LEBANON – “She started taking all sorts of over-the-counter medication….”: racism and xenophobia limit access to services in humanitarian settings

The last decade has seen a drastic increase in the number of people who are displaced or living in conflict zones, and in need of humanitarian assistance. In 2016, it was estimated that of the approximately 100 million people who received humanitarian aid, an estimated 26 million were women and girls of reproductive age. Their sexual and reproductive health and rights require urgent attention. The insecurities inherent to conflict situations, and subsequent life as a … Continued

KUWAIT – Gynaecologist smuggling abortion pills into Kuwait

Security officers at the Kuwait International Airport have arrested an unidentified female gynaecologist for attempting to smuggle into the country large quantities of medicine pills to induce abortion, reports Al- Shahed daily. According to the daily, the doctor works for a private hospital and earns a monthly salary of KD 2,000. She has admitted to selling one pill for KD 100 to Indians and Filipinas. The doctor has been referred to the authorities for further … Continued

PALESTINE – Stories from Palestine

This is a web-based publication with newly developed stories and photos of some of the clients, staff, supporters and volunteers of the Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Association (PFPPA) and their work. PPPFA is an IPPF member association and grantee partner of the Safe Abortion Action Fund. They are actively advocating for a change to the law on abortion in the country, which currently only allows abortion under very restrictive circumstances and often at the … Continued

TURKEY – De facto abortion ban means women face dangerous conditions to obtain abortion

“I thought I’d go to some sort of hospital. But instead, it was an apartment on the second floor of a three-story building. A man with a cigarette in hand opened the door. I entered an apartment with a living room and kitchen. The bathroom in what apparently was the parents’ bedroom had been converted into an abortion room. The operating table was filthy and covered in blood.” Turkish law states: “Until the end of … Continued

LEBANON – Abortion is illegal in Lebanon, but that hasn’t stopped abortions

  A political cartoon story about women in Lebanon, including Syrian refugee women – and the fact that abortions have always been necessary and always will be. It reports that the NGO Marsa has stepped in to provide basic information, and The A Project, created in November 2016, to provide a sexuality and sexual and reproductive health hotline. A third of the phone calls The A Project hotline receives are about unwanted pregnancy.   SOURCE: … Continued

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