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Activists Challenge El Salvador’s Anti-Abortion Laws

The Guardian: El Salvador: meet the women who dare to challenge the anti-abortion state “El Salvador has one of the world’s strictest abortion laws, with abortion a crime even when a woman’s life is at risk. Human rights activists say this has created a system of persecution in the country’s…

Chilean President Bachelet Vows To Revise Nation’s Abortion Ban

GlobalPost: Is Chile about to end Pinochet’s total ban on abortion? “…Chile is one of just six nations in the world, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, which have blanket bans on abortion, permitting them in no circumstances, even if the mother is at the point…

Devex Publishes Opinion Pieces As Part Of ‘She Builds’ Campaign

Devex publishes two opinion pieces as part of its “She Builds” campaign. Devex: Much has been done, but far from enough Jan Mattsson, executive director of UNOPS “Sustainable development and gender equality are two sides of the same coin. The international community cannot reach its 2015 Millennium Development Goals, nor…

Congress Releases FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Including Global Health Program Funding

The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations on Monday announced the release of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014” (HR 3547), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. Washington Post: Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion spending bill in bipartisan compromise “Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion funding bill late Monday…

Guardian Examines Access To Abortion Services In Ethiopia

The Guardian examines access to abortion services in Ethiopia, noting, “In 2005, Ethiopia legalized abortion in cases of rape or incest, for all young women under the age of 18, and in a number of other situations. Guidelines from the ministry of health in 2006 went further, expanding the range…

U.S. Government Policy Prohibits Funding Legal Abortion Overseas

In a post in the RH Reality Check blog, Elizabeth Maguire of Ipas writes about the impact of U.S. government policy on women’s ability to access safe, legal abortion. “[F]or the past 40 years, USAID and its grantees have implemented the Helms Amendment as a complete ban on abortion,” she…

Report Examines Contraceptive Access, Abortion In Uganda

“Uganda has one of the world’s highest unmet needs for contraception, leading almost 300,000 women to seek backstreet abortions each year — with many dying as a result, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) said in a new report released on Wednesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “At the root of…

China’s One-Child Policy Promotes Human Rights Abuses

Noting “China is relaxing its 34-year-old one-child policy, which prohibits most families from having more than one child,” to allow “[p]arents who themselves do not have siblings … to have two children,” blogger Max Fisher writes in a Washington Post opinion piece, “The policy is controversial for a number of…