CONTRACEPTION – three articles on medical abortions

Feasibility of a hospital outpatient day procedure for medication abortion at 13–18 weeks gestation: findings from Nepal  by Jennifer Blum, Chandra Karki, Anand Tamang, Tara Shichet, Achala Shresthra. Heera Tuladhar, Aruna Karki, Jyotsna Sharma, Dina F Abbas, Monica Dragoman, Beverly Winikoff Contraception 2019(Dec);100(6):451-56    DOI: 10.1016/j.contraception.2019.08.007 Abstract Objectives: To evaluate the safety, acceptability and feasibility of a one-day outpatient medical abortion service at gestations 13–18 weeks. Study design: Open-label prospective study in which participants received mifepristone 200 mg … Continued

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INDIA – Child safety law leading to unsafe abortions among girls under 18

The conflict of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) 2012 and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1972 is making doctors hesitant to provide abortion services to girls under the age of 18 due to fear of prosecution, and teenaged girls are apprehensive of seeking abortion services from legal providers, in turn, forcing them to seek unsafe abortion. For example, a few days after discovering she is pregnant, a young woman, along … Continued

NEPAL – Bajura, a remote district in the far western hills of Nepal, has fared well in terms of safe abortion

According to local government records, as many as 875 women received safe abortion services through government-run health centres in the Bajura district in the past 18 months. Of the total 28 local health centres in the district, 15 have been providing abortion service to women. Only complicated cases are sent to the district hospital. The Bajura District Hospital Chief, Dr Rupchandra Bishwokarma, found these data encouraging. In the past, women would commonly use unsafe ways … Continued

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