Open Letter to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  CORRECTION:This Open Letter was mistakenly addressed to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and well as the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The recommendations to the UK were made by the CRPD Committee, not by the Special Rapporteur. We apologise for the error. Anyone who wishes to reprint this letter is welcome to do so but must use this revised version.   Open Letter To: Committee on … Continued

Giving her, the woman, life: Dismantling the damage abortion stigma does to young people and communities

  In this Inroads blog, Akosua Agyepong, a 20-year old, third year student and youth activist in Ghana, lays out her hunger to see the eradication of stigma which leads to unsafe abortions within her country. She describes her journey to understanding the dynamics of abortion stigma and explains how religious and traditional leaders seek to dictate what women do with their bodies and sexuality. Akosua ends with a call to her communities which she … Continued

Response to an Australian woman convicted for attempting to terminate her pregnancy

Jenny Ejlak, President of Reproductive Choice Australia responds to the case of a woman in New South Wales, Australia, who was recently convicted of attempting to terminate her own pregnancy. This entry was originally posted as a Facebook post. Firstly it is important to recognise we only know what has been reported in the media and the courts and none of us know the full extent of this woman’s circumstances. Our comments below are based solely … Continued

Making Abortion Illegal Doesn’t Stop It From Occurring

By Michael Okun Oliech, Naya Kenya Youth Advocate    According to article 26 of the 2010 Kenyan constitution,  Abortion is not permitted in Kenya unless, in the opinion of a trained health professional, there is need for emergency treatment, or the life or health of the mother is in danger, or if permitted by any other written law. Despite this strict law against abortion, women and adolescent girls are still having abortions in the country. … Continued

Educating a New Generation of Pro-Choice Advocates

by Hannah Thi Minh Nguyen It’s a typical spring evening at Stanford University, and I am huddled around a conference table with twelve classmates at the Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We frantically jot down notes as our professor, Dr. Paul Blumenthal, draws a uterus on the whiteboard, and with his marker, demonstrates how a sharp curette could accidentally perforate the organ. We all suppress a collective wince, but not even the gory details … Continued

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