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Female Condom Access, Use Low in Asia-Pacific

Are low rates of usage of the female condom in the Asia-Pacific region a problem of access or demand?

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Understanding the Roots of Violence Against Women in the Pacific

Violence against women is a problem worldwide, but violence against women in the Asia-Pacific region is seldom spotlighted. A new study seeks to understand the scope of the problem, and its roots.

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Can Obama Change the Lives of Women in East Timor?

The repeal of the global gag rule does not only means that hundreds of thousands of women around the globe who may no longer need to seek an unsafe abortion as a means of last resort, risking their health and lives to do so.

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Nepali Women’s Interim Protection

The government of Nepal recently became the first in the region to recognize women’s fundamental right to reproductive health in its Interim Constitution. Will reproductive rights make the final cut?

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Interpretations of Islamic Law Deny Women Choice in Indonesia and Malaysia

In most Muslim-majority countries, abortion is generally prohibited with exceptions made where the health of the mother is at risk, but doctors often aren’t aware of the legal exceptions.

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Vietnam’s Two-Child Policy: Bad for Women, Bad for the Country

A newly-enforced policy of population control is directly at odds with Vietnam’s concerns about the country’s growing gender imbalance.

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New Law Legalizes Abortion in Australia

Last month, new legislation in Australia’s southeastern State of Victoria decriminalized abortion up to 24 weeks. The legislation presents a good model that should be replicated not only in other Australian states but globally.

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Australia Lifting Gag Rule on Foreign Aid for Abortion?

The Australian Agency for International Development is considering lifting a ban on foreign aid funding for abortion services, a proposal which has sparked significant divisive debate across the political spectrum.

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Environmental Disasters in the Asia-Pacific: What About Reproductive Health in Emergencies?

For pregnant women, any environmental disaster severely limits safe delivery options, which in turn exacerbates pre-existing vulnerabilities to maternal death and disability.

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East Timor’s Dire Family Planning Needs

The entrenchment of fundamentalist religious beliefs in East Timor’s laws and the promotion of “natural family planning” has posed grave threats to women’s health and lives.

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