KUWAIT – Gynaecologist smuggling abortion pills into Kuwait

Security officers at the Kuwait International Airport have arrested an unidentified female gynaecologist for attempting to smuggle into the country large quantities of medicine pills to induce abortion, reports Al- Shahed daily. According to the daily, the doctor works for a private hospital and earns a monthly salary of KD 2,000. She has admitted to selling one pill for KD 100 to Indians and Filipinas. The doctor has been referred to the authorities for further … Continued

PALESTINE – Stories from Palestine

This is a web-based publication with newly developed stories and photos of some of the clients, staff, supporters and volunteers of the Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Association (PFPPA) and their work. PPPFA is an IPPF member association and grantee partner of the Safe Abortion Action Fund. They are actively advocating for a change to the law on abortion in the country, which currently only allows abortion under very restrictive circumstances and often at the … Continued

TURKEY – De facto abortion ban means women face dangerous conditions to obtain abortion

“I thought I’d go to some sort of hospital. But instead, it was an apartment on the second floor of a three-story building. A man with a cigarette in hand opened the door. I entered an apartment with a living room and kitchen. The bathroom in what apparently was the parents’ bedroom had been converted into an abortion room. The operating table was filthy and covered in blood.” Turkish law states: “Until the end of … Continued

LEBANON – Abortion is illegal in Lebanon, but that hasn’t stopped abortions

  A political cartoon story about women in Lebanon, including Syrian refugee women – and the fact that abortions have always been necessary and always will be. It reports that the NGO Marsa has stepped in to provide basic information, and The A Project, created in November 2016, to provide a sexuality and sexual and reproductive health hotline. A third of the phone calls The A Project hotline receives are about unwanted pregnancy.   SOURCE: … Continued

TUNISIA – Dualities between Tunisian provider beliefs and actions in abortion care

Despite Tunisia’s historically progressive reproductive health policies, Tunisian women now face significant challenges accessing legal abortion. Through in-depth interviews with providers at six facilities, we explored factors influencing provider attitudes about abortion and provider perspectives about abortion morality, safety, and legality. We found that gatekeepers (counsellors and front office staff) generally believed abortion was immoral, while obstetricians and gynecologists were more likely to support an individual’s right to access abortion.

TUNISIA – Sexual and reproductive rights in Tunisia: not for all, not everywhere

(Les droits sexuels et reproductifs en Tunisie: Pas pour tous, pas partout)   On 9 November 2018, 13 Tunisian NGOs met to discuss the theme: “Let’s mobilise against the disengagement of the Tunisian State in the field of sexual and reproductive health” (Mobilisons nous contre le désengagement de l’Etat tunisien dans le domaine de la santé sexuelle et reproductive), to warn about disparities in access to sexual and reproductive rights in Tunisia in recent years. … Continued

MOROCCO – Abortion: the reality experienced by women in Morocco

People have the same dream every night. Some have the same song in their heads. Others have memories that come back to them every time they go to certain places. My thing is the cause of women. When I read the paper. When I talk about society in the evening or during a debate. It’s not a job because I’m not paid for it. It is not a fad. Nor is it a hobby. This … Continued

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

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