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

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…

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

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…

Will Female Condoms Thrive in the Face of Bad Press?

Above: volunteer health educators with the Society for Women and AIDs in Africa – Cameroun (SWAAC) do a female condom demonstration in a busy…

Global Sexual And Reproductive Health Act Of 2010 Introduced In Congress

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…

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

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…

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

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…

The YP Foundation on Sexuality and Language

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…

Young and Pro-Choice: Not an Endangered Species

IWHC staff at our 2010 Gala 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…

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

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…

Reducing Maternal Mortality, Achieving Maternal Health

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…