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U.S. Policies Interfere With Women’s Access To Safe Abortions

GlobalPost: Unsafe abortions kill 47,000 worldwide as U.S. politics interfere with lifesaving efforts John Seager, president and CEO of Population Connection “…We need to give women everywhere access to voluntary family planning services. Allow me to state the obvious: Fewer unplanned and unwanted pregnancies mean fewer abortions. … Sadly, though,…

Chilean President Bachelet Proposes Legalizing Abortion In Some Cases

BBC News: Chile’s President Bachelet proposes end to total abortion ban “Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has announced plans to end a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. Ms. Bachelet has tabled a bill in Congress to legalize abortion in cases of rape or when there is…

Abortion Estimate Prompts Concern Over Effectiveness Of Sex Education In China

Wall Street Journal: China Performs 13 Million Abortions Per Year, State Media Says “Abortion rates in China remain high, calling into question the country’s sex education practices. There are an estimated 13 million abortions performed in China annually, according to a report from the state-run China Daily, citing the National…

U.N. Welcomes El Salvadorian Assembly’s Pardon Of Woman Previously Convicted Of ‘Aggravated Homicide’ For Miscarriage

U.N. News Centre: El Salvador: U.N. rights office welcomes ‘ground-breaking’ pardon of woman in abortion case “The United Nations human rights office [Friday] welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage…

Obama Administration, Congress Should Allow U.S. Foreign Aid To Support Some Abortion Care

The Hill: President Obama: Ensure U.S. foreign assistance supports safe abortion care Aram Schvey, senior policy counsel and manager of projects and operations at the Center for Reproductive Rights “…President Obama, like so many presidents before him, refuses to allow any U.S. foreign assistance to support safe abortion care for…

International Family Planning Will Have ‘Interesting Year’

Devex: 7 family planning trends to watch for in 2015 Christopher Purdy, president and CEO of DKT International, and Phil Harvey, founder of DKT International and chair of the DKT Board of Directors “This year promises to be an interesting one for international family planning. Here are seven issues and…