SYSTEMATIC REVIEW – Primary care providers’ knowledge, attitudes and practices of medical abortion: a systematic review

by Asvini K Subasinghe, Seema Deb, Danielle Mazza BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health 2019(December)  (Open access) Abstract Background – Despite the availability of medical abortifacients, and their potential use in primary care, only a small proportion of primary healthcare professionals provide medical abortion services. Understanding the perspectives of primary care providers on delivering medical abortion is pertinent to identifying barriers to medical abortion service provision and increasing access for women globally. Objective – To understand the knowledge, … Continued

GLOBAL – Sexuality Policy Watch Round-Up 2019

As in previous years, SPW has sent out a newsletter summarising 2019 with an excellent compilation of the main facts, trends, setbacks and victories in gender and sexuality politics that marked the year, and pointing to the challenges ahead in 2020. Here are a few examples: – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, presented his report on women´s human rights defenders in which the negative impact of various factors is analyzed … Continued

COLOMBIA – Colombia’s Constitutional Court issues landmark decision on victims of reproductive violence in conflict

On 11 December 2019, the Colombian Constitutional Court issued an important decision recognising that women and girls who suffered forced contraception and forced abortion by their own armed groups should be recognized as ‘victims of armed conflict’. The decision is one of very few in the world to specifically recognise reproductive violence as a form of harm committed against women and girls in times of conflict. It thus sets an important legal precedent in recognising … Continued

GREECE – Athens metro ordered to remove anti-abortion posters

An anti-abortion poster displayed on 12 January in many places in the Athens metro, triggered a strong, negative reaction from the public and social media users. On 13 January, social media in Greece were flooded with pictures from the subway. News website In.gr reported that social media users were angry about the posters because they “bring the country back to the Middle Ages”. Following an intense reaction from opposition parties and activists as well, the conservative … Continued

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