Let’s talk about our reality: Are we failing our young people?

THE recent picture of a first year University of Zimbabwe student lying lifeless in a pool of blood, after trying to abort a pregnancy using a coat hanger brings a chill to one’s spine. If she made it to University, surely she should be knowledgeable about pregnancy and how to prevent it? Surely, she should understand enough of her anatomy to know that a coat hanger is unlikely to dislodge a foetus, that what she is doing is damaging to her internal organs. By Patricia Machawira The reality is that…

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Zim Abortion Law Drives Girls Into Early Marriages

ZIMBABWE’S current Termination of Pregnancy Act which criminalises abortion, opens room for uncontrolled early child marriages, a top legal expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa The Termination of Pregnancy Act (ToP) 1977 only permits abortion if the pregnancy poses a threat to the life of the unborn child or the mother or if the pregnancy is as a result of incest or rape. According to the law, termination of pregnancy cannot happen anywhere else besides a designated institution in this case a public hospital and at least two medical practitioners…

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Climate Disasters Expose Pregnant Women To Unimaginable Risks

THE world is experiencing a shift in climatic conditions and with this shift a number of natural disasters are occurring, leaving millions exposed to various unhealthy conditions. By Michael Gwarisa Two months ago, Zimbabwe witnessed what has been termed the world natural disaster in Africa South of the Sahara by climate experts following the devastation and loss of lives that was experienced as a result of Tropical Cyclone Idai. Even though government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) ramped up efforts to provide the affected victims with basic necessities ranging from food,…

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Condoms In Schools Could Reduce Illegal Abortions

EXPANDING contraceptives coverage to schools and other at risk populations could reduce the number of deaths and complications as a result of illegal abortions, a parliamentarian has said.   By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes on the side-lines of the World Abortion Day celebrations, legislator and former parliamentary committee on health chair, Dr Ruth Labode said contraceptive services were not getting to adolescents and young girls despite the fact that they are the most sexually active and at risk of unwanted pregnancies. “Our biggest problem in Zimbabwe is…

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To Or Not To Legalise Abortion, Zimbabwe’s Legal Dilemma

ABORTION has been a contentious issue in Zimbabwe and the world over, with governments and civil society organisations clashing on numerous platforms over the morality, acceptability and legality of the practice. By Michael Gwarisa The United States government under the current Donald Trump administration does not support abortion, neither does it provide funding for organisations which support abortion. In Zimbabwe, not only is abortion taboo but is in most instances associated with loose morals and first degree murder as it involves the termination of a fetus (life) from its mother’s…

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Of Sex Work and Dangerous , Illegal Abortions

SEX work the world over, is tagged the oldest profession in the history of mankind, having manifested itself  in the most ancient and primitive societies, the trade was popular in ancient Egypt and Greece, where it was practiced at various socioeconomic levels. By Michael Gwarisa However, legalising the profession has been a contentious issue in Zimbabwe and most parts of the world including those which had once legalised the trade for example Thailand. In 2017, Thailand tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul announced that she wants the country’s sex industry “gone.” Criminalising…

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Zim NGOs In Abortion Dilema…As Trump Gov Tightens Screws

By Michael Gwarisa NON governmental organisations operating in Zimbabwe are caught between a rock and a hard surface as to whether they should support safe abortion or not as they fear frustrating top donors, HealthTimes can reveal. It has emerged that the United States Government is by far the biggest donor in most if not all donor related activities in Zimbabwe, and the recent move by the Donald Trump administration to stop financing any organisation that advocates for abortion has left many NGOs in a state quandary. Briefing Journalists during…

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Zim Doctors Call For Abortion Legalisation

Staff Reporter THE Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights (ZDHR) has called for the repealing of the Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1997 which barres women from engaging in wilful termination of pregnancy outside prescribed circumstances. According to the Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1997 [Chapter 15:10], no woman is allowed to terminate pregnancy willingly unless under scenarios such as rape, incest and medical complications. In a statement, ZDHR said the ACT was doing more harm than good to the majority of young women who are losing lives in the process…

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Donald Trump ‘to allocate $9bn for global health services that refuse to provide abortions’

Donald Trump is dramatically expanding the federal government’s support for healthcare organisations that agree to not provide abortion services. The State Department has announced a programme, called Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance, which will get $8.8bn (£6.8bn) to fund non-governmental organisations around the world that comply with the “global gag” rule. It that states that no organisation receiving US money can promote or discuss abortion services, even if they are using foreign funds to do so. READ MORE Donald Trump tells Congress he wants to ‘invest in women’s health’…

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