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

Self-management of medical abortion: a qualitative evidence synthesis

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This qualitative evidence synthesis reviewed the global evidence on experiences with, preferences for, and concerns about greater self-management of medical abortion with lesser health professional involvement. It focused on qualitative research from multiple perspectives on women’s experiences of self-management of first trimester medical abortion.

Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation hunting doctors selling abortion pills online

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The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) in Thailand says it is trying to track down a senior doctor in Nakhon Pathom province who has been selling abortion pills through 27 websites online for 5-6 years, with total sales of about 600 million baht (about US$17 million).

Academic paper: Simple online calculator for women to self-assess length of pregnancy for early medical abortion eligibility in South Africa

by Mariette Momberg, Jane Harries, Deborah Constant Reproductive Health 2016;13(40) In South Africa, use of medical abortion is available up to nine weeks of pregnancy, so timely access is essential. This pilot study – with 78 women seeking an abortion in two Cape Town, South Africa clinics (one public, one private) in 2014 – asked whether women could self-assess how many weeks pregnant they were, using a simple online calculator on their cell/mobile phones, and … Continued

Rights groups call for guidelines on self-use of medical abortion pills

Both the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) and Amnesty International Ireland say woman and girls must feel confident they will not be reported to the police if they present at an emergency department having used abortion pills. There are currently no guidelines in this jurisdiction, but nor is there any legal obligation on clinicians to report a woman or girl they suspect of using the abortion pills.

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