GHANA – An audio with women’s testimonies on their abortion experiences (en français)

In Ghana, as in many other countries around the world, abortion is criminalised. In 2017, the Ghanaian health services registered over 53,000 abortion patients in public hospitals. Of these, 13,000 abortions were unsafe, according to the Ghana Health Service. A retired nurse who runs a pharmacy in Tamale said that up to three-fourths of students from different schools in the area often come to the shop for abortifacients, some of whom she observed were up … Continued

KENYA – How con-men are minting millions in risky abortion procedures

Carol, 20, almost became a statistic because of an orgasm. “I had to get rid of the pregnancy. I am still waiting to join college and my parents would have been mad had they known,” she said. A friend advised her to visit a private doctor, where she was charged a consultation fee of Sh3, 000. “I was then given options. Pills would have costed me Sh10, 000, while the charge for a surgical procedure … Continued

BOTSWANA – In Botswana it is easier to have a back street abortion than to be treated for flu at Princes Marina Hospital

For Pula 800 and a click of the mouse, Batswana women who wish to terminate unwanted pregnancies can have their wishes fulfilled in a few hours while influenza patients are still queuing to see a doctor, according to Sunday Standard investigations. The right of women to terminate a pregnancy in Botswana has been the subject of political, medical, social and legal debate, but 18 years later it remains a criminal offence unless it is permitted … Continued

BENIN – Alerte sur les avortements sauvages (Alert on unsafe abortions)

Despite the restrictions imposed by the law and a socio-cultural context where it remains a taboo subject, abortion is common in Benin where many girls and women practice it in hiding, risking their lives. Solange, 32, remembers it as if it were yesterday. Pregnant a little over a month while she lives an adventure “without promises” with a man, she does not wish to keep the pregnancy. Already the father of a daughter whom his … Continued

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Pregnancy in schools: the case of the city of Ouélé is alarming, reports AIBEF

A report on school pregnancies in Côte d’Ivoire for the 2018 period produced by the Daoukro National Directorate of Education and Technical Education (DRENET) revealed 230 recorded pregnancies. In 2017, the number of pregnancies recorded was 149. In total, 379 pregnancies occurred during 2017-2018. “What is alarming is that the city of Ouélé composed of three secondary schools alone accounts for 102 cases of pregnancy,” said Samuel Koffi Kouadio, head of Department of Public Secondary … Continued

USA – Abortion access is limited, but this travelling doctor is determined to provide care

It’s 11:30 pm in St Louis, and Dr Colleen McNicholas’ flight is delayed. She’s headed to Oklahoma, as she does each month, to work at an abortion clinic that has been closed for a week for lack of a doctor. Now 60 patients are on the next day’s schedule, waiting for her to provide care. Flight delays and travel hiccups aren’t new to McNicholas. She travels an average of 400 miles almost weekly to one … Continued

CANADA – Funding opportunity: New initiative launched

The Options for Pregnancy Termination (OPTions) Innovation Initiative is accepting proposals until 12 February 2019. The goal of the Initiative is to support bold ideas with big impact® on women’s and girls’ access to safe abortion in low- and middle-income countries. The Initiative seeks innovative and transformative approaches that put women and girls in control of where, when and how they terminate a pregnancy. The focus of this call is therefore to support the development … Continued

INDONESIA: 28 SEPTEMBER REPORT – Communal movement supporting women’s choice over her body

Since 2011, Samsara has been actively involved in the September 28 campaign. This year, Samsara had two objectives. First, to give support to women who experience unplanned pregnancies and who conduct the abortion. Second, to mobilize support from a wider community to decriminalize and destigmatize abortion – by directly meeting with various communities, organizations, and individuals in Yogyakarta.

INDIA – Evidence on abortion incidence, access to and quality of care in six Indian states

Abortion has been legal under broad criteria in India since 1971, yet representative information on abortion incidence and access to abortion services in the country has been scarce. The results of a large-scale study titled “Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion in India” have now been released, filling a critical evidence gap. The study was conducted jointly by researchers at the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, Population Council, New Delhi, and Guttmacher Institute, New York. Data come … Continued

AZERBAIJAN – Number of abortions among minors triples in just one year

Approximately 1,605 women in Azerbaijan aged 15–19 years had an abortion in 2017. Forty-six of these were minors, while only 19 under-age abortions were recorded the previous year. Azerbaijan also leads the region in terms of births by women under the age of 19. Experts attribute the surge in early pregnancies and abortions to children and adolescents learning about sex on the internet. However, neither parents nor teachers talk to children about sex as the … Continued

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