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Mexico City Policy Likely Will Prohibit Funding To Pakistani Abortion Hotline

The Guardian: Abortion in Pakistan: struggling to support a woman’s right to choose “…Saba Ismail, co-founder of the Pakistani women’s group Aware Girls, launched an abortion hotline in June 2010. Aware Girls has received USAID funding in the past but now will have to depend on grants from European foundations after President Trump reinstated the…More

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Abortion: Clinton invokes women’s rights around the world as she defends choice

The contentious issue of abortion came up during the final U.S. presidential debate on Wednesday. Hillary Clinton affirmed women’s right to abortion while Donald Trump said he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who oppose it. Clinton countered by looking internationally to the consequences of governments circumventing reproductive rights.

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El Salvador’s Congress considers relaxing controversial abortion law

After months of contention over El Salvador’s abortion law, one of the strictest in the world, lawmakers in the Central American country are considering whether to allow abortion in cases of rape or risky pregnancy.

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News in the Humanosphere: Mass protests defeat proposed Polish abortion ban

Following protests by tens of thousands of women, Polish lawmakers on Thursday rejected plans for a near-total ban on abortion, in a hastily arranged vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the conservative government. The ruling Law and Justice party (PIS) unexpectedly withdrew its support for draft proposals drawn up by an independent

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Article Examines Differences Among Abortion Laws In Mexico, Latin America

Council on Hemispheric Affairs: Mexico’s Choice Abortion Laws and their Effects Throughout Latin America Sarah Faithful, research associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, discusses the history of abortion laws in Mexico and the wide differences among laws across Mexican states. Faithful specifically examines the impact of Mexico City’s abortion laws and explores the potential…More

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Time to act—comprehensive abortion care in east Africa

Inaccessible sexual and reproductive health care continues to be a major obstacle to women’s health and a violation of their rights.1 Access to comprehensive abortion care—comprising induced abortion and post-abortion care, including contraceptive services2—is fundamental to avert preventable maternal mortality and morbidity.1,3 In east Africa, abortion rates have not declined since 1990 and about 2·7 million abortions are estimated to occur annually in this region.4 The vast majority of these abortions are unsafe, making them a major cause of maternal mortality and morbidity.

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Zika Epidemic Rekindles U.S. Abortion Debate; All Advocates Agree More Funding Needed To…

USA TODAY: Zika outbreak could reignite abortion debate “…With nearly 1,000 pregnant women in the U.S. infected with Zika and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising all expectant mothers to be screened for exposure to the virus, the USA is beginning to get a hint about why the issue became so contentious in Latin…More

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Women In El Salvador Could Face 50-Year Jail Terms For Abortion If Country’s Congress…

The Guardian: El Salvador abortion law change could leave women facing 50 years in jail “El Salvador already has some of the most draconian anti-abortion laws in the world, but they could become even stricter if Congress adopts an opposition proposal to imprison women for up to 50 years if they terminate a pregnancy…” (Watts,…More

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Zika Response Highlights U.S. Politics Surrounding Family Planning, Abortion

Huffington Post: The Undeclared War on Contraception Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute “…Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have been waging [a war on contraception] for several years now. They have pursued this war under many banners. It has been fought under the ‘pro-life’ banner. It has been fought under the banner…More

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Zika: Soaring demand for ‘abortion pills’ adds to pressure for reproductive rights reforms

Demand for abortions in countries affected by Zika has increased dramatically as women seek out ‘abortion pills’ online, according to a new study, adding to the pressure on governments to liberalize their laws on reproductive rights across Latin America. The research, published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the first to

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Access To Safe Abortion Critical To Lowering Global Maternal Mortality Rate

The Guardian: Illegal abortions are killing women and aid restrictions are just making it worse Hannah Mitchell, physician based in Botswana “…What is stopping women from accessing safe abortions? The first is restrictive laws in their own countries, which can extend to a ban. … The second barrier is the tight regulation governing donor aid.…More

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Ireland’s Abortion Law Discriminatory, Inhumane To Women, U.N. Human Rights Committee Finds

Associated Press: U.N.: Ireland’s abortion ban is cruel, discriminatory to women “Ireland’s abortion ban subjects women to discriminatory, cruel, and degrading treatment and should be ended immediately for cases involving fatal fetal abnormalities, U.N. human rights experts said Thursday…” (Pogatchnik, 6/9). The Atlantic: United Nations Panel Tells Ireland to Change its Abortion Ban “…Abortion is…More

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TRF Examines Women’s Challenges To Obtaining Legal Abortion In Colombia

Thomson Reuters Foundation: In Colombia, abortion is legal but denied to many women, advocates say “…Colombia, a nation of 48 million people, allows abortion in cases of rape, incest, fetal malformation, if the fetus is at risk, and if the health, both physical and mental, of the mother is at risk. … Yet despite the…More

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Access To Safe, Legal Abortion Limited In Brazil Because Of Strict Laws, TRF Reports

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Faced with strict laws, Brazilian women keep abortions secret “…Roughly one million women each year seek abortions to end unwanted pregnancies in Brazil, where abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or incest or if the life of the mother is in danger. Brazil has raided and closed down hundreds of…More

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