LEBANON – Abortion is illegal in Lebanon, but that hasn’t stopped abortions

  A political cartoon story about women in Lebanon, including Syrian refugee women – and the fact that abortions have always been necessary and always will be. It reports that the NGO Marsa has stepped in to provide basic information, and The A Project, created in November 2016, to provide a sexuality and sexual and reproductive health hotline. A third of the phone calls The A Project hotline receives are about unwanted pregnancy.   SOURCE: … Continued

AUSTRALIA – Hidden Forces: Shining a Light on Reproductive Coercion

To coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and to kick off 16 Days of Action to end violence against women, Marie Stopes Australia launched this report. Reproductive coercion is behaviour that interferes with the autonomy of a person to make decisions about their reproductive health. It includes any behaviour that has the intention of controlling or constraining another person’s reproductive health decision-making. Examples include: Sabotage of another person’s contraception Pressuring … Continued

YOU TUBE – YouTube’s search results for “abortion” show exactly what anti-abortion activists want women to see

“When you Google “abortion,” the top results are relatively staid considering the divisiveness of the topic in American life. There’s a link to information about the procedure from Planned Parenthood, a Google map of nearby abortion providers, a link to an overview of anti-abortion and pro-choice arguments from the nonpartisan procon.org, and links to various news sources like the New York Times and the New Yorker… “If, until recently, you did the same over on … Continued

INDONESIA – Second-trimester medication abortion outside the clinic setting: an analysis of electronic client records from a safe abortion hotline in Indonesia

This study is a retrospective analysis of anonymised electronic client records from callers to a safe abortion hotline in Indonesia. Between July 2012 and October 2016, a total of 96 women contacted the hotline for information on medication abortion beyond 12 weeks’ gestation and are included in this study.

KENYA – We all need comprehensive sex education

“Human beings are a complex and multi-dimensional species. We have biological, physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual selves, all integrated into one person. We are also blessed with a sexual self, which is not an isolated identity, but intertwined with the rest of our ‘selves’. Somehow, however, sexuality is often treated as some unfortunate side effect of being human – something to fear, something never to speak of except in hushed tones, something everyone is … Continued

TUNISIA – Dualities between Tunisian provider beliefs and actions in abortion care

Despite Tunisia’s historically progressive reproductive health policies, Tunisian women now face significant challenges accessing legal abortion. Through in-depth interviews with providers at six facilities, we explored factors influencing provider attitudes about abortion and provider perspectives about abortion morality, safety, and legality. We found that gatekeepers (counsellors and front office staff) generally believed abortion was immoral, while obstetricians and gynecologists were more likely to support an individual’s right to access abortion.

Developing an Advocacy Agenda for Abortion in the 21st Century – Report of an International Forum – Lisbon 5-6-7 Sept 2018

On 5-7 September 2018, the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion hosted an International Forum in Lisbon, Portugal. The aim of the forum was to bring together thought leaders from around the world to examine synergies and discuss how to move global, regional and national work for the right to safe abortion forward.

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