INDONESIA – The consequences of illegal abortion where methods remain “traditional” and life-threatening

“I became pregnant when I was 16. When I sought help from my family, they disowned me,” 23-year-old Tari (not her real name) said. So she moved from one friend’s place to another, eventually moving to West Java. After she gave birth, her family took the baby but told her she had to leave. She now lives in Jakarta. Despite the hardship, she said she never regretted giving birth. Yamini, a 70-year-old traditional baby masseuse … Continued

INDONESIA – Delayed abortion regulation denies sexual abuse victims’ rights

  The government’s sluggish effort to provide legal and safe abortion services has largely denied the rights of the people, especially victims of rape, to proper reproductive health services, say the Women’s Health Foundation, women’s rights campaigners. Three years after the Health Ministry’s Decree on Reproductive Health went into force, the much-awaited services remain elusive. The decree is a follow-up to Law No. 36/2009 on Health, which legalizes abortion for rape victims and as a … Continued


Samsara held the following activities in Yogyakarta and Bali: 1. Bust the Balloons, Bust the Myths at ‘Alun-Alun Kidul’ (in front of Sultan Palace) in Yogyakarta and also in Bali at BTDC area 2. Two workshops with sex workers and religious community in Bali that will discuss abortion myths. 3. Social media campaign. Follow them on Twitter @samsar4 @pungkasdk   4. Release of a short video in collaboration with  entitled “In Our Hands” and … Continued

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