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Data Show Maternal Deaths Continue to Decline Worldwide

Last week the UN released its latest estimates on global maternal deaths, just  two years after the last figure. From 1990 to 2010, they found, the number of women dying from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes worldwide dropped from 543,000 to 287,000, a near-fifty percent reduction in fatalities.

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In All the Debate About Breastfeeding, Where Is the Support For Mothers?

In all the debate about breastfeeding and parenting, I know some choices will work for some mothers and not for others. But it is critical that as a society, we have the policies and infrastructure in place to support those decisions.

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Unchain My Heart: The Shackling of Pregnant Women in Prison Needs to Stop

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We thought passing our antishackling bill would be easy. After all, who would want to be seen arguing that pregnant women should wear chains?

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New Hampshire’s HB 217 May (Inadvertently?) Make Infertility Services in the State Scarce

A change in a proposed bill in New Hampshire may leave infertile women and couples seeking in-vitro fertilization with few options.

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In Malawi, Banda’s Succession to Presidency Could Dramatically Improve Women’s Lives

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With all due respect to the late President Bingu, his death opened a rare window for reform Malawi, and golden opportunity – especially for Malawi’s women. Joyce Banda is a widely respected and heralded champion for women’s rights and health, and has never been shy to speak her mind about it.

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Does the Right Actually Take Motherhood Seriously?

The past week had a lot of conservative posturing about the importance of motherhood. But if you look at their policy ideas — especially around reproductive rights — you’ll realize they don’t think much of motherhood after all. 

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Nebraska Governor Vetoes Bill to Provide Prenatal Care, Uses Planned Parenthood Scare to Try to Maintain Veto

Once again we will get to see which anti-choice Republicans hate more, Planned Parenthood or abortions.

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Uganda: Pregnancy and Childbirth Mean Playing Russian Roulette With Women’s Lives

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Last March, a landmark maternal health petition was filed in Uganda, aimed at holding the government accountable for the deaths of two women in childbirth. It garnered global media attention at the time, yet five months into the process momentum has stalled. When will it be time to women to take the front seat?

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“Pro-life” Nebraska Governor to Veto Legislation Guaranteeing Prenatal Care to Immigrant Women

The same Governor who signed the “fetal pain” bill will be using the same pen to veto the legislation reversing the policy whose effects will hurt wanted, pain capable infants.  The mothers of these wanted infants will experience their baby’s deaths prior to their first birthdays, as American infants residing on American soil.

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Secret Life of the Famous American Teenager

You may recall that Jamie Lynn Spears shocked her fans in 2007 when she announced that she was pregnant.  This week, Jamie Lynn has an essay in Glamour Magazine describing her experiences, and it’s really worth reading. 

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