Nepal14 – Vignette


Shiba devi Nayak, age 35, center, stands with her husband, Surendra, age 40, second left, and four of their of their daughters, left to right, Khusbu, 14, Megha, 9, Sonali, 12, Pushpa, 16, at the entrance to their small house in Janakpur, Nepal, July 9, 2017. Nayak and her husband had six daughters and their seventh child was a son. They didn’t use any contraception beforehand because they wanted to have a boy, but now that they have a son, they are using contraception. Nepal legalized abortion 15 years ago, and public and private facilities have been set up to provide the procedure. However, because of issues like stigma, lack of education, and distrust of government facilities, most women donÕt ask important questions of the health care providers, to see if a clinic/pharmacy has proper authorization from the government, or what they should do in the event of medical complications. And according to a recently released survey by the Center for Research on Environment, Health and Population Activities (CREHPA) more than half of Nepalese women got abortions by illegal providers in 2014. In January of 2017 the government of Nepal made all abortion and contraception services free in the country, which is an important step to help women get better services. But most women hadn’t heard about the new initiative, and there wasn’t a concerted campaign by the government to get the message out to local communities. This is an example of one of many issues with abortion access in Nepal. (Photo Credit/Tara Todras-Whitehill/European Journalism Centre/Vignette Interactive)

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