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Tests Show Tainted Medication Responsible For Indian Sterilization Campaign Deaths; State Recalls Pills As Company Denies Contamination

News outlets report on various issues surrounding the deaths of 13 women who took part in a government-sponsored Indian sterilization campaign, including autopsy and drug testing results and the history of sterilization programs in the country. Al Jazeera: Why Indian women are victims of sterilization ‘cattle camps’ (De Bode, 11/14).…

Laws Not Enough To End Female Genital Mutiliation

New York Times: Fighting Female Genital Mutilation Mona Eltahawy, author “…Many international treaties designate female genital mutilation a violation of the human rights of girls and women. On Oct. 30, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced a global campaign to end it within a generation. … Laws are…

Pfizer, Development Organizations To Expand Injectable Contraceptive Access In Developing Countries

News outlets report on an announcement that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in collaboration with development organizations, will expand access to its injectable contraceptive for women in developing countries. New York Times: Pfizer and Aid Groups Team Up on Depo-Provera Contraceptive for Developing World “Depo-Provera, an injectable contraceptive given once every…

Men Must Take More Responsibility For Contraception, Global Conference Concludes

The Guardian: Gender equality forum urges men to take responsibility on contraception “Men must take more responsibility for using contraception away from women to reduce the risk of more women dying from botched sterilizations like those seen in India this week, a global symposium on gender equality concluded on Thursday.…

Doctor Involved With Indian Sterilization Campaign That Killed 13 Women Arrested

News outlets continue to report on the deaths of 13 women who took part in a mass sterilization campaign in India. A doctor involved in the campaign has been arrested, and investigations are ongoing into the cause of the women’s deaths and the hospitalizations of dozens of others. The Guardian:…

FGM Practiced In Rural Kenya Despite Laws Against It

Reuters: In rural Kenya, traditions run deeper than law on cutting girls “…Kenyan law provides for life imprisonment when a girl dies from the procedure, which in addition to excruciating pain, can cause hemorrhage, shock, and complications in childbirth. [The country] set up a prosecution unit in March and is…

Indian Sterilization Program Leaves 10 Women Dead, Dozens Hospitalized

News outlets report on the deaths of 10 and hospitalizations of dozens of Indian women who underwent sterilization procedures in the central state of Chhattisgarh. Bloomberg News: Doctor Used Infected Tools on Indian Women as 10 Dead “An Indian surgeon used infected instruments to sterilize 83 women in about six…