SOUTH AFRICA

Infographic: @maite_nkoana7 April 2020 Marion Stevens, director of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition reports from a recent radio interviewand a Times Live article that clinics for both contraception and abortion remain open in South Africa with the support of Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, Commission for Gender Equality, who has said they are essential heath services.  On 10 March 2020, the SRJC organised an event for Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, where they honoured Dr Marijke Alblas, who at 76 … Continued

RWANDA – Stop restrictions on contraceptives for teenagers as teenage pregnancies sweep Rwanda

Mercy M died at the age of 14 from severe infection due to unsafe abortion. Although she attempted to obtain emergency contraceptives to avoid that pregnancy, Mercy was not given the morning-after pills because Rwandan laws say that teenagers need permission from their parents or must be accompanied by their guardians to access reproductive health services. Mercy is just one case in an epidemic of teenage pregnancies sweeping Rwanda. Recent data show that teenage pregnancies … Continued

KENYA: CONFERENCE SPEECH – Women should be allowed to have an abortion if they want one

In a speech at the 9th Africa Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in February 2020, Nairobi County Women’s Representative Esther Passaris said women should be allowed to have an abortion if they want it, should not have children they can’t take care of. She expressed concern over women living in the slums who use abortion instead of family planning methods, resulting to inevitable deaths, and high rates of inhumane disposal of innocent infants. … Continued

MOZAMBIQUE: ADVOCACY PROJECT – Implementing Mozambique’s 2014 abortion law

Mozambique liberalised its abortion law in 2014, granting legal abortion on request in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and longer upper limits in cases of rape, incest and fetal anomaly. The Associação Moçambicana de Obstetras e Ginecologistas (AMOG), a member of FIGO, was proud to support this change in the law. Clinical norms to guide treatment were also made available, and benefitted from AMOG’s technical expertise while being developed. However, barriers that prevent women … Continued

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – The fight against clandestine abortions advances

In Côte d’Ivoire, it was announced on 21 February 2020 by Honorine Adou, President of Action Against Unwanted and At-Risk Pregnancy (AGnDR) that the law now authorises abortion of pregnancies resulting from rape. AGnDR is a part of a larger coalition of civil society organisations, the Civil Society Coalition for Reproductive Health and Family Planning, created in February 2019, who are working to reduce maternal mortality. They recently organised a three-day workshop that brought together … Continued

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