Abortion is in the news and in the courts across India

Perhaps the most important headline is that 10 women die every day in India as a result of unsafe abortion. That some 30,200 abortions take place daily in India, half of which are unsafe, causing some 3,600 women to experience … Continued

‘At 11 years old, they’re getting pregnant’: the women smashing Catholic taboos in the Philippines – video

  Such is the stigma around sex education and family planning in the Philippines that 65% of women there still do not use contraceptives. Five years ago the Philippine Congress passed a reproductive health law guaranteeing universal access to family … Continued

Central government has been delaying law reform on abortion for fetal anomaly post-20 weeks since 2014

 Delay in amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act to provide women more time to seek abortion after a diagnosis of serious fetal anomaly is forcing women to go to the Supreme Court for permission to end their pregnancies. … Continued

Birmanie: le poids de la religion, un obstacle à la dépénalisation de l’IVG

Myanmar: the weight of religion, an obstacle to decriminalisation of abortion Although contraception is freely available, few women know how to use it and young ones, especially in rural areas, are ashamed to try and obtain it. Abortion is legally … Continued

‘I am a criminal. What is my crime?’: the human toll of abortion in Afghanistan

When Maryam had an abortion, her husband beat and humiliated her. Her story is not unusual in Afghanistan, yet illegal, unsafe terminations are on the rise. As a newlywed, Maryam’s husband promised to let her finish her university degree. Then … Continued

After UPR: Philippines SRHR advocates call on the government to provide contraception and decriminalize abortion

    In Geneva on 8 May, the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review raised questions on the compliance of the Philippines government with its commitments on reproductive health and rights, including access to abortion. The Netherlands recommended that … Continued

India: Souls that roar for justice: The inimitable Amma Jaitun

On Saturday 17 March 2017 a warrior for justice – Jaitun – commonly referred to as ‘Amma’, took her last breath and with the stillness of the night, like a rainbow that came to show her magnificence, her spirit passed on as her body lay on a scrap of mud floor outside a shop front, which she paid Rupees 1,500 per month to rent…

Access to and quality of menstrual regulation services and post-abortion care in Bangladesh: evidence from surveys of health facilities, 2014

In 2014, an estimated 430,000 menstrual regulation procedures were performed in health facilities nationwide, representing a sharp 34% decline since 2010. The annual rate of MR was 10 per 1,000 women aged 15–49 in 2014, down from 17 in 2010.

Evaluating the effectiveness of communication interventions to increase women’s knowledge of safe abortion in Bihar and Jharkhand, India

Unsafe abortion is still a significant public health problem in India, with complications of abortion accounting for 8-9% of maternal deaths. Every year an estimated 6.4 million abortions take place in India, and over half (56%) are estimated to be unsafe. Many women are not aware that abortion is legal, nor are they aware of facilities that are certified by the government to provide abortion services.

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