Anticipated abolition of Roe v. Wade after 49 years takes away freedom and health for many American women

Boulder Daily Camera
January 22, 2022
By Warren M. Hern

One of the great legal landmarks in American history, and one of the most important landmarks in the history of women, is one year short of its 50th anniversary.  The Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade decision on Jan. 22, 1973, and it is very doubtful that it will reach that 50th anniversary.  With its anticipated abolition by the Court goes freedom and health for many American women.

The Supreme Court is now a partisan tool of the Republican Party and its partner in gaining overwhelming, unassailable political power.  We are headed for permanent minority rule by a white supremacist, misogynistic, theocratic minority that opposes basic personal freedom, secular society, freedom of the press, scientific knowledge, social justice, civil rights, voting rights, democracy itself, and thought.


Nepal – Moving mountains: The women scaling new heights to deliver safe abortion care

Abortion pills are already saving lives in Nepal – and represent a potential health revolution for women worldwide

By Jennifer Rigby and Simon Townsley
14 January 2022

Every morning, Pragati Soti Khanal packs her huge grey and blue rucksack, ready to trek through Nepal’s famous mountains.

But she is not packing crampons and climbing ropes. Instead, in go scales, vast bottles of hand sanitiser, assorted medical instruments and a plastic box filled with pill packets.


Fact-checking claims on maternal deaths and abortion in Nigeria

A leading gynaecologist says Nigeria fares poorly for maternal mortality and has the world’s highest abortion rates. Is this correct?

Published on 13 January 2022
Africa Check

Nigeria is second only to China for maternal mortality, leading gynaecologist Prof Friday Okonofua recently claimed.

According to the Nation, a daily newspaper, Okonofua was speaking at a news conference in Benin, southern Nigeria in December 2021. He heads the World Bank-backed Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation at the University of Benin.


What The Fight For Abortion Rights Means To All Of Us

Black Information Network
December 30, 2021

Earlier this month, the US Supreme Court took up a case involving Mississippi’s abortion ban law. The case could overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that secured abortion rights for people across the US in 1973 –– a situation which reproductive justice advocates say will impact us all.

“Choices are being made for us before we can even make choices for ourselves,” Laurie Bertram Roberts, Co-Founder of the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund and Alabama Reproductive Freedom Fund told the Black Information Network.


Nepal – COVID taking toll on sexual and reproductive health

2021 DEC 26

COVID-19 is taking its toll on sexual and reproductive health in the country. The global pandemic has thrown up challenges to the government's goals of reducing maternal and child mortality rate while unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion have increased due to lack of access to contraceptives and safe abortion services, according to the Department of Health Services under the Family Welfare Division.

The use of contraceptives has dropped to 39.37 per cent during the pandemic. One hundred thirty-four new mothers and pregnant women lost their lives during the infection between March 24 and July 21, 2020, when the country was in lockdown and the number of women who availed safe abortion service during the same period was less than 15,000, according to the Department. Lack of transportation and qualified health workers, excessive bleeding, abortion and labour complication as well as delivery at home were among the factors that led to their death.


Malawi: Ten Most Deadliest Ways of Unsafe Abortion Uncovered in Mzuzu – ‘I Saw Her Inserting a Wire…’

24 DECEMBER 2021
Nyasa Times (Leeds)
By Dawn Salamba – Contributor

At a time the debate over legalisation of safe abortion has become swept under the carpet in Malawi, it has emerged that some girls, in pursuit of terminating their unwanted pregnancies, are using life-threatening ways in Mzuzu.

While some girls use traditional ways, under the guidance of some local, unqualified midwives, others have inverted some despicable ways of flushing out inconvenient pregnancies.


Nigeria – Breaking barriers to sexual and reproductive health services for women, girls

On Dec 23, 2021

Young, naive, and brilliant are a few words to describe Funke. The thirteen-year-old indigent student, always  worked hard to support her single mother. This was the only way her mother, who worked as a cleaner at a nearby facility could pay for her tuition fees, books, and other important learning materials.

Suddenly, luck smiled at Funke when a private school in the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, shortlisted her for a full-time scholarship for her senior secondary education.


Being Denied an Abortion Has Lasting Impacts on Health and Finances

A landmark study of women seeking abortions shows the harms of being unable to end an unwanted pregnancy

By Mariana Lenharo, Scientific American
December 22, 2021

As the Supreme Court decides the future of abortion laws in the U.S., a key question to be considered is whether access to the procedure has positive or negative consequences for the people who get an abortion, and for society in general.

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization concerns the constitutionality of a new Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The case challenges the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, a precedent that protects abortion access before fetal viability—a point at around 24 weeks of gestation, when a fetus is considered able to survive outside the uterus.


Sri Lanka – Better family planning and counselling needed to reduce unsafe abortions: Local study

Dec 20, 2021
BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody

Until the laws for the legalisation of abortion for more conditions are enacted in Sri Lanka, family planning services and counselling should be offered especially in pre-marital, pre-pregnancy and post-pregnancy periods in order to reduce the number of unsafe abortions.

This recommendation was made in an original article on “Abortion and its legalisation: An overview of the opinion of doctors in the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila” which was authored by ….


Ghana Health Service to incorporate family planning methods into NHIS package

Dec 18, 2021
GBC Ghana Online

The Ghana Health Service intends to incorporate Family Planning Methods into the National Health Insurance Package.  The service is also working to Institutionalize Comprehensive Abortion Care in both Public and Private Facilities. These are part of measures to prevent Maternal Mortalities and Disabilities in the country’s health facilities.

The Director of Family Health Division of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kofi Issa at the launch of Zero Tolerance for Preventable Maternal Deaths and Disabilities in Accra, noted that most complications including deaths recorded at health facilities were from unsafe abortions.