Abortion Blog

Ada’s Abortion Journey on International Safe Abortion Day

Ada’s abortion journey   Take a journey with Ada to discover her story. Like many people, she has just found out that she is pregnant, but she cannot afford to raise another child. She has decided to have an abortion. What will her options be, and what will she choose? Take a couple of minutes today

4 Movies and TV Series That Get Abortion Right

Depictions of abortion in movies and TV series often get it wrong. When they are not portraying abortion unrealistically or sensationally, on-screen portrayals also often lack sufficient narrative complexity, thereby reducing an otherwise complex issue to a number of predictable banalities. In Hollywood, for example, there has been a notable tendency to exaggerate the medical

Press Release: International Survey Report for Abortion Providers and Companions

For Immediate Release Contact: communications@safe2choose.org safe2choose.org and Ipas CAM have co-authored an International Survey Report aimed at understanding the stress, stigma, violence, and discrimination faced by Abortion Providers and Companions because of their job. safe2choose and Ipas have co-authored an International Survey Report of abortion providers and companions in order to highlight the experiences of

Abortion Provider Stigma: The Overlooked Side of the Story

More often than not, the discourse on abortion tends to center the experiences of the women who seek abortions. Without a doubt, the focus placed on these women is with good reason. After all, the social stigma they face from their communities when seeking to exercise agency over their own bodies is significant. In some

Do’s and Don’ts after an abortion

By Belinda Munyeza. Abortion – whether it is performed medically, such as with the pill (1) or clinically, such as with vacuum aspiration (2) – is a procedure that you need time and care to recover from. While both medical and clinical abortions are generally safe when performed by/under the guidance of a qualified practitioner,

Safe vs. Unsafe Abortion Methods: A Guide

By Belinda Munyeza. Worldwide, abortions have progressively become safer since the 1990s due to improved clinical facilities and protocols being made available to women seeking abortions (1). Even in regions with restrictive laws and where clandestine abortions are prevalent, abortions have become safer due to increased access to less invasive methods, such as the use

Abortions in Cambodia: How telemedicine could help more women access safer options

By Kylie Kiunguyu. More often than not we discuss the illegality of abortion as the main limitation towards receiving comprehensive reproductive health care, but there are other obstacles that limit abortion access, for example, what is observed in countries such as Cambodia. Although it has one of the more liberal abortion laws, women on the

Abortion and your sexual health: Here’s what to expect after having the procedure

Many myths around sexual and reproductive health following an abortion continue to pervade society. Safe abortions come with very few complications; you can learn more about your general sexual health after an abortion here: By Belinda Munyeza. Women seeking abortion services have many worries around complications that may arise following the procedure, particularly pertaining to

Advocating for better Abortion Laws in Zimbabwe

Every woman has the right to make decisions freely and responsibly, without discrimination, coercion,  or violence. The number, spacing, and timing of children, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health, should be solely dependent on each woman’s wishes. This short piece seeks to advocate for women and girls in

I would like to be afforded the dignity of choice

By Angela Ngugi. Almost every time I discuss abortion with a cis-man, they happen to be operating under the delusion that the decision is ultimately theirs. It is almost comical how men will sit on round tables and discuss our existence as an extension of themselves, how they center themselves in debates concerning women’s bodies

Let us normalise abortions because let’s face it, many people have more than one

Many women seek out abortions more than once in their lifetime, and we ought to speak more about this occurrence. Read more about why it is important to speak about abortions in the plural here: By Belinda Munyeza. Multiple Abortions are common despite the lack of public awareness In 2007, The Guttmacher Policy Review released

10 abortion myths you shouldn’t believe

By Kylie Kiunguyu Myth 1: All abortions are voluntary or planned. Fact: The term abortion is actually a medical term used to describe the end of a pregnancy, regardless of how it happens. What many people think of when abortion is being discussed is elective or voluntary abortion, which is performed at the woman’s request

Tell your abortion story to end the stigma

By Kylie Kiunguyu. What it means to be pro-choice The term pro-choice simply means that a person believes that all human beings should have the essential right to decide what they do with their body and when, with whom, and how they reproduce. It is a term that means that even though you may not

