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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…

Gates Foundation Should Include Abortion In Family Planning Efforts

Daily Beast: A Plea To Melinda Gates: Stop Stigmatizing Abortion Sally Kohn, progressive activist and writer “…According to the World Health Organization, every eight minutes a woman dies somewhere in the developing world from complications arising from an unsafe abortion. These are preventable deaths, deaths suffered by women and communities…

Melinda Gates Reflects On RMNCH, Debate Around Abortion

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Reflections on My Recent Travels Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reflects on RMNCH (Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health) and issues surrounding access to abortion (6/2).

Editorial, Opinion Piece Address MCH Issues Raised By Recent Summit

The following editorial and opinion piece address issues raised by the recent Saving Every Mother Every Child summit. Globe and Mail: Don’t try to separate abortion from maternal health “Prime Minister Stephen Harper has positioned Canada as a world leader in improving the health of mothers and children in developing…

IPPF Campaign Urges Public Support For Access To Reproductive Health Services

EurActiv: Why sexual and reproductive rights can’t be taken for granted Michael Cashman, Labour member of the European Parliament “…The organizers of ‘One Of Us’ argue that they believe in human dignity. But they are calling for the E.U. to halt all funding to NGOs which provide maternal health services,…

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).

Opposition To Abortion Prevents Gender Equality

Al Jazeera: In global health, abortion bears the scarlet A Jill Filipovic, lawyer, writer, and a columnist at The Guardian “…At its most basic level, abortion access allows women to be equal players in society. Surviving childbirth is a baseline, not a goal. There is no way for a society…

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…