This is an informal report of a set of three workshops, facilitated by Marge Berer, that took place over three days with almost 10 hours of in-depth discussion and sharing of information and experience among the participants. This report was written by Marge Berer, International Campaign Coordinator, and is based on notes taken by Christina Boateng, Pauline Diaz and several other participants.
Gulalai Ismail, is the co-founder and chair of Aware Girls in Pakistan and an award-winning human rights activist. She was detained at the Islamabad airport on 12 October 2018 by the Federal Investigative Agency on her return from the UK. Her passport was confiscated and she was told she would soon be sent to jail in Swabi for speaking at a peace rally on 12 August, where she gave a welcome speech. A police case … Continued
The draft Global Compact for Refugees, due for a vote in December at the UN, fails to mention the need for sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls in refugee settings, including access to skilled birth attendants and newborn care, voluntary contraception, and safe abortion.
A video addressing important issues surrounding abortion: Is it a crime or isn’t it? Does it have a soul or not yet? Why is so much of the discussion about the fetus, which is still being formed, and not about the woman, who already exists? Here are the questions that should be asked, she says: Does the woman want the pregnancy or not? Is she willing to bear a 5th or 6th child even if … Continued
A study using data from 2016 found that the majority of women in Kinshasa who seek post-abortion care following an unsafe abortion experience severe or moderate complications. In 2016, 37,900 women obtained treatment for complications from abortion in Kinshasa. Researchers found that women receiving post-abortion care were most commonly treated using outdated methods, such as D&C, that are not recommended by the World Health Organization. Overall, about a quarter of the 146,700 abortions that took … Continued
Women will have more choice for abortion services in the ACT under the Health (Improving Abortion Access) Amendment Bill 2018, which was passed on 19 September in the ACT Legislative Assembly. The legislation, introduced by ACT Greens, allows medical abortion pills to be accessed through a local GP or a telemedicine provider, bringing the nation’s capital in line with other jurisdictions. Women are no longer required to attend an approved facility such as the Canberra … Continued
Since medical abortion pills became available in January 2017, at least 13,000 prescriptions have been written or filled across Canada, according to numbers provided to several newspapers by provincial health ministries. However, in the nearly two years since Canadians got access to medical abortion pills, some regions have seen thousands of prescriptions, while others have seen hardly any. The numbers point to deeply rooted problems in regional abortion care. Women’s health advocates have hailed the … Continued
Media coverage and research data show a growing awareness of the option to self-manage abortion outside of the formal health care system. Many people also recognise that facility-based provision of medical abortion in the USA is overly medicalised. This publication is a forward-looking research agenda focused on self-managed and de-medicalised abortion in the United States. It seeks to support people who self-manage abortion to do so safely and to generate critical evidence to remove unnecessary … Continued
Moderators: Annik Sorhaindo, Consultant, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO Rasha Dabash, Senior Director, Gynuity Health Projects, USA Panel: -Women’s experience of second trimester medical abortion delivered by midwives in Sweden Inga-Maj Andersson, RN, RM, PhD, Programme Officer, National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden -Expanding access to second trimester abortion care services: Ipas Ethiopia’s experience Demeke Desta, MD MPH, Senior Program Manager, Ipas Ethiopia -2nd trimester out-of-clinic abortion: Safety, experiences, and perspectives … Continued
Finally, women in England can use misoprostol at home The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that it will legalise the home use of misoprostol in England by the end of 2018 so that women are able to choose whether to use misoprostol at home rather than at a clinic. They will still have to take the mifepristone pills at the prescribing clinic first, however. The current, out-of-date system requires two visits to … Continued