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rAborta, the Abortion Robot has come to Mexico!

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 ottobre 2021

International Safe Abortion Day, telemedicine abortion care and information service, Women on Web, will be joining local groups in a demonstration in Mexico City for the abortion robot campaign, rAborta. Mexico’s Supreme Court unanimously deemed the punishment of abortion unconstitutional, coming into effect immediately in the state of Coahuila and effectively paving the road for legalization throughout the country. Abortion was illegal up until this point in most parts of the country except in cases of rape and in some areas, if a woman’s life was threatened. The abortion robot is meant to symbolize women’s reliance on technology to meet their rights. The robot is operated in Mexico City where abortion is legal and then delivers abortion pills to the women in restricted states. By wielding the different legalities in different states, the abortion robot can meet the needs of Mexican women without breaking the penal code. Mexico, like many countries, suffers a great imbalance of access for many of its citizens as some have legal access and some do not. For women living outside of the four Mexican states that have legalized abortion care, accessing safe abortion is difficult and requires support and accompaniment from other networks. The rAborta campaign aims to shed light on the importance of equal access for all and demand all Mexican states legalize abortion.The rAborta campaign will launch 11 robots to 11 states throughout various parts of Mexico. The first will be launched at 10am on September 28th and will continue throughout the day. A press conference will then take place the following day on September 29th at 9am at El Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia. Each robot will be controlled by a doctor in Mexico City and received by 11 states that have yet to legalize abortion care.

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Online Abortion Service Women on Web: a vital alternative

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 Maggio 2017

dublinoDublino. A new scientific study published today in the BMJ shows that telemedical abortions are highly effective. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Texas in Austin, Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh. They looked at the data of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland who used the service of Women on Web. Women on Web is an online service of telemedicine initiated ten years ago by Women on Waves. Women living in countries where access to safe abortions is restricted can use it to access information and be referred to a medical doctor to receive a medical abortion The results provide the best safety evidence to date for self sourced medical abortion through telemedicine – and have important implications for millions of women worldwide, say the researchers.About a quarter of the world’s population lives in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws. Globally, each year an estimated 43,000 women die as a result of lack of access to safe legal abortion services through their countries’ formal healthcare systems. Millions more have complications.Yet little is known about the safety and effectiveness of medical abortion provided through online clinics.So a team of international researchers led by Abigail Aiken at the University of Texas, analysed self reported outcome data submitted to a telemedicine clinic by 1,000 women four weeks after receiving and using the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol to end an early pregnancy.
Almost 95% reported successfully ending their pregnancy. Seven women (0.7%) reported receiving a blood transfusion and 26 (2.6%) reported receiving antibiotics. No deaths were reported.Ninety three women (9.3%) reported experiencing any symptom for which they were advised to seek medical attention and, of these 87 (95%) sought attention. None of the five women who did not seek medical attention reported experiencing an adverse outcome.
“For the millions of women worldwide living in areas where access to abortion is
restricted, the findings show the vital role played by self sourced medical abortion in
providing an option with high effectiveness rates and few reported adverse outcomes,” they conclude.In a linked editorial, researchers in Canada say, while findings from self reported data must always be treated with some degree of caution, these “reassuring study data support growing calls for reform.” They point out that repeal of legal restrictions “would support the safest and most equitable abortion care for women in Irish jurisdictions. Until then, for the first time in history, women of all social classes in a legally restricted yet high resource setting have equitable access to a reasonable alternative: medical abortion guided by physicians through telemedicine,” they conclude.

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First Abortion Drone flight a success, women in Poland receive medical abortions

