Diseases such as diabetes and cancer cause tens of millions of deaths each year, many of which are premature. Once the burden of rich countries, these non-communicable diseases are increasingly affecting individuals in low- and middle-income countries where they impose heavy burdens on already fragile health systems. Among the most deadly—and preventable—of