Why we should all care about the rise in restrictive abortion laws around the globe

By Belinda Munyeza. Over the last few decades, global abortion laws have changed, with the world at large seeing an increase in the liberalization of abortion laws. According to the Council on Foreign Relations (2019), there are only six countries in the world now that do not permit abortions under any circumstances. However, in more

The impact of restrictive abortion laws on abortion statistics

By Belinda Munyeza. In many parts of the world, laws on some level restrict abortions. This has affected the accuracy of abortion statistics recorded world-wide. In some countries, because of restrictions imposed by abortion laws, this limits the collection of abortion data itself. But even in countries that receive frequent data from abortion clinics on

What women in South Africa need to know about the costs of an abortion

By Belinda Munyeza. Abortion costs (as well as accessibility to information about them) vary across Africa depending on the region and the legal restrictions set in place. In Southern Africa—South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, and Angola—legal medical and in-clinic abortions cost between US$20 and US$380. Illegal procedures cost much less to perform initially

Access to Abortions is a Reproductive and a Human Right

We all deserve comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Healthcare, including access to abortions and post-abortion care. Not only is overall care a reproductive right, but it is also a fundamental right. By Kylie Kiunguyu Rights and freedoms are inseparable Rights and freedoms are interlinked; you cannot give a woman access to partial reproductive healthcare if she is

Looking for an abortion clinic in South Africa? Here’s what you need to know

By Dineo Mokwena Once a woman has decided to have an abortion, the process should not be challenging. Unfortunately, because of stigma, restrictive legislation, and limited resources, finding a safe abortion clinic is not an effortless task. It is important to know what to look for when seeking safe abortion services in South Africa, as

Abortion in Indian Law

By Belinda Munyeza. Abortion law in India dates back to the 1800s. The first definitive law regarding the legality of termination in the country was implemented in 1898. Since then, some changes have been made to Indian abortion law, the most notable being the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, introduced in 1971. This law, however,

Viable Abortion Methods by Gestational Age

The difference between a successful and an unsuccessful abortionl age when deciding on which abortion method can make the difference between a successful abortion procedure and an unsuccessful abortion. By Marie- Simone Often, trimesters and the different gestational ages come up during discussions about pregnancy expectations, but equally important is the conversation surrounding the different

Abortion in Zimbabwe

By Marie – Simone. Similar to many countries in the region, and the world, the conversation surrounding abortion in Zimbabwe has often lived beneath the surface. Strict legislation, coupled with cultural beliefs that project the concept of purity onto women, means that when abortion is brought up, it is often in relation to a backstreet

A Path to Decision, A Path to Support: A Day in the life of an Abortion Counselor in India

By Saabira 30-year-old Saabira is one of the safe2choose counselors and is based in India. Her everyday life includes talking to women through their abortions and guiding them to make informed choices about their bodies. Although abortion is legal in India, she – like many abortion counselors – deals with moments where she feels judged

Here are 5 Reasons Why We Should Talk About Surgical Abortion Stigma

“Stigma feeds silence, and silence feeds myths. Myths that misinform, mislead, and further stigmatize. It’s a vicious and harmful circle that we need to break” [1]. Anyone seeking safe abortion counseling and information about medical and surgical abortion can access these services free of charge on safe2choose.org. Our team of female counselors is here to

Contraceptives Following Abortions

For safe2choose, in collaboration with Find My Method In collaboration with our sister platform, Find My Method, in the next few months, we will be posting pieces that speak to the intersectionality between abortion and contraceptives. We hope to contextualise access to contraceptives as they pertain to abortion rights, in a bid to highlight the

The benefit of easing abortion laws in African countries

Do We Need Abortion Laws? Do we need abortion laws? A controversial question, yes, so before asking us that, we should go back to basics and answer the following: what is abortion? Abortion is a medical procedure that ends a pregnancy for different reasons. It is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies worldwide end in

Self-Care After a Manual Vacuum Aspiration Abortion (MVA)

“ANYONE WHO DECIDES TO TERMINATE A PREGNANCY DESERVES THE SAME CARE AS ANYONE WHO DECIDES AND WISHES TO GIVE BIRTH.” [1] By the safe2choose counseling team Anyone seeking safe abortion counseling and information about how to take care of themselves after an in-clinic abortion – such as a Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) – can access

