INDIA – Women are panicking when they get a positive pregnancy test result in lockdown

Abortion wasn’t included on the list of essential services that was released by the Indian government in the last week of March, explains Jasmine Lovely George, the founder of Hidden Pockets, a referral platform for sexual and reproductive health for women. “It was added later, on April 14, but even so many women are still facing difficulties in accessing these services.” Several hospitals continue to turn away those who do not need emergency services; something that abortions, emergency contraceptive pills and IUD insertions were not considered under. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had already suspended insertion of intrauterine devices and sterilization procedures and access to over-the-counter contraceptive medications too are being curbed slowly, as they are deemed non-essential items.

INDIA – Bombay High Court allows 24-week abortion for teen rape survivor via telemedicine & Rajasthan High Court Ensures timely aid to rape survivors for abortion

On 8 May, the Bombay High Court permitted a 16-year-old rape survivor to undergo medical termination of her 24-and-half-week pregnancy after her father filed a petition. The Court said: “In view of her history and the fact that teenage pregnancy carries a risk of higher mental and physical morbidity and mortality, medical termination of pregnancy has been recommended by the medical board.” The order was passed via a videoconference hearing. The plea had sought urgent orders during the ongoing lockdown and the state and centre supported its urgency. The girl was then 23 weeks pregnant.

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THAILAND: Petition to the Department of Health to ensure that women can access safe abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Choices Network Thailand, Tamtang and other Thai NGOs have drafted a letter to the Thai Department of Health calling for access to contraception and safe abortion to be ensured during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is addressed to the Director of the Department of Health of Thailand. It calls on them to ensure women’s access to safe abortion, which has decreased in several places since the pandemic began. The full report from 8 May is here. The full letter to support is here.

THAILAND: Petition to the Department of Health to ensure that women can access safe abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Choices Network Thailand, Tamtang and other Thai NGOs have drafted a letter to the Thai Department of Health calling for access to contraception and safe abortion to be ensured during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is addressed to the Director of the Department of Health of Thailand. It calls on them to ensure women’s access to safe abortion, which has decreased in several places since the pandemic began. It proposes the following: ensure that women can … Continued

PAKISTAN – Lockdown baby boom no joke

Lately, we’ve been joking about a lockdown baby boom. The joke may turn sour a few months on when stay-at-home rules and boredom-induced intimacy between couples start resulting in the arrival of coronababies, coronials or quaranteens. It might sound cute and joyful, but it’s making many couples insecure — because it’s not the best time to get intimate. “Men are spending more time at home these days. They are under no pressure from work and … Continued

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