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Chilean President Bachelet Proposes Legalizing Abortion In Some Cases

BBC News: Chile’s President Bachelet proposes end to total abortion ban “Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has announced plans to end a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. Ms. Bachelet has tabled a bill in Congress to legalize abortion in cases of rape or when there is…

Relaxation Of One-Child Policy In Shanghai Prompting Few Women To Have Second Child

New York Times: In Shanghai, Easing of One-Child Rule Isn’t Seen as Cure for Challenges Ahead “…With one of the lowest fertility rates in China and the country’s fastest-aging population, the city is growing anxious about the demographic and social welfare challenges ahead, researchers say. Under relaxed family planning rules…

Upcoming Delhi Conference Presents Opportunity To Review, Strengthen Global Strategy For Women, Children, Adolescents

The Lancet: Women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health: who will lead? Editorial Board “…In less than a month in Delhi, India (Feb. 26–27), a consultation will take place on transitioning the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010-15) into a post-2015 environment. … Although these changes should ensure a much…

Providing Women With Menstrual Products Can Advance Rights, Reproductive Justice

New York Times: Helping Women and Girls. Period. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, director of special projects and deputy director of development for the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law “…Around the globe, managing menstruation can be a debilitating, even deadly, problem — fueled by a combination of poverty, misinformation,…

Blog Post Discusses Family Planning Programs In India, Pakistan

Global Health TV: Family Planning in India and Pakistan: Trying to Pick Up the Pace of Change David Olson, a global development communications consultant, discusses challenges to and progress made in family planning in India and Pakistan, highlighting two DKT International programs (1/27).

Gates Foundation CEO Discusses Goal Of Reducing Maternal Mortality By Two-Thirds By 2030

Scientific American: Gates CEO: Let’s Shrink Maternal Mortality In a Scientific American podcast, “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann talks about some of what needs to be done to make a reality of the foundation’s aspiration to cut maternal mortality by two-thirds by 2030…” (Mirsky/DiChristina, 1/27).

In Landmark Ruling, Egyptian Doctor Convicted Of Manslaughter In Death Of Girl Following FGM

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Egypt doctor convicted over girl’s death in landmark FGM case “An Egyptian doctor has been convicted of manslaughter after a 13-year-old girl died in a botched female genital mutilation procedure, campaigners said on Monday following the country’s first FGM trial. Equality Now called the ruling a ‘monumental…

Awareness, Treatment Of Obstetric Fistula Gaining Ground In Nepal

The Guardian: Nepal’s ‘poor woman’s problem’: how obstetric fistula blights lives “…Though exact numbers are hard to come by, it is estimated that hundreds of women in Nepal’s rural hinterlands are afflicted with this condition because of inadequate maternal care, underage pregnancy, or prolonged or obstructed labor. … Last year,…

U.N. Welcomes El Salvadorian Assembly’s Pardon Of Woman Previously Convicted Of ‘Aggravated Homicide’ For Miscarriage

U.N. News Centre: El Salvador: U.N. rights office welcomes ‘ground-breaking’ pardon of woman in abortion case “The United Nations human rights office [Friday] welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage…

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