Unsafe abortion, and complications, too common in Malawi

Friday, November 21, 2014

In countries like Malawi, where safe abortion is restricted or not available, women often turn to clandestine and unsafe abortions when faced with an unintended pregnancy. However, abortion isn’t uncommon—roughly 67,300 induced abortions occur annually in Malawi. Unfortunately, neither are the injuries and even deaths that occur because of the law and other barriers—such as ...

Global leaders seek US leadership on abortion policy

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In a video released on Nov. 11, leaders from Africa and Asia underscored the importance of U.S. leadership in addressing unsafe abortion, a leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in developing countries, and calling on the Obama Administration to ease restrictions on U.S. foreign aid for abortion. The statements were made during “Uniting for Safe, Legal Abortion," a meeting held near ...

India poised to expand women’s access to safe, legal abortion

Monday, November 10, 2014

More women in India may soon be able to access safe, legal abortion services if a proposed amendment to the country’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act becomes law. The government of India is currently reviewing an amendment that would make first-trimester abortion available upon a woman’s request; currently a woman’s health-care provider must determine if she is eligible. The proposed ...

Making high-quality abortion care a priority—even in the world’s most remote regions

Thursday, November 06, 2014

How does quality improvement become part of the routine, ongoing process of providing abortion-related care? At Ipas-supported training and service delivery sites around the world, that question is getting special attention—and the effort already is translating into better care for women in some of the world’s most remote and impoverished areas. A recent example comes from Ethiopia, where Ipas ...

In Sierra Leone, Ebola has a devastating effect on women

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Despite improvements in the last several years, Sierra Leone’s maternal mortality ratio is one of the worst in the world. Now, the outbreak of Ebola further threatens the health of women and their families in Sierra Leone—causing more than 20 deaths a day, according to some estimates. Women are disproportionately affected by the disease, and the magnitude of the outbreak has pushed ...

Special journal issue highlights new research on abortion stigma

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Abortion stigma is under-researched and few conceptual and methodological tools exist to measure its effects. In an effort to broaden the discussion around abortion stigma and spark further research and critical thinking, Women and Health has published a special issue on abortion stigma compiling articles examining the topic. The special issue was conceptualized and co-edited by Kate ...