Four Things Everyone Should Know About Abortion in Nigeria

Unintended pregnancies are common in Nigeria and a significant number end up in induced abortions. Many women opt for quick, secretive, and mostly, unsafe methods to induce abortion. The Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians of Nigeria estimates that about 20,000 Nigerian women die from unsafe abortions each year. In 2012, the Guttmacher Institute estimated that

safe2choose expands services to include information and counseling on in-clinic abortions, specifically on Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) and Electric Vacuum Aspiration (EVA) abortions.

safe2choose is about safe choices, but it’s also about the most appropriate safe method that fits each woman’s individual needs and wishes. This means being able to offer its global users a wide range of safe options for their abortions. Some might prefer using the medical abortion pills in the intimacy of their home, while

#Actions4SafeAbortions: Supporting Safe Abortions During COVID-19

by Hesperian and safe2choose The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives and limited our access to health care globally. This has been especially harmful for women and girls seeking safe abortions. Lockdown measures prevent women from leaving their homes to access the safe abortion information and services essential to their health. Restrictive

Abortion at Home: 5 things you should know

By the safe2choose team Abortion at home — also known as medication abortion, medical abortion, or self-managed abortion — is getting more and more popular among women who desire to end their pregnancy. The procedure is non-invasive, doesn’t require surgery, and can be carried out wherever they feel comfortable and safe. To throw some light

COVID-19: Abortion Essentials Kit

By safe2choose counseling team. Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, healthcare and reproductive service providers around the world are fighting to maintain abortion as an essential healthcare service and making sure that access to abortion services and information is not compromised. At safe2choose, we continue to provide accurate information about safe abortion via email and live

Abortion is Essential Health Care: How to Access Safe Abortion Counselling During COVID19

By safe2choose team Following the coronavirus disease (COVID19) outbreak, countries have taken several steps to ensure the safety of their citizens. As these measures take effect, it is important that access to abortion services and information is not compromised. With many countries going into lock down and calls for people to stay at home in

safe2choose, Hesperian and Ipas unite for #MarchForEqualChoice campaign

safe2choose Team The #MarchForEqualChoice campaign brings together organisations around the 8th of March to advocate for access to safe abortion services and information for all safe2choose, Hesperian and Ipas joined forces to conduct this year’s International Women’s Day Campaign dubbed #MarchForEqualChoice. The campaign will run from March 1 to March 9 2020. Inspired by the

Talking about abortions: how safe2choose shaped the online and offline conversations in 2019

By the safe2choose team 2019 has been a year of action for us at safe2choose. We used both online and offline means to reach women and girls with messages on safe abortion. Offline, we participated in conferences across the world. Online, we not only had daily updates but also carried out digital campaigns. Our efforts

Ending Abortion Stigma: Role of Media

Media has a critical role to play in ending abortion stigma. By framing messages in a stigmatising language, media are often perpetuating myths and stereotypes that can contribute to abortion stigma. In June 2019, the High Court of Kenya declared the withdrawal of the Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Unsafe abortion

HowToUseAbortionPill.org and their role for safe abortion

What is HowToUseAbortionPill.org’s role in the promotion of safe abortion? We share information and resources for safe medical abortion in 24 languages. We explain how medical abortion works, the names of the pills and how to use them safely, what to consider before having a medical abortion, and what to expect afterwards. We also offer

Childless By Choice: Abortion As An Option

By Michell Mor Do you know there are women who are childless by choice? Despite common misconception, there are women out there who, for whatever reason, do not want to get pregnant, carry a pregnancy to term, give birth and raise a child; women that might choose to have an abortion. Women who choose to

The role of schools in bridging the abortion information gap

By Pauline Diaz Around the world, pregnant girls are banned from schools In June 2017, president John Magufuli of Tanzania created a blast wave in the international development sphere by saying: “As long as I am president … no pregnant student will be allowed to return to school … After getting pregnant, you are done.”

