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Israel’s Abortion Policy Infringes Upon Women’s Basic Human Rights

New York Times: Israel’s Abortion Committees Mairav Zonszein, journalist and translator “I knew Israeli law required that all abortions be approved by a committee. I also knew that the procedure was widely accessible. … The idea that anyone but me had the power to decide my family’s fate and mine…

Congress Should Permanently End ‘Global Gag Rule’

The Hill: Let’s finally end the global gag rule Dana Singiser, vice president for public policy and government relations at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Latanya Mapp Frett, executive director of Planned Parenthood Global “The good news is that recent efforts to expand family planning access globally have…

Trade Agreements Should Focus On Medical R&D, Not Intellectual Property Rights

The Hill: TPP should protect patients, not patents James Love, director of Knowledge Ecology International “…Among the controversial provisions [of the Trans-Pacific Partnership] are proposals to mandate extended patent terms, require a 12-year monopoly on the evidence used to register pricy biologic drugs, ramp up the enforcement of rights, make…

Chinese Government ‘Should Not Regulate Birth’

New York Times: Relaxing China’s One-Child Policy Dai Qing, Beijing-based investigative journalist “…Regardless of whether birth control laws prohibit or encourage procreation, if such laws are based simply on the whims of a dictator or on statistics, they are bound to run into problems. We may not want to have…

TB Diagnostic Technology Advances But Unattainable In Low-Income Settings

New York Times: Advancing TB Test Technology, Where It Matters Most Jens Erik Gould, correspondent “…Hailed as the most significant advance in TB research in decades, [an] automated molecular technology called GeneXpert is more accurate and yields much faster results than traditional diagnosis methods, like smear microscopy, a basic test…

U.S. Global Health, Development Programs Create ‘Hope, Opportunity, And Stability’

Devex: Wisely spent, foreign aid saves lives Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) “…The United States plays an indispensable role in formulating global health and development strategies, forging coordination among governments, and responding to natural and man-made disasters. What few Americans may realize is that we do this, and more, with less…

Leadership Vital To Ensuring Global Health Security

The Lancet: MERS — the latest threat to global health security Editorial Board “…With new cases of Ebola still occurring in West Africa, frequent influenza epidemics worldwide, MERS (and previously SARS) adds to the infectious disease threat to global health security. As David Hui and colleagues call for in The…