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Abortion

Drawing of an aloe vera plant in red colour. On top of it is written "Gather" in blue. In the background is written in blue, "Theodore Priscianus, a 4th century Roman doctor, documented a mixture of aloe, apopanax root, and myrrh to induce an abortion. It was used 'when a woman was too young or the opening of the womb was too small.' Aloe had over thirty different medicinal uses in ancient times, and continued to be used by midwives and pharmacists to "stimulate" menstruation through the 1800s."

Brushstrokes: 4000 Years for Choice

Foods of various kinds have been historically used to prevent conception and to induce abortion. 4000 Years For Choice celebrates the practices of abortion and contraception as positive, historical acts through visual art. Visit the website for more. These posters were earlier published as our Food Corner for December 2014. We curate videos and images based on our monthly…
Infographic titled, "Banning abortions endangers women's health." Other data given: "222 million women in the developing world have an unmet need for modern contraception"; "47,000 women die yearly...millions more are injured"; "86% abortions take place in the developing world where most abortion laws are highly restrictive."

Why the Absence of Safe Abortion in the Post-2015 SDGs Matters

The eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) have been rightly criticised because they were too narrow, failed to address the underlying root causes of poverty and gender equality, and have not taken a holistic approach to development. They were considered targets for poor countries to achieve (with funding from wealthier nations) rather than something all…
A woman from Sri Lanka holding up a placard which has information on why abortion should be legal

Between the Nation State and a Hard Place

Cultural norms and religion no doubt affect the way we perceive the world. They shape one’s behaviour, habits and practices, and values and ethics. They also dictate how we perceive women in relation to the traditional family. In most countries, including those in South Asia like Sri Lanka, nationalism shapes the discourse on family, gender…
A poster for abortion rights in Nepal, showing a woman sitting with her legs pulled close to her chest. There is abortion-related information written beside her in hindi.

Safe Abortion In Nepal

Whenever I represent Nepal as a youth delegate in any conference or workshop, I always share the great achievement Nepal’s government made in women’s health, i.e. legalising abortion. For many years, women in Nepal had experienced strictest abortion laws in the world.
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