In Malawi a study has estimated that 80% of women who had unsafe abortions in the country were married. The study, carried out by the Coalition for Prevention of Unsafe Abortion (COPUA), found that a low uptake of contraception among married women was a driver behind unintended pregnancies and that 33,000 women are treated annually for abortion complications. COPUA is now on a countrywide tour for public health workers, asking to solicit views for input before the current abortion bill reaches Parliament.
A governor in Papua New Guinea, Powes Parkop, has called for public deabte on abortion law reform in the country. Parkop said that the current law is forcing abortion underground, endangering the lives of women.
Abortions are legal in South Africa, but women still can’t access them due to lack of information, argues a petition directed at South African Ministry of Health. The demands drafted by the Sexual & Reproductive Justice Coalition include making lists of all abortion facilities public, ensuring that medical abortion guidelines are passed and training health workers to provide care for women who need abortion-related emergency treatment.