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Chile President Bachelet Working To Allow Abortion In Certain Circumstances

Agence France-Presse: Thorny abortion debate looms in Chile “Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is fighting fierce conservative opposition to allow abortion for women and girls who are raped, carrying non-viable fetuses or facing life-threatening pregnancy complications…” (Toll, 6/2).

Melinda Gates Reflects On RMNCH, Debate Around Abortion

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Reflections on My Recent Travels Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reflects on RMNCH (Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health) and issues surrounding access to abortion (6/2).

Editorial, Opinion Piece Address MCH Issues Raised By Recent Summit

The following editorial and opinion piece address issues raised by the recent Saving Every Mother Every Child summit. Globe and Mail: Don’t try to separate abortion from maternal health “Prime Minister Stephen Harper has positioned Canada as a world leader in improving the health of mothers and children in developing…

Menstrual Hygiene Day Addresses Challenges Around Sanitation, Hygiene

News outlets report on the world’s first Menstrual Hygiene Day, recognized on May 28. The Guardian: Menstruation misery for schoolgirls as sanitation woes hit hopes for the future “…The plight of [inadequate sanitation facilities for] girls … has prompted several charities to try to boost awareness of women’s sanitary needs…

Support For Menstruating Women With Disabilities Can Prevent Human Rights Abuses

Huffington Post: End the Stigma: Why Menstruation Matters to Women’s Rights Kriti Sharma, disability rights fellow at Human Rights Watch “…[On] May 28, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations will celebrate the first-ever Menstrual Hygiene Management Day. Around the world, countless women and girls with disabilities face stigma, often lack awareness,…

Reconstructive Surgery Offers FGM Victims Chance At Physical Recovery

The Atlantic: Trying to Rebuild Women’s Bodies After Female ‘Circumcision’ “A small number of surgeons are performing clitoral reconstruction procedures in the United States for victims of female genital mutilation, offering a chance at physical recovery…” (Khan, 5/27).

Inaugural Menstrual Hygiene Day Recognized

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Menstrual Hygiene Day: A Milestone for Women and Girls Worldwide Danielle Keiser, WASH United’s social media coordinator, writes, “This May 28th, more than 145 organizations from all over the world are coming together to celebrate the world’s first Menstrual Hygiene Day and help…

PRI Examines C-Section Birth Rate In Brazil

PRI: In Brazil, half of all mothers have c-sections — whether they want it or not “Cesarean sections were intended as emergency surgery to get a baby out of a woman’s womb when complications arose during vaginal childbirth. But in some parts of the world, they are almost standard practice…

Women’s Ability To Decide When To Have Children Impacts Families, Societies

Huffington Post: Two Simple Words: I Decide Alexander Sanger, chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council “…When women have the power to decide if and when to have children, their families become healthier, stronger and more economically solvent. … While the battle for sexual and reproductive health and rights continues…