INDIA – The worrying disappearance of medical abortion pills in India

As high as 80% of abortions in India are with medical abortion pills. Pratigya Campaign for Gender Equality and Safe Abortion recently commissioned a study with the Centre for Media Studies on “Availability of medical abortion pills in the urban markets of four Indian states (Bihar, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh)”. This study covered 1,008 retail chemists to understand the awareness levels and attitudes of the chemists stocking and selling the pills. It found that in Rajasthan, none … Continued

NEPAL/INDIA – Reports find that young, unmarried girls are resorting to unsafe abortions because of the failure of health services

…to provide them with information and confidential abortion care. At least 12 health institutions in Rolpa, Nepal, including Rolpa District Hospital, provide safe abortion pills for unwanted pregnancy up to nine weeks free of cost. The hospital and two primary health centres also provide safe aspiration abortions up to 12 weeks free of cost.

NEPAL – Editorial calls for standards and regulations on abortion

The law on abortion in Nepal is vague in that it does not explain the standards prescribed for non-governmental and private health institutions that can provide obstetric care, including abortion. Mere passage of a law holds little meaning if the guidelines for executing its provisions are not formulated. This has been the case with the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Right Act, whose provisions are facing difficulty in their implementation even a year after its … Continued

INDIA – Abortion pills should be everywhere !

I bought them online. They’re easy to get, and they’ll change everything. One afternoon about a year ago, just as the US Senate began considering Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, I logged on to Day Night Healthcare, an online pharmacy based in India, and ordered a pack of abortion pills. A few hours later, I got a call from a Day Night customer service agent with a warning. If my credit card company … Continued

MALAYSIA – Baby dumping: a consequence of governmental refusal to provide comprehensive sex education, contraception and safe abortion to adolescents

According to Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (photo), 1,010 cases of baby dumping have been recorded in Malaysia from 2010 to May 2019. 64% of the babies were found dead. Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh said that in the same period, there were 292 cases where the babies were left near residential areas, 115 babies were left in toilets, and 95 were found in rubbish bins. At … Continued

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