Advocates Praise President Zuma’s New Campaign, But More is Needed to Stop the HIV Epidemic

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Earlier this week, advocates praised South African President Jacob Zuma’s new campaign to test nearly one-third of the population for HIV/AIDS.  In South Africa, Voice of America News reports, an estimated 5.7 million people, or 11 percent of the total population, are infected with HIV. In an important gesture against stigma, the South African president […]

Ask Your Senators and Representatives to Permanently Repeal the Global Gag Rule

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In the first week of his presidency, President Obama overturned the Global Gag Rule.  The policy restricted foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receiving U.S. funding  from using their own, non-US funds to provide legal abortion services, advocate for abortion law reform, or provide accurate medical counseling or referrals regarding abortion. Although President Obama’s repeal means that […]

Will Female Condoms Thrive in the Face of Bad Press?

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Above: volunteer health educators with the Society for Women and AIDs in Africa – Cameroun (SWAAC) do a female condom demonstration in a busy marketplace in a Camerounian village The second generation female condom (FC2) was approved by the FDA for distribution in the United States more than a year ago, but it’s only recently […]

Global Sexual And Reproductive Health Act Of 2010 Introduced In Congress

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 26, 2010 Contact: Kelly Castagnaro 212-979-8500 x.266 New legislation important step in securing a just and healthy life for women and girls worldwide April 22, 2010—The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) today lauded the introduction of the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2010 in the House of Representatives […]

Peru Reinstates Free Distribution of Emergency Contraception After WHO Asserts that EC Does Not Cause Abortion

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Peru has reinstituted the free distribution of emergency contraception (EC) in the country’s public health facilities. Although EC had previously been accessible in the public health system, the Peruvian Constitutional Court ruled on October 22, 2009 that clinics run by the Ministry of Health (MOH) clinics were banned from distributing EC for free because the […]

Game Change: Why Pro-Choicers Should Stop Dwelling on the Exceptions and Start Making the Rules

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This week, the heart wrenching  story of a pregnant 10-year-old, seemingly raped by her stepfather, has made international headlines. As CNN reports, the girl “has become the latest lightning rod in the country’s heated abortion debate.”  In Mexico, the girl’s home country, abortion is legal in the capital city, but prohibited or significantly restricted in […]

The YP Foundation on Sexuality and Language

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Our partner The YP Foundation (TYPF), based in New Delhi, is a youth led and run non-profit in India that develops young people’s leadership skills to take action on issues that young people are passionate about. Recently they’ve started blogging about their programs and the process of figuring out the language of sexuality, the words […]

Young and Pro-Choice: Not an Endangered Species

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Some misrepresentations are more troubling than others. Pronounce my last name “Abra-hams” instead of “A-brums”? I’m probably going to let that slide. Make sweeping generalizations about my generation not caring about abortion rights because we’re not old enough to remember Roe v. Wade? You’re going to hear about it. In this week’s Newsweek, writer Sarah […]

Abortion Speak Out at Reproductive Justice Conference Reinforces the Value of Storytelling for Social Change

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This past weekend, I attended the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) 2010 Reproductive Justice Conference at Hampshire College in western Massachusetts. The conference theme was “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom.” The conference, now in its 24th year, brings together over 1,000 advocates for an abortion speak out […]

Reducing Maternal Mortality, Achieving Maternal Health

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There’s a new report on maternal health that has just been published in The Lancet and commented on by a variety of publications, including the New York Times and PBS NewsHour. The Lancet piece, available here as a 15-page PDF, is an analysis of the maternal mortality data in 181 countries from 1980 to 2008, […]