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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Millions of women in African countries and other developing countries continue to suffer and die needlessly unless the international community family planning confront their responsibility to help women with unwanted pregnancies to obtain services safe and legal abortion, said a former U.S. government official. UU. in a meeting today in Dakar.

Discussions at the International Conference on Family Planning , held this week, witnessed significant progress in improving women's access to effective contraception and post-abortion care to save lives. But these efforts is not enough , said Elizabeth Maguire , President and CEO of Ipas. The international community including family planning can and should do more to protect women from the consequences of unsafe abortion.

"He is under the power of programs and providers of family planning services ensure that every woman who has an unwanted pregnancy receive counseling and if she wants to terminate her pregnancy, it is issued for a safe and legal abortion in the same unit of health or one nearby, "said Maguire. "Currently, few programs require or empower providers of family planning services to offer such counseling or referrals."

In conjunction with reproductive health leaders from the African region, Maguire (who led the EE program. States. International family planning under President Clinton) called medical professionals, government and non-governmental organizations to take action critical to end the cycle of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions, which has had a particularly devastating in Africa. Women receiving PAC should receive contraceptive counseling and providers of family planning services should be trained to support women who have unwanted pregnancies.

In any African country, abortion is permitted by law at least to save the lives of women, she said, and more than 40% of the countries is allowed in cases of rape, incest and fetal impediment. "But insurance services, even to the extent permitted by law, are unavailable or inaccessible in almost all regions of Africa, " which contributes to more than 6 million unsafe abortions across the continent each year and approximately 29, 000 deaths avoidable, said Maguire

Dr. Eunice Brookman-Amissah, former Minister of Health of Ghana and Ipas Vice President for Africa, said recent major policy improvements related to reducing unsafe abortion rates in Africa. For example, in Ethiopia, Kenya and several francophone countries have expanded the indications for legal abortion and the governments of Ghana, South Africa and Zambia have acquired new commitments to expand safe abortion services.

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2002-12-18 11:49:28 by important_info

Not totally off topic

BANGKOK - The United States lost a vote at an international conference yesterday as Asia-Pacific countries rejected the Bush administration's stand against abortion and condom use among adolescents.
The vote was held at the end of the UN-sponsored Asian and Pacific Population Conference, which adopted a plan of action on population policies in a bid to reduce poverty in the region.
US delegates had said some of the wording, including ''reproductive health services'' and ''reproductive rights,'' could be read as advocating abortion and underage sex. But US demands for changes or deletions were overwhelmingly rejected

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31. Reducing fertility rates ­ Family planning programs. Women in developing countries are having fewer children ­ from six births per woman in the 1960s to 3.5 today. In the 1960s, only 10% of the world's families were using effective methods of family planning. The number now stands at 55 percent.
32. Fighting drug abuse ­Reduce demand for illicit drugs, suppress drug trafficking, and has helped farmers to reduce their economic reliance on growing narcotic crops by shifting farm production toward other dependable sources of income.
33. Improving global trade relations ­ The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has worked to obtain special trade preferences for developing countries to export their products to developed countries with fair prices

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