Swaziland needs to talk about illegal abortions

Because pregnancies can only be terminated legally in extreme instances such as rape, many women find other ways. And many do not survive the process.

By: Cebelihle Mbuyisa
27 Oct 2020

On 22 May 2000, Elizabeth Matimba and Joyce Mdluli sat on benches in the High Court of Swaziland (eSwatini) in Mbabane and heard Judge Thomas Masuku denounce them for the crime of abortion. Matimba had, in 1998, taken her pregnant daughter to Mdluli, then a nurse at Mbabane Government Hospital, and asked that she terminate the pregnancy. Mdluli obliged. For this crime, the women were both sentenced to five years in jail.

The case later went to the appeal court, where Judge Jules Browde spoke out strongly against abortion. He nevertheless reduced Matimba’s sentence to three years. The nurse’s conviction and sentence were set aside on the grounds that the crown had failed to prove her guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

Continued: https://www.newframe.com/eswatini-needs-to-talk-about-illegal-abortions/

Pro-choice groups push Argentine President to keep abortion promise

Oct 26, 2020

Earlier this year, the Argentinian President had promised to send an abortion bill to Congress. Now, despite the pandemic and opposition from religious sectors, pro-choice activists want him to follow up on his pledge to legalise abortion.

In 2014 Belen, a woman in her late 20s in northern Argentina’s Tucumán, went to hospital severely haemorrhaging. She was later sentenced to eight years in prison, after a court said she had an abortion. But Belén always insisted her innocence, saying she had suffered a miscarriage. The initial court ruling was later overturned. After a two year jail sentence, Belen was freed.

Continued: https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/pro-choice-groups-push-argentine-president-to-keep-abortion-promise-40916

I know what illegal abortion looks like, does Amy Coney Barrett?


In the conference room of Hospital Dos de Mayo in Lima, Peru, where I was researching cervical cancer, the medical resident droned through a list of bizarre tropical illnesses that had previously only existed in my North American textbooks. He was piecing together a case of fever and pain in the pelvis of a woman in her 20s. Then he added one more potential diagnosis: botched abortion.

That diagnosis had never occurred to me and was not part of my medical training in the United States. A few weeks later and a few miles away at our apartment in Lima, my baby sitter sat me down at the dining table to tell me that she was pregnant. Knowing that Maria’s husband had been unfaithful to her, I was not sure if congratulations were in order. As it turned out, he did not want to have this child and had encouraged her to pursue termination, even though it was illegal in Peru. He planned for her to take some black-market drugs.

Continued: https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/522635-i-know-what-illegal-abortion-looks-like-does-amy-coney-barrett

Bhutan – Demand for abortion pills rise in Thimphu

October 8, 2020
Yeshey Lhadon

Recently, a 25-year-old unmarried woman in Thimphu went to her friend. She was desperately looking for abortion pills. She could not find them in medical stores in Thimphu.

Staff at
one of the medical stores said that both men and women visited the drugstores
looking for misoprostol, a drug that’s used to abort pregnancy during the early

Continued: https://kuenselonline.com/demand-for-abortion-pills-rise-in-thimphu/

COVID-19 threatens women’s access to reproductive care

12-minute video

The coronavirus is pushing more women to seek
illegal abortions, as lockdowns limit access to healthcare. In developing
countries, one in three terminations is carried out in dangerous conditions.
Women in Africa are at the highest risk of dying from an unsafe abortion.

Continued: https://www.dw.com/en/covid-19-threatens-womens-access-to-reproductive-care/av-55124691

Indonesia – Safe abortion crucial for women’s reproductive health

Jakarta  /  Tue, September 29, 2020

Abortion – safe or unsafe, legal or illegal – has existed throughout history. Yet, it continues to be the most sensitive and controversial issue in reproductive health.

The WHO has disclosed that an average of 73.3 million – safe and unsafe – abortions took place worldwide per year between 2015 and 2019, with the rate of abortions being higher in developing regions than in developed ones.

Continued: https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2020/09/29/safe-abortion-crucial-for-womens-reproductive-health.html

Jakarta Police to block abortion websites, crack down on illegal clinics

News Desk, The Jakarta Post
Thu, September 24, 2020  

The Jakarta Police is set to block websites that offer illegal abortion services and products over public health and safety concerns.

Jakarta Police’s special crimes unit head Sr. Comr. Roma Hutajulu told tempo.co on Thursday that his office had discovered a number of websites containing contact details of several illegal abortion clinics across the capital. In addition to abortion services, such clinics also offer drugs to induce miscarriage, according to him.

Continued: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/09/24/jakarta-police-to-block-abortion-websites-crack-down-on-illegal-clinics.html

Kenya – Unsafe abortion: The problem nobody wants to talk about

Unsafe abortion: The problem nobody wants to
talk about

August 31st 2020

The images still sneak up to her when she least expects. They come unannounced,
and they torture her. Eve never imagined that the process of trying to get rid
of an unplanned baby could leave her with physical and emotional scars that
have refused to go away.

When she speaks of abortion, she whispers. The shame she feels lingers in every
word she utters.

“I get bad dreams and I am haunted by the
act,” she says.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/the-standard-insider/article/2001384569/unsafe-abortion-the-problem-nobody-wants-to-talk-about

Argentina – Government confirms abortion bill delayed until 2021

Cabinet Chief Santiago Cafiero says bill to legalise abortion in Argentina will not be presented to Congress this year, blaming the coronavirus pandemic.

August 14, 2020

Cabinet Chief Santiago Cafiero has confirmed that President Alberto Fernández’s government will be postponing its bill to legalise abortion until 2021.

"If it had not been for the coronavirus pandemic, it would have been debated this year, " explained the official.

Continued: https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/government-confirms-abortion-bill-delayed-until-2021.phtml

Cambodia – Nat’l body finds 40% of abortions illegal

Long Kimmarita

Publication date 22 July 2020

The National Maternal and Child Health Centre (NMCHC) said seven per cent of
Cambodian women of reproductive age have had an abortion in the past five
years, and 40 per cent of the procedures were performed by unlicensed

The figures were revealed at a three-day workshop organised by the Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC) and funded by the Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF) to destigmatise abortions.

Continued: https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/natl-body-finds-40-abortions-illegal