TUNISIA – Dualities between Tunisian provider beliefs and actions in abortion care

Despite Tunisia’s historically progressive reproductive health policies, Tunisian women now face significant challenges accessing legal abortion. Through in-depth interviews with providers at six facilities, we explored factors influencing provider attitudes about abortion and provider perspectives about abortion morality, safety, and legality. We found that gatekeepers (counsellors and front office staff) generally believed abortion was immoral, while obstetricians and gynecologists were more likely to support an individual’s right to access abortion.

TUNISIA – Sexual and reproductive rights in Tunisia: not for all, not everywhere

(Les droits sexuels et reproductifs en Tunisie: Pas pour tous, pas partout)   On 9 November 2018, 13 Tunisian NGOs met to discuss the theme: “Let’s mobilise against the disengagement of the Tunisian State in the field of sexual and reproductive health” (Mobilisons nous contre le désengagement de l’Etat tunisien dans le domaine de la santé sexuelle et reproductive), to warn about disparities in access to sexual and reproductive rights in Tunisia in recent years. … Continued

MOROCCO – Abortion: the reality experienced by women in Morocco

People have the same dream every night. Some have the same song in their heads. Others have memories that come back to them every time they go to certain places. My thing is the cause of women. When I read the paper. When I talk about society in the evening or during a debate. It’s not a job because I’m not paid for it. It is not a fad. Nor is it a hobby. This … Continued

LEBANON – What Maya says on abortion: a video from Lebanon

A video addressing important issues surrounding abortion: Is it a crime or isn’t it? Does it have a soul or not yet? Why is so much of the discussion about the fetus, which is still being formed, and not about the woman, who already exists? Here are the questions that should be asked, she says: Does the woman want the pregnancy or not? Is she willing to bear a 5th or 6th child even if … Continued

JORDAN – Roundtable and position paper on abortion

Share-Net in Jordan reports: “Following the roundtable meeting on abortion held in Jordan in April 2018, several follow-up meetings were attended by 26 experts representing concerned government, civil society and international organizations. With their input, a position paper on abortion in Jordan was drafted. The paper explains the grounds upon which the position is based including religious opinions (fatwas) and resolutions of the Jordanian Iftaa Board of the General Ifta Department, which is identified by … Continued

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