USA – Maternal Deaths Were Highest in States That Restrict Abortion

Sophia Vahanvaty, Bloomberg News
Jul 18, 2024 

Women were more than twice as likely to die in or around childbirth in some US states with severe abortion restrictions compared to those with greater access, researchers said, and disparities could worsen as access to the procedure narrows. 

Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and other states that enacted abortion bans after the Supreme Court’s June 2022 Dobbs decision were among the worst across 32 measures on women’s health that included access to care and mental health services, according to a report Thursday from the Commonwealth Fund, an independent health research foundation. It focused on data collected in 2021 and 2022.

Continued: https://financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/maternal-deaths-were-highest-in-states-that-restrict-abortion


Brazilian Justice Accepts Father’s Request and Denies Abortion for Abused Teen

13-year-old teenager expressed desire to terminate pregnancy to the Tutelary Council

Jul.17.2024
Isabella Menon, SÃO PAULO

A 13-year-old teenager living in Goiás had her legal abortion denied by the Goiás Court of Justice, after her father went to court and requested the prohibition of the procedure.

The young girl is already 28 weeks pregnant, making the procedure more difficult.

In testimony to the Tutelary Council in her area, she stated that she wanted to terminate the pregnancy when she was 18 weeks along. In messages sent to the council, she said that if she did not have access to the procedure, she would find a way to do it on her own.

Continued: https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/scienceandhealth/2024/07/brazilian-justice-accepts-fathers-request-and-denies-abortion-for-abused-teen.shtml


Turkey – Diyarbakır hospitals impose de facto ban on abortion

Public and private hospitals in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakır refuse to carry out abortion operations, arguing it is “forbidden.” Abortion on demand has been legal until the 10th week of pregnancy since 1983 in Turkey.

Sunday July 14 2024

Public and private hospitals in Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakır province refuse to carry out abortion operations on demand, despite being legal.

In Turkey, abortion has been legal under Articles 5 and 6 of the Law on Population Planning since May 27, 1983, and is subject to the consent of the pregnant until the 10th week of pregnancy. Although the right to abortion on demand is guaranteed by law, in practice women may face various obstacles in the country.

Continued: https://www.duvarenglish.com/diyarbakir-hospitals-impose-de-facto-ban-on-abortion-news-64662


Pressure, peer influence driving unsafe abortions

July 13, 2024
By Gift Oba

Every day, Rasheedat, 34 years, is reminded of the path she chose 10-years ago when she decided to have an unsafe abortion.

Filled with guilt and agony, the Business Administration graduate from the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta, Ogun State, wonders if she will ever be able to bear children.

Recounting her experience to DAILY POST, Rasheedat disclosed how fear of being mocked, rejected and abandoned by her family drove her to seek an unsafe abortion.

Continued: https://dailypost.ng/2024/07/13/pressure-peer-influence-driving-unsafe-abortions-experts/


New Fact Sheet Examines Sri Lanka Abortion Laws, Policies and Practices

Although the country criminalizes abortion, it is available clandestinely—and unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal deaths.

July 11, 2024
Center for Reproductive Rights

Abortion in Sri Lanka is illegal except for the purpose of saving the life of the mother—resulting in unsafe abortions that place the health of pregnant people at risk. Despite those dangers, repeated attempts to amend Sri Lanka’s abortion laws have failed.

The Center for Reproductive Rights and its partner, the Centre for Equality and Justice (CEJ), recently developed a fact sheet examining Sri Lanka’s abortion laws, policies and practices and the impact of the current legal-policy framework on women and girls. It also outlines recommendations for reforming laws and policies to improve access to care.

Continued: https://reproductiverights.org/sri-lanka-abortion-laws-policies-practices-fact-sheet/


Malawi – Sexual reproductive health, abortion rights discussed in Salima

By Amelia Jones
July 11, 2024

Malawi Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance has asked the faith-based and traditional leaders of Salima to partner with them. The aim of the collaboration is to fight for communities to get access to Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and safe abortions.

They implored Salima-based traditional and faith-based leaders  to promote access to safe abortion. Youth Programme Coordinator at Malawi Health Alliance, Gertrude Kapyepye reflected on the importance of the issue.

Continued: https://newsinvasion24.com/sexual-reproductive-health-abortion-rights-discussed-in-salima/


Ministry warns against the use of progesterone for ‘abortion reversal’

11 July 2024

The Ministry of Health – Manatū Hauora has published a position statement on ‘abortion reversal’ to warn New Zealanders against this unsafe and scientifically unsupported practice.  

The Ministry does not support or recognise the practice, which is aimed at reversing the effects of taking early medical abortion (EMA) medication. The Ministry is concerned about reports ‘abortion reversals’ may be offered in New Zealand. 

Continued: https://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/news-items/ministry-warns-against-use-progesterone-abortion-reversal


Croatian Women’s Activists Demand Law Reforms Upholding Abortion Rights

Activists seek law changes strengthening abortion rights and curbing the rights of 'kneelers' – ultra-conservative men who pray in city squares against divocrce and abortion - to hold their protests in public.

Vuk Tesija
July 9, 2024

The Association Autonomous Women’s House Zagreb, a women’s advocacy body in Croatia, on Tuesday urged the Croatian state to support women, and proposed changes to the criminal code improving women’s right to voluntarily terminate pregnancies and limiting the rights of men to pray in public against abortion in public.

“It is about applying and protecting the principles that the state accepted when it ratified the European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and when it accepted the European acquis [the common body of EU legislation]”, Neva Tolle, advisor to the Autonomous Women’s House Zagreb, AZKZ, told a press conference.

Continued: https://balkaninsight.com/2024/07/09/croatian-womens-activists-demand-law-reforms-upholding-abortion-rights/


Maternal mortality in Nigeria: The unforeseen consequences of unsafe abortion

Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Adejoke Monsurat

Nigeria faces one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world and one of the numerous factors for this is unsafe abortions.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria is the second country with the highest after India which accounts for 17% of global maternal, neonatal, and child deaths with 788 deaths per thousand while Nigeria has 12% with 540 per thousand in 2020.

Continued: https://thenewsnigeria.com.ng/2024/07/09/maternal-mortality-in-nigeria-the-unforeseen-consequences-of-unsafe-abortion/


Nigera – Facing the nation’s abortion reality

July 9, 2024
BY CHITRA NAGARANJA AND AJALA FAITHFUL

Seventeen-year-old Naomi felt life was finally getting better. Since being diagnosed with juvenile lupus a few years ago, she and her family have struggled to cope. It had been hard to manage her condition, make sure she got the care she needed, and keep up with schoolwork. But now, her mother’s junior sister had asked her to live with her in Lagos and promised to pay her medical bills and school fees.

Naomi was settling into life in Lagos and looking forward to the bright future ahead of her. Then, one night, her aunt’s husband came home early. He came into Naomi’s room and started to touch her. Naomi struggled against him, but he overpowered and raped her. He threatened to stop payment for her treatment if she told her aunt.

Continued: https://www.thecable.ng/facing-the-nations-abortion-reality/