#trustwomen: We must remember the forgotten women of Northern Ireland

There has been a substantial amount of media coverage across the United Kingdom on the issues surrounding outdated human rights laws in Northern Ireland. These issues have gained increasing scrutiny as a result of the partnership between the Conservative Party and the DUP or Democratic Unionist Party, the leading political party in Northern Ireland. Undoubtedly,

Pakistan’s abortion law and Human Rights Concerns

Author’s introduction:Dr Sana Durvesh has been working in Pakistan’s development sector since 2008 and has a wealth of experience in both clinical work and public health programming. A medical doctor by profession, she is currently working as Senior Program Manager at Pakistan’s largest social franchise, Greenstar Social Marketing. She is responsible for Government and International

Fighting Gender-Based Violence: The Many Forms of Activism

This week, HowToUse and safe2choose are joining forces alongside global leaders in reproductive rights for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. And make no mistake: the systemic denial of a pregnant person’s right to a safe abortion is a leading driver behind global rates of maternal mortality. But the 16 Days of Activism

EXTRA! South Korea brings back abortion ban and forces women to populate the country

By Bora Chung Not too long ago, South Korea used to have government-sanctioned “abortion buses” running in the countryside. In rural areas with no ready access to abortion clinics, they would provide women with the required support to interrupt a pregnancy. It was during the 1960s and 1970s, when abortion was considered a normal way

Criminalizing Abortion Is Violence Against Women

November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. On December 10th the world celebrates Human Rights Day. Women’s rights advocates have leveraged the power of those two neighboring dates to create the 16 Days of Activism, an international campaign to put an end to the violence that women and girls

An Open Letter to Pope Francis

Originally posted by Catholics For Choice. November 7, 2018 His Holiness, Pope Francis Apostolic Palace 00120 Vatican City Dear Pope Francis, As abortion providers and organizations that advocate for a woman’s right to choose, we were disturbed by your comments comparing a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body to “resorting to a

Maputo Protocol: should we settle for any abortion law?

This year, we celebrate 15 years of the Maputo Protocol’s enactment. Officially called Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, it remains “the main legal instrument for the protection of the rights of women and girls in Africa”. The text calls on all countries to

100 Women: The modern face of the ‘DIY abortion’

Originally posted at the BBC News site on June 6, 2018. Global online searches for abortion pills have more than doubled over the last decade, BBC analysis of Google searches shows. The findings also suggest that in countries where abortion laws are more restrictive, there is greater search interest in abortion pills. By buying pills

Why women buy abortion meds online

Posted by Victoria Yu-Texas on July 16th, 2018 at futurity.org A new study reveals the motivations and experiences of women seeking abortion medication online. The practice can be a response to clinic access barriers in states with and without restrictive abortion laws, or can occur when self-managed abortion is preferred over clinical care, researchers say. Researchers learned that online

Announcement: safe2choose to step away from direct shipping

safe2choose hereby would like to advise you that, effective 1st July 2018, we no longer will be directly shipping safe abortion pills. At the same time, safe2choose is proud to announce that we will be working with various groups and partners to ensure that women continue to have access to high quality products. safe2choose is

Abortion Providers Stories: tackling abortion stigma from the provider’s perspective

Abortion providers have been recognized by the United Nations as Human Rights defenders. They are the ones who ensure that our Sexual and reproductive health and rights are respected, even at the hardest times and places. As a result, providers are exposed to the same stigma that affects those who decide to interrupt a pregnancy,

Webcam Abortion Services Offer Crucial Access—So What’s Stopping Them?

Illustration: Angelica Alzona (Gizmodo) A woman contacted Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi’s team on a Friday afternoon, nine weeks and three days into an unwanted pregnancy. Although she butted right up against the Food and Drug Administration’s 10-week regulatory deadline, the patient wanted a medication abortion—a difficult request to satisfy on any doctor’s busy schedule, but especially

Is Ireland finally taking a stand for women’s rights to safe abortion?

Ireland is getting ready to decide whether or not abortion should be allowed in the country, at a national referendum on May 25th. Voters are expected to say Yes or No to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution. The law states that both mother and “unborn child” have the equal right to life.

