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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…

Delegates At CSW Meeting Push To Reach Compromise On Final Document

“Delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women are racing to reach a consensus deal on a final document by Friday, and some diplomats say the future of the commission — a global policy-making body created in 1946 for the advancement of women — is at risk…

Objections To Sexual, Reproductive Rights Language In CSW Agreement Are ‘Misguided’

“[W]hile sitting through events, debates and discussions in New York [at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting], my recurring thought was why, in 2013, are we still arguing over whether women should have ownership of their own bodies?” Liz Ford, deputy editor of the Guardian’s global development website,…

Think Africa Press Examines Jadelle Access Program

Think Africa Press describes how “[t]he Jadelle Access Program is aiming to make Jadelle progestogen implants — a long-acting and reversible form of contraception — available to more than 27 million women in more than 50 countries worldwide.” “Born out of a partnership between Bayer HealthCare (the makers of the implant),…

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