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U.S. Should Make Funding Available For Abortions Among Women Raped In Conflict

The Hill: Stand with women and girls raped in conflict Rev. Harry Knox, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity “…The Helms amendment is a decades-old provision that each president since it was enacted, including…

Latin America Must Reevaluate Priorities Surrounding Maternal Health, Abortion

Bloomberg View: Latin America Is Failing Its Women Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View contributor “…Domestic violence, religiously motivated legislation, and a culture of impunity: When it comes to safeguarding women and especially girls, Latin American governments appear to be in a race to the bottom. … Both traditional Roman Catholic and…

Myanmar’s Proposed Birth Spacing Law Could Impact Country’s Maternal Health Advances, Human Rights Group Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Myanmar population control law threatens minorities: rights group “Myanmar’s religious and ethnic minorities may be targeted, abused, and suppressed by a proposed population control law which could be a serious setback for the country’s maternal health advances, according to a U.S.-based human rights group…” (Guilbert, 4/22).

Catholic Church Faces Challenges In Continuing HIV/AIDS Treatment Programs In Africa

Christian Science Monitor: In Africa’s battle against AIDS, a key player hits a crossroads “The Catholic Church administers 25 percent of all AIDS treatment worldwide, especially in hard-to-reach rural areas. But it’s facing new obstacles as funding declines and African governments are under pressure to provide services themselves…” (Brown, 4/21).

Opinion Pieces Discuss Foreign Assistance, Food Aid Budgets

The Hill: Real possibility of ending hunger and extreme poverty David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World “A world without hunger and poverty is no longer a dream. … Increased political commitment is crucial to real progress against hunger and poverty. Over the last five years, Bread for the…