LEBANON – What Maya says on abortion: a video from Lebanon

A video addressing important issues surrounding abortion: Is it a crime or isn’t it? Does it have a soul or not yet? Why is so much of the discussion about the fetus, which is still being formed, and not about the woman, who already exists? Here are the questions that should be asked, she says: Does the woman want the pregnancy or not? Is she willing to bear a 5th or 6th child even if … Continued

JORDAN – Roundtable and position paper on abortion

Share-Net in Jordan reports: “Following the roundtable meeting on abortion held in Jordan in April 2018, several follow-up meetings were attended by 26 experts representing concerned government, civil society and international organizations. With their input, a position paper on abortion in Jordan was drafted. The paper explains the grounds upon which the position is based including religious opinions (fatwas) and resolutions of the Jordanian Iftaa Board of the General Ifta Department, which is identified by … Continued

28 September Reports and Articles in the Media

International Safe Abortion Day 2018 received unprecedented attention from media around the world, from countries as diverse as New Zealand, Venezuela, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Croatia. Some countries, like Ireland, India and South Africa generated more media attention than others – and it’s important to flag that since we collected reports in English, but are missing reports in other languages. This is the second year that we have collected media reports on and about the 28 … Continued

LEBANON – ‘I couldn’t comprehend how painful it was’

“Farah* has morbid memories of the abortion she had three years ago, but she cannot recall exactly how long the procedure took. ‘I just felt like it lasted a whole day, the longest day of my life,’ the 26-year-old tells Middle East Eye. ‘I vividly remember the unbearable wait before the operation. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop talking about it…It was gruelling.’ A friend of hers had given her the name and … Continued

USA and A WAR-TORN COUNTRY – Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients

The Story Collider has featured a number of personal abortion stories on their website from a June 2018 show in New York City. They’re too long to reproduce in full here, but it’s well worth reading them to the end. Here are excerpts from two of them: Jacey Powers – an actress and a writer, a stand-up and a storyteller from New York City. There was a lot going on when this whole thing happened. … Continued

IRAN – Women’s bodies have become a battleground in the fight for Iran’s future

A regressive law to boost the population has restricted the reproductive choices and rights of all Iranian women. In the early 1990s, Iran had one of best family planning programmes in the developing world. From 1980 to 2010, it managed to cut the average number of children each woman bore from six and a half to two. But these gains have since been reversed and all Iranian women are suffering under regressive legislation passed in … Continued

MOROCCO – Health Minister removes misoprostol from pharmacies for six months and a safe abortion advocate is arrested soon after

Mr M Anass Doukkali, current deputy of the Party of Progress and Socialism in Morocco, has been Minister of Health in Morocco since 22 January 2018. He has a background in chemistry and physics, employment, hospital administration and transition to democracy, but no apparent history of knowledge on women’s health issues. On the Ministry’s website a new policy on use of medications has been announced based on “health, development and human rights”. But “les droits … Continued

ARROW – #OurStoriesOurselves!

On International Women’s Day, the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) launched the online version of their publication #OurStoriesOurselves!, which contains stories of women’s experiences of pregnancy, abortion, the consequences of sex, child marriage and more. In addition to the stories of women themselves, the webpage includes podcasts, a photo gallery and images of hand-written journals by women that form the basis of the publication. Here is an excerpt from one of those stories … Continued

FRANCE: CYTOTEC WITHDRAWAL ! – Consequences for African countries close to France of the imminent withdrawal of Cytotec (misoprostol) from the market in France

It seems Pfizer’s decision to withdraw Cytotec (their brand of misoprostol) in France has been ill-thought out. The reason given was that in October 2017 they received reports that its off-label use for induction of labour had caused complications in a few women. We reported at that time that they had the agreement of the French drug regulatory agency ANSM to stop marketing Cytotec in France altogether, even though no problems have ever been reported about … Continued

MOROCCO – Avortement clandestin: Chafik Chraïbi regrette un projet de loi mort-né

  (Clandestine abortion: Chafik Chraïbi regrets that law reform seems stillborn) Chafik Chraïbi, president of the Association marocaine de lutte contre l’avortement clandestin (AMLAC, Moroccan Association of Struggle against Clandestine Abortion), an obstetrician-gynaecologist who has been campaigning for many years for the government to extend access to safe abortion, seems to be losing hope that anything will ever change. But he refuses to stop his fight for the law reform that was agreed in June … Continued

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