There’s need to sensitise, train healthcare providers on emergency abortion services

May 19, 2021
By Evelyn Odhiambo

African laws largely restrict abortion with only 3 countries; Tunisia, Zambia, and South Africa where abortion is broadly permitted even upon a woman’s request.

In many African countries, abortion is restricted with a provision like: when the life of the mother is in danger or case of an emergency. Kenya is among the many African countries where abortion restricted under article 26 (4) of the 2010 constitution.

Continued: https://citizentv.co.ke/blogs/opinion-theres-need-to-sensitise-healthcare-providers-on-emergency-abortion-services-11490299/


Uganda – Dr Fatumah Nakalembe talks to women about abortion

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14 2021
By Shabibah Nakirigya

Kampala – Fatumah Nakalembe set herself a tough task. She spends most of her working hours talking to girls about the effects of having unsafe abortions.

Abortion in Uganda is illegal unless performed by a licensed medical doctor in a situation where the woman’s life is deemed to be at risk.

Continued: https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/dr-fatumah-nakalembe-talks-to-women-about-abortion-3291232


Pakistan – More arrests made in female student’s death case in Lahore

JANUARY 27, 2021

Lahore police on Tuesday made more arrests in connection with the incident of recovery of the female student’s body outside the emergency ward of a teaching hospital in Lahore.

Police officials have arrested another suspect named Owais in the case after getting his information from an accused, Usama, who had reportedly brought Maryam’s body to the Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital on Sunday.

Continued: https://dailytimes.com.pk/717581/more-arrests-made-in-female-students-death-case-in-lahore/


Police nab suspect who left female student’s body outside hospital

By News desk
January 26, 2021

The police officials have arrested a suspect who allegedly fled along with his accomplice after leaving the body of a female student outside the emergency ward of Lahore Jinnah Hospital on Monday.

Earlier, the body of a girl student was recovered outside the emergency ward of Jinnah Hospital which was sent medico-legal formalities by the police. The deceased female student was identified as Marium, a resident of Gujrat, whose body was later handed over to the relatives after conducting a post-mortem.

The initial post-mortem report revealed that the female student had allegedly died due to excessive bleeding during an unsafe abortion. Police said that the final post-mortem report will provide more facts regarding her death.

Continued: https://pakobserver.net/police-nab-suspect-who-left-female-students-body-outside-hospital/


India – 15-Year-Old Rape Survivor Dies of Pregnancy-Related Complications

The girl's family had come to know about her pregnancy only on December 6, 2020, when she was six-months pregnant. She was denied permission to abort.

11/JAN/2021

New Delhi: A 15-year-old rape survivor died of pregnancy-related complications at the district hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district on Thursday. The girl was seven months pregnant.

According to news agency PTI, police revealed on Sunday that she was admitted to the hospital on the night of January 2 and passed away on the night of January 7.

Continued: https://thewire.in/women/bareilly-15-year-old-rape-survivor-dies-of-pregnancy-related-complications


Contemporary abortion restrictions and cautionary tales from history

Carla Ramazan
Dec 18, 2020
Reno Gazette Journal

Nearly 20 years ago, my aunt died obtaining an unsafe abortion in our home country, Romania, because federal laws made it impossible to safely terminate a pregnancy. Today, the United States is bordering on a reality where abortion is inaccessible, if not illegal, especially in Republican-controlled states such as Arkansas. This year, a federal court ruled that a variety of first-of-their-kind abortion regulations can be implemented in Arkansas. This decision will push those who seek abortion-care into dark situations.

Beginning this August, doctors in Arkansas
are prohibited from performing dilation and evacuation abortions on patients,
and consequences for not complying include up to six years in prison. Doctors
will also be required to notify local law enforcement when patients under the
age of 17 seek an abortion and will be forced to involve family members of the
patient in deciding how to dispose of fetal tissue remains.

Continued: https://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2020/12/19/contemporary-abortion-restrictions-and-cautionary-tales-history-ramazan/3953803001/


How the Hyde Amendment Hearing Can Affect the Future of Abortion Rights

Reproductive rights and justice organizations weigh in on the historic House hearing.

BY CHELSEY SANCHEZ
DEC 9 2020

Over the course of more than four decades, Congress has annually renewed the Hyde Amendment, a highly controversial measure that reproductive rights activists say keeps abortion inaccessible to marginalized communities. That could all change, however, as the House Appropriations Committee held a historic, virtual hearing yesterday on the disproportionately negative impacts of the amendment.

Simply put, the Hyde Amendment broadly bars federal funding for abortion costs, meaning Medicaid recipients—who overwhelmingly come from communities of color or low-income communities—lack abortion coverage.

Continued: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/politics/a34906333/hyde-amendment-facts/


India – Woman succumbs to forceful abortion after family ‘refuses’ to raise third girl child in Karnataka

During an illegal sex determination it was revealed that the victim was carrying a girl child, after which the family members made her undergo a forceful abortion.

22nd November 2020

CHIKBALLAPUR: A 28-year-old woman died after undergoing an alleged forced abortion as her in-laws 'didn't want a third girl child' and were keen on raising a boy.

Speaking to The New Indian Express, GK Mithun
Kumar said that the woman, Sreekanya, resident of Polavarapalli Village of
Bagepalli, got married to 38-year-old Somashekar, resident of Kothapalli
Village in 2014. They gave birth to two daughters, aged about 6 and 4 years,
and the husband's family now wanted a male child.

Continued: https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2020/nov/22/woman-succumbs-to-forceful-abortion-after-family-refuses-to-raise-third-girl-child-in-karnataka-2226683.html


U.S. Global Gag Rule: Compounding women’s sexual reproductive right in developing countries?

November 22, 2020
By Sam Oditah

A 47-year-old single mother, Jane (surname withheld), lived in her dilapidated family house in a serene neighbourhood in Umuahia, the Abia capital. She relocated from Lagos in 2017 due to economic difficulties.

She lived with her 12-year-old daughter, Ebere, a junior secondary school student, and her aged auntie in a one-room apartment.

Painfully, Jane died on March 10 in rather sudden and bizarre circumstances.

Continued: https://naija247news.com/2020/11/22/u-s-global-gag-rule-compounding-womens-sexual-reproductive-right-in-developing-countries/#.X7rgzGhKhPY


Bangladesh – 4 arrested over death of college student during abortion

They have been shown arrested six months after the college student's death

Tribune Desk

November 13th, 2020

Police on Wednesday arrested four people including a clinic's director over the
death of a college student during unsafe abortion in Chittagong city.

Md Harunur Rashid, 60, director of Chawkbazar City Health Clinic, and three
female clinic staff were shown arrested six months after the college student's
death in a murder case filed by the girl's father, reports Bangla Tribune.

Continued: https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/11/13/4-arrested-over-death-of-college-student-during-abortion