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International Safe Abortion Day: 28 September 2016
Coverage by the Press and Media

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12 October 2016



Coverage by the Press and Media

by Patricia Nilsson

press@safeabortionwomensright.org
 
This year’s International Safe Abortion Day was bigger than ever. The turnout of groups that took action, created and shared a huge range of information and resources, and organised events to mark the day was incredible – and attention and interest from journalists and media organisations was also unprecedented.
 
We have been sent and gathered media reports covering the day in Spanish, French and English, which are listed below. But we will have missed a lot of press/media reports in many languages from around the world. Have you read or written an article that is not in the list ? Please send it to me at
press@safeabortionwomensright.org !
 
Overall, the coverage we found was focused on the
Open Letter asking the UN to make International Safe Abortion Day an official UN day and also on the joint statement by four UN human rights experts – Alda Facio, Dainius Pūras, Juan E Méndez and Dubravka Šimonović – calling on States across the world "to repeal restrictive abortion laws and policies, and all punitive measures and discriminatory barriers to access safe reproductive health services", and the statement by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa, Justice Lucy Asuagbor as well.
 
These statements, recognising the importance of the work being done by all of us to decriminalise abortion, free women and providers from prison, and calling for universal access to safe abortion, seems to have played an important role in motivating mainstream media outlets to write about our campaigns. In addition, many advocates and activist groups published blogs and articles about the significance of the day and for their work, and many others shared personal stories about abortion through videos and on the web as part of #StepIntoOurShoes.
 
The media and the world are noticing our hard work – let’s keep going!
 
Here is the list of publications we've got so far:
 
*International*

UN News Centre – Repealing anti-abortion laws would save the lives of nearly 50,000 women a year – UN Experts
 
International Business Times – Nearly 50,000 women die each year as a result from an unsafe abortion

Rewire – Abortion in developing regions: what progress since 1990?

Pathfinder International – Changing the conversation around abortion
 
*Africa*

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights - Statement by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa […]
 
Jeune Afrique – Le droit à l’avortement reste un enjeu majeur de santé en Afrique
 
Burundi

Iwacu English News – Backstreet abortion, a reality in Burundi
 
Egypt

Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights – Make Global Day of Action for Access to Safe Abortion, September 28, an international UN day - Egyptian law must be amended to guarantee women’s right to access safe abortion […]
 
Ghana
Business Ghana – Make safe abortion services available in public health facilities
 
News Ghana – International safe abortion day scheduled for September 28

Ghana News Agency – Make safe abortion services available in public health facilities, government urged
 
Ghana Web - Don't stigmatise women who opt for safe abortion ­ NGO

Ghana Web - Make safe abortion accessible - CEO of Global Media Foundation
 
South Africa

Cape Times – 22 million unsafe abortions worldwide
 
Daily Maverick – South Africa and women’s healthcare rights: one step forward, two steps back?
 
*Asia*
Nepal

Kathmandu Post – ‘Legalisation is not enough to make abortion safe’
 
India

Feminism in India - Artwork: Erasure And Silencing In The Abortion Rights Discourse
 
New Kerala – Repealing anti-abortion laws would save the lives of nearly 50,000 women a year – UN experts
 
Youth Ki Awaaz – Can you put yourself in the shoes of someone who has had an abortion?
 
Thailand

Bangkok Post – Hypocrisy holds back us of abortion pills
 
*Europe*

EurActiv – Women must have jurisdiction over their own bodies
 
France

L’Obs - En RDC, les filles avortent toutes seules. Médecin, je veux faire changer les mentalités
 
Pourquoi Docteurs - IVG : le combat de Médecins du Monde dans les pays prohibitifs
 
RFI -Les femmes haïtiennes: le droit à la santé
 
RFI - Journée mondiale de l'avortement
 
Ireland

Newstalk - Thousands expected for March for Choice in Dublin city centre
 
Irish Central – Over 20,000 march in Dublin in mass pro-choice rally
 
Norway

Government.no – International day for safe abortions
 
Poland

Nowicka-Wanda blog – ONZ wzywa do liberalizacji aborcji
 
Sweden

Aftonbladet – Rätten till abort måste försvaras
 
*North America*
Canada

Metro Views – It’s time to get behind International Safe Abortion Day
 
USA

News Deeply – The U.N.’s working group on discrimination against women, explained
 
Bustle – On International Safe Abortion Day, criminalisation of the medical procedure remains a reality – even in America

The Huffington Post – Today marks the 16th anniversary of the abortion pill and International Safe Abortion Day
 
The Frisky - The UN reveals a shocking new statistic about abortion around the world
 
Women’s Health Policy Report - Op-ed commemorates International Safe Abortion Day by spotlighting study showing disparities in abortion rates
 
*Latin America*

Rfi - El aborto inseguro sigue matando en América Latina y el Caribe

Telesur - Women Demand Safe Access to Abortions Around the Globe
 
Argentina

Consejo Trabajo Social - 28 de Septiembre: día de lucha por la despenalización y legalización del derecho al aborto
 
Imnequen - Así quedó la Catedral tras la marcha a favor de la despenalización del aborto
 
Bolivia

La Razon - Derecho a decidir
 
Colombia
Correo del Orinoco - En Colombia “se debe despenalizar por completo el aborto porque es un servicio de salud”
 
Costa Rica

Voces Nuestras - Día por la Despenalización del aborto en América Latina y el Caribe
 
Mexico
El Manana De Valles – Exigen despenalizar el aborto en Mexico: Manifestacion
 
La Jornada – Feministas piden a autoridades respetar el derecho al aborto
 
Peru

Flora Tristan - Campaña 28 de Septiembre, Día por la despenalización del aborto en América Latina y El Caribe
 
Venezuela

MinMujer - 28 de septiembre Día por la despenalización del aborto en América Latina y el Caribe
 
Aporrea - Mueren cada año 47 mil mujeres por abortos inseguros
 
Ultimas Noticias - Cientos de feministas demandan despenalizar aborto en El Salvador
 
Uruguay

LaRed21 - Día Internacional de Lucha por la Despenalización del Aborto en América Latina y el Caribe
 
 

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FURTHER REPORTS OF 28 SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES
If you have a report and visuals to share, please send them to:
info@safeabortionwomensright.org 

Editor: Marge Berer

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