How abortion stigma is exposing medical students to risky behaviors in Uganda

Sex is a reality, and we are proud to be sex-positive. As long as people are engaging in consensual experiences, safe2choose encourages and supports it. We do so by sharing accurate and stigma-free information, as well as facilitating access to safe abortion methods. True autonomy comes with deep understanding of your options, your risks and

Over 200 Sexual Reproductive Right’s NGOs Call for Polish Parliament to Protect Women’s Health and Rights

Proposed “Stop Abortion” Bill Continues Roll Back on Reproductive Rights Poland’s Parliament should listen to the voices of women across Poland and reject a regressive legislative proposal that would erode reproductive rights, over 200 human and women’s rights groups from across the globe said in a statement issued today. The Parliament is debating a draft

Letter to partners: Announcing the end of Fem’s operations in South Africa

Dear Partners, We regret to inform you that Fem will no longer be in operation in South Africa as of March 31, 2018. Fem was launched in March 2017 in South Africa and is powered by safe2choose, an international social enterprise whose mission is to prevent unsafe abortions worldwide. Since its launch in early 2017,

YouTube Censorship: safe2choose account is suspended for promoting safe abortion information and access

One month since YouTube arbitrarily suspended the accounts of leading pro-choice organizations (only to go back on its decision a few days later), the social media platform has targeted another reproductive rights advocate: safe2choose, a social enterprise that connects women all around the world to accurate information and quality, affordable safe abortion pills. YouTube Censorship:

The “100 years for safe abortion access” campaign

Access to safe abortion options has constantly been a challenge all over the world. It’s hard to tell when women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights started being threatened and denied, or if even our body autonomy was ever respected. However, history is cyclical and we definitely have some things to learn from the pro-choice

Shaping minds in Uganda: starting a debate on abortion with medical students of Kampala

Analyzing the situation in Uganda When looking into addressing issues around abortion globally, connecting with local partners is one of safe2choose’s main instruments. We believe that working with those who have the knowledge and the expertise of their own countries is the best way to raise awareness and to find ways of improving access to

What is Fem and how can you use it?

By Dineo Mokwena Fem by safe2choose is a mobile platform that provides women with information and access to their sexual health needs. Fem particularly focuses on the termination of pregnancy in South Africa as a large number of women are still seeking backdoor abortions which lead to lifelong complications or death. The intervention cannot stop here

What can I do to prevent my community from backdoor abortions?

By Dineo Mokwena One day you may walk down the road and not see the same young girl you saw everyday, coming from school for the past three years at the same time. You may wonder what happened to her but not ask questions because she’s not your friend. She’s a total stranger, but you

Special Delivery: Abortion Pills By Mail

By: Elisa Wells When my mail carrier handed me the small brown envelope, I’m sure she had no idea she was handing me the means to have a safe, private abortion at home. I had ordered the pills a week and a half earlier off a somewhat sketchy website and, frankly, was wondering if they

The barriers for having an abortion in the US and the need for more privacy

By Michell Mor Limited contraceptive and abortion access is a problem filled with stigma and judgement, whether you’re in America or any other continent. In the United States, anti-abortion groups have long been causing troubles in clinics – notably in states like Texas and Mississippi – by trying to persuade women not to opt for

Making it real: The challenge of implementing South African abortion laws

By Kanyisa Booi In 2017, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Choice of Termination of Pregnancy (CTOP) Act, which has equipped the South African legislation with one of the most progressive abortion laws in the world. However, according to a study conducted by HEARD, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, 50% of

Young sex workers in Kenya: reducing risks with medical abortion information

By Pauline Diaz When organizing a talk with a group of young teenagers about reproductive health, you can always expect a little shyness, some repelled looks, and many nervous laughs from the audience. However, when you discuss with a group of young sex workers that had to grow up quicker than regular teenage girls, don’t

Latin Organizations unite creativity and innovation for health and reproductive rights in Latin America

The digital gadgets such as social networks, applications and more have helped bring people to all kinds of information and helped communicate in various ways no matter the distance. However, bringing Women in Latin America closer to these technologies by talking about safe abortion and reproductive rights has been a challenge. For this reason, safe2choose

I wish to tell my daughter that 2017 was our last abortion rights campaign

Dear Daughter, As it is my duty of memory to celebrate the strong women that fought for your rights during tougher times, I needed to tell you the story of 2017. In 2017, 35% of women worldwide were experiencing physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. Some national studies were even showing

