Study reveals clinicians refusing to provide legal abortions in Ghana

  A study has revealed that access to safe abortion care in three regions of Northern Ghana – Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions – is impeded by clinicians refusing to provide legally permitted abortion services. It was undertaken … Continued

Health Minister highlights magnitude of unsafe abortions; Namibian editorial supports legalisation

‘500 women die from abortion every year.’ Perhaps such should be the news headlines to make Namibians understand we have a crisis, and all because of a lack of empathy. The Namibian reported that Health Minister Bernard Haufiku tried to … Continued

Malawi: “There are no laws that govern the anatomies of men…”

Human rights activists have urged the Malawian government to enact the abortion bill that was developed last year with the involvement of a Special Law Commission, which included representatives from all the main religious bodies, as well as representatives from … Continued

“My friend who bought it for me, she has had an abortion before.” The influence of Ghanaian women’s social networks in determining the pathway to induced abortion

Even given the liberal abortion law in Ghana, abortion complications are a large contributor to maternal morbidity and mortality. This study sought to understand why young women seeking an abortion in a legally enabling environment chose to do this outside the formal healthcare system.

Accounting for abortion: Accomplishing transnational reproductive governance through post-abortion care in Senegal

Reproductive governance operates through calculating demographic statistics that offer selective truths about reproductive practices, bodies, and subjectivities. Post-abortion care, a global reproductive health intervention, represents a transnational reproductive regime that establishes motherhood as women’s primary legitimate reproductive status.

‘It’s a very complicated issue here’: understanding the limited and declining use of manual vacuum aspiration for post-abortion care in Malawi: a qualitative study

Unsafe abortions are an important contributor to Malawi’s maternal mortality and morbidity… Post-abortion care (PAC) aims to reduce adverse consequences of unsafe abortions, in part by treating incomplete abortions. Although global and national PAC policies recommend manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) for treatment of incomplete abortion, usage in Malawi is low and appears to be decreasing, with sharp curettage being used in preference.

SMS technology being pilot-tested to boost access to safe abortion services in South Africa

  In South Africa, in spite of the fact that the country has had one of the most liberal abortion laws on the African continent since 1997, a recent study by Ipas found that some 30% of South African women … Continued

Incomplete abortion can be treated more safely and less expensively in Malawi

  Incomplete abortion is one of the main causes of obstetric complications in Malawi. Surgical management with curettage is the most common treatment, despite WHO’s recommendation to use manual vacuum aspiration (MVA). Researchers are looking to see whether training health … Continued

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