Malawian gynaecologist Dr Chisali Mhango sheds light on abortion law history, misconceptions, fears and law reform process in Malawi. This is an excerpted version of the full article, which we highly recommend reading.
Rhodes University’s Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) research programme will be co-hosting a flagship conference to address abortion and reproductive justice issues in July. In cooperation with the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa, the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, the South African Department of Social Development, and the Open Society Foundations, the conference – Abortion & Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution III – will take place from … Continued
Calls to amend Zimbabwe’s highly restrictive abortion law, dating back to 1977, are mounting amid growing awareness of the large number of teenage girls dying from backstreet abortions, activists say. According to UN data, Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality ratio of 443 deaths per 100,000 live births is triple that of South Africa, where abortion is legal. Abortion in Zimbabwe contributes about 16% of maternal deaths, according to Bernard Madzima, head of Family Health in the Health … Continued
The law on abortion in Senegal is both restrictive and unclear. Although the country’s criminal code completely prohibits pregnancy termination, the Code of Medical Ethics allows an abortion if three doctors agree that the procedure is necessary to save the pregnant woman’s life.
Thabisani Ncube, Sex Rights Africa Network Coordinator, AIDS Foundation of South Africa writes: We carried out a Network Learning Discussion on 26 March 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe, that brought quite a number of civil society organisations (CSOs) with different capacities and operational fields who also work around ending unsafe abortion. We realised there was need for a space for CSOs working in the area to consolidate their efforts around understanding the legal framework and spaces … Continued
“My job is to take care of women. As an obstetrician-gynecologist working in Botswana, I see women through the highs and lows of their reproductive lives. Until last year, I personally had only experienced the highs. In 2015, I gave birth to a perfect baby at the right time in my life given my values and goals. A few years later, when I was ready, I got pregnant with my second child. Last August, I … Continued
It was not considered a surprise that a bill tabled in the National Popular Assembly (AFN) last November, which aimed to broaden the grounds for legal abortion, failed to pass. This is attributed to a revival of conservatism in the country, confirming the apprehensions of many feminist activists. Three clauses on abortion were tabled as part of the draft law on health and were reviewed by the Commission on Health and Social Affairs of the … Continued
This history of advocacy and campaigning for abortion law reform by a coalition of NGOs and women’s groups in Malawi identifies the factors that helped generate political will to address unsafe abortion, and the consequences of an ongoing backlash against law reform from the international anti-choice movement and their appeal to religious and nationalist values.
At a dialogue in March 2018 on the role of religion and culture in regulating sexual and reproductive health and rights, organised by CEHURD, Dr Charles Kiggundu reported that women over the age of 40 are increasingly accessing abortion services, as many as 4 in 10 women who go to Mulago Hospital in Kampala
For more than a year now, the US government has imposed and expanded the Global Gag Rule. It now applies to all US global health assistance, drastically magnifying its potential harmful effects on women and communities around the world. PAI has a long history of documenting the impact of the Global Gag Rule on the health and rights of women and girls. To this end, they conducted two fact-finding trips in the autumn of 2017 … Continued