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Improving Access To Medical Abortion

“[I]n many countries, government policies, and societal practices do not uphold women’s right not to continue a pregnancy and women with unwanted pregnancies are forced into motherhood,” but “[f]ortunately for women, … [a]bortion with pills, also known as medical abortion (MA), provides a safe, low-cost and easy to use method…

Women Raped In War Need Access To Safe Abortion

“While there is welcome attention focused on the plight of women and girls raped in war, there are still significant gaps in the international response to this global scourge,” Glenys Kinnock, founder and president of One World Action and a board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, writes…

IRIN Examines Access To Reproductive Health Care In Uganda

“Boosting women’s access to reproductive health care could significantly reduce both the number of unsafe abortions and the high cost of post-abortion medical care in Uganda, experts say,” IRIN reports. “Although there are few studies on the subject, experts estimate that some 297,000 abortions are performed annually, with 85,000 women treated for…

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…

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…

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…

Latin American Nations Taking Steps To Improve Access To Abortion

Noting this month marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark case on the issue of abortion, writer and advocate Mandy Van Deven writes in a GlobalPost commentary that the decision “provided a framework for sexual and reproductive rights used by advocates from San Francisco to…

Fighting For Abortion Rights In Ecuador

Writing in RH Reality Check, Heather Sayette of Planned Parenthood Global/Latin America examines how Ecuador’s newly re-elected President Rafael Correa this week “voiced unconditional support for contraception, including emergency contraception.” She continues, “This unprecedented support for access to sexual and reproductive health care is particularly welcome.” However, despite other advances…

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…