MADAGASCAR – Madagascar’s ‘angel makers’ flourish in ban on abortion

Abortion is illegal on Madagascar. Although prosecution is rare, an attempt to decriminalise abortion was pushed back by the parliament in 2017. A 44-year-old woman with six children keeps a secret behind a flimsy wooden gate at the back of her vegetable garden. “There are around eight fetuses buried here,” she said. “With them lies a baby delivered prematurely at seven months.” In each case, she said, when they were removed from her body, she … Continued

SOUTH AFRICA – Man sentenced to 12 years for killing 44-year-old girlfriend for having an abortion

The Polokwane High Court on Monday sentenced a 39-year-old man to 12 years in prison for killing his girlfriend in March 2018. Police officers near the woman’s home received a report that a woman was being stabbed on a farm. When the police arrived, they found her body with multiple stab wounds. The murderer had fled the scene but was tracked down to his hometown in Botswana and later extradited to stand trial in South … Continued

MOZAMBIQUE – The growing toll of the Global Gag Rule

First-trimester abortion has been legal in Mozambique since 2014. AMODEFA, the national family planning association, refused to sign the Trump iteration of the Gag Rule. They lost 60% of their budget, were forced to lay off one-third of their staff, had to close clinics across the country and dramatically reduce the services at the clinics that remained open. Half of their innovative youth clinics were shuttered. Family planning and contraceptive services, HIV testing and treatment, … Continued

GHANA – Two new hotlines to provide safe abortion information

The Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF), a human rights media advocacy organisation, will soon introduce safe abortion information telephone hotlines, such as Papa Ralph and Maame Esi, to provide information on abortion and contraceptives to women, especially vulnerable and hard-to-reach young girls. Such measures according to GLOMEF could reduce maternal morbidity and mortality that results from unsafe abortions in Ghana. Raphael Godlove Ahenu, founder of GLOMEF, made this known to the national media. He said cultural … Continued

SOUTH AFRICA – Abortion service providers quitting in the face of hostility from colleagues

Lack of support for abortion service providers in the public health sector in South Africa has led to an exodus of qualified people who have been trained to provide abortion services. Stigma and judgement from their colleagues have made their working conditions so difficult that many opt to leave the service rather than continue to work in a hostile environment. According to Kgaladi Mphahlele, the Doctors Without Borders’ Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Manager in … Continued

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