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Abortion Legal In Colombia, But Women Face Barriers To Accessing Procedure

Foreign Policy: Colombia’s Pro-Lifers Are Objectively Pro-Zika “…Before 2006, Colombia was one of three countries in the region that completely banned abortion. But that year, a group of human rights lawyers won a hard-fought constitutional battle, and the country’s Constitutional Court overturned the ban. … [T]hanks to a byzantine bureaucracy,…

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Begin Synchronized Polio Immunization Campaigns In Border Areas

Inter Press Service: Challenges of Polio Vaccination “Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two remaining polio-endemic countries, have joined forces to eradicate poliomyelitis by vaccinating their children in synchronized campaigns. The two neighboring countries — sharing a 2,400 km long and porous border — have been bracketed as the stumbling block in…

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International NGO CMMB Pledges $500M To Achieving Maternal, Child Health SDGs

Inter Press Service: NGO Pledges $500 Million Towards Sustainable Development Goals “CMMB — Healthier Lives Worldwide — a leading international nonprofit health non-governmental organization (NGO) — has pledged 500 million dollars to help implement the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — with a specific focus on maternal, newborn, child, and…

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Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding World Water Day

The Hill: We can do better on water Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) “…The national and global need for increased investment in water infrastructure is desperate and urgent. We have the resources to take action — what’s been lacking is the urgency to pull the pieces together. This World Water Day,…

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Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Zika Outbreak Response

Washington Post: Swatting the Zika carriers Editorial Board “…[T]he age of genetic engineering has brought new possibilities: The tiny building blocks of life can be manipulated to impede the disease. So far, laboratory trials have shown that genetic material can be altered to suppress mosquito populations or make them less…

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New York Times Examines Islamic State’s Use Of Birth Control For ‘Sex Slaves’

New York Times: To Maintain Supply of Sex Slaves, ISIS Pushes Birth Control “…It is a particularly modern solution to a medieval injunction: According to an obscure ruling in Islamic law cited by the Islamic State, a man must ensure that the woman he enslaves is free of child before…

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Sierra Leone Bill To Expand Abortion Access Expected To Be Approved, Despite Religious Groups’ Opposition

Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone religious groups believe abortion law a lost battle “As the president of Sierra Leone equivocates over signing a bill to extend abortion provision in a country with sky-high maternal mortality rates, its powerful religious authorities believe the battle against it is already lost. … For reasons…

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Contraception Becoming More Acceptable Among Some Religious Leaders, Especially For Public Health Reasons

Associated Press: Philippine bishops back pope’s remarks on Zika contraception “Despite their staunch opposition to contraceptives, Philippine Roman Catholic bishops expressed their full support Saturday to Pope Francis’ remarks suggesting artificial contraception can be used by women threatened by the Zika virus…” (Gomez, 2/20). Los Angeles Times: Pope Francis isn’t…

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Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Zika Outbreak Response

The Conversation: Using birth control to combat Zika virus could affect future generations Simon Beard, research fellow in philosophy at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute “…While delaying pregnancy may be relatively costless for individuals, if many people simultaneously decide to delay conception this will have significant demographic…

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Pope Francis Suggests Contraception Acceptable In Zika-Hit Nations, Says Abortion ‘Absolute Evil’

Associated Press: Pope suggests contraception can be condoned in Zika crisis “Pope Francis has suggested women threatened with the Zika virus could use artificial contraception, saying ‘avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil’ in light of the global epidemic…” (Winfield, 2/19). The Guardian: Pope suggests contraception can be condoned in…

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