INDIA – Three stories of doctors trying to withhold or discourage safe abortion

When women who approach doctors are denied abortion, they are forced to find a safe abortion some other way. The result? Unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal mortality in India. For her first termination of pregnancy, Aishwarya (not her name) had gone to a gynaecologist, but was denied by the one she saw, a woman. The doctor appeared to referred her to a colleague, who turned out to be an IVF specialist. … Continued

GHANA – An audio with women’s testimonies on their abortion experiences (en français)

In Ghana, as in many other countries around the world, abortion is criminalised. In 2017, the Ghanaian health services registered over 53,000 abortion patients in public hospitals. Of these, 13,000 abortions were unsafe, according to the Ghana Health Service. A retired nurse who runs a pharmacy in Tamale said that up to three-fourths of students from different schools in the area often come to the shop for abortifacients, some of whom she observed were up … Continued

BOTSWANA – In Botswana it is easier to have a back street abortion than to be treated for flu at Princes Marina Hospital

For Pula 800 and a click of the mouse, Batswana women who wish to terminate unwanted pregnancies can have their wishes fulfilled in a few hours while influenza patients are still queuing to see a doctor, according to Sunday Standard investigations. The right of women to terminate a pregnancy in Botswana has been the subject of political, medical, social and legal debate, but 18 years later it remains a criminal offence unless it is permitted … Continued

BURKINA FASO – Interview with Mariam Nonguerma/Zorome, President of the Burkinabe Association of Midwives

The extent of illegal abortion in Burkina is terrible because of the disastrous consequences of these abortions, including haemorrhage, sepsis, uterine perforation and even death. Sometimes girls come to our health centres from disastrous situations, bleeding. But when they present themselves, they do not confess that it is due to an induced abortion. And it is only following examination that one realises it was an abortion induced clandestinely. So, we do not distinguish between the … Continued

KENYA – Health Ministry in the dock as girl’s death from unsafe abortion and poor post-abortion care is announced

FIDA Kenya and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) Kenya have been in court this month once again, for the continuation of the case they filed challenging the decision by the Ministry of Health to withdraw the Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity & Mortality from Unsafe Abortion in Kenya 2012 in December 2013. They were also representing a petition on behalf of an adolescent girl called JMM who in 2014, at the age of … Continued

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