Mercy M died at the age of 14 from severe infection due to unsafe abortion. Although she attempted to obtain emergency contraceptives to avoid that pregnancy, Mercy was not given the morning-after pills because Rwandan laws say that teenagers need permission from their parents or must be accompanied by their guardians to access reproductive health services. Mercy is just one case in an epidemic of teenage pregnancies sweeping Rwanda. Recent data show that teenage pregnancies … Continued
In a speech at the 9th Africa Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in February 2020, Nairobi County Women’s Representative Esther Passaris said women should be allowed to have an abortion if they want it, should not have children they can’t take care of. She expressed concern over women living in the slums who use abortion instead of family planning methods, resulting to inevitable deaths, and high rates of inhumane disposal of innocent infants. … Continued
Mozambique liberalised its abortion law in 2014, granting legal abortion on request in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and longer upper limits in cases of rape, incest and fetal anomaly. The Associação Moçambicana de Obstetras e Ginecologistas (AMOG), a member of FIGO, was proud to support this change in the law. Clinical norms to guide treatment were also made available, and benefitted from AMOG’s technical expertise while being developed. However, barriers that prevent women … Continued
In Côte d’Ivoire, it was announced on 21 February 2020 by Honorine Adou, President of Action Against Unwanted and At-Risk Pregnancy (AGnDR) that the law now authorises abortion of pregnancies resulting from rape. AGnDR is a part of a larger coalition of civil society organisations, the Civil Society Coalition for Reproductive Health and Family Planning, created in February 2019, who are working to reduce maternal mortality. They recently organised a three-day workshop that brought together … Continued
A growing body of evidence indicates that non-clinical health care facility staff provide support beyond their traditional roles, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. It is important to examine the role of health facility cleaners in Kenya – from their perspective – to better understand their actual and perceived responsibilities in maternity care.