NEPAL – Voice for Choice by Youth-Led SRHR Advocacy (YoSHAN)

YoSHAN described their activities to mark International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2019, as follows: “How does your September 28 look like? Ours looks like this: YoSHAN, a youth-led feminist organization in Nepal, conducted a sensitization program on Safe Abortion for Nursing Students, led by our Youth Champion Ashmita Thapa. YoSHAN is also celebrating September 28 through various art forms, such as acting, painting and poetry. We will be sharing the voices of young advocates … Continued

NEPAL/INDIA – Reports find that young, unmarried girls are resorting to unsafe abortions because of the failure of health services

…to provide them with information and confidential abortion care. At least 12 health institutions in Rolpa, Nepal, including Rolpa District Hospital, provide safe abortion pills for unwanted pregnancy up to nine weeks free of cost. The hospital and two primary health centres also provide safe aspiration abortions up to 12 weeks free of cost.

NEPAL – Editorial calls for standards and regulations on abortion

The law on abortion in Nepal is vague in that it does not explain the standards prescribed for non-governmental and private health institutions that can provide obstetric care, including abortion. Mere passage of a law holds little meaning if the guidelines for executing its provisions are not formulated. This has been the case with the Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Right Act, whose provisions are facing difficulty in their implementation even a year after its … Continued

NEPAL – Identifying Barriers to Accessibility and Availability of Safe Abortion Services among Young Women in Makawanpur

Induced abortion is a global concern commonly experienced by women of reproductive age due to unintended pregnancy. Nepal legalized abortion in 2002 and started providing safe abortion services (SAS) free of cost, since 2016 from the certified government health facilities. But, more than half (58%) of the total induced abortion were reported to be done clandestinely in 2015. Young women and adolescent girls are at high risk of unwanted pregnancies that they often resort to unsafe abortion when they cannot have access to safe abortion. Lack of availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality services hinders those women to exercise safe abortion.

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