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 giugno 2015

abortionThe Abortion Drone departed from Germany and landed at the opposite side of the river in Slubice, Poland. While the drones were crossing the German/Polish border, the German Police tried to intervene but the drone pilots were able to safely land the drones at the Polish side. Two Polish women swallowed the abortion pills that were delivered to them by the drones. The German police confiscated the drone controllers and personal iPads. They pressed criminal charges but it is totally unclear on what grounds. The medicines were provided on prescription by a doctor and both Poland and Germany are part of Schengen.
The current restrictive Polish abortion abortion law creates social injustice and affects especially the women without financial means or information.
According to the World Health organisation “In countries where induced abortion is legally highly restricted and/or unavailable, safe abortion has frequently become the privilege of the rich, while poor women have little choice but to resort to unsafe providers, causing deaths and morbidities that become the social and financial responsibility of the public health system” and “Laws and policies on abortion should protect women’s health and their human rights. Regulatory, policy and programmatic barriers that hinder access to and timely provision of safe abortion care should be removed.”
Germany, a country with 80 million population and one of the lowest abortion rates in the world (together with Belgium and the Netherlands) had around 99700 abortions in 2014 according to the German National Statistics bureau.The official number of abortions in Poland, a country with 38 million inhabitants, is only 744. If the abortion rate in Poland is as low as in Germany, in reality at least 48000 underground abortions take place in Poland every year!! Probably this number is much higher, as there is a lack of appropriate sexual education and accessible contraceptive services. Estimates are that at in reality least 5 times more, or 240000 abortions are done in Poland (44 per 1000 women in child bearing age have an abortion every year in Poland compared to 7 in Germany) There is also an urgent need for compulsory non-biased sexual education and easy access to all forms of contraceptives, including sterilization (which is also prohibited in Poland).
The medicines used for a medical abortion, mifepristone and misoprostol, have been on the list of essential medicines of the WHO since 2005 and are available in Germany and almost all other European countries. However this medicine is still not registered in Poland. Scientific research by the World health Organisation has shown that medical abortion can easily be done by women themselves at home without supervision by health professionals. A medical abortion has the same health impact as a spontaneous miscarriage. Usually women themselves without additional medical supervision handle a miscarriage. In Poland, a pregnant woman cannot be subjected to punishment for illegal abortion or for any other action leading to a miscarriage.For pregnancies of up to 9 weeks (63 days) a medical abortion is done:
1- A woman swallows 1 tablet of 200 mg Mifepristone
2- 24 hours later the woman puts 4 tablets (800 μg) of misoprostol under the tongue (sublingual).
Even women who would be allowed to have an abortion under the restrictive law, are refused treatment by doctors and hospitals such as the case of the 14 years old raped girl P, who was denied access to safe and legal abortion services due to harassment and intimidation by hospital workers, the police and others. Alicja Tysiac suffered severe health consequences and won the case against the Polish Government In European Court of Human rights for denying a her a access to a lawful abortion, but she is still affected by this.
Women in Poland are furthermore denied the possibility to benefit from scientific advances since medical abortion, one of the essential medicines of the Wold Health Organisation, is not registered in Poland. Restrictive abortion laws like the one in Poland are violating international human rights agreements such as the right to health. The World Health Organisation’s definition of health is: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

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Abortion Drone first flight to Poland

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 giugno 2015

abortionOn Saturday June 27 th the Abortion drone will fly for the first time packages of abortion pills from Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany to Słubice in Poland.The campaign is a collaboration between Women on Waves; Cocia Basia, a Berlin based abortion support group for Polish women; Feminteka Foundation from Warsaw and the 8 th of March women’s rights informal collective “Porozumienie kobiet 8 marca”.The Abortion drone will mark the different reality for Polish women to access to safe abortion services compared to other women in Europe. In almost all European countries abortion is legal, only in Poland, Ireland and Malta abortion is illegal and women’s rights are still violated.The drone will start its journey at 11 AM from “Am Winterhafen” in Frankfurt an der Oder and fly to Słubice. There will be opportunity for the press to ask questions after the landing of the abortion drone in Poland. The exact location will be announced on friday evening.Drones are used to make areal shots and for military purposes. However they can also be used to deliver packages. Both Google and Amazon are also already testing the possibility to deliver packages. So drones can also be used to provide safe abortion pills by uploading the package in Germany, where abortion is legal and delivering it into a border town in Poland where abortion is severely restricted since 1993. The only exception is in cases of rape or incest, when woman’s life is in danger, or if there is potential damage to fetus, and even in these cases, abortion is very difficult to obtain.As the Abortion drone weighs less than 5 kg, is not used for any commercial purposes, will stay within the sight of the person flying it and does not fly in controlled airspace, no authorization is required under Polish or German law.

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