Roundup: Huge Unmet Need for Contraception in Uganda, Highest in Africa

Jodi Jacobson

Uganda experiences the highest unmet need for contraception in sub-Saharan Africa; a judge dismisses Christian adoption agency challenge of stem-cell research process; ACLU responds to criticism of Kentucky Courier-Journal editorial

Huge Unmet Need for Contraception in Uganda

Uganda has the highest rate of unmet need for contraception in Africa, reports the Guardian UK, denying women the ability to avoid unintended pregnancy and to choose the number and timing of children they bear.

"Limited access to family planning services, fears about side
effects, opposition from partners and religious beliefs have led to
Uganda having the highest unmet need for contraception in east Africa," says the Guardian. Research indicates that this unmet need for family planning is
highest among illiterate women such as the HIV-positive mother of seven children who would like to avoid getting pregnant again.

According to Dr Moses Muwonge, the national reproductive health

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commodity security coordinator at Uganda’s Ministry of Health, 41% of
women in Uganda have an unmet need for contraception. Rates in
neighbouring countries Kenya and Tanzania stand at 25% and 22%
respectively. Rwanda has a rate 38%, while Ethiopia’s is 34%.

keep increasing, but Muwonge says the ministry has not got enough
resources to tackle the problem. The government will need up to US$25m
to adequately meet the contraception needs of its population by 2015,
he added.

"Uganda’s contribution towards funding family planning
is negligible. It is less than 5%. Unless donors increase funding, it
might not be easy for the country to meet the unmet needs," Muwonge
warned at a health workshop for journalists in Kampala last month,
organised by the Uganda Health Communication Alliance (UHCA), with funding from the US-based Population Reference Bureau.

Judge Dismisses Challenge To Changes in Stem-Cell Research Guidelines

A judge on Tuesday dismissed a Christian adoption agency’s
challenge to Obama administration regulations expanding stem cell
research, reports the Associated Press.

The case arose from a decision by President Barack
Obama to lift restraints on stem-cell research that were put in place
by President George W. Bush.

Nightlight Christian Adoptions
contended in a lawsuit that the government’s new guidelines will
decrease the number of human embryos available for adoption. U.S.
District Judge Royce Lamberth called that assertion speculative.
Donors, the judge said, still may choose to continue to store the
embryos or give them to an adoption agency rather than donate them for

ACLU Kentucky responds to criticism of Courier-Journal Editorial

Criticisms of an editorial that appeared October 18th, 2009 in the Kentucky Courier-Journal supporting the recommendations of the recently released Guttmacher Institute report on global abortion trends prompted a response in defense of the editorial from the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project in Louisville.

The Guttmacher study examined data on abortion trends worldwide, including the high rate of abortion and deaths among women from unsafe abortion.  The original Courier-Journal editorial supported the Guttmacher recommendations of ensuring greater access to family planning services and contraceptive supplies to reduce unintended pregnancies, ensuring access to safe, legal abortion services, and ensuring access to post-abortion care.  These steps, taken simultaneously, would reduce unintended pregnancies and hence the need for abortion, while also reducing deaths and illness among women from unsafe abortion.

Responding to criticisms of the Courier-Journal’s endorsement of these recommendations, Derek Selznick of the Louisville ACLU wrote:

[R]egardless of where we land on the political
spectrum, each of us has strong feelings about abortion. One thing we
can all agree on is that when 70,000 women die and 8 million women
suffer medical complications from unsafe abortions, something is wrong
The C-J agreed that the Guttmacher Institute’s three recommendations are common sense solutions to this problem.
three of these recommendations make sense and focus on what we should
do, which is make abortion less necessary, not more dangerous and
difficult. Now that is something we all should agree on. 


October 28th, 2009

Huge unmet need for contraceptives in Uganda Guardian

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging stem cell rule The Associated Press

Tiny town’s big voice for adoptions
City proposal targets pregnancy clinics that lack abortion services Baltimore Sun
Texas’ Catholic bishops want additional provisions in healthcare bill Fort Worth Star Telegram
Colombian high court rules Catholic hospitals must provide abortions Catholic Cultur

October 27th, 2009
Abortion: less necessary, less dangerous Louisville Courier-Journal

Michigan Democrat Leads Effort to Strip Abortion Exemption From Health Care Bill FOXNews

Winnipeg pro-choice and pro-life supporters demonstrate side by side Manitoban
Rally for Choice at Oklahoma State Capitol Feminists for Choice
Loyola Students for Life respond Loyola Phoenix
Unmarried and Uninsured Center For American Progress

Crunch Time on Health Care America Magazine

Climate change is a feminist issue Guardian
Anglican Priests and Contraception National Catholic Reporter
Abstinence-only education not right for Wisconsin schools
Corzine Left Vacuum In Family-Life Data Cape May County Herald
What Will ebay Do? Anti-Abortion Auction Slated CBS News

Abortion foes’ sick plan in Kansas murder case Midwest Voices
The Obama Abortion Games Canada Free Press
Catholic officials protest court ruling to teach about abortion rights The Pilot
Nun Is an Abortion Escort National Catholic Register
Law and Order’s Shameful Abortion Episode Feminist Law Professors
Abortion foe urges ‘Burn in Hell’ protest The Associated Press
Accused shooter of abortion foe found competent The Associated Press
Man who beat teen to cause abortion gets up to 5 years in prison Salt Lake Tribune
Michigan Anti-abortion Personhood Initiative Introduced Ms. Magazine

Anti-abortion Democrat Bart Stupak has a problem with Obama’s health reforms Los Angeles Times
Abortion opponents sue Milwaukee, police over treatment at protests Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Killing Tiller was far from a noble act Kansas City Star
What if the Kennedy Legacy Had Been Pro-Life? Southern Appeal

Is obamacare Pro-Life? Wall Street Journal

Teen Parents a More Diverse Group Than Most Believe Reuters
Pregnant covergirl of Teen Vogue raises eyebrows The Associated Press






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