ZIMBABWE – Inside the illegal abortion market: ‘I nearly touched hell’

TC was two months pregnant when she slipped the pink pills inside herself, lay down on her bed, and prayed they would do their job. They had to. She was 22. Her boyfriend, a foreign student in Zimbabwe on a scholarship, loved her fiercely. But he was broke. So was she. She lived with her cousin and didn’t have a job. A baby simply was not in the cards. For days, she tried to hide … Continued

INDONESIA – Protests and demand for review of child rape victim’s imprisonment for abortion

Activists and legal experts have condemned the imprisonment of a 15-year-old girl who was raped by her 17-year-old brother several times during September 2017 and became pregnant. In the sixth month of her pregnancy, she was forced to have an abortion by her mother because of the shame involved when their community learned of the situation. The situation came to light after a fetus was found on the grounds of a plantation in May. The … 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

SENEGAL – A young couple, both school students, sent to prison for a month for abortion

  In Senegal, abortion is illegal in all cases except to save the woman’s life; approval for inducing “therapeutic abortions” must come from three doctors, one of whom is independently assigned by the courts. Giving advice on where or how to access abortion is a criminal offence. There were an estimated 51,500 abortions in Senegal in 2012, and virtually all of them were clandestine and unsafe, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Seventy-three per cent of … Continued

SENEGAL – In Senegal, cases of infanticide raise the question of legalisation of abortion

  Newborn infants found dead, often in public places, are most of the time the outcome of rape, incest or adultery. In February, the body of a three-day-old baby was found in a plastic bag under a truck in the parking lot of the Stadium Léopold-Sédar-Senghor in Dakar. In the same month, another was found in a market gardeners’ stall. In the past two years, 14 similar cases have been identified in garbage dumps, and … Continued

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