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The 2008 Mexico City Ministerial Declaration: One Year Later

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One year ago today, health and education ministers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean committed to investing in comprehensive sexuality education and increased access to health services as a foundation for curbing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS. Nearly every country in the region was in attendance at the unprecedented meeting, convened by the Mexican […]

Mid-Week Links: New Report on Maternal Mortality in India, New Youth Festival Aims to Engage

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It’s only Wednesday, but we’ve already had a lot of interesting information cross our desks and couldn’t wait until our weekly wrap-up to share:  Our online strategist Audacia Ray has been guest-blogging at Feministe.  Check out her posts about the effects of changes to the abortion law in the Netherlands, and seven key sex worker advocacy projects in […]

Reporting on Nicaragua's Abortion Ban

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Of all the regions in the world, Latin America consistently has some of the most restrictive laws when it comes to abortion. There are six countries in the world in which abortion is illegal in all circumstances, three of which are in Latin America: Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Malta, East Timor, and the Vatican City. […]

Speaking Up Against Rape in Pakistan

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In 2002, a young woman in Pakistan named Mukhtar Mai was gang-raped as punishment for her 12-year-old brother’s alleged affair with a woman of a higher clan. Because of Mai’s determination to seek justice, the 13 accused were detained. She has pressed charges through to Pakistan’s Supreme Court, and as a result,has faced threats from […]

Assault on Planned Parenthood Thwarted

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An amendment to prohibit funding to provide contraceptive and family planning services to low income women and men in the United States was sounded defeated, despite best efforts of a leading anti-women’s health policy maker, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN).  The lop-sided 247-183 vote showed strong opposition to Pence’s never-ending battle to limit access to contraceptives […]

Increase in Title X Funding for Low-Income Families

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Understanding the growing needs faced by many in the country, the House-passed FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill increased funding by $10 million to $317.5 million for the Title X program, which provides contraceptive and other reproductive health services for low-income women and men. Under President Obama and the current […]

Abstinence-Only Funding Zeroed-Out with Funding Appropriated for Teen Pregnancy Initiative

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Taking an important step in ending funding for failed abstinence-only education programs, the House passed its version of the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill with no funding for these programs and making a $114.5 million investment in a new evidence-based teenage pregnancy prevention initiative.  As expected, amendments were offered […]