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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…

Iranian Family Planning Push Raises Ire Among Some Women, Activists

New York Times: Urged to Multiply, Iranian Couples Are Dubious “…Worried about a steep decline in fertility rates that experts are predicting could reduce population growth to zero within 20 years, Tehran has started a broad initiative to persuade Iranian families to have more children. … [However,] some women and…

Activists Bring Attention To Female Genital Cutting Among U.S. Residents

New York Times: A Fight as U.S. Girls Face Genital Cutting Abroad “…During [summer trips back to their ancestral homes], some girls are swept into bedrooms or backwoods and subjected to genital cutting in the belief that it will prevent promiscuity, ready them for marriage or otherwise align them with…

Hondurans Take Steps To Mitigate Pregnancy, HIV Among Youth

The Guardian: AIDS, pregnancy and the church: young Hondurans take a stand Carlisle Levine, president and CEO of BLE Solutions, LLC, and Vanessa Siliezar, Honduras representative at Let Girls Lead “…In November 2012, the government of Honduras launched the national strategy for the prevention of adolescent pregnancies. Since then, the…

Al Jazeera America Examines Uterine Prolapse In Nepal

Al Jazeera America: Uterine prolapse: The hidden agony of Nepalese women “…10 percent of Nepal’s 13 million women … suffers from the painful and debilitating condition of uterine prolapse. The ligaments and muscles in [the] pelvic floor are too weak to hold the uterus, which slips into the vagina. The…

Cameroon, WHO Launch Campaign To End FGM

VOA News: Cameroon, WHO Push for End to Female Circumcision “Cameroon and the World Health Organization (WHO) have a launched a campaign against female circumcision. The practice, which critics call female genital mutilation (FGM), is still practiced in the Central African nation for commercial reasons and traditional belief that it…

Congress Should Overturn Policy Restricting U.S. Global Family Planning Funding

Daily Beast: Time for U.S. to Support Abortion for Rape Victims in Other Countries Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federal of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund “…[T]he U.S. needs to end a 40-year-old policy that blocks women in other countries from accessing abortion. This law, known as the…

China To Relax Family Planning Policy In 2 Years, According To Adviser

Bloomberg News: China to Broaden Two-Child Policy in 2 Years, Adviser Says “All Chinese couples will be allowed to have a second child in two years, said a researcher who advises the government on birth control policies. ‘We will fully relax the policy’ in two years after an experiment allowing…

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