Researchers at the World Health Organization have recently documented a substantial decrease in the numbers of unsafe abortion deaths, but the incidence of unsafe abortion itself has not decreased. Anti-abortion laws in developing countries cause grave harm and endanger women’s lives and health. As long as these antiquated laws remain in place, unsafe abortion and its resulting maternal mortality and morbidity will continue.
Last week, more than 200 providers, policymakers, advocates and NGO workers put abortion on the table, and reaffirmed the promises African leaders and governments have made to African women.
Approximately 26,000 African women die as a result of unsafe abortion every year. Another 1.7 million are hospitalised, and many others also suffer serious health complications, but never seek treatment. We can save these women.
Religious scholars discussing Islam and abortion note that religion gets confused with culture, but education, exposure and understanding of one’s religion is liberating.
How much does unsafe abortion cost national health systems? This is exactly the question that a group of medical experts and health researchers set out to answer in 2007, using the example of the east African country Ethiopia.
Access to medical abortion could save tens of thousands of women in Africa each year, by providing a safe alternative to unsafe abortion and a treatment for incomplete abortion or miscarriage.
A rise in the number of illegal abortion pills imported into Ireland indicates increasing reliance on DIY abortions by women desperate to terminate a pregnancy but lacking access to services at home and money to travel abroad.
Although perhaps not completely shocking to those of us in the reproductive health and justice movement, the encompassing newly published Forsaken Lives: The Harmful Impact of the Philippine Criminal Abortion Ban by the innovative Center for Reproductive Rights is both incredibly powerful and devastating as it discusses in detail “the human suffering caused by the criminal ban on abortion [in the Philippines] and the challenges it creates for health service providers.”
Adolescent girls around the world have some things in common especially in regard to their physical development. But for too many girls living in poverty physical changes are where the simliarities to their wealthier counterparts stop. Girl Up aims to change all of that.
New estimates suggesting reduced numbers of maternal deaths are cause for celebration but not complacency especially in regard to unsafe abortion.