Campaign Members: Reports of Their Work
Gabon, Kenya/Tanzania, Pakistan, Cambodia/Nepal, USA
Sensibilisation Santé Sexualité (Awareness Health Sexuality)
Port Gentil is the economic capital of Gabon, an oil and timber town of around 170,000 people. I have been living here for more than 17 years. As a practising gynaecologist, I am only too aware of the situation of women here. I'm tired of seeing young girls get pregnant too early; young women who are infertile from having too many abortions; women with multiple children who are again pregnant by chance, not by choice; not to mention the scourge of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. In Gabon, demographics is a sensitive political issue, due to its small population. 52% of the Gabonese population is under the age of 25. Because of sexual permissiveness, premarital and early relationships are common. Pregnancies are most often early, unwanted and too close together, leading to frequent abortions, STIs and increased infertility.
Long banned, modern contraception was only liberalised in the year 2000. Lack of access to information and counselling on birth spacing has meant that abortions practised in poor conditions were for many women the only available method of family planning. With a view to promoting sustainable development within our community, I have founded an association whose goal is to promote a healthy, responsible and fulfilling sexuality, the benefits of family planning and its positive impact on the whole society in terms of improving the overall health of the community. Our Centre aims to have a welcoming atmosphere, offering listening and counselling without prejudice or restrictions to young people in search of information about their emotional and sexual lives...
The Peace Foundation Pakistan runs a project for reducing unsafe abortions in rural areas of Sindh, Pakistan, with the Safe Abortion Action Fund. We use social media and a telephone helpline for consultations for safe medical abortion. We organize free mobile camps to provide misoprostol (the medical abortion pill that can be used alone) and family planning services in rural areas of Sindh.
We take photographs of misoprostol users, with their permission, to publish and share elsewhere, in order to provide evidence of the acceptance of misoprostol by women. All these pictures are drawn from 48 free camps we organised in Sindh during the years 2014-2016. These photographs have proved useful for assuring women who are seeking abortions. We found them very useful also in our community meetings, where people initially express reservations about the use of misoprostol. We provided 2,850 misoprostol packs which were distributed by pharmacies for safe medical abortion. In the 48 camps, 1,165 women received abortion services, including 252 girls under the age of 19, and 785 women received short-term methods of post-abortion contraception (including condoms, contraceptive pills, injectable, and emergency contraception).
The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) has been working since 1993 to champion women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). They try to achieve this through interlinked strategies of information and communications for change, monitoring and research for evidence-based advocacy, strengthening partnerships for advocacy and organisational development.
Their January 2017 e-newsletter, Issue 1, highlights five short videos on SRHR issues in Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, and Philippines. We highlight two of them here, which are on safe abortion in Cambodia and Nepal, both countries that have legalised early abortions, highlighting the fact that many women are not yet aware of this. You can view the whole newsletter here. You can watch the two videos at the links below:
Safe Abortion Services in Cambodia
The Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia shows that while access to safe abortion services is legal in the country, there is still a need to raise awareness on this to ensure that women have access to sexual and reproductive health and rights... WATCH THE VIDEO Safe Abortion with Quality of Care, Nepal
The Beyond Beijing Committee in Nepal's video similarly shows that while access to safe abortion services is legal in the country, there is still a need to raise awareness on this to ensure that women have access to sexual and reproductive health and rights... WATCH THE VIDEO
Publication of the video coincides with a report they have just published, entitled Report on status of abortion stigma in Nepal.pdf. Based on the finding of the report we had very good policy dialogue at the central level with the government, non -government and with Ipas-Nepal...
NAPW staff at US Supreme Court, Texas Whole Women's Health,
March 2016 National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW)
Our commitment and vision are rooted in the broad principles and values of reproductive justice and human rights. Our work, making use of our particular knowledge, expertise and skills, focuses on pregnant women – especially those most likely to be targeted for punishment and control.
While NAPW does more than legal advocacy, one way to simplify and sum up NAPW's work is to say: If you are locked up because you are knocked up - call NAPW.
In addition to NAPW's work on individual cases we also work on the big picture. For example, we join efforts to save the healthcare we have. NAPW exposes the fact that attacks on abortion are attacks on mothers and all pregnant women, including those who want to go to term. And, NAPW broadens the base of social justice activists through our public education and organizing efforts including the upcoming Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference. (Please join us in Norman, Oklahoma February 24-25, 2017).
Given the existing and increasing attacks on all of us, including pregnant women, and inspired by ACT UP, an organization instrumental in fighting the AIDS pandemic and improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, NAPW believes it is time to say:
What does this mean? "Knocked Up" means to be pregnant. "Fight Back!" means working together to ensure that no one is stigmatized, shamed, punished, or denied health care or constitutional and human rights because they have the capacity for pregnancy, are pregnant, or because of the outcome of their pregnancies...
The end of 2016 marks the close of a century since the first silent film in the United States addressed abortion. In these past 100 years, film, television, and our popular culture have addressed abortion in evolving ways: from the pre-code films of the 1920s, to the exploitation films of the 1940s, to television plotlines in support of legal abortion in the 1960s, to the alternately stigmatizing and stigma-busting portrayals of the 1990s and early 21st century. The incorporation of abortion into onscreen storylines has been done for shock value, for sex educational purposes, for humor, for drama, and for horror. This presentation is not an exhaustive list of abortion stories in U.S. film and television (there are over 200 of them!), but it is meant to illustrate some of the notable examples, ground-breaking firsts, and trends that have emerged over time. SLIDESHOW: Click to see the photo slideshow highlighting 37 examples, to learn more about each film and television show, then click below the slideshow on each film to see clips in video format...