FEATURE: ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe Network Learning Discussion on Unsafe Abortion

Thabisani Ncube, Sex Rights Africa Network Coordinator, AIDS Foundation of South Africa writes: We carried out a Network Learning Discussion on 26 March 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe, that brought quite a number of civil society organisations (CSOs) with different capacities and operational fields who also work around ending unsafe abortion. We realised there was need for a space for CSOs working in the area to consolidate their efforts around understanding the legal framework and spaces … Continued

UGANDA – More Ugandan women aged 40 and above seeking abortion services

At a dialogue in March 2018 on the role of religion and culture in regulating sexual and reproductive health and rights, organised by CEHURD, Dr Charles Kiggundu reported that women over the age of 40 are increasingly accessing abortion services, as many as 4 in 10 women who go to Mulago Hospital in Kampala

KENYA – How unsafe abortion is draining public health money

According to report recently released in Kenya, entitled The Costs of Treating Unsafe Abortion Complications in Public Health Facilities in Kenya, there were 464,690 abortions in the country in 2012, most of which were unsafe. Of the total, 119,912 – more than one in four – sought treatment for complications, of whom 75,581 were treated in public health facilities. The report was researched and published by the African Population and Health Research Center in collaboration … Continued

BREAKING NEWS: ARGENTINA – Abortion law reform bill tabled in Congress: the outcome of a critical mass of support

On 5 March at 17:50pm, the abortion bill of the Campaña Nacional por Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito was tabled in the lower house of the Argentine Congress for the seventh time, but this time endorsed by 71 Deputies. Opening the press conference that day in the Members’ Annex, in a room overflowing with 200 supporters of the bill who were clapping and singing: “Legal abortion / in the hospital”, National Campaign chair Pamela Martín … Continued

NIGERIA – Network of Reproductive Health Journalists calls for increased investment in reproductive healthcare

To improve reproductive healthcare in the country, the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, has called on government at all levels to increase its investment. The demand came after a strategic meeting and training workshop of the Network for its members who are campaigning for sexual and reproductive health and rights policies. According to a communique issued at the end of the meeting and jointly signed by the President and Secretary … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Madagascar: background to the rejection of therapeutic abortion in the new family planning law

In Madagascar, the issue of abortion was the main subject of a public debate at the University of Antananarivo in July 2017, organised by the National Council of Malagasy Women, an association of women’s rights groups from across the country. The debate was organised in anticipation of the bill allowing the use of family planning, with two clauses on therapeutic abortion, that was tabled for discussion in the Parliament in October 2017, and which was … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Attempt to legalise therapeutic abortion sabotaged

  During consideration by the National Assembly of Madagascar of a bill supporting family planning, an amendment to delete Articles 22 and 23, which would have permitted therapeutic abortion, was passed on 13 December 2017. As a result, no grounds for abortion are permitted by the bill, and health professionals are now forbidden to provide an abortion, therapeutic or not, in Madagascar and would be liable to prison and loss of their medical position. This … Continued

ZIMBABWE – Illegal abortion: a major public health concern

When Ms Mapingure was raped during an armed robbery in 2006, she never imagined that events of that fateful night would haunt her for the rest of her life. Soon after the incident she reported the matter to the police so that she could be assisted to get medical assistance to stop her from conceiving. They referred her to the hospital where the medical personnel on duty refused to “drain the sperms from her body”. … Continued

RWANDA – What difference will the revised Penal Code make on abortion?

    A draft revision of the Penal Code is currently under the Rwandan parliament’s scrutiny. In the section on abortion, it proposes removing the requirement of a court order before being allowed an abortion on the ground of rape or incest. Currently, anyone seeking an abortion on this ground is expected to provide a doctor a court order recognising that the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest or forced marriage. Adolescents seeking abortion will … Continued

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