Campaign Members' Publications
 May 2016 


Supporting independent use of abortion medicines: fighting stigma one email at a time

Women Help Women, May 2016
This excellent publication is about supporting women to use abortion pills independently in a context of negative views on abortion and restrictive laws and policies.

In English. En español

Tags: Women Help Women, medical abortion, self-help abortions, research

A practical guide for partnering with police to improve abortion access

The guide is for trainers and abortion rights advocates who want to engage with the police. Ipas Ghana forged police partnerships in response to the arrest of a trained abortion provider in 2009 and other Ipas offices followed suit. The guidebook draws from the experiences of Ipas and others in bridging law enforcement and stigmatized and public health issues. Steps for beginning work with police are outlined in the guide, which also provides a sample two-day workshop programme, with detailed activities and PowerPoint presentations.

Betraying women: provider duty to report 

The provider ̶-patient confidentiality relationship is eroding as an alarming number of medical staff across Latin America are reporting women and girls to the police for having abortions. Many countries now require, protect or encourage medical providers to breach their confidentiality duties when they treat women seeking post-abortion care. This publication covers the three main ways health care providers are compelled to breach confidentiality, based on the Latin American laws governing provider obligations in relation to abortion. It details how these laws have an impact on both providers and women, and lists the many international bodies, declarations and consensus documents that establish standards for protecting patient confidentiality. Finally, it provides recommendations for international human rights bodies, governments and health care professionals on women’s right to confidentiality and providers’ ethical obligation to uphold that right.

Tags: Ipas, training, law and policy, human rights

How to educate about abortion: a guide for peer educators, teachers and trainers
This guide is for those who want to do workshops or provide training on abortion to young people, especially those training young peer educators. It includes a rationale for integrating information about abortion into sexuality education programmes and trainings, factual information and useful resources, and crucially, practical activities which can be used with groups of young people, professionals and others. It will soon be translated into Spanish and French.

Tags: IPPF, training, access to information, sexuality education

Boletín de la Secretaría del CLACAI  1 / Abril 2016
La historia de L.C.: un caso emblemático de Perú para el mundo

Funciones del personal sanitario en la atención para un aborto sin riesgos y los métodos anticonceptivos después del aborto. Investigaciones Conexas de la OMS.
Video: Testimonios acerca de la publicación "Investigación sobre aborto en América Latina y El Caribe: una agenda renovada para informar políticas públicas e incidencia".

Tags: CLACAI, Latin America and the Caribbean, research

In their own words: experiences of women denied abortions
Even in countries with legal abortion, many women are unable to access a safe procedure for myriad reasons, including a lack of knowledge about the legal status of abortion, a lack of money to pay for the procedure, social stigma against abortion or, commonly, because they present for care too far along in pregnancy. This animated film portrays the barriers to legal abortion access in Bangladesh, Colombia, Nepal, South Africa, Tunisia, and the United States. It highlights the experiences of women denied legal abortion services and is narrated in their own languages. It is available with
English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

Tags: ANSIRH, women's experiences, access to information

New Research: The changing norms of child marriage in conflict
Nine of the 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are fragile states. Yet married girls are invisible in humanitarian programming. Decision around child marriage are influenced by concerns about poverty, protection from rape and its stigma, and prevention of pregnancy outside marriage, and from the influence of the host community's culture – all issues exacerbated by displacement. Rather than solving these problems, child marriage isolates girls from what opportunities exist. This research suggests that when girls have access to education and other programming, and when families have their basic needs met, child marriage can be reduced.

Tags: Women's Refugee Commission, research, child marriage, access to information

1. In the Medical abortion services newsletter of 29 April 2016, article entitled: Two studies in Switzerland: early medical abortion with only one visit by Anne-Marie Rey, APAC-Suisse, the text should have read:
"In the same journal an article has been published by André Seidenberg and Christian Fiala on “One stop MToP”, describing medical abortion with only one consultation at a doctor’s office and post-abortion self control with the CheckToP® preg­nancy
We mentioned "use of both kinds of tablets at home" in error.
Editor: Marge Berer

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