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We work to expand the availability and quality of safe abortion services as part of comprehensive reproductive health policies and programs. We understand that restrictive abortion laws do not reduce the number of abortions; instead they force the procedure underground and into the hands of unqualified practitioners.


 

Partner Spotlight: Catholics for the Right to Decide-Brazil

More than 130 million Brazilians identify as Catholics, making it the largest Catholic population in the world. In this video, Maria José “Zeca” Rosado of Católicas pelo Direito de Decidir (Catholics for the Right to Decide) describes how younger generations of Brazilian women are more likely to identify as both Catholic and pro-choice, even as the Vatican and Church leaders continue to speak out against women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Partner Spotlight: PROMSEX

IWHC is supporting PROMSEX to challenge Peru's criminal laws on abortion. The sexual rights organization has partnered with other feminist groups in Peru to launch the Dejala Decidir ("Let Her Decide") campaign to petition Congress to decriminalize abortion in cases of rape.

The campaign has already gathered nearly 100,000 signatures from Peruvian citizens demanding that Congress change the abortion law. PROMSEX is working to gather support from additional Congressmembers before presenting the petition.

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The case of “Belén” in Argentina demonstrates how how public institutions regularly fail women in Argentina.

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Today the State Department released the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, the first of its kind to focus on girls worldwide and the myriad challenges they face.

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Zika and Reproductive Rights

The Zika virus is a wake-up call for governments everywhere to rebuild and strengthen public health systems, and to guarantee all women and girls access to contraceptives and safe abortions.

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A Force for Change in Kenya

Meet Monica Oguttu, a strong advocate and leader who is making significant advances for girls' and women's health and rights in Kenya.

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In Peru, Women’s Rights Activists Make Slow but Steady Gains

Breaking the silence on sexual violence and abortion is a critical first step to advancing reproductive rights in Peru.

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Brazil’s Conservatives Attempt to Further Restrict Abortion

A bill pending before Brazil's Congress could make it more difficult for rape victims to receive an abortion.

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Shattering the Stigma of Abortion

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Guarding Abortion Rights Advances in Uruguay

In 2012, Uruguay passed a landmark law permitting abortion. Women's activists--including IWHC partner Mujer y Salud en Uruguay--have been fighting to improve the law and fending off threats to it ever since.

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Making Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Accessible for Everyone, Everywhere

Women's health and rights advocates will have to collaborate with the public sector to ensure the goals to ensure universal sexual and reproductive health care are achieved.

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U.S. House Urges Obama to Reinterpret Strict Abortion Rule

The letter emphasized that the overly restrictive interpretation of the Helms amendment remains a barrier between women and critical, often-lifesaving health care.

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It’s Not Just a Song

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The New Normal for Brazilian Women’s Organizations

In a time when funding for women's rights groups in Brazil has dried up, organizations are turning to online activism, public events, and art to continue their work.

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Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Next week, governments, NGOs, and business leaders will meet to hammer out funding for the Sustainable Development Goals, the strongest global consensus on recognizing women's rights and addressing the causes of gender inequality and poverty.

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Mexico’s Slow Reproductive Rights Advances

The state of Tlaxcala recently passed an amendment expanding the exceptions in which abortion is permitted. This is good news, but only one step in Mexico's journey to meeting women's reproductive rights.

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IWHC to Advise Consortium Promoting Safe Abortion In Latin America

As part of the Advisory Committee of CLACAI, IWHC hopes to step up progress in the region on women's sexual and reproductive rights.

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Although it's legal, access to abortion in Turkey is extremely limited; a local group reports that only three out of the 37 public hospitals in the country are providing non-emergency terminations.

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The Key to Youth-Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Reaching youth with sexual and reproductive health services is more than just handing out condoms.

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Republicans Take Aim at Abortion Rights

Next week, the House of Representatives will hold one of its first major votes of the year to launch a direct attack on the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling

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