We are not closing says PSMAS

ZIMBABWE’s largest medical aid service provider the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) says it is not going anywhere as claimed on various platforms. By Kuda Pembere PSMAS in a statement rubbished these claims as an attempt to soil its image and reputation. Premier Service Medical Aid Society notes with concern rumours circulating on various platforms of its alleged closure from 2023. The society categorically dismisses these rumours as not only false, malicious and misleading but bent on tarnishing the organisation’s image and reputation,” PSMAS said. The medical aid service…

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Access to abortion is critical for women socio-economic growth

By Memory Pamela Kadau The economy is often described as consisting of firms, government and households. Economic activities of households are determined by income, savings and what they can spend on such basics as health, food, education and clothing, socials amongst other recurrent needs of households. Of critical importance for the economic balance of the household is the number of dependents in each household. Children constitute the majority of dependents in households and meeting their needs takes up a significant amount of the household budget. In Zimbabwe, the government doesn’t…

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Abortion conversation must recognize women’s bodily autonomy and integrity

By Memory Pamella Kadau The previous installments touched on the legal regime regulating abortion in Zimbabwe having previously established that abortion doesn’t pose a moral dilemma. If anything, abortion services are part of the basic health needs for tens of thousands of women each year in Zimbabwe. That the law proscribes safe abortion by choice, limiting it to exceptional cases of medical emergencies, rape and incest is an act of injustice which undermines this right. This article will look at the dimension of how existing abortion regulation undermines the fundamental…

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Abortion policy and the vicious cycle of poverty

By Memory Pamella Kadau The previous instalment submitted that abortion doesn’t bring about a moral dilemma as middle ground propagation would argue. It’s clear that safe abortion services should be made accessible to women and this demands policy and legal reforms. This article explored how existing policy framework on abortion perpetuates the vicious cycle of poverty on women and fuels child sexual abuse termed ‘child marriages’. Abortion and poverty Poverty wears the face of a woman and the untold story is that hundreds of thousands of women are trapped in…

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Abortion and the moral dilemma; the contradictions of policy and practice

Moral dilemmas are situations in which an individual is faced by two conflicting ethical decisions, none of which overrides the other. Middle ground anti-abortionists reasoning often cite the moral dilemma as the reason why a definitive position on abortion cannot be reached. This article will look at the middle ground challenge of the moral dilemma as it relates to abortion in the context of Zimbabwe. By Memory Pamella Kadau Abortion in perspective An abortion is the early termination of a pregnancy, which can happen spontaneously, as in the case of…

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