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Burkina Faso Should Rethink, Improve Family Planning Services, Study Says

IRIN: Staunching Burkina’s abortions “One-third of all pregnancies in Burkina Faso are unintended and a third of them end in abortion, according to a study published this month by the University of Ouagadougou and the reproductive health think tank Guttmacher Institute, which also found that more than 100,000 abortions were…

UNHCR Releases Videos Detailing Women’s Stories Of FGM

Huffington Post: U.N. Videos Tell Heartbreaking Stories Of Female Genital Mutilation Victims “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a series of informative videos about female genital mutilation to continue raising awareness on the widespread assault on human rights…” (Couch, 3/24).

Family Planning Is ‘Key To Other Global Health Goals’

TIME: Bill Frist: Contraception Is A Pro-Life Cause In Developing World Bill Frist, former U.S. senator from Tennessee, and Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands “…With an increased focus on maternal, newborn, and child health over the past few years, the global community has seen real…

Falling Fertility Rates In Developing Countries Is Worrisome

Wall Street Journal: Slumping Fertility Rates in Developing Countries Spark Labor Worries “Slumping fertility rates aren’t just a problem for wealthy countries anymore. … Thailand’s fertility rate has fallen to an average of just 1.6 children per woman, from seven in the 1970s, disrupting centuries of tradition in which children…

Ending Child Marriage Sees Concerted International Push

Center for American Progress: Too Young: Helping Child Brides in the Developing World “…The human implications of these almost medieval marriage practices around the globe are appalling. Such early marriage casts young girls into enormous peril, leaving them far more at risk of violence and abuse and often ending their hopes…

Humanosphere Discusses Africa’s Fertility Rate

In Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the fertility rate in Africa, referencing a recent article by The Economist on the topic, as well as resulting responses. “Where everyone agrees is that contraceptives play an important role in reducing fertility. More importantly, is that they provide the opportunity for choice…

Research Looks At Role Of Overpopulation In Global Health

Healthline News: Overpopulation: An Overlooked Factor in Global Health “New research suggests that population growth is driving numerous global health crises, yet it’s rarely factored into the equation. The world’s population currently stands at 7.15 billion people and has the potential to double in the next 50 years. In the…

Family Planning Program In Senegal Encounters Resistance With Religious Leaders

Washington Post: Family planning program in Senegal drawn into conflict with religious leaders In Senegal, “a government program to increase contraceptive use and reduce family sizes … is part of a global campaign that aims to give 120 million more women around the world access to contraception by 2020. For…

Clinton Links Women’s Reproductive Rights To Human Development Goals

News sources highlight a speech at the U.N. by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who linked women’s reproductive rights to human development. CNN: Clinton ties ‘broader human development’ with women’s reproductive rights “Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a Friday speech at the United Nations to tie…