Why we are campaigning for women’s right to safe abortion

We start the new year with two answers to this question: one is a story (fiction) published in 2012 by Judith Arcana ( www.juditharcana.com ) ,, who was a member of the Jane collective in Chicago, USA, a group of women who provided safe, illegal abortions in the years before 1973, when the law was changed by a Supreme Court decision. The problem of unsafe abortion is no longer history in the USA, however. As … Continued

“CONGOLAISE, unite efforts for the recognition of our rights to SRH in DR Congo!”

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, several activists and others concerned with the reproductive rights of women and girls joined in a September 28th Day of Action celebration in South Kivu, organized by Pathfinder’s local sexual and reproductive rights coalition members. The event’s theme was “Congolaise, unite efforts for the recognition of our rights to sexual and reproductive health in DR Congo!” The event included three substantial presentations: Madame Viviane Sebahire of Solidarité des … Continued

MOZAMBIQUE: September 28 in Maputo

In Mozambique, the Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights hosted an event on the current state of abortion in the country (including the implementation of the new abortion law). With 65 people in attendance, the event was a huge success. Female mannequins were placed at the entrance of the hall as well as in the street, with signs inviting people to leave messages related to safe and free abortion. At the meeting, Dalmácia Cossa, legal … Continued

SOUTH AFRICA: Maternal Health and Access to Safe and Legal Abortion event

The South African Medical Students Association (SAMSA) Standing Committee of Sexual and Reproductive Health including HIV/AIDS presented a Workshop on Maternal Health and Access to Safe and Legal Abortion in commemoration of 28 September. The event saw more than 50 medical and nursing students as well as numerous SRHR organisations come together to speak and discuss on numerous topics pertaining to Maternal Health and Abortion, including: • Dr Roland E Mhlanga, a specialist in obstetrics … Continued

KENYA: Allow abortion in public hospitals, say medics

Poor women seeking safe abortion could soon get the services in public health facilities if developed reproductive health guidelines and policies are ratified. The death of a woman from a botched abortion at a backstreet joint angered former chairman of the Kenya Medical Association, Dr Stephen Ochiel. “The law banning abortion is the greatest killer of women because it does not criminalise sex. It criminalises abortions,” he said. The victim, a hawker visited a quack … Continued

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