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China Might Further Loosen Family Planning Policy, Official Says

The Guardian: China may opt for ‘two children’ policy in future, says senior official “After decades of enforcing a one-child policy, China may in the future allow every couple to have two children, a senior family planning official has said…” (Branigan, 3/4).

U.S. Not Alone In Balancing Reproductive Rights With Religious Freedom

GlobalPost: With birth control, U.S. not alone grappling with reproductive rights and religious freedom “…[T]he U.S. is not alone in attempting to strike a balance between offering reproductive health care services and respecting religious organization’s rights. In recent months, Ireland, Argentina, and Israel — three countries with deep-seated religious ties…

WHO Releases New Guidance On Family Planning, Reproductive Health

“In advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014, WHO is launching new guidance to help countries ensure human rights are respected in providing more girls, women, and couples with the information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancies. … The guidance recommends that everyone who wants contraception…

WHO Contraception Guidance Released Ahead Of International Women’s Day

News outlets report on the WHO’s release of new guidance on access to contraception and family planning services. U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency issues guidance on access to contraceptive information, services “With preparations under way to mark International Women’s Day this Saturday, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)…

Inexpensive Cervical Cancer Test Could Help Reduce Female Mortality In Africa

VOA News: Simple Technique Could Mean End of Cervical Cancer “Most people think of malaria, AIDS and childbirth as leading causes of death for women in sub-Saharan Africa. But there’s another killer: Cervical cancer. There is a simple test and technology that can save the lives of women in developing…

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…

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…

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…