EASTERN EUROPE / CENTRAL ASIA – Regional Conference on Bringing the WHO Recommendations on Safe Abortion and Family Planning Closer to Women in Countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia

There were 65 participants. The meeting was in Russian with simultaneous translation in English. Participants included health professionals, health policymakers and NGO representatives from 11 counties in the region – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Russia.

UK – Who decides? We trust women. Abortion in the developing world and the UK

This report was released on the evening of 7 March for International Women’s Day at a reception at the House of Lords in London, hosted by Baroness Jenny Tonge, Chairwoman of the UK Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health. The report was based on a series of papers presented to the APPG by a long list of experts during the week of 20 November 2017. In the Foreword, Baroness Tonge said: … Continued

The implications of banning D&E, the most common second trimester procedure in the USA

Dilation and evacuation (D&E) is a safe method of second trimester surgical abortion, approved by the World Health Organization. The patient’s cervix is dilated and suction is used to remove the fetus. Depending on a variety of factors (including gestational age, the extent of dilation, and providers’ training and preference), the provider might also use surgical instruments as a primary or secondary part of the procedure. 11% of abortions in the USA take place after … Continued

Incomplete abortion can be treated more safely and less expensively in Malawi

  Incomplete abortion is one of the main causes of obstetric complications in Malawi. Surgical management with curettage is the most common treatment, despite WHO’s recommendation to use manual vacuum aspiration (MVA). Researchers are looking to see whether training health personnel in MVA can increase the use of this method. Misoprostol is the most commonly used treatment for incomplete abortion, including in many African countries. This option has not previously been available in Malawi, however, … Continued

Two videos about abortion in Argentina, in Spanish with Portuguese subtitles

The first video describes what the two recommended methods are of abortion, what the law allows in Argentina with a liberal interpretation, how the two methods work and how simple and safe they are. The second records testimonies of many women of all ages and backgrounds in Argentina who talk about how they got pregnant, why they decided to have an abortion and how it took place.

Improving access to safe abortion in a rural primary care setting in India

Background: Abortion services were legalized in India in 1972, however, the access to safe abortion services is restricted, especially in rural areas. In 2002, medical abortion using mifepristone- misoprostol was approved for termination of pregnancy, however, its use has been limited in primary care settings.

“These things are dangerous”: Understanding induced abortion trajectories in urban Zambia

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Ernestina Coast, Susan F Murray Social Science & Medicine 2016;153 (March):201–209 (open access) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953616300806 “Access to comprehensive reproductive health services, including safe abortion services within the law, is recognized as a basic human right, protected by a range of international human rights treaties and laws.” First Lady of Zambia, Dr. Christine Kaseba, 2013, Ipas documentary. http://www.ipas.org/en/News/2013/December/At-film-launch–Zambian-first-lady-calls-for-improved-access-to-safe–legal-abortion.aspx Abstract Zambia has among the most liberal abortion laws in sub-Saharan Africa; however, this alone does not guarantee access … Continued

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