LEBANON – ‘I couldn’t comprehend how painful it was’

“Farah* has morbid memories of the abortion she had three years ago, but she cannot recall exactly how long the procedure took. ‘I just felt like it lasted a whole day, the longest day of my life,’ the 26-year-old tells Middle East Eye. ‘I vividly remember the unbearable wait before the operation. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop talking about it…It was gruelling.’ A friend of hers had given her the name and … Continued

USA and A WAR-TORN COUNTRY – Abortion: Stories from doctors and patients

The Story Collider has featured a number of personal abortion stories on their website from a June 2018 show in New York City. They’re too long to reproduce in full here, but it’s well worth reading them to the end. Here are excerpts from two of them: Jacey Powers – an actress and a writer, a stand-up and a storyteller from New York City. There was a lot going on when this whole thing happened. … Continued

IRAN – Women’s bodies have become a battleground in the fight for Iran’s future

A regressive law to boost the population has restricted the reproductive choices and rights of all Iranian women. In the early 1990s, Iran had one of best family planning programmes in the developing world. From 1980 to 2010, it managed to cut the average number of children each woman bore from six and a half to two. But these gains have since been reversed and all Iranian women are suffering under regressive legislation passed in … Continued

MOROCCO – Health Minister removes misoprostol from pharmacies for six months and a safe abortion advocate is arrested soon after

Mr M Anass Doukkali, current deputy of the Party of Progress and Socialism in Morocco, has been Minister of Health in Morocco since 22 January 2018. He has a background in chemistry and physics, employment, hospital administration and transition to democracy, but no apparent history of knowledge on women’s health issues. On the Ministry’s website a new policy on use of medications has been announced based on “health, development and human rights”. But “les droits … Continued

ARROW – #OurStoriesOurselves!

On International Women’s Day, the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) launched the online version of their publication #OurStoriesOurselves!, which contains stories of women’s experiences of pregnancy, abortion, the consequences of sex, child marriage and more. In addition to the stories of women themselves, the webpage includes podcasts, a photo gallery and images of hand-written journals by women that form the basis of the publication. Here is an excerpt from one of those stories … Continued

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