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South America Begins To Ease Strict Abortion Laws, Increase Access

The Lancet: Tide begins to turn on abortion access in South America “Several South American countries are finding ways to ease long-standing restrictive abortion laws, with Chile the latest to indicate a possible change. … An opposite trend has been building in Central America, however, where El Salvador and Nicaragua…

Congress Considering Lifting Ban On Abortion Funding For Peace Corps Volunteers

National Journal Daily: Is Congress Going to Lift Its Ban on Abortion Funding for the Peace Corps’ Rape Victims? “Current law allows for an exception to the ban on federal funding for abortions in the event of rape, incest, or life endangerment. Unless you’re a Peace Corps volunteer. … Without…

Blog Examines Abortion Laws In Latin America

“In light of the recent case of Beatriz, a 22-year-old Salvadoran woman and mother of a toddler, who, while suffering from lupus and kidney failure and carrying an anencephalic fetus, was denied the right to an abortion, it is relevant to discuss the restrictive abortion laws in Latin America and…

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…

IPS Interviews Cuba’s National Center For Sex Education Director At LAC Population Conference

Inter Press Service correspondent Raúl Pierri interviews Mariela Castro, director of Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) and a member of the high-level task force for the International Conference on Population and Development, during the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, taking place…

IPS Examines High Abortion Rate Among Teenagers In Cuba

Inter Press Service examines abortion in Cuba, where the procedure is legal, noting, “Three times as many teenagers terminate their pregnancies than carry them to term” in the country. “Having 76 percent of pregnant teenagers electing to abort ‘is a public health problem,’ said Dr. Jorge Peláez, vice president of…

Montevideo Conference Attendees Urge Regional Governments To Modify Abortion Laws

“Representatives of 38 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean meeting this week in the Uruguayan capital urged governments in the region to consider modifying their laws on abortion, which are among the most restrictive in the world,” Inter Press Service reports. “The Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development calls…

Chilean Parliament To Reconsider National Abortion Ban

The Guardian: Chile to reconsider abortion ban “Chile is one of six countries that bans abortion even if a woman’s life is in danger. In July, however, the country’s MPs [members of Parliament] are expected to consider legalizing it in certain circumstances…” (Ford, 4/25).

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