Abortion is a difficult personal choice, not a tricky debate: India

Posted by Safe Abortion on  26 August 2016
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Category: Asia, India, Newsletter
On 3 August, a Campaign member from CommonHealth in India wrote to say that a very disturbing article had appeared in The Hindu about women’s right to abortion having to be balanced against the right to life of the fetus. The article, entitled “A tricky debate on abortion”, was by K Kannan, former Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the same court that in 2015, rejected the plea of the father of a

Self-management of medical abortion: a qualitative evidence synthesis

Posted by Safe Abortion on  24 August 2016
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by Megan Wainwright, Christopher J Colvin, Alison Swartz, Natalie Leon Reproductive Health Matters 2016;24(47) (Abstract only) The study: 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. It included research from both legal and legally-restricted contexts whether medical abortion was

The individual level cost of pregnancy termination in Zambia: a comparison of safe and unsafe abortion

Posted by Safe Abortion on  24 August 2016
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by Tiziana Leone, Ernestina Coast, Divya Parmar, Bellington Vwalika Health Policy & Planning 2016;31: 825-833 Zambia has one of the most liberal abortion laws in sub-Saharan Africa. However, rates of unsafe abortion remain high with negative health and economic consequences. Little is known about the economic burden on women of abortion care-seeking in low income countries. The majority of studies focus on direct costs (e.g. hospital fees). This article estimates the individual-level economic burden of

Rethinking the pregnancy planning paradigm: unintended conceptions or unrepresentative concepts?

Posted by Safe Abortion on  24 August 2016
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by Abigail RA Aiken, Sonya Borrero, Lisa S Callegari, Christine Dehlendorf Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health 2016; 48(3/Sept) DOI: 10.1363/48e10316 Excerpts Approximately half of pregnancies occurring each year in the United States are unintended: They either occurred too soon or were not intended at any time. This commonly cited statistic is testament to the dominance of unintended pregnancy as a public health benchmark for measuring and improving women’s reproductive health. In addition to its

Conscientious objection and abortion access: Italy, USA and India

Posted by Safe Abortion on  24 August 2016
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Conscience, Issue 2, 22 August 2016 One of the themes of this issue of Conscience is “conscience and autonomy”. How did these concepts develop and what role have they played in determining our beliefs about abortion and other reproductive health issues? How do medical professionals weigh their personal beliefs against their responsibilities to patients? What about women who have no opportunities to exercise either conscience or autonomy in decisions about their reproductive health? Last winter,