Hot Item: Abortion in the Media

For your attention a selection of recently published articles in the media world-wide on abortion addressing the topic from a variety of angles and perspectives. This section is expanding and is being updated regularly. Please contact us if you know of any interesting and pertinent recent publication that is not yet on the list.

After jailing women, Bolivia weighs legalising abortion

On January 30, 2012, Helena, a 27-year-old Guaraní Indian, was arrested and handcuffed to her bed at the Percy Boland Maternity Hospital in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Six months earlier, she had been raped; at the time of her arrest she was 24 weeks pregnant. Helena (not her real name) was reported to police authorities by her doctor after seeking emergency treatment for obstetric complications from taking pills to end her pregnancy. She was charged with the crime of abortion. Abortion is illegal in Bolivia and lawbreakers like Helena can face up to three years in prison. READ  MORE


UN  experts urge El Salvador to reconsider abortion legislation, citing ruling against ill woman 

4 June 2013 – A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of El Salvador to reconsider its abortion legislation, following a ruling by the Supreme Court which denied the procedure to a seriously ill woman.

“It is high time to reconsider the serious consequences on women’s rights of the abortion legislation and practice in El Salvador, and to afford the legal protection that all women in the country deserve,” said the experts in a news releaseREAD MORE


Abortions claim 68 000 women in Africa annually

Uganda spends sh7.5bn each year treating complications resulting from unsafe abortion, a new study reveals.

The World Health Organization guidance on abortion-related services reveals that in Uganda, about 300,000 abortions are carried out every year.

“Abortion related complications are one of the leading causes of admissions to gynaecological wards in hospitals across the country,” Professor Florence Mirembe, an associate professor at the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at Mulago hospital said last week. READ MORE


Young people need to be listened and helped, not judged because of their sexuality

Chantal Umuhoza, 26, explains how she got involved in peer sex education in Rwanda, where women can be imprisoned for having an abortion.

When my elder sister got pregnant at 18 and was married off before she could finish her schooling, it affected me and left me with a lot of questions as to whether that was the life she had dreamt of. I knew at that time that neither she nor I had a chance to get any information on sexuality. When I started university, I set a goal to become informed about sexuality so that I didn’t become a victim. READ MORE


Grim statistics of unsafe abortions in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – Young girls in Kenya continue to procure unsafe abortions with 16 percent of them involving women below 20 years of age, according to the Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance.

A member of the alliance, Joseph Karanja who is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Nairobi said on Wednesday that women between the ages of 20 and 34 accounted for another 73 percent of abortions in Kenya.

He attributed this to the lack of sexuality and abstinence education to adolescents. READ MORE


Why I perform abortions: A Christian obstetrician explains his choice

Willie J. Parker, an obstetrician based in Washington, D.C., didn’t always perform abortions. He’s a Christian from Birmingham, Ala., who initially refused to even consider the procedure.

But about halfway into his 20-year career, he changed his mind. Now, he’s one of those rare doctors who is willing to push the limits and provide abortions at 24 weeks of pregnancy. That places him among only about 11 percent of all abortion providers who will do the procedure that late in the second trimester. READ MORE


Abortion and politics in China

China convulsed this week around the story of Feng Jianmei, a twenty-three-year-old expectant mother, who was escorted from a relative’s home in Shaanxi province by local family-planning officials, shoved into a van, and driven to a hospital. She was blindfolded and given a document to sign. It didn’t matter that she couldn’t see it; she knew why she was there. She had violated the one-child policy. Two shots were injected into her belly, and on the morning of June 4th she gave birth to a stillborn baby girl. READ MORE

Woman who murdered her rapist seeks to abort baby

A woman who placed the severed head of the man who raped her in a village square after shooting him dead has said she wants to abort the baby conceived as a result of the assault, Doğan news agency reported.
The woman, a local in Isparta’s Yalvaç district, made headlines recently when she severed the head of a man who had been raping her and blackmailing her for months, tossing it into the open in the village square. READ MORE