The “100 years for safe abortion access” campaign

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Access to safe abortion options has constantly been a challenge all over the world. It’s hard to tell when women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights started being threatened and denied, or if even our body autonomy was ever respected. However, history is cyclical and we definitely have some things to learn from the pro-choice…

What is Fem and how can you use it?

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By Dineo Mokwena Fem by safe2choose is a mobile platform that provides women with information and access to their sexual health needs. Fem particularly focuses on the termination of pregnancy in South Africa as a large number of women are still seeking backdoor abortions which lead to lifelong complications or death. The intervention cannot stop here…

What can I do to prevent my community from backdoor abortions?

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By Dineo Mokwena One day you may walk down the road and not see the same young girl you saw everyday, coming from school for the past three years at the same time. You may wonder what happened to her but not ask questions because she’s not your friend. She’s a total stranger, but you…

Special Delivery: Abortion Pills By Mail

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By: Elisa Wells When my mail carrier handed me the small brown envelope, I’m sure she had no idea she was handing me the means to have a safe, private abortion at home. I had ordered the pills a week and a half earlier off a somewhat sketchy website and, frankly, was wondering if they…

Shaping minds in Uganda: starting a debate on abortion with medical students of Kampala

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Analyzing the situation in Uganda When looking into addressing issues around abortion globally, connecting with local partners is one of safe2choose’s main instruments. We believe that working with those who have the knowledge and the expertise of their own countries is the best way to raise awareness and to find ways of improving access to…

Teaching women to stand up to the doctor’s god complex

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Deep inside Mukuru Kwa Njenga, one of the informal settlements of Nairobi, gender-based violence is rampant and often results in unplanned pregnancies. Most women do not have access to higher education and their life circumstances lead them to become mothers at a very young age without a choice. In addition, they’re constantly exposed to obstetric…

South Africans can access online information on safe and legal abortion

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By Dineo Mokwena After launching an SMS platform  March 2017, Fem is now launching an online map that features all abortion providers verified by our team Since the liberalisation of the abortion law in South Africa in 1996, it’s estimated that mortality rates due to abortion have decreased by 91%. However, about 50% of abortions…

The barriers for having an abortion in the US and the need for more privacy

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By Michell Mor Limited contraceptive and abortion access is a problem filled with stigma and judgement, whether you’re in America or any other continent. In the United States, anti-abortion groups have long been causing troubles in clinics – notably in states like Texas and Mississippi – by trying to persuade women not to opt for…

Making it real: The challenge of implementing South African abortion laws

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By Kanyisa Booi In 2017, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Choice of Termination of Pregnancy (CTOP) Act, which has equipped the South African legislation with one of the most progressive abortion laws in the world. However, according to a study conducted by HEARD, from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, 50% of…