Why don’t humanitarian organizations provide safe abortion services?

Posted by Safe Abortion on  19 August 2016

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Therese McGinn, Sara E. Casey Conflict and Health 2016;10:8/24 Mar). DOI: 10.1186/s13031-016-0075-8 (OPEN ACCESS, FULL TEXT/REFERENCES) Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 60 Haven Ave, New York, NY 10032 USA Therese McGinn, Email: ude.aibmuloc@22mjt. Contributor Information. Corresponding author. ABSTRACT Background In the early 1990s, the sexual and reproductive health needs of people affected by conflict or natural disaster were rarely met. A 1993 editorial in The Lancet identified

Growing consensus in international community that US must lift abortion ban

Posted by Safe Abortion on  19 August 2016

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Denying women raped in war zones access to abortions is a violation of their fundamental human rights ­­– yet the US continues to do so in the face of growing international criticism. Under the Geneva Conventions, women raped in war zones fall under the category of the “wounded and sick,” meaning that they are entitled to all necessary medical care to treat their condition. Failing to provide abortion access to these women not only violates

Mental health outcomes, stigma and acceptance among women raising children born from sexual violence-related pregnancies

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by Jennifer Scott, Shada Rouhani, Ashley Greiner, Katherine Albutt, Philipp Kuwert, Michele R Hacker, Michael VanRooyen, Susan Bartels BMJ Open 2015 Apr 8;5(4):e007057. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007057 Abstract/Excerpts This 2012 study assessed mental health outcomes among women raising children from sexual violence-related pregnancies (SVRPs) in Bukavu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and stigma toward and acceptance of women and their children. There were two study groups: (1) women raising children from SVRPs (parenting group) and (2) women

Humanitarian settings, young people and adolescent pregnancy

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The Interagency Youth Working Group (IYWG) provided technical leadership to advance the reproductive health and HIV/AIDS outcomes of young people in developing countries. The project has ended and while the website is no longer being updated, it still contains useful information, such as the text here, and long lists of very useful resources on humanitarian settings, young people and adolescent pregnancy. Humanitarian settings and young people Nearly 85 percent of the world’s young people live

STOP PRESS: Belén’s release from prison ordered following demonstrations across Argentina

Posted by Safe Abortion on  18 August 2016

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On 16 August, the Supreme Court of Justice of Tucumán in Argentina finally ordered that “Belén”, the young woman unjustly convicted of homicide after having had a miscarriage, should be released from prison, in the face of growing criticism by dozens of feminist, human rights, political and social organizations and the UN Human Rights Committee. However, 24 hours later, she had not yet been released, according to Amnesty International, who had collected 120,000 signatures on