KENYA – How con-men are minting millions in risky abortion procedures

Carol, 20, almost became a statistic because of an orgasm. “I had to get rid of the pregnancy. I am still waiting to join college and my parents would have been mad had they known,” she said. A friend advised her to visit a private doctor, where she was charged a consultation fee of Sh3, 000. “I was then given options. Pills would have costed me Sh10, 000, while the charge for a surgical procedure … Continued

BENIN – Alerte sur les avortements sauvages (Alert on unsafe abortions)

Despite the restrictions imposed by the law and a socio-cultural context where it remains a taboo subject, abortion is common in Benin where many girls and women practice it in hiding, risking their lives. Solange, 32, remembers it as if it were yesterday. Pregnant a little over a month while she lives an adventure “without promises” with a man, she does not wish to keep the pregnancy. Already the father of a daughter whom his … Continued

INDIA – Government doctors being trained to help women get safe and legal abortions

  The Comprehensive Abortion Care programme is training doctors in abortion laws, medical and surgical abortion procedures, and how to counsel women. On a busy Monday morning in June, Dr Gopal Krishna was suddenly summoned to the emergency ward of Vani Vilas Women and Children Hospital in Bengaluru (or Bangalore in Karnataka) where he works. He had been called to attend to a 23-year-old woman who had been admitted with profuse vaginal bleeding. Kumari had … Continued

KENYA SOLIDARITY REQUEST: Sign the petition here

TICAH, Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health, in Nairobi is kindly requesting signatures on their petition to call on Supreme Court Chief Justice David Maraga to support Lady Justice Njoki Ndungu’s call to the judges to clarify the clause in the Constitution on abortion in Kenya.

Media and civil society in Zambia urged to work together on reproductive health by Director of Press and Media Development

The Director of Press and Media Development, Isaac Chipampe, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services in Zambia has urged both the private and public media to tone down their political rhetoric and focus more on writing stories about challenges that affect Zambians and  information that educates citizens, especially on sexual and reproductive health – especially those that directly affect the most vulnerable members of society. He urged the media to create debate and discourse on … Continued

Early marriage, early pregnancies and unsafe abortions reported in a rural area of Ghana

Unsafe abortion among teenagers has reached an alarming state at Brohani, a farming community in the Banda District of the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana, according to Madam Mamunatu Ibrahim, the midwife in-charge of the Brohani Rural Clinic. She said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency that the practice was growing among girls aged 13 to 15 years. Although she could not provide figures on cases reported, Madam Ibrahim said early marriage was the … Continued

Health Minister highlights magnitude of unsafe abortions; Namibian editorial supports legalisation

‘500 women die from abortion every year.’ Perhaps such should be the news headlines to make Namibians understand we have a crisis, and all because of a lack of empathy. The Namibian reported that Health Minister Bernard Haufiku tried to highlight the magnitude of the problem of unsafe abortion when he announced that more than 7,300 women had been treated at public health centres in 2016 due to complications of illegal abortions. In fact, he … Continued

Increasing number of illegal abortions in Iran

Of the 1.7 million pregnancies annually in Iran, 1.5 million lead to live births while an estimated 200,000 end in termination of pregnancy, said Muhammad Esmael Motlaq, Director-General of the Office for Population, Families, and Schools at the Health Ministry. However, the number of recorded (legal) abortions is around 6,000, while the great majority (illegal abortions) are not registered. He reported that the rate of illegal abortions has tripled over the past 15 years at … Continued

Myanmar: Providing safe, illegal abortions is a ‘karmic balance’

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In Myanmar, most people practice Theravada Buddhism, which says life starts at conception. Still, studies suggest an estimated 250,000 Burmese women get illegal abortions each year. It’s a leading cause of maternal death in Myanmar. While contraceptives are available, they can be difficult to obtain, particularly for poor women and women living in rural areas.

Coalition for Prevention of Unsafe Abortion creates awareness of the need for safe abortion

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According to COPUA, women in Malawi seek abortions due to poverty and inability to support more children; the desire of young girls to remain in school; extra-marital pregnancy; partner insistence and parental insistence. Meanwhile, the United Methodist Church in Malawi has reversed its long-term stance that women should be allowed to have abortions, following a General Conference they attended in the USA.

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