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Birth Spacing, Family Planning Counseling Integral To Achieving FP2020’s Goals

STAT: Birth spacing, and the information and tools to do it, can save women’s and children’s lives Monica Kerrigan, vice president of innovations at Jhpiego “…Access to family planning is one of the most cost-effective investments a country can make in its future. … In most countries, counseling about birth…

Wilson Center Event Highlights Results From Global Midwifery Survey

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Midwives’ Voices, Midwives’ Realities: Results From the First Global Midwifery Survey Nancy Chong, intern for the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative, discusses a Wilson Center event reporting results from a survey of midwives. Speakers at the event included Samara Ferrara,…

Members Of European Parliament Debate U.S. Reinstatement Of Mexico City Policy

European Parliament News: U.S. “global gag” anti-abortion rule a major setback for women’s health, say MEPs “Political group speakers reacted to President Donald Trump’s reinstatement of the ‘global gag’ rule in a debate with E.U. humanitarian aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides on Tuesday. … Stylianides expressed concern over the presidential memorandum…

Mexico City Policy ‘Plays Politics With Women’s Lives,’ MSF-USA Board Member Says

Doctors Without Borders/Medium: Is the Global Gag Rule Truly Pro-Life? Aerlyn Pfeil, midwife and a member of the Médecins Sans Frontières-USA board of directors, discusses the potential impacts of the Mexico City policy on women’s health worldwide, writing, “The [global gag rule] is not saving lives; it plays politics with…

WHO Releases New Data On Zika, Says Vigilance Must ‘Remain High’

U.N. News Centre: Vigilance against Zika virus should ‘remain high,’ U.N. health agency says in new guidance “Although a decline in cases of Zika virus infection has been reported in some countries, there is still a need for heightened vigilance, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported [Friday], issuing fresh guidance…

El Salvador Considers Legislation To Relax Country’s Total Abortion Ban

Rewire: Momentum Builds for Reforming El Salvador’s Abortion Ban Kathy Bougher, an educator, social justice activist, and writer, discusses El Salvador’s ban on abortion in all cases and highlights legislation under consideration “that would decriminalize abortion in cases of rape or human trafficking, fetal non-viability, or to preserve the pregnant…

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