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Women Should Have Access To Safe, Legal Abortions

MSNBC: What happens without legal abortion Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights “…Over the last two decades, 35 countries have liberalized their abortion laws, according to a new report and updated World’s Abortion Laws map from the Center for Reproductive Rights. … That progress is…

Women’s Reproductive Rights At Risk Of Being De-Emphasized As U.N. Drafts SDGs

The Nation: Will the U.N.’s New Development Goals Downplay the Need for Gender Equality? “As the 193 member countries of the United Nations struggle to agree on development priorities to be adopted next year, the rights of women and sexual minorities have again become a contentious issue. … [A]s the…

Cross-Sector Services, Integrated Policies Needed To Address Global Health Issues

Huffington Post: The “Celebrity Couples” of Global Health and Development Leith Greenslade, co-chair of child health at the MDG Health Alliance “Sanitation and nutrition, contraception and newborn survival, girls’ education and child survival, infrastructure and maternal survival, women’s incomes and violence — these are just some of the most powerful…

New Reproductive Technologies Raise ‘Serious Theological, Ethical, And Legal Concerns’

Inter Press Service: On Reproductive Rights, Progress with Concerns Joseph Chamie, former director of the United Nations Population Division “…During the past half-century remarkable technological progress has been made in human reproduction. As a result of this medical progress, women and men have acquired wide-ranging reproductive rights and technologies to…

Contraceptive Use Low Among Adolescents, Controversial In Zimbabwe, IPS Reports

Inter Press Service: Zimbabwe’s Family Planning Dilemma “…The issue of contraceptive use remains controversial and divisive in [Zimbabwe] … While Zimbabwe has made huge gains in some areas of reproductive health, including stemming new HIV infections, according to the Health Ministry, various United Nations agencies have raised concerns about the…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Importance Of Investing In Family Planning

In recognition of World Contraception Day, which takes place each year on September 26, the following opinion pieces discuss the importance of family planning on society’s health. Devex: Why contraceptives? Here are the top 5 benefits Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver, and Jill Sheffield, founder and president of Women…

Marking World Contraception Day, USAID Blog Discusses New Innovations in Contraception

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Five Promising Innovations in Contraception Marking World Contraception Day, Ellen Starbird, director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, discusses issues related to contraception, USAID’s role in providing contraception, and “five promising new innovations in contraception” (9/26).

Opinion Pieces Discuss Importance Of Addressing Women’s Health Now, Moving Forward

The following opinion pieces discuss the importance of addressing women’s health, including maternal health, family planning and reproductive health, and ensuring women’s health issues are reflected in development goals moving forward. Huffington Post: Which Way to Better Health: A Roadmap to Save Mothers and Newborns Liya Kebede, founder of the…

Denmark, Netherlands Launch Fund To Support Sexual, Reproductive Health Groups

The Guardian: Denmark and Netherlands launch fund for sexual health groups “A €15m (£12m) fund to support small, grassroots organizations that are defending sexual and reproductive health and rights was launched in New York on Monday. The Amplify Change fund, financed by the Danish and Dutch governments, along with the…

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