Roundup: Rwanda Aims to Vaccinate All Girls Against HPV

Rhode Island’s legislative agenda on abortion; Louisiana state rep introduces abortion ban; and Rwanda unveils national campaign to address cervical cancer.

  • Rhode Island will look at changing some of their abortion laws in the coming weeks. On deck are provisions that would ban abortions based on sex selection, require an ultrasound prior to an abortion, relaxing the current parental consent law by allowing adult relatives to give permission for a minor’s pregnancy termination, and a fetal homicide law.
  • A state representative in Louisiana has introduced a bill that would ban abortion in the state by expanding the definition of feticide to include pregnant women who seek abortion and the physicians who perform pregnancy termination.
  • Rwanda is unveiling a national plan to vaccinate girls age 12-15 from HPV, a virus that can cause cervical cancer. The action plan is the first of its kind in Africa, and the nation has a particular challenge in that not all of its young female citizens are in school, which is how other many other countries vaccinate their youth. Rwanda is relying on three years’ worth of donated vaccine by Merck, the makers of Gardasil, and an extensive network of community health workers to provide the series of three shots.

Apr 25

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  • beenthere72

    Also regarding Rhode Island (in case you haven’t covered this already):



    But Tuesday’s last-minute amendment,  added to the state bill by Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Jamestown and Newport, would prevent women from purchasing insurance plans that cover abortions through Rhode Island’s exchange. Women would instead have to buy separate coverage for abortion.


    The extra burden on women to buy separate insurance just in case they have an unwanted pregnancy in the future is just obnoxious.   


    I looked up the Democratic Senate President, that put this language in the bill at the last minute, and her stance on abortion::  “Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered.”


    By the way, glancing through some of the other senators positions, I found one that thinks it’s ok to let women die:



    The women in his district should know this.