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U.S. Should Make Funding Available For Abortions Among Women Raped In Conflict

The Hill: Stand with women and girls raped in conflict Rev. Harry Knox, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity “…The Helms amendment is a decades-old provision that each president since it was enacted, including…

High Maternal Mortality Rates Persist In Latin America Despite Social Progress

Inter Press Service: Pregnancy and Childbirth Still Kill Too Many Women in Latin America “In spite of strides in social progress, Latin America’s maternal mortality rates remain unacceptable, and many of the deaths are avoidable, occurring partly because of neglect of the prescriptions provided by experts: preventive action and health…

Latin America Must Reevaluate Priorities Surrounding Maternal Health, Abortion

Bloomberg View: Latin America Is Failing Its Women Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View contributor “…Domestic violence, religiously motivated legislation, and a culture of impunity: When it comes to safeguarding women and especially girls, Latin American governments appear to be in a race to the bottom. … Both traditional Roman Catholic and…

Income Inequality Limits Reproductive Rights Of Women In Latin America, BBC Reports

BBC News: How inequality limits reproductive rights in Latin America “…In five countries abortion is outlawed completely and heavy restrictions such as those in Paraguay are in place across the region. But this is not just an issue of competing liberal norms and conservative values. It is mainly about inequality…

U.N. Rights Group Deplores Paraguayan Authorities’ Decision To Deny Abortion To 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

Associated Press: U.N. rights experts knock Paraguay over pregnant 10-year-old “Paraguay’s government has failed to protect a 10-year-old rape victim who is being denied an abortion, United Nations human rights experts said on Monday…” (Servin, 5/11). U.N. News Centre: Paraguay: U.N. experts deplore government’s failure to protect 10-yr-old rape survivor…

China Launches Renewed Campaign Against Illegal Prenatal Gender Tests, Sex-Selective Abortion, State Media Reports

Reuters: China launches new campaign against sex-selective abortions “China has begun a new campaign against illegal prenatal gender tests and sex-selective abortions to help address the country’s gender imbalance, state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday…” (Blanchard, 5/6). Wall Street Journal: China Tries to Fix Skewed Sex Ratios “…The campaign,…

Despite Efforts To Improve Women’s Rights To Reproductive Health, Unsafe Abortions Continue To Occur, Advocacy Group Says

Inter Press Service: Unsafe Abortions Continue to Plague Kenya “…[I]n September 2012, the [Kenyan] health ministry released standards and guidelines on the prevention and management of unsafe abortions to the extent allowed by Kenyan law, only to withdraw them three months later under unclear circumstances. According to [Teresa Omondi, deputy…