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Faith-Based Groups Can Help Nations Achieve Universal Health Care, Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Faith groups can help boost health care in developing nations: experts “Religious groups are an under-used health resource that could help achieve universal health care and accelerate the medical response to disease outbreaks, health experts said on Tuesday [in a study published in The Lancet]…” (Mis, 7/6).

Unsafe Abortion Persists In Indonesia, GlobalPost Reports

GlobalPost: Indonesia’s secret abortion problem “In a country where abortion is illegal and talking about reproductive health is taboo, women are terminating their pregnancies in unsafe ways, often getting hurt and sometimes dying as a result. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that abortion is about 20 percent more prevalent in Indonesia…

Pope Francis Addresses FAO On Food Security

U.N. News Centre: Pope Francis and U.N. agency discuss sustainable future of agriculture “Addressing over a hundred delegates attending a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conference in Rome, Pope Francis [Thursday] urged Member States to work toward combating food waste, reducing the volatility of food prices, and creating…

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…