As US abortion ban sparks fierce backlash, India forges ahead in reproductive rights

Activists say governments must do more to ensure women’s safety during abortions

September 13, 2021
By Susanti Sarkar /  New Delhi

The passing of a new law in Texas that literally bans abortions has caused an outrage around the world, especially since the United States is seen as one of the most liberal countries in the world. India may be miles ahead in legalising abortions and making it relatively easier to access, but abortions remain a taboo subject in India as well. One of the most serious consequences that reproductive rights experts fear is the possible rise in unsafe abortions, which is statistically much worse in developing countries like India, where unsafe abortions are the third-leading cause of maternal deaths. Activists are concerned that despite a recent amendment to abortion law in India, it still denies women the final say on the matter.


UK – Expert to be called in for investigation into sepsis death of young Blackpool mum after abortion

A panel of independent experts is likely to be called to determine whether the life of a young Blackpool mum could have been saved had she been treated sooner.

By Wes Holmes
Monday, 16th August 2021

Mum-of-five Sarah Louise Dunn, 31, died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on April 11 last year, nearly four weeks after she had an abortion.

She had approached her GP at Elizabeth Street Surgery more than once after falling ill following the termination.


India – Over-The-Counter MTP Pills: Combating the Silent Menace of Unsafe Abortion

By Dr Nirali Kapoor
15 Aug 2021

Everyday 13 women die in India due to causes related to unsafe abortion. Each year almost 6.4 million pregnancies are terminated. Unsafe abortion, the country’s third leading cause of maternal death, accounts for 8% of all such deaths each year.

Even though unsafe abortion is very dangerous and expensive, for several different reasons, women resort to it. Abortion is correlated with unintended pregnancy, economic status, low education and living in deprived neighborhoods.


Papua New Guinea: Eliminate Unsafe Abortion

BY: Loop Author
August 6, 2021

Marie Stopes PNG, the country’s largest provider of family planning and sexual and reproductive health services says more needs to be done to eliminate unsafe abortion in PNG.

MSPNG Country Director, Dr David Ayres raised concerns in relation to an incident recently reported in the news about a young lady, only 16-years old, who lost her life because of an unplanned pregnancy, which she was trying to abort.


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.


Uganda – Dr Fatumah Nakalembe talks to women about abortion

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.