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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…

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…

Lack Of Access To Sanitary Products Interrupts Girls’ Education, Impacts Society

Huffington Post: For Many Girls, the Key to Education is Sanitary Napkins Maureen Shaw, founder and editor-in-chief at sherights.com “While [in the U.S.] we’re trying to perfect the art of fishing a tampon out of a backpack unnoticed, there are millions of girls around the world who don’t have access…

Philippine Supreme Court Upholds Family Planning Law

News outlets report on the Philippine Supreme Court’s passage of a controversial family planning law. Agence France-Presse: Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law “Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved…