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Contraception Access Can Change Course Of Population Growth, Climate Change

Al Jazeera America: Family planning for climate change Malcolm Potts, director of the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and J. Brian Atwood, chair of global policy studies at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs…

Report Examines Family Planning In Ethiopia, Including U.S. Engagement

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) has released a report written by Janet Fleischman, senior associate, and Alisha Kramer, program manager at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, titled “Family Planning and Linkages with U.S. Health and Development Goals.” The report, which focuses on a CSIS-led delegation to…

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…

U.N., Gates Foundation Sign MoU On Family Planning

Leadership: U.N., Gates Partner To Boost Family Health In Developing Countries “The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding to help increase access to family planning information, contraceptives, and services in developing countries, particularly for young people…” (Oluwarotimi, 4/19).

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…

Not All Imams In Senegal Oppose Family Planning

Citing the publication of a March 15 Washington Post article on controversy surrounding a family planning program and religious leaders in Senegal, Cheikh Seck, the project director for IntraHealth International’s Senegal Urban Health Initiative, and colleagues write in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[T]he article presents…

E.U. Must Stand Firm Against Initiative That Could Threaten Sexual, Reproductive Health

EurActiv: The E.U. must stand firm against ‘One of Us’ Sirpa Pietikäinen, member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the European People’s Party “A European Citizens Initiative (ECI) by a group called ‘One of Us’ could severely impact E.U. development funding for maternal health if it is successful. … This…

Promoting Gender Equity Will Break Down Barriers To Contraceptive Use

Huffington Post: Re-Examining the Global Barriers to Reproductive Freedom Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute “…[I]t will take more than expanded access to contraceptive services to ensure that all women are capable of spacing or limiting their pregnancies. So long as a woman’s reproductive freedom is constrained by her…

People In African Countries Among Most Morally Opposed To Contraception

Michael Lipka, assistant editor at the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, writes in the center’s “Fact Tank” blog about a recent Pew Research Center survey of people in 40 countries examining views on contraception. “Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, and Senegal ranked among the nine countries with the…

The Atlantic Examines Factors Surrounding High C-Section Rate In Brazil

The Atlantic: Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections “…Brazil has a free, public health care system, but many of its wealthier residents — about a quarter of the population — use a private insurance scheme that functions much like the U.S. medical system. … The economics of private insurance certainly…