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Examining U.S. Spending On Family Planning, Reproductive Health

“Funding by the United States for family planning has a giant positive impact,” PSI’s “Impact” blog writes, adding, “With the White House releasing its budget request for fiscal year 2014 and the budget debates heating up, now seems like a good time to look at what investments in reproductive health enables.” The…

IRIN Examines How Mining Industry In Mozambique Increasing Fears Of HIV

IRIN examines how “[e]very mining boom brings the fear of a rising HIV infection rate, particularly in a country like Mozambique, where the estimated prevalence is already 11.3 percent.” The news service looks at how the promise of a large coal mining operation in the Tete province of Mozambique could affect…

Public Health Leaders File Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Case Challenging ‘Anti-Prostitution Pledge’

“The case of the ‘anti-prostitution pledge’ heading for the Supreme Court this month focuses on whether the requirement that groups funded by [PEPFAR] create policies ‘explicitly’ condemning prostitution is compatible with the First Amendment,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. “A brief filed Wednesday in the…

Fighting For Abortion Rights In Ecuador

Writing in RH Reality Check, Heather Sayette of Planned Parenthood Global/Latin America examines how Ecuador’s newly re-elected President Rafael Correa this week “voiced unconditional support for contraception, including emergency contraception.” She continues, “This unprecedented support for access to sexual and reproductive health care is particularly welcome.” However, despite other advances…

The Lancet Examines Changes To China’s Family Planning Policy

The Lancet reports on changes in the governance of China’s family planning policy. “On March 10, nearly 32 years to the day since China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC) was established to oversee the world’s largest, longest-standing population control program, the country’s leaders announced plans to dissolve it…

Philippines Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Implementation Of Reproductive Health Law

“The Philippines Supreme Court temporarily halted the implementation of a law that provides state funding for contraceptives, legislation opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church but supported by reproductive health activists,” the Associated Press reports, adding, “The Responsible Parenthood Law was passed by lawmakers late last year despite the church’s…

Analysis, Commentary Examine Access To, Unmet Need For Contraceptives

In an analysis published online in the Lancet, researchers from the National University of Singapore and the U.N. Population Division “estimated and projected indicators of contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for family planning from 1990 to 2015,” according to the paper’s abstract. Based on their data and methodology, the researchers note,…

Philippines Government Must Support Reproductive Health Law

“Women in the Philippines have lacked autonomy over their bodies for decades. The overwhelming political power of the country’s Catholic church leaders — and the government’s acquiescence to many of their demands — has resulted in reproductive health care restrictions so severe they amount to human rights violations,” Melissa Upreti,…

U.N. CSW Adopts Declaration Urging End To Violence Against Women, Girls

“A United Nations policy-making body has agreed upon a declaration urging an end to violence against women and girls despite concerns from conservative Muslim countries and the Vatican about references to women’s sexual and reproductive rights,” Al Jazeera reports (3/16). “Iran, Libya, Sudan and other Muslim nations ended threats to…