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Forced Sterilization and Discrimination in Chile

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Two years ago, I met Francisca, a young woman from a rural town in Chile.  When she was 20, she and her husband got the very welcome news that they would be having their first child. But that excitement quickly turned into concern when Francisca found out she was HIV-positive during a routine pre-natal test. […]

What impact do multiple concurrent sexual partnerships have on HIV transmission?

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While there is no doubt that gender inequalities, especially the economic and social disempowerment of women and girls, have a significant effect on the character of many sexual relationships in the region, using a reduction in the number of [multiple, concurrent partnerships] as an indicator for HIV prevention addresses only the symptom and not the […]

The Bigger Picture: Homophobia and Transphobia Around the World

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For the past month, Americans have been engaged in a national discussion of sexuality among young people, bullying, suicide, and support structures to improve young people’s lives. These conversations are important components of the struggle to destigmatize and decriminalize sexuality so that everyone’s human rights are respected. However it is only one piece of the […]

Ten Facts About Abortion

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Our colleagues from Ipas have just released a new publication, Ten Facts About Abortion, which is chock full of information and statistics from around the world. Our “Ten Fact About Abortion” manual serves as a quick reference guide for pro-choice advocates. The guide offers factual evidence debunking ten widely disseminated abortion myths, and provides supporting […]

Abortion in India: Legal, But Not Always Safe

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Even though abortion is legal in almost all countries to save a woman’s life and in three-fifths of countries to protect her physical and mental health, safe abortion services are often not provided by public health systems or are of poor quality. Since 1971 abortion has been permitted in India for a broad variety of […]

Act Now for Global Sexual And Reproductive Health

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The International Women’s Health Coalition and our colleagues around the world know that information about and access to contraception and safe abortion services is fundamental to a woman’s right to control her body, to self-determination, and to maintain her health.  But more must be done to ensure that women have access to the sexual and […]

Little-Known Medication Offers Safe and Accessible Alternative to Surgical Abortion

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Access to safe abortion has changed over the past several decades – not just because of the ever-shifting global legal and funding landscapes, but also because of health technologies. For thousands of years, women have used herbal remedies to end unwanted pregnancies, but more recently medicines developed in labs provide a non-surgical safe abortion option. […]

Video: An Adolescent’s Fight for Safe Abortion

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Imagine the unthinkable: A 13-year-old girl in Peru loses her father, and while still grieving his death is raped by a man close to her family. She realizes she’s pregnant, climbs to the roof of a local building, and jumps. The fall doesn’t kill her, but leaves her with a paralyzing spinal injury. Doctors say […]

Promoting Women’s Access To Safe Abortion: Tools For Advocates

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Abortion is legal on broad grounds or without restriction as to reason in almost all developed countries and in some developing countries [links lead to PDFs], such as Cambodia, China, Cuba, Guyana, India, Mongolia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam. Important reforms  have been recently achieved in Colombia, Ethiopia, Mexico,  and Nepal. Experience has shown, however, that […]