INDONESIA – Second-trimester medical abortion outside the clinic setting in Indonesia

Evidence from our analysis suggests that a model of remote provision of support for abortions later in pregnancy by non-medically trained, skilled abortion counsellors could be a safe alternative for women in need of abortions beyond 12 weeks’ gestation in a legally restrictive context.

INDONESIA – Teenage girl released from prison amid calls for reform of abortion laws

Activists have welcomed the release of a 15-year-old girl from jail on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on “humanitarian grounds” following her arrest for an illegal abortion after she repeatedly raped by her older brother. The case received widespread media coverage, leading to renewed calls from women’s and human rights groups for the legalisation of abortion and other guarantees for women’s reproductive rights. The decision to suspend the girl’s sentence, described as rare, came after … Continued

INDONESIA – Protests and demand for review of child rape victim’s imprisonment for abortion

Activists and legal experts have condemned the imprisonment of a 15-year-old girl who was raped by her 17-year-old brother several times during September 2017 and became pregnant. In the sixth month of her pregnancy, she was forced to have an abortion by her mother because of the shame involved when their community learned of the situation. The situation came to light after a fetus was found on the grounds of a plantation in May. The … Continued

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

INDONESIA: Samsara

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  www.womenhelp.org  entitled “In Our Hands” and … Continued

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