Burner phones, aliases, code words: The secret networks that women use to circumvent Honduras’ abortion ban

MAY 20, 2023
Associated Press

Inside a little wooden house among the pine and oak forests of western Honduras' coffee-growing mountains, a woman opened a tiny package of pills, delivered to a nearby town. She didn't know it, but the medication had more than likely entered the country hidden in an activist's suitcase, from Mexico.

The woman, 27, was confident in her decision to have an abortion, but in the moment, she panicked. She knew she was breaking national law banning all abortions and could be prosecuted. Even more, she feared medical complications, or her religious family finding out.

Continued: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/burner-phones-aliases-code-words-how-secret-networks-help-women-circumvent-honduras-abortion-ban/

Inside Lagos markets where deadly herbal concoctions induce teenage abortions

By Alfred Olufemi
27th August 2022

Pretending to be a helpless young man desperate to procure an abortion for his 17-year-old girlfriend, ALFRED OLUFEMI, uncovers places inside Lagos markets where traditional medicine sellers profit from facilitating unsafe abortion for teenagers. Results of laboratory tests carried out on the herbal roots and other substances procured from the markets, reveal high levels of dangerous compounds capable of causing grievous health complications and incapacitating an individual for life.

Annually, millions of adolescent girls court untimely deaths through unsafe abortion procedures. A few of them who escape death by a whisker either go on to develop serious health complications or lifelong trauma.

Continued: https://punchng.com/inside-lagos-markets-where-deadly-herbal-concoctions-induce-teenage-abortions-i/

‘Thank the lord, I have been relieved’: the truth about the history of abortion in America

Abortion in the 19th-century US was widely accepted as a means of avoiding the risks of pregnancy. The idea of banning or punishing it came later

by Tamara Dean
Tue 12 Jul 2022

At our rural county’s historical society, the past lives loosely in bulletins, news clippings, maps and handwritten index cards. It’s pieced together by pale, grey-haired women who sit at oak tables and pore over old photos. Western sun filters in, half-lighting the women as they name who’s pictured, who has passed on. Other volunteers gossip and cut obituaries from local newspapers.

I was sent here by hearsay. For years, my neighbour has claimed that the old cemetery in the low-lying field on my Wisconsin property contains more bodies than the scant number of tombstones indicates. The epic flood of 1978 washed away the markers of the nameless – civil war soldiers, he says. I want to know who the dead were in life. After many walks through the cemetery, I’m familiar with the markers that remain. One narrow footstone reads simply: “MAS”. Three marble headstones rest at odd angles among the box elder trees. Stained, eroded and lichen-crusted, the stones belong to a boy and two baby girls who died in the 1850s and 60s. On the boy’s is a relief of a weeping willow; on the sisters’ are rosebuds. Signs of young lives cut short.


Backyard Abortions: Zimbabwe’s Silent Pandemic

By Lovejoy Mutongwiza
Oct 20, 2021

COVID-19 pandemic which brought about lockdown restrictions has further
restricted women and girls’ access to safe abortion services in traditionally
marginalized communities in Zimbabwe.

With COVID-19
restrictions, obtaining the necessary appointments and documents to access
health facilities has become a nightmare, especially for women in poor areas
and this has aided the need for most women and girls who fell pregnant,
unintentionally or otherwise, to Nicodemusly seek the termination of

Continued: https://www.263chat.com/backyard-abortions-zimbabwes-silent-pandemic/

USA – What You Need To Know About The Controversial Abortion Method Featured In OITNB

What You Need To Know About The Controversial Abortion Method Featured In OITNB

Cory Stieg
July 27, 2019

The seventh and final season of Orange Is The New Black is live on Netflix, and considering many people will be binge-watching it this weekend, we need to talk about the abortion plot in episode 11. (Spoilers ahead.)

In that episode towards the end of the season, Chaj, a Guatemalan woman in Litchfield's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holding pen, is desperately trying to communicate, but no one understands Ki'che, the indigenous language she speaks. She eventually ends up in the medical unit sobbing, with severe abdominal pain and period spotting, where she's finally granted a translator. It's revealed then that she was raped, so she drank an herbal tea made with parsley in an attempt to have an abortion.

Continued: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/07/238817/parsley-tea-period-miscarriage-abortion

USA – Medical Abortions Have Changed Abortion Access — And They’re Available on the Internet

Medical Abortions Have Changed Abortion Access — And They’re Available on the Internet

April 23, 2019
by Catherine Trautwein

When Tami, a mother of three in her early 30s, found out she was pregnant, she began researching her options for an abortion. She discovered that there were only three remaining clinics in Louisiana, and the closest was hours from her home. And under state laws, Tami would need to make multiple trips: she would have to first receive an ultrasound and undergo counseling, then wait 24 hours before the actual procedure.

“I know what I want,” she said. “But the laws in the state make it so hard.” Instead, she turned to the internet.

Continued: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/self-managed-induced-medication-abortion/

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Abortion And Were Too Afraid To Ask. Especially in Tasmania.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Abortion And Were Too Afraid To Ask. Especially in Tasmania.

By Bonnie Mary Liston
on April 10, 2019

Abortion never really used to be a ‘thing’. Then the Catholic Church came along. Bonnie Mary Liston explores the history, particularly in Tasmania, where it’s legal, but not practiced.

You may have seen protests about abortion in the news lately – both for and against. Tasmania has no currently active surgical abortion clinics and some people believe there should be even less. It can be a bit confusing. What does that mean? Is abortion legal or not? Why is everybody so upset all the time?

Continued: https://newmatilda.com/2019/04/10/everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-abortion-and-were-too-afraid-to-ask-especially-in-tasmania/

USA: Doctors: You Can Help Make Self-Managed Abortions Safer

Doctors: You Can Help Make Self-Managed Abortions Safer

Monday, February 12, 2018
By Jamila Perritt and Jill E. Adams
Truthout | Op-Ed

Forty-five years ago, doctors were at the forefront of efforts to decriminalize abortion, which culminated in the landmark Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade. And today, doctors are again in the vanguard speaking out against abortion criminalization of a more recent vintage: that of the pregnant woman herself.

While people have been ending their own pregnancies throughout the world since the dawn of time, it is only recently that social scientists have begun studying the prevalence of this practice in the United States. Evidence shows that people are ending pregnancies outside of clinical settings using abortion pills, herbs and other methods for a variety of reasons. And the need for options outside of clinics is expected to continue -- if not grow -- in the coming years as anti-abortion zealots in public office make good on their campaign promises to enact and enforce unnecessary and onerous restrictions on clinical abortion care designed to make abortion even more scarce and unaffordable.

Continued: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/43516-doctors-it-is-time-to-rise-up-and-rally-against-abortion-criminalization

Doctors say risks among female youths in Kenya are serious

Doctors say risks among female youths in Kenya are serious
By Akello Odenyo
Published Thu, November 9th 2017

The first sign of trouble was a thick discharge on her favourite underwear. But she dismissed it as another bacterial infection that would go away after taking over-the-counter antibiotics.

Then there was blood, with clots and smell. By the time she went to see a doctor, she was too weak.

An unsafe abortion was the problem. The secret that she had kept between her and her quack doctor was now out.

Continued at source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001259740/doctors-say-risks-among-female-youths-in-kenya-are-serious