GHANA & NIGERIA – Ghana and Nigeria lead in trawling the internet for abortion pills

According to a BBC analysis of Google searches, global online searches for medical abortion pills have more than doubled over the last decade. The findings also suggest that in countries where abortion laws are more restrictive, there is greater search interest in abortion pills. Indeed, the study found that countries with the most restrictive abortion laws have over 10 times higher search interest in obtaining misoprostol than countries with no restrictions. Ghana and Nigeria are … Continued

Lesotho – Seeking abortion on Facebook

In Lesotho, home to just 2.2 million people and surrounded by South Africa, abortion is strictly illegal, apart from life-threatening cases. Women face being outcast from their communities, or arrested. As a result, many are driven to using the Internet to find an abortion. Research by CNN found that on Facebook, there were dozens of different pages advertising abortions, many featuring stock images of white women popping tablets, or holding pregnant bellies. These posts offered … Continued

L’avortement au Kosovo, une mission quasi impossible

(Abortion in Kosovo, an almost impossible mission) In Kosovo, the law allows women to have abortions up to the 10th week of pregnancy, and abortion remains a difficult journey. But some are ready to take all the risks. “Attitudes do not change. In Kosovo, an abortion is always seen as very bad.”These words of Iliriana Gashi, director of Women for Women Kosovo, leave no doubt as to the image of abortion in Kosovo. Still taboo, … Continued

Number of abortion pills seized by Irish customs declines

The number of abortion pills seized by Irish customs officials has fallen significantly in the past three years, figures from the Health Products Regulatory Authority show. Officers confiscated 536 tablets in 2016, down from 850 in 2015 and 1,107 in 2014. It is believed, however, that a significant number of women seeking the drugs are now ordering online and collecting them from Northern Irish addresses. However,  Ruth Coppinger, Solidarity TD (member of parliament), said despite … Continued

Alberta, Canada promises to offer the abortion pill free of charge to all women

This decision from Rachel Notley’s New Democratic Party government makes Alberta the second province in Canada to say that it will offer universal access to Mifegymiso, the combined medical abortion kit that received an important endorsement from an expert committee on 20 April. “The Alberta government strongly supports women’s reproductive health options,” Tim Kulak, a spokesman for Alberta Health, said. “In light of the Canadian Drug Expert Committee’s positive listing recommendation, Alberta will be taking … Continued

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