Our never-ending #BlackProtest

Standing up for Polish women’s rights Black Mondays are usually signs of turbulence and often unavoidable wake up calls that follow a series of thoughtless decisions.On October 3rd, 2016, such a Monday was more than necessary for Polish women to protest a Christian group’s attempt to remove their reproductive rights. It was preceded by a six month

Gathering the troops to improve access to safe abortion for young women in Eastern Africa

Reproductive health organizations from Eastern Africa are discussing challenges and ways to improve access to safe abortion in the region. At safe2choose, we could not miss the opportunity to working collaboratively towards connecting more and more women to accurate information and safe procedures. In order to fully achieve this, a lot has to happen behind

Abortion in Johannesburg: Painting the town safe

From a young age, girls are exposed to posters on the side of the road reading “quick & painless abortion”. It doesn’t take long before this message is ingrained in their heads and such information is ready to be used in case they ever find themselves in this situation. Abortion in South Africa is rarely

On International Safe Abortion Day, “we learned how to love ourselves”

On September 28th, 2017, many people around the world concerned with women’s rights attended events for the International Safe Abortion Day. Besides participating in a global campaign articulated by respected international and local organizations, safe2choose also decided to join a smaller discussion group in Mathare, an informal settlement of Nairobi, Kenya, to understand the daily

Global Campaign Answers: International Safe Abortion Day 2017

In honor of the International Safe Abortion Day, we’ve invited several organizations to answer this simple question: Why must safe abortion be available to all women worldwide? Read their different responses along with special artwork created by safe2choose. Each response is shown in their respective language: Ipas México: La Revuelta, Colectiva Feminista: Porque es incondicional

How a young group of artists opened the debate on safe abortion in Gauteng

What would be more powerful than art to express the feeling of a whole community? The deepest transformations of a society always come from emotional reactions, and art has the power to spark up these feelings and start conversations. To help talk about a sensitive subject and advocate for the importance of safe abortions in

Let’s work together to take action on safe abortion access globally!

On International Safe Abortion Day, safe2choose invited worldwide organizations to join efforts in raising awareness about the importance of providing access to safe abortion to all women. Every year, over 56 million abortions are carried on. Most of these women are denied the right to dignity and non-judgmental care. This is why we are calling

Abortion: Let’s bring the “must-not-be-named” of reproductive health out of the darkness

“Abortion is dangerous”, “abortion is selfish”, “abortion leads to infertility”. Haven’t we all heard these kind of statements before? But let’s hit the breaks for a second, think rationally, and take a look at what science tells us. In a world where we are constantly overloaded with information, women are continually struggling to access the

Curses and blessings of being a woman: how to make a change on the abortion field

Dineo Mokwena I did not have the most normal childhood, so I was left alone a lot and had to navigate my way through each day, sometimes with the help of my helper. Both my parents are in healthcare and, when growing up under such a heavy medical influence, you tend to build an interest

With Access Under Threat, Advocates Want to Help Women Take Medication Abortion Into Their Own Hands

In countries where abortion is illegal or more heavily restricted than it is in the U.S., external women’s-health organizations often try to fill in the gap. There’s Women on Waves, the Dutch group behind a semi-famous “abortion boat” offering medication-facilitated abortions to women in international waters a few miles off the coast of their own

Spreading Plan C to End Pregnancy

. – Patrick Adams After lunch on a Saturday in late January at her home in Los Angeles, Francine Coeytaux, 63, an abortion rights activist, retrieved a Priority Mail envelope from her office and announced to her guests, a group of young women she had recruited to her cause, the results of a recent experiment.

