Rights and evidence-based knowledge on safe abortion matters! In light of recent attacks around the globe on the availability of legal and safe abortion services and in the contexts of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda, pursuing the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and reflecting on the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), SRHM is encouraging the revitalisation of evidence, knowledge and analysis related to safe abortion as a matter of health care, with special attention to the impact of criminal and restrictive laws that impede access to safe abortion services.
25 years after the ICPD acknowledged reproductive rights as human rights, it is vital that access to legal and safe abortion is regarded globally as a significant matter of public health, particularly by governments, parliamentarians, judges, policy makers, healthcare professionals, and other key influencers.
SRHM’s activities in this area are divided into KNOWLEDGE, INFLUENCE and CAPACITY-BUILDING.
Recent SRHM papers
Makleff S, Wilkins R, Wachsmann H, et al. Exploring stigma and social norms in women’s abortion experiences and their expectations of care – 27(3):2019
Engle O. From a whisper to a shout: abortion activism and social media – 27(3):2019
Rehnström Loi U, Otieno B, Oguttu M, et al. Abortion and contraceptive use stigma: a cross-sectional study of attitudes and beliefs in secondary school students in western Kenya – 27(3):2019
Undurraga V. Criminalisation under scrutiny: how constitutional courts are changing their narrative by using public health evidence in abortion cases – 27(1):2019
Erdman JN. The gender injustice of abortion laws – 27(1):2019
Undurraga V & Sadler M. The misrepresentation of conscientious objection as a new strategy of resistance to abortion decriminalisation – 27(2):2019
Beavin C, Billings DL & Chávez S.Activist framing of abortion and use for policy change in Peru – 27(1):2019
Gressick K, Gelpi A & Chanroo T. Zika and abortion in Brazilian newspapers: how a new outbreak revived an old debate on reproductive rights – 27(2):2019
Sharma AC, Dhillon J, Shabbir G, et al. Notes from the field: political norm change for abortion in Pakistan – 27(2):2019
Kerestes C, Sheets K, Stockdale CK. Prevalence, attitudes and knowledge of misoprostol for self-induction of abortion in women presenting for abortion at Midwestern reproductive health clinics – 27(1):2019
Casey SE, Steven VJ, Deitch J, et al. “You must first save her life”: community perceptions towards induced abortion and post-abortion care in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo – 27(1):2019
CALL FOR PAPERS
Due to the present relevance of ‘abortion as healthcare’, SRHM has issued a call for papers for a themed issue – Universal Health Coverage: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Focus.
DIALOGUE AND ADVOCACY
On Tuesday 8 October 2019 SRHM held a webinar to discuss the gender injustice perspectives of criminal abortion laws, the importance of using public health evidence in challenging criminalization of abortion, and exploring ways to connect these important discourses to the universal health coverage (UHC) agenda.
We welcomed the authors of two important papers published by SRHM most recently in this discussion: The gender injustice of abortion laws authored by Joanna Erdman, and Criminalization under scrutiny: how constitutional courts are changing their narrative by using public health evidence in abortion cases by Verónica Undurraga.
We also invited Veloshnee Govender to help us contextualize these important discourses within the UHC effort on sexual and reproductive health, and invited the authors to explore the connections between their respective discourses on challenging criminalization of abortion and and making safe abortion available, accessible and affordable within the scope of UHC.
- RIGHTS AND EVIDENCE-BASED KNOWLEDGE ON SAFE ABORTION MATTERS! A collection of SRHM evidence on safe abortion.
- SRHM IN THE NEWS: INSIDE THE ILLEGAL ABORTION MARKET: ‘I NEARLY TOUCHED HELL’. A study published by SRHM which was used in the media in an article about abortion in Zimbabwe. The study surveyed 42 doctors, nurses and general practitioners in 2012 and found that the majority favoured removing legal restrictions on abortion.
- CHALLENGES FOR ACHIEVING SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE IN SOUTH AFRICA Written by Marion Stevens, Director, Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition.
- MY EXPERIENCE OF THE TOGETHER FOR YES (TFY) CAMPAIGN Written by Emma Campbell: Artist, activist, lapsed academic and Abortion Nerd®, all of which she throws into her role as Co-Chair for Alliance for Choice. Learning from previous generations of feminist artists and activists, she illuminates the structural inequalities that face abortion seekers and activists through education, art, campaigning and disruption.
- THE RIGHT TO SAFE ABORTION IN SOUTH AFRICA: A CLINICIAN’S EXPERIENCE Written by Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng: Abortion provider for 11 years, consultant at Nalane for Reproductive Justice and SRHR expert with a focus on policy, health communications and advocacy.
- THE 8TH HAS BEEN REPEALED SUCCESSFULLY AND DECISIVELY, BUT WHAT NEXT? Written by Dr Ben Kasstan (Research Fellow, University of Sussex) and Ms Anamaria Bejar (Director of Advocacy at International Planned Parenthood Federation, UK; Research student, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
SRHM provides mentoring to researchers, advocates, policy makers, service providers and other SRHR professionals, especially those from the global South, to bring their analysis and writing to peer-reviewed publication standard in service of improving dissemination of quality research and analysis on SRHR, with a strong focus on rights perspectives and with particular attention to the needs and rights of most marginalized people. SRHM encourages researchers to continue submitting articles on SRHR and disability.
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