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

NEPAL – Safe abortion service launched in local village

Uma (not her name) residing in Bajura district underwent two unsafe abortions and had to visit Bayalpata Hospital in Aacham district for treatment. This time around, however, she had an abortion at the local Devalsen Health Centre, because a safe abortion service has been launched there, in the village. Like Uma, the majority of women hesitated to seek safe abortion care at the district Bayalpata Hospital, which involved a two-day journey, even though they were … Continued

POST-ABORTION CARE – Health Systems’ Capacity to Provide Post-Abortion Care: A Multi-Country Analysis Using Signal Functions

There are critical gaps in the provision of post-abortion care at all facilities that offer delivery services. In seven (70%) of ten countries, less than 10% of primary-level facilities could provide basic post-abortion care, and in eight (80%) of ten countries less than 40% of referral-level facilities could provide comprehensive post-abortion care. In no country could all referral facilities provide all the essential services that need to be included in basic post-abortion care.

CHINA – Exploring women’s decisions about childbearing after the lifting of the one-child policy

The goal of this study was to qualitatively understand the childbearing decision process in the new era of the two-child policy. We conducted in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 45 postpartum women at two hospitals in Zhejiang Province, China. The interviews explored women’s views on the two-child policy and reproductive decisions and how they decided to have their first or second child.

PAKISTAN – Why the abortion rate in Pakistan is one of the world’s highest

When at 19 Mehnaz became pregnant for the fifth time, she panicked. She already had four daughters, and her husband was threatening to throw her out if she had another. So she had an abortion. “I kept taking tablets – whatever I laid my hands on,” she says. “I lifted heavy things” – like the furniture in her tiny living room. She drank brews of boiled dates – many Pakistanis believe the beverage triggers labour. … Continued

INDONESIA: 28 SEPTEMBER REPORT – Communal movement supporting women’s choice over her body

Since 2011, Samsara has been actively involved in the September 28 campaign. This year, Samsara had two objectives. First, to give support to women who experience unplanned pregnancies and who conduct the abortion. Second, to mobilize support from a wider community to decriminalize and destigmatize abortion – by directly meeting with various communities, organizations, and individuals in Yogyakarta.

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