INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER

Phonsina Archane & Lucía Berro Pizzarossa of the MAMA Network (Mobilizing Activists around Medical Abortion) in sub-Saharan Africa are taking over our Instagram channel. They will talk about the MAMA network, the impact of Covid-19, some solutions and a forecast for the future. Join us on the Campaign’s Instagram channel – Friday, 31st July – at 2pm BST!!

INDIA: MUST READ!!! Incidence of treatment for post-abortion complications in India

Abortion has been legal under broad criteria in India since 1971. However, access to legal abortion services remains poor. In the past decade, medication abortion (MA) has become widely available in India and use of this method outside of health facilities accounts for over 70% of all abortions. Morbidity from unsafe abortion remains an important health issue. The informal providers who are the primary source of MA may have poor knowledge of the method and may offer inadequate or inaccurate advice on use of the method. Misuse of the method can result in women seeking treatment for true complications as well as during the normal processes of MA. An estimated 5% of all abortions are done using highly unsafe methods and performed by unskilled providers, also contributing to abortion morbidity. This paper provides new representative, abortion-related morbidity measures at the national and sub-national levels from a large-scale 2015 study of six Indian states – Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya, Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. The outcomes include the number and treatment rates of women with complications resulting from induced abortion and the type of complications. The total number of women treated for abortion complications at the national level is 5.2 million, and the rate is 15.7 per 1000 women of reproductive age per year. In all six study states, a high proportion of all women receiving post-abortion care were admitted with incomplete abortion from use of MA – ranging from 33% in Tamil Nadu to 65% in Assam. The paper fills an important gap by providing new evidence that can inform policy-makers and health planners at all levels and lead to improvements in the provision of post-abortion care and legal abortion services – improvements that would greatly reduce abortion-related morbidity and its costs to Indian women, their families and the healthcare system.

MEXICO – Mexico Supreme Court rejects Veracruz injunction to decriminalise abortion

Veracruz state law allows abortion only in the case of rape, requires a police report of the rape, and the abortion must be within 90 days. In 2019, a judge in Xalapa, Veracruz, approved an injunction ordering the state’s Congress to remove articles 149, 150 and 154 of the local penal code. This would have decriminalised abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, allowed abortions for health reasons, and removed the time limit on … Continued

MEXICO – You’re a Doc, you’ve got this, but your face shield’s foggy

“Back then, I was getting ready to go to the Mexico City airport to travel to the annual meeting of a group of sexual and reproductive health specialists when a rumor was spreading online that the first case of Covid-19 had been documented in Mexico. It swiftly became clear that the rumor was fact. A colleague, who coordinates training for our loose and vulnerable national network of abortion providers, reported that her husband, an internist at one of Mexico’s most exclusive private hospitals, was treating that first Covid case…”

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