Nigeria – NGO identifies unsafe abortion as major cause of maternal mortality

May 22, 2024

Lack of access to safe abortion has been identified as a major cause of maternal mortality in Nigeria.

This was the submission of a nongovernmental organisation, IPAS Nigeria at a research dissemination meeting in Abuja themed, “Building Legal Support to Address the Menace of Unsafe Abortions and Sexual Violence in Nigeria”.

Continued:  https://radionigeria.gov.ng/2024/05/22/ngo-identifies-unsafe-abortion-as-major-cause-of-maternal-mortality/


Preventing maternal and child mortality: upcoming WHO Resolution must galvanise action to tackle the unacceptable weight of preventable death

Ali Hajji Adam and Mekdes Daba
May 22 2024

Global progress on improving maternal, newborn, and child survival has stalled. Many regions of the world continue to experience persistently high rates of maternal and child mortality, and despite improvements between 2000 and 2015, progress is now stagnating.1 The combination of ongoing and new conflicts, climate change, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic create a perfect storm to drive back any gains that might have been made during the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era.

The global community is off track from our targets for reducing maternal mortality (SDG 3.1)2 and ending preventable deaths of newborns and children younger than 5 years (SDG 3.2).3 Globally, 287 000 women died from a maternal cause in 2020, averaging 223 deaths of mothers for each livebirth.1 For children younger than 5 years, 4·9 million died globally in 2022, 2·3 million of these in the first month of life.4 In addition, almost 1·9 million babies were stillborn in 2021.5 .

Continued: https://www.ippmedia.com/the-guardian/news/world/read/preventing-maternal-and-child-mortality-upcoming-who-resolution-must-galvanise-action-to-tackle-the-unacceptable-weight-of-preventable-deaths-2024-05-22-173043


Malawi – Legal restrictions fail to stop unsafe abortions – COPUA

May 21, 2024

Despite current legal restrictions, unsafe abortions are still widespread in Malawi as over 100,000 abortions take place every year, country-wide.

Citing the research results by the College of Medicine and Guttmacher Institute which shows that over 141,000 abortions happened in Malawi in 2015 alone, Coalition for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion (COPUA) Vice Chairperson, Dr Amos Nyaka wants the law process to continue.

Continued: https://www.nyasatimes.com/legal-restrictions-fail-to-stop-unsafe-abortions-copua/


We need to talk about how U.S. policy is sabotaging reproductive rights in Africa

A controversial US policy is jeopardizing family planning services and fueling a maternal health crisis in Ethiopia and Uganda.

By Annabel Rocha
May 20, 2024

The lack of reproductive health services in Uganda and Ethiopia leaves those experiencing unwanted pregnancies with few options, and poorer communities with even fewer. Only 13 to 16% of poor, married women in Uganda use modern contraception, according to Guttmacher, resulting in four in 10 births being unplanned. In Ethiopia, 4.5 million women have an unmet need for modern contraception, with 46% of the estimated 4.6 million pregnancies in the country unintended. To support family planning services, these governments rely on international and U.S. funding, which has devastating consequences for health initiatives when support is withdrawn.

Continued: https://www.reckon.news/family/2024/05/how-us-policy-is-sabotaging-reproductive-rights-in-africa.html


Morocco: Criminalization of abortion has devastating impact on the rights of women and girls

May 14, 2024
Amnesty International

The Moroccan state is failing to meet its obligations to ensure accessible, affordable and good quality sexual and reproductive health services, including abortion, forcing women and girls into dangerous situations and violating their human rights, said Amnesty International today.

A new report titled My life is ruined: The need to decriminalize abortion in Morocco, documents how the criminalization of abortion in Morocco, even in cases when pregnancy results from rape, has devastating consequences for women and girls. Facing threats of imprisonment, many are compelled to clandestinely seek dangerous methods to terminate pregnancies. Those unsuccessful are coerced into carrying pregnancies to term, facing additional risks of prosecution under laws criminalizing sexual relations outside of marriage which exacerbate social exclusion and poverty, all while enduring the painful aftermath of failed abortion attempts.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2024/05/morocco-criminalization-of-abortion-has-devastating-impact-on-the-rights-of-women-and-girls/


Advocating for Abortion Reform in the Philippines

New brief by the Center and its partner outlines the impact of the country’s restrictive abortion laws and recommends legalization and decriminalization.

Center for Reproductive Rights
May 14, 2024

In its continuing efforts to advocate for abortion decriminalization and reform in the Philippines, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its regional partner, Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network (PINSAN), recently developed a brief outlining the impact of the country’s restrictive abortion laws and advocating for abortion decriminalization and reforms aligning with international human rights standards. 

In Brief: Unveiling the Realities of Laws on Abortion in the Philippines examines the country’s abortion laws—including their origins and restrictions—and the laws’ real-life impact on the health and rights of Filipino women and girls. 

Continued: https://reproductiverights.org/advocating-philippines-abortion-reform/


Malawi – Unsafe abortion putting lives of women in danger – Human Rights Media Organization

May 11, 2024 
Martha Chikoti 

Centre for Solutions Journalism (CSJ), a human rights media organization, says unsafe abortion puts the lives of girls and women in danger especially those in remote areas due to ignorance and lack of information on Sexual and Reproductive Health related issues.

Executive Director, Brian Ligomeka, made the statement on Friday during a media training that the organization conducted on reporting sexual and reproductive health issues in  Lilongwe.

Continued: https://malawi24.com/2024/05/11/unsafe-abortion-putting-lives-of-women-in-danger-human-rights-media-organization/


Witch doctors, coconuts and sexual assault: Inside Vanuatu’s disturbing world of unwanted children.

By Marian Faa
2 May 2024
Photo story

The price of taboos

Around the world, heated debates about abortion are taking place. But in the Pacific, the topic is so taboo, only a handful of people are willing to talk about it. You’re about to hear from some of them.
WARNING: This story contains graphic details of sexual assault and violence against children.

Continued: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-03/pacific-abortion-taboo-women-laws-witch-doctor/103627236


Unsafe abortion and unprotected sex activities affecting health of Adolescents

April 29, 2024
A GNA Feature by Fatima Anafu-Astanga

Bolatanga – Agnes Malebna (Not real name) was rushed in by her family to the Tinguri CHPS Out Patients Department (OPD) in the West Mamprusi Municipality in the North East Region already emaciated, dehydrated and anaemic having lost so much blood.

The examination conducted by the medical team making efforts to keep her alive indicated it was an attempt to abort, which may have started at home by the 16-year-old, SHS form one student who felt she was still in school and too young to start making babies.

Continued: https://gna.org.gh/2024/04/unsafe-abortion-and-unprotected-sex-activities-affecting-health-of-adolescents/


Ashley Judd speaks out on the right of women to control their bodies and be free from male violence

by Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press
April 29, 2024

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actor Ashley Judd, whose allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein helped spark the #MeToo movement, spoke out Monday on the rights of women and girls to control their own bodies and be free from male violence.

A goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Population Fund, she addressed the U.N. General Assembly’s commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the landmark document adopted by 179 countries at its 1994 conference in Cairo, which for the first time recognized that women have the right to control their reproductive and sexual health – and to choose if and when to become pregnant.

Continued: https://toronto.citynews.ca/2024/04/29/ashley-judd-speaks-out-on-the-right-of-women-to-control-their-bodies-and-be-free-from-male-violence/