MAURITIUS – Seven years after “decriminalisation”: the law remains restrictive, clandestine abortion continues

Complications related to unsafe abortion are decreasing. Attitudes have changed. But abortion is only allowed on four grounds, and many continue to be illegal. A 15-year-old girl recently had an abortion with the help of her 22-year-old boyfriend, who was arrested last Monday. This event creates an opportunity to look back at the situation in Mauritius since abortion was partially decriminalised almost seven years ago. In June 2012, abortion was permitted in the first 14 … Continued

MADAGASCAR – Les discussions publiques autour de l’avortement sont très rares à Madagascar

(Public meetings about abortion are very rare in Madagascar. At this one, the room was full, especially with women. FP2020 is about the need for contraceptive use but its documents also talk about millions of women and young women exposed to the risk of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions globally. Young people are living their sexuality. More than 500 women and adolescents die each year in Madagascar from unsafe abortions. The meeting agreed they need … Continued

MEXICO- Una red llamada Necesito Abortar

  Pues les cuento que soy parte de una red llamada Necesito Abortar, y es maravilloso ver como las mujeres acompañantes y las acompañadas viven sus procesos en este caso les comparto el sentimiento de una acompañante por primera vez sola… Es un proceso difícil aquí en México… (I can tell you that I am part of a network called “I Need an Abortion”, and it is wonderful to see how women who act as companions … Continued

Ne touche pas à mon utérus (Don’t touch my uterus)

In Madagascar, our senators have preferred to evade the request to reform the law to allow the use of family planning by women. Even in 2017, it is still difficult to address the subject of family planning freely. That is because one has to speak of sexuality and moreover “the sexuality of the woman”. Thanks to family planning, women have the ability to choose the number of children they wish to have and especially when … Continued

Abortion in war time: How women break taboos in Yemen

E ensures that her children prevent anyone from entering the room at her family home. Then, when the door is closed, she begins to speak quietly and nervously about why she had an abortion earlier this year. At the age of 39, E already has five children, the youngest of whom is 18 months old. Her family, like millions of other Yemenis, have been left destitute by the two-year war… “My brain told me it … Continued

Why Egypt’s children are being dumped on the streets

  [This article was published in 2015, but little is likely to have changed… Editor] “I would rather kill myself than tell my parents that I was pregnant,” says S, 26… “It was two years ago… I have not told anyone. Not my family, not my closest friends, nor even my boyfriend. Otherwise he would have just treated me as a slut who deserves all that. We cannot talk about it; it’s such a taboo … Continued

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