Pacific – Beyond tokenism: Accelerating rights of women and girls in a post-COVID era

by Shobha Shukla, CNS
July 15, 2020

I am tempted to share this very recent photograph of a newly done up mural in a very prominent area of my city barely a stone-throw distance from the state parliament. It is a clear depiction of what our patriarchal society wants its women to be-meek submissive, docile, their colourless faces devoid of any hope or desires. I fervently hope that it is not the sign of times to come.

This year’s World Population Day theme of safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls is bang on spot, more so in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Continued: https://www.mangalorean.com/beyond-tokenism-accelerating-rights-of-women-and-girls-in-a-post-covid-era/


18.5 lakh in India didn’t get access to abortion facilities in lockdown

18.5 lakh in India didn’t get access to abortion facilities in lockdown
In some instances, where the pregnancy exceeded 20 weeks, the Karnataka High Court, gave relief during the lockdown.

Published: 02nd June 2020
By Chetana Belagere, Express News Service

BENGALURU: A 12-year-old girl from a poor, illiterate tribal family of rural Karnataka, who got pregnant after a sexual assault, had to go back and forth between medical facilities and the court to terminate her pregnancy during the lockdown. She is not alone. In the last three months, at least 18.5 lakh women across the country did not have access to abortion facilities. A survey conducted in 12 states by Ipas Development Foundation, which collaborates with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) to improve the availability of comprehensive contraceptive care, showed,

Continued: https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2020/jun/02/185-lakh-in-india-didnt-get-access-to-abortion-facilities-in-lockdown-2150999.html


India – Just 1.2% chemists stock abortion pills in Maharashtra: study

Just 1.2% chemists stock abortion pills in Maharashtra: study

Jyoti Shelar MUMBAI
AUGUST 31, 2019

Pharmacists cite legal hassles as reason; experts say lack of access to safe abortions a worry
A mere 1.2% chemists in Maharashtra — three of the 252 reviewed in five cities — stock medical abortion (MA) pills, a study has found.

The study covered 1,008 chemists in Maharashtra, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

Continued: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/just-12-chemists-stock-abortion-pills-in-state-study/article29304187.ece


Why An Abortion Was The Right Choice For Me: 5 Women Share Their Story

Why An Abortion Was The Right Choice For Me: 5 Women Share Their Story
Vogue speaks to five women around the world – from Northern Ireland to Bolivia – who share their deeply personal experiences of abortion, and explain why they believe the choice is a fundamental human right.

By Emily Chan
Friday 5 July 2019

When Alabama passed its anti-abortion law in May – 46 years after abortion was first legalised in the US, in 1973 – it sparked international outcry. The ban, which prevents abortion in nearly all cases, led to thousands of women sharing their abortion experiences on social media, using #YouKnowMe, a campaign launched by American actress Busy Philipps. “One in four women will have an abortion before age 45,” said Philipps on her late-night show. “Maybe you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I don’t know a woman who would have an abortion.’ Well, you know me.”

As Philipps highlights, this is a subject relevant to us all; regardless of age, geography or socio-economic context. Crucially, a woman's fundamental right to choose is under attack, as pockets of political discourse seek to control women’s bodies and reproductive rights.

Continued: https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/women-share-their-personal-abortion-stories


In pictures: Expanding access to safe abortion in India

In pictures: Expanding access to safe abortion in India

Nov 23, 2018
International Planned Parenthood Federation

(Stories and pictures of the work and experiences of 8 women in India)

Konika* - Mother of three, Parivar Swasthya Kendra (PSK) client

Konika is 20 years old, and the mother of three girls. Like many local young women, she decided to have an abortion when she became pregnant for the fourth time within five years. Citing financial issues as the driving force behind her decision, despite her mother-in-laws desire for her to have another child, hoping this time it would be a boy.

Continued: https://www.ippf.org/expanding-safe-abortion-India


68th Foundation Day – Family Planning Association of India

68th Foundation Day – Family Planning Association of India

July 22, 2017
Vincent Belho
General Manager, FPA India, Nagaland Branch, Kohima

Established in 1949, the Family Planning Association of India (FPA India) is a founding member of International Planned Parenthood Federation. FPA India strengthens a voluntary commitment to advocate for SRH and Rights and, choices. It promotes access to SRH information and services related to family planning, safe abortions, HIV/AIDS and sexuality to poor, marginalised and vulnerable populations including young people. Its work in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) covers safe motherhood and child survival, empowerment of women, male involvement, adolescent health and youth development.

Continued at source: Morung Express: http://morungexpress.com/68th-foundation-day-family-planning-association-india/


Global gag rule: unsafe abortions kill one woman every two hours in India – Donald Trump will make this worse

Global gag rule: unsafe abortions kill one woman every two hours in India – Donald Trump will make this worse

The Mexico City Policy blocks US funding for global health organisations who provide or give information about safe abortions

by Katie Forster
Feb 2, 2017

Limited information and stigma stop Indian women from ending pregnancies without putting their lives in danger Getty

Abortion is legal in India, but in some areas, 80 per cent of women do not know this. Many take matters into their own hands instead, using untested herbal remedies or visiting backstreet clinics – one death every two hours is caused by unsafe abortion, research suggests.

A “lack of information, stigma, and probably knowledge of a safe facility” stops Indian women, particularly in rural areas, from ending pregnancies without putting their lives in danger, said Vinoj Manning, head of global reproductive rights charity Ipas in India.

Continued at link
Source, The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/unsafe-abortions-kill-woman-india-two-hours-donald-trump-global-gag-rule-mexico-city-policy-foreign-a7559781.html


US abortion funding cuts hit Indian NGOs

US abortion funding cuts hit Indian NGOs

By Divya Rajagopal, ET Bureau
Jan 28, 2017

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Source, Economic Times, http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/us-abortion-funding-cuts-hit-indian-ngos/articleshow/56820814.cms