Study shows an abortion ban may lead to a 21% increase in pregnancy-related deaths

September 22, 2021
Amanda Jean Stevenson, The Conversation

A new Texas law bans nearly all abortions, and other states have indicated that they likely will follow suit. But the research is clear that people who want abortions but are unable to get them can suffer a slew of negative consequences for their health and well-being.

As a researcher who measures the effects of contraception and abortion policy on people’s lives, I usually have to wait years for the data to roll in. But sometimes anticipating a policy’s effects before they happen can suggest ways to avoid its worst consequences.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/study-shows-an-abortion-ban-may-lead-to-a-21-increase-in-pregnancy-related-deaths-167610


Nigeria – Need for access to sexual, reproductive healthcare services for women, girls

September 20, 2021
By Nnamdi Eseme, The Nation

Sexual and reproductive healthcare worldwide is rapidly evolving with progress being made on adolescent sexual and reproductive health however, Nigeria’s healthcare sector is still running behind to meet up. In this letter, we discuss some areas where Nigeria is lagging and hopes it serves as a call to action to improve sexual and reproductive healthcare especially of young people, women and girls in the country.

Nigeria in recent times has seen her population growing massively with world experts predicting that by 2050, the country will become one of the most populous in the world. This is despite the many challenges she grapples with including poor health, unemployment, insecurity, poverty, among others. Accessing quality healthcare is a major problem in the country and for many women and girls, healthcare includes abortion services.

Continued: https://thenationonlineng.net/need-for-access-to-sexual-reproductive-healthcare-services-for-women-girls/


Kitwe leading in number of unsafe abortions – Dr Macha

By Charles Tembo
September 15, 2021

KITWE district is leading in the number of unsafe abortions, according to the Zambia Association of Gynecologists and Obstetrician.

ZAGO president Swebby Macha said seven per cent of all maternal deaths in Zambia are due to unsafe abortions.

Continued: https://www.themastonline.com/2021/09/15/kitwe-leading-in-number-of-unsafe-abortions-dr-macha/


Even Texas Allows Abortions to Protect a Woman’s Life. Or Does It?

Sept. 12, 2021
By Carole Joffe and Jody Steinauer

Join us, if you will, in a thought experiment. It’s the
fall of 2022. Dr. H., an obstetrician-gynecologist, practices in a red state.
Much has changed in the reproductive rights landscape by then: In the spring,
her state rushed to pass a law similar to the notorious 2021 Texas law that
bans a large majority of abortions and incentivizes private citizens to sue
anyone helping someone get an abortion. The Supreme Court also overturned Roe
v. Wade in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that year,
leaving the issue of abortion regulation to individual states; a few years
before, Dr. H.’s state passed a trigger ban that automatically banned the few
abortions that were still legal in the state when Roe fell. In her state, the
law now allows an abortion only when a pregnancy threatens the life of a
pregnant person.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/12/opinion/abortion-texas-roe.html


Texas Abortion Ban Sends Women Out of State, Draining Aid Funds

Ayanna Alexander, Bloomberg News
September 10, 2021

(Bloomberg Law) -- Nonprofits that aid women seeking abortions plan to steer more of their funds to sending women out of state to get the procedure in the face of new Republican restrictions across the South, but the list of destinations is shrinking.

The added time and expense will drain resources from the abortion funds, which help women who can’t afford the procedure on their own. The new restrictions will hit low-income Black women, who are a significant portion of their clientele, the hardest. Texas’s new restrictions, which ban abortions after six weeks and allow anyone to sue providers suspected of violating the measure, only ratchet up the pressure on abortion funds as more Republican-led states watch to see if the law survives legal scrutiny.

Continued: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/texas-abortion-ban-sends-women-out-of-state-draining-aid-funds-1.1650462


‘11% Of Maternal Deaths In Nigeria Due To Unsafe Abortions’

By Ojoma Akor and Seun Adeuyi
Thu Sep 09 2021

Eleven per cent of maternal deaths in Nigeria is due to unsafe abortions, the Global Advocacy Director of Pathfinder International, Dr Habeeb Salami has said.

He stated this Thursday in Abuja during a one-day media and civil society organisation engagement training workshop organised by the Balanced Stewardship Development Association (BALSDA).

Continued: https://dailytrust.com/11-of-maternal-deaths-in-nigeria-due-to-unsafe-abortions


Lack of access to post-abortion care leading to maternal deaths

Sep 08, 2021 
Malawi24 Reporter

Ipas Malawi says lack of knowledge on how
women can access post-abortion care in health facilities is contributing to
high levels of maternal deaths in the country.

Ipas Malawi Program Manager Luke Tembo said this in Mzuzu during a
dissemination meeting for District Health Managers from the northern region
districts.

Continued: https://malawi24.com/2021/09/08/lack-of-access-to-post-abortion-care-leading-to-maternal-deaths/


Kenya – Implement Constitution to end preventable maternal deaths

By Evelyne Opondo
September 6th 2021

On August 27, the country marked 11 years since the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, a supreme order that ushered the promise of reproductive rights autonomy, including abortion care. Unfortunately, women and girls of reproductive age continue to grapple with challenges when accessing essential health services. They face harassment, arbitrary arrests, prosecution and even encounter healthcare providers reluctant to offer services.

These challenges are exacerbated by the government’s lackadaisical approach to bringing sections of the Penal Code, such as the blanket ban on abortion services, into alignment with the Constitution. The ambiguity has compelled licensed healthcare practitioners to shy away from providing abortion and post-abortion care to women and girls, even in emergency situations, for fear of criminal sanctions, despite being allowed by the law.

Continued: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/opinion/article/2001422768/implement-constitution-to-end-preventable-maternal-deaths


What Happens When Women Can’t Get Legal Abortions

Examples from around the world show that restrictions can actually lead to more, not fewer, abortions.

By Neha Wadekar, a Nairobi-based journalist.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2021

In a 5-4 decision late Wednesday night, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to block a Texas law banning most abortions after six weeks, which is before many women even know they’re pregnant. Known as Senate Bill 8, the law does not allow exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, making it the harshest abortion restriction in the country. The law sets the stage for a battle over the future of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision, which states that the Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s right to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction.

Reduced abortion access in the United States could have catastrophic results. In countries around the world with limited or no access to safe, affordable abortion, people are either forced to keep unwanted pregnancies or dismembered or even killed by unsafe abortions each day.

Continued: https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/09/03/abortion-ban-texas-supreme-court-kenya-uganda-africa/?tpcc=recirc_latest062921


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.

Continued: https://medicaldialogues.in/obstetrics-gynaecology/news/over-the-counter-mtp-pills-combating-the-silent-menace-of-unsafe-abortion-80866