A safe motherhood and reproductive health bill has been unanimously backed by Sierra Leone’s cabinet. The bill will expand access to abortion to include terminations outside the current provisions to only interfere when a mother’s life is at risk.
Male reproductive responsibility is expanding. Scientists have developed an oral male contraceptive that is 99 per cent effective in mice with no evident side effects. The team will start human trials before the end of the year, but will a version of a male birth control pill finally become available for mass distribution?
Anti-abortion laws do not stop abortions from happening they decrease access to safe abortions. Does the pro-life agenda of ‘saving lives’ outrightly ignore preventable maternal deaths and morbidities? And does it saddle women with the brunt of a broken education and healthcare system?
Parents have the primary role of educating their children about their sexuality. But cultural beliefs and taboos about sex can work strongly against their efforts.
The world’s first physical vagina museum has been opened in London to educate and inform people about gynaecological anatomy while providing a space in which to hear about and discuss the taboo subjects surrounding female bodies.
The Kenyan High Court has ruled that rape survivors have the right to an abortion and ordered authorities to pay almost US$30 000 in damages to the mother of a teenage victim who died after a botched abortion. This was as a result of a directive by the Ministry of Health to withdraw national standard guidelines for the procedure.
No contraception, no abortions: Marie Stopes International, one of the world’s largest providers of contraception and safe abortion services, has been operating in Kenya, within the law, for over three decades. Now the organisation has been banned from providing abortion services.
Across Africa, the high cost of menstrual products is causing schoolgirls to miss classes and eventually drop out of school, creating what has become known as “period poverty”.
Today at TIA we commemorate #WorldPopulationDay and ask the question many don’t get to ask, is it time for guys to take on the burden of birth control? There is no doubt about the fact that it takes two to tango, but when the two tango, why is the burden of birth control only left to one?