On the US-Mexico Border, a New Model for Abortion Access Is Emerging

October 14, 2022

It’s 1 a.m., and Crystal can’t sleep. She is in a hotel room in Monterrey, Mexico, and she is thinking about a meeting tomorrow where she will speak in front of US representatives from North Carolina, New Mexico, and Texas and senators from Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. All of these officials are Democrats, some come from activist backgrounds, and they are visiting Monterrey in order to learn how networks of women in the north of Mexico are helping other women—including women who live in the US—to get safe abortions.

For six years, Crystal, who asked that we only use her first name, has been an acompañanta, a member of a network of Mexican women that informs and supports other women throughout the abortion process. The acompañantas’ goal is to prevent any woman from feeling alone when facing the obstacles—legal and otherwise—of ending a pregnancy. Crystal gets up and opens her laptop to refine her speech. She reads it out loud several times to practice. She wants to be able to look her audience in the eyes.

Continued: https://www.vogue.com/article/abortion-access-tijuana

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

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

By recognising pregnant woman’s right to dignity and autonomy, Supreme Court has made informed decisions on reproductive health possible

On the International Safe Abortion Day, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court emphatically held that all women are entitled to safe and accessible abortions in India.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

WHEN the Delhi High Court dismissed the matter of X versus. The Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, I was apprehensive that this case would end in disappointment and result in a situation which is similar to  what is happening after the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dobbs versus Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022) in the U.S. In an earlier piece for The Leaflet around this decision, I ended with the following question — “to what length must a woman have to go in order to protect her fundamental right of bodily autonomy under Article 21 [of the Constitution]?”

The Supreme Court of India, in appeal, has answered my question affirmatively in favour of the womanhood.  On the International Safe Abortion Day, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court emphatically held that all women are entitled to safe and accessible abortions in India.

Continued: https://theleaflet.in/by-recognising-pregnant-womans-right-to-dignity-and-autonomy-supreme-court-has-made-informed-decisions-on-reproductive-health-possible/

Unsafe abortions contribute 13% to causes of maternal mortality in Nigeria

SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

Thirteen per cent of the causes of Maternal Mortality in Nigeria has been attributed to unsafe abortions.

The Country Director, Ipas Nigeria Health Foundation, Lucky Palmer, noted this in a statement on Wednesday.

Continued: https://theeagleonline.com.ng/unsafe-abortions-contribute-13-to-causes-of-maternal-mortality-in-nigeria/

What Ethiopia can teach the US about abortion rights

Unsafe abortions once killed hundreds of Ethiopian women each year. Not any more.

Banchiamlack Dessalegn, Africa Director at MSI Reproductive Choices.
28 Sep 2022

As an Ethiopian American, I am disturbed that the United States is rolling back the reproductive rights of American women and girls, one state at a time. Unlike most Americans today, I grew up in a country where abortion bans once restricted reproductive autonomy and claimed many lives.

Now I believe that the same country – Ethiopia – can provide a valuable lesson for activists and providers looking to resurrect rights that were guaranteed through Roe v Wade until it was overturned by the US Supreme Court earlier this year.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/9/28/what-ethiopia-can-teach-america-about-abortion-rights

The need for abortion to be a part of Universal Health Coverage

International Safe Abortion Day came to light in support of women across the world for the right to safe and legal abortion practices.

Written by Sushmita Panda / Debanjana Choudhuri
September 28, 2022

As technology advances, healthcare laws, particularly concerning women are becoming regressive world over. And way things are moving, with increased restrictions to women accessing a basic right to health like that of access to safe abortions is becoming a Herculean task.

It is time that abortions are treated as a critical healthcare service which should be made available to every woman in a timely fashion and in a dignified, non-judgmental environment.

Continued: https://www.financialexpress.com/healthcare/news-healthcare/the-need-for-abortion-to-be-a-part-of-universal-health-coverage/2693027/

Safe Abortion Day: Moroccan Activists Fight For Change

September 28, marks safe abortion day which is a topic of interest in Morocco following the recent death of a teenager who underwent an illegal abortion.

Olivia Hooper
Sep. 28, 2022

Rabat- On the occasion of International Safe Abortion Day on September 28, many in Morocco push for reform of its criminal code that criminalizes abortion. A protest to encourage change in the law is to be held today outside the parliament building in Rabat, at 5:00 pm.

The United Nations Women took to Twitter to spread awareness under the hashtag #SafeAbortionDay stating, “Over 1.2 billion women & girls live in countries with some restrictions on access to safe abortion. When safe & legal access to abortion is restricted, women are forced to resort to less safe methods, often with damaging results.”

Continued: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/09/351566/safe-abortion-day-moroccan-activists-fight-for-change

Q&A: How MSF provides abortion care now

September 28, 2022

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides safe abortion care at many of its projects around the world and is working to expand access to these services to more people. While the legal and cultural landscape around safe abortion care continues to change, the clear medical need for it does not. As we mark International Safe Abortion Day on September 28, here is an update on our work and perspective on abortion care now.

What are the medical impacts of criminalizing abortion, based on MSF's experience around the world?
MSF has seen that regardless of legal restrictions, when safe abortion care is not accessible, women and girls* will often turn to dangerous methods to end an unwanted pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/latest/qa-how-msf-provides-abortion-care-now

International Safe Abortion Day 2022: West African health workers show their support

27 September 2022
Aude Langlois, Digital Communications Coordinator

To mark International Safe Abortion Day (ISAD) 2022, FIGO interviewed member societies who have partnered with us to implement the Advocating for Safe Abortion Project. They shared details of their ISAD activities and why it is important for health care professionals to advocate for access to safe abortion care.

Celebrating ISAD 2022: activities in West Africa
West African member societies are utilising ISAD to strengthen awareness on the right of women and girls to access safe and legal abortion care in their countries. They are engaging relevant stakeholders such as health care providers, local authorities and relevant civil society organisation through educational campaigns.

Continued: https://www.figo.org/news/international-safe-abortion-day-2022-west-african-health-workers-show-their-support

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/