Most induced abortions in Malawi are performed under unsafe conditions, contributing to the high maternal mortality ratio. Malawians are currently debating whether to provide additional exceptions under which an abortion may be legally obtained. An estimated 67,300 induced abortions occurred in Malawi in 2009, but since then changes such as dramatic increases in contraceptive prevalence may have impacted abortion rates.
by Grace Lusiola, Project Director, Post-Abortion Care Family Planning Project, EngenderHealth, Tanzania Many years ago, I lost my mother. She was only 37 years old, she died when she was having the ninth pregnancy. Not that she really had the … Continued
According to a 2015 World Health Organization report, Sierra Leone has the worst maternal mortality ratio in the world, and complications from unsafe abortion procedures contribute to 10% of these deaths. Due to a draconian abortion law, women have to … Continued
This report summarises the law and policy on abortion in Kenya and cases of trials and imprisonment for abortion between 2004 and 2017.
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
“Fred Gbagbo recognized the woman right away, even though the blood had drained from her face and was instead pooling between her legs. There was no trace of the pushy, even demanding young woman in this listless body lying semiconscious … Continued
An open access article based on in-depth interviews with women from both South Africa and Zimbabwe, which compare and contrast their reasons for abortion and having an abortion in widely differing legal contexts.
‘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
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
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.