SENEGAL – Knowledge and provision of misoprostol among pharmacy workers in Senegal: a cross-sectional study

Knowledge and availability of misoprostol in pharmacies in Senegal is low, posing potential challenges for delivery of post-abortion care and obstetric care. Training is required to address low levels of knowledge of misoprostol registration and uses among pharmacy workers.

SENEGAL – A young couple, both school students, sent to prison for a month for abortion

  In Senegal, abortion is illegal in all cases except to save the woman’s life; approval for inducing “therapeutic abortions” must come from three doctors, one of whom is independently assigned by the courts. Giving advice on where or how to access abortion is a criminal offence. There were an estimated 51,500 abortions in Senegal in 2012, and virtually all of them were clandestine and unsafe, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Seventy-three per cent of … Continued

SENEGAL – In Senegal, cases of infanticide raise the question of legalisation of abortion

  Newborn infants found dead, often in public places, are most of the time the outcome of rape, incest or adultery. In February, the body of a three-day-old baby was found in a plastic bag under a truck in the parking lot of the Stadium Léopold-Sédar-Senghor in Dakar. In the same month, another was found in a market gardeners’ stall. In the past two years, 14 similar cases have been identified in garbage dumps, and … Continued

Accounting for abortion: Accomplishing transnational reproductive governance through post-abortion care in Senegal

Reproductive governance operates through calculating demographic statistics that offer selective truths about reproductive practices, bodies, and subjectivities. Post-abortion care, a global reproductive health intervention, represents a transnational reproductive regime that establishes motherhood as women’s primary legitimate reproductive status.

The Association of Women Jurists of Senegal Pressure Government

The Association of Women Jurists of Senegal continue to put pressure on the government for abortion to be legalised following rape and incest. Some 250 cases of rape of girls aged 13 to 18 years which led to a pregnancy in 52 cases were reported in the first 11 months of 2016 in Senegal. Of those, at least 25 were cases of incest followed by pregnancy, yet abortion on the grounds of rape and incest is not permitted.

Senegalese workshop calling for abortion law reform starts conversation in the media

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Mainstream media sources have started a frank and nationwide conversation on the Maputo protocol and abortion. Le Populaire and many other sources have described the abortion rates as “alarming”. However, the media reports also seem to have picked up on the workshop’s main message – that given the reality of clandestine abortions, the country should legalise the practice.

Viol, inceste et grossesses non désirées : Des associations de femmes plaident pour l’avortement médicalisé (Unwanted pregnancy after rape and incest: women’s associations plead for safe abortion)

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L’autorisation de l’avortement médicalisé en cas de viol et d’inceste est toujours demandée par des organisations de la société civile sénégalaise. L’application de cette mesure permettra aux femmes violées de pouvoir se débarrasser de leur grossesse, sans courir certains risques.
(Legalisation of abortion in cases of rape and incest has long been called for by civil society organisations in Senegal because it would free women from a forced pregnancy without risk.)

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