How to have an abortion when you’re in Ireland

Please notice the information below was kindly compiled by the blog Feminist Ire on April 2017. If you’re looking for updated guidance, please contact our counselors directly at info@safe2choose.org. (A Rough Guide to Ireland – Part 1) So you’re pregnant and you don’t want to be. What next? First things first – commiserations on finding

Reproductive apps – creative solutions to the global gag rule

Global crises surrounding refugees, famine and climate change are on the rise, but so are grassroots solutions aimed at helping at-risk populations. As we discussed last week on this blog, there are already many tech solutions being implemented in Africa to help combat famine. Another hot button issue is the implementation of the Mexico City

Pardon our dust! How Fem is growing in South Africa

it has been just over one month since Fem launched in Gauteng. Our goal has always been to provide women across South Africa with the information they need to obtain safe, legal abortion care. We started in Gauteng for a few reasons: it’s where our staff is located, it’s where many of our stakeholders are

America’s Anti-Abortion Laws Are Beginning To Resemble Ireland’s & Here’s Why That’s So Scary

Source: PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images By Joseph D. Lyons, Bustle.com Abortion laws in the United States are not equal across all jurisdictions, and while that may not be a surprise to you, it’s looking like the House Republicans want to make it a whole lot worse. On Tuesday they passed HR-7, a bill that would permanently

Safe abortion closer for South African women: the countdown to launch

Only a few days away from officially launching our mHealth tool in South Africa, we could not be more pleased with the progress we have made. Countdown with us! FIVE: Focus Group Testing! This past week we conducted our first round of focus group testing. Our SMS platform was used in real-time by real people,

The pill of choice by Letícia Bahia

The positive result of her pregnancy test fell heavy on Ana’s shoulders, a 28 year old Brazilian woman. Her job as a maid could barely feed her 3 children. Her husband was unemployed and had been coping with alcohol. Desperate, she seeked help from her neighbour, Maria. Years before Ana learned that Maria had also

8 Things Not To Say To Someone After Abortion by Kassi Underwood

This is the list I wish I had ten years ago. After I had an abortion, nobody knew what to say to me. Not even Larry, my therapist. Poor Larry. Looking back, I would not have known what to say to me, either. One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Men,

Reproductive Rights and Access to Safe Abortion in times of Zika

safe2choose has just launched a new website to share information about the Zika virus epidemic. With growing concerns about the virus spreading, the Rio Olympic Games just around the corner and the World Health Organization (WHO) recently confirming the link between microcephaly and the Zika virus during pregnancy, safe2choose’s new landing page, pregnantwithzika.org, seeks to

All Mexican Women Have the Right to Have an Abortion

Abortion is generally restricted in Mexico. This means that, although there is some legal protection, legislation differs between states, making it difficult for many women to receive safe abortion. Laws base eligibility for and legality of abortion based on the circumstances of the pregnancy. This variation in legislation between states has created a discriminatory, stigma-ridden,

My Medical Abortion Story

When I knew I was pregnant, I also knew I was going to have an abortion. So I booked an appointment at the closest clinic and had to wait until the following week, because there was no space. The date finally arrived, and I had to take two buses and the subway during rush hours

Abortion with Pills

Many people believe that abortions are unsafe or that in order to have a safe abortion, it must take place in a healthcare institution. This is false. Having an abortion using pills, also known as a medical abortion, is a safe method that has changed the way women can end a pregnancy. With the right

Abortion in Chile

On January 31st, 2016, it will be one year since the president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, introduced a bill into Congress to allow abortion in instances when the mother’s life is at risk, fetal non-viability due to hereditary or genetic malformation, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape. After almost twelve months, the

Safe Abortion is a Human Right!

Today, December 10th, is Human Rights Day. It commemorates the day on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The first article of this important document stated that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”[1], but almost 70 years later,

Roe: More Abortion Myths, Dispelled

Due to the continuing public discourse around abortion and Repeal the Eighth (which is ever welcome, if exhausting in that “Are we still debating this?” kind of way), I decided to take another look at common myths surrounding abortion, and debunk them so that you have information knives with which to cut down anti-choice nonsense. Embryos and

In the driving seat

Today, September 28th, marks the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. This day has been celebrated since 1990, but we are still far from awareness around this issue. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), on average, 211 million women become pregnant every year, and 87 million of them had

Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Morocco walk back conservative abortion laws, will save thousands of women

KENYA is making what looks to be moves towards easing its abortion laws, allowing abortions to take place under certain conditions. Local media reports recently stated that the country’s Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia, announced that the Government planned to reintroduce guidelines that would allow women to procure abortion from qualified medical personnel under certain conditions. Currently the

safe2choose celebrates its first month

Women’s reproductive rights matter! And it should be an every day event. On August 3rd, safe2choose — a social enterprise committed to facilitating and scaling up access to safe medical abortion worldwide, via the internet – went live to bring women around the world a safe option. safe2choose offers confidential access to abortion pill through

5 Problems with ‘Keep Abortion Rare’

“Keep Abortion Rare” is a pretty common phrase in the political and cultural conversation around abortion. And it isn’t just coming from anti-choice folks – more often, it’s actually coming from the pro-choice side. Declared proudly by former President Clinton and repeated by “pro-choice” politicians over the last decade, the phrase often accompanies a plea

The global cost of unsafe abortion

Seven million women a year in the developing world are treated in healthcare facilities for complications following unsafe abortion, finds a study published today (19 August) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (BJOG). Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Unsafe abortion accounts for 8

Abortions performed with Mifepristone result in shorter waiting time, earlier abortions

Nearly all abortions in Norway today are performed with the abortion pill Mifepristone. This has resulted in shorter waiting time, earlier abortions, and the possibility to have abortions at home. “It’s a success story,” says Mette Løkeland, who has done research on medical abortion in Norway between 1998 and 2013. In 1998, the waiting time

This Study Should End The Debate About Whether Women Regret Having Abortions

According to a new study that tracked hundreds of women who had abortions, more than 95 percent of participants reported that ending a pregnancy was the right decision for them. Feelings of relief outweighed any negative emotions, even three years after the procedure. Researchers examined both women who had first-trimester abortions and women who had

Mexico to Paraguay: Let a 10-year-old girl have an abortion

Maria was just 12 years old when she arrived at the Marie Stopes clinic in Mexico City. Raped by her grandfather, she was already 19 weeks pregnant. Frightened and overwhelmed, she had been hospitalised for five days with no resolution and time was ticking to safely end the pregnancy. The problem wasn’t the law –

South Africa: Abortion clinics targeted

Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal health MEC has vowed to root out illegal abortion “clinics” in the province to save young mothers from unscrupulous practitioners who prey on vulnerable, pregnant young women. During his budget presentation at the legislature on Wednesday, Dhlomo said pregnant young women were putting their lives at risk by opting for the

Chilean women are fighting back with YouTube “Termination Tips.”

Demonstrators hold a banner reading “Free Abortion” during a march for the legalization of abortion in Santiago on July 25, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BERNETTI (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images) Abortion has been illegal in Chile since 1989. In a new series of satirical YouTube videos, some Chilean women are taking a bold stance on

Abortion denied consequences to mother and child

Abortion solves a problem. When this solution is denied or inaccessible, the unwanted, dangerous, or abnormal pregnancy persists. What happens thereafter to the woman and her child? View the original article here.

World´s abortion laws map- 2015

Did you know that 74 countries worldwide allow abortion on broad grounds or without restriction? Find out more on this virtual map produced by the Center for Reproductive Rights. You can visually compare the legal status of induced abortion in different countries and regions. http://worldabortionlaws.com/map/

Salvador: extreme abortion ban

In El Salvador, 17 women are currently in jail because they faced complications with their pregnancies in the past. This is the result of one of the most extreme abortion bans in the world. Want to help? Check out the “Take action” call promoted by International Planned Parenthood Federation/WHR and make your voice heard.

Women in Instanbul facing barriers to access safe and legal abortion

Abortion is legal in Turkey since 1983. However, activists from the Purple Roof women’s shelter in Istanbul have found that only three out of 37 state hospitals agreed to provide non-emergency terminations, of which only one offered abortions between the eighth and 10th week of gestation. Want to read the full article? Visit: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/04/istanbul-hospitals-refuse-abortions-government-attitude

Spain wants to restrict access to abortion for minors

The debate on abortion in Spain is not over. Young women from Spain may have to get parental consent to access safe and legal abortion if an ammendment to the current abortion law is approved in 2015. Learn more about the restrictive policies being promoted by the PP -political party in power: http://spanishnewstoday.com/spanish-government-pushes-ahead-with-minor-abortion-reform_20811-a.html