PEOPLE’S HEALTH MOVEMENT – Statement on access to safe, quality and legal abortion

Following on the fourth People’s Health Assembly of the global People’s Health Movement (PHM) concluded in Savar, Bangladesh on 19 November 2019, the PHM reiterates girls’ and women’s rights to health and life, to equality, and sexual and reproductive autonomy. The PHM stands in solidarity with the struggles in countries around the world where the right to abortion is banned, restricted or access to safe and quality abortion care inaccessible. FULL STATEMENT: by Peoples Health … Continued

SOUTH KOREA – No arrests or charges following hospital investigation in Gyeongsang provinces

On 8 January 2019, we reported that women’s rights groups in the Gyeongsang provinces condemned a provincial police agency for investigating whether 26 women had had abortions in one maternity hospital. The police obtained information about the 26 women from the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service. Reportedly, a staffperson at the hospital had threatened to report the doctor and asked the doctor for 8 million won (± US$ 7,200) because the doctor had refused … Continued

INDONESIA – Second-trimester medication abortion outside the clinic setting: an analysis of electronic client records from a safe abortion hotline in Indonesia

This study is a retrospective analysis of anonymised electronic client records from callers to a safe abortion hotline in Indonesia. Between July 2012 and October 2016, a total of 96 women contacted the hotline for information on medication abortion beyond 12 weeks’ gestation and are included in this study.

YOUTH COALITION – Abortion stories (video) and Report of an ASAP youth advocacy institute on abortion rights

  Women tell their abortion stories Video by Feminism in India Different women have different experiences of abortion. Let’s create judgment-free spaces for them to talk about it. One of the easiest and most powerful ways to break stigma is to simply talk about abortion. Here, five women narrate their abortion stories in a powerful video. #Sept28 #LetsTalkAbortion   +++ PHOTO: Ayesha Bashir/ASAP   2. Report of an ASAP youth advocacy institute on abortion rights … Continued

INDIA – Three stories of doctors trying to withhold or discourage safe abortion

When women who approach doctors are denied abortion, they are forced to find a safe abortion some other way. The result? Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India. For her first termination of pregnancy, Aishwarya (not her name) had gone to a gynaecologist, but was denied by the one she saw, a woman. The doctor appeared to referred her to a colleague, who turned out to be an IVF specialist. … Continued

PAKISTAN – Bill prohibiting fetal sex disclosure during pregnancy to be tabled

The Punjab Health Minister, Dr Yasmin Rashid, addressed a seminar on “Ending Gender-Based Violence”, held under the ambit of the Punjab Government, in collaboration with UN Women. “It saddens me that some people get to know about the sex of the baby during pregnancy and abort the child if it were not a boy,” she said. She reiterated that no society can move forward without empowering women. “Violence against a woman disturbs the whole family … Continued

INDIA – Bombay High Court exhibits incompetence in understanding clinical and psychological issues in two rulings on abortion requests after 20 weeks: where is the government?

Under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, abortion beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy can be done only with permission from a high court. In Mumbai in late December, a 14-year-old rape victim approached the Bombay High Court seeking permission to terminate a 22-week pregnancy. A so-called vacation bench ruled the girl had to be medically examined by a team of expert doctors at the JJ Hospital. The advice they asked for, and should already have … Continued

SOUTH KOREA – Women’s rights activists condemn police for investigating 26 women on abortions

Women’s rights groups in the Gyeongsang provinces condemned a provincial police agency for investigating 26 women on whether they had abortions. Members of the women’s rights groups, including the Gyeongnam Women’s United Association, said they held a meeting with officials at the South Gyeongsang Province Police Agency on Monday and delivered a letter of complaint. Their protest came after a police station in the province was revealed to have checked whether 26 women who had … Continued

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