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‘Supposedly Pro-Life Majorities’ In Congress Must Not Delay U.S. Response To Zika

Washington Post: For Republicans in Congress, does ‘pro-life’ extend to fighting Zika? Dana Milbank, opinion writer at the Washington Post “…[T]he supposedly pro-life majorities in both chambers of Congress have done nothing with [President] Obama’s [Zika emergency funding] request, more than three months after he made it in early February.…

Amid Zika, Political Debates Address Abortion, Women’s Health

NPR: Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Stand On Foreign Aid For Abortion Clinics? “…[Zika] has been directly linked to a birth defect that results in an abnormally small head and brain damage. In Latin America, where many countries have strict bans on abortion, some citizens and government officials are asking…

Study Examines Abortion-Related Deaths Among Tanzanian Women

New York Times: Tanzanian Women Face High Rates of Abortion-Related Deaths “Unsafe abortions kill many Tanzanian women, according to a recent study, but the deaths result from several factors and women in some regions die much more often than others. … The study, done by the Guttmacher Institute, Tanzania’s national…

Family Planning, Reproductive Health Access Important In Zika Response; Greater Leadership, Support Needed To Advance Women’s Health, Rights

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Family Planning, Reproductive Health Crucial to Zika Response, Says Chloë Cooney In this podcast, Sean Peoples, multimedia producer at the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, highlights remarks from Chloë Cooney, director of global advocacy at the Planned…

Abortion Legal In Colombia, But Women Face Barriers To Accessing Procedure

Foreign Policy: Colombia’s Pro-Lifers Are Objectively Pro-Zika “…Before 2006, Colombia was one of three countries in the region that completely banned abortion. But that year, a group of human rights lawyers won a hard-fought constitutional battle, and the country’s Constitutional Court overturned the ban. … [T]hanks to a byzantine bureaucracy,…

Some West African Women Resort To Unsafe, Illegal Abortion Due To Strict Laws

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Strict laws drive West African women to dangerous, illegal abortions “From crowded cities to far-flung villages, women with unwanted pregnancies across West Africa are resorting to clandestine and unsafe abortions — driven by shame, stigma, and restrictive laws. … Abortion in West Africa, a region with some…

New Study Examines Abortion Incidence, Safety In Tanzania

Guttmacher Institute: Unsafe Abortion Is Common In Tanzania and Is A Major Cause of Maternal Death “In the first nationally representative study of the incidence of abortion and the provision of postabortion care in Tanzania, researchers found that clandestine abortion is common and is a major contributor to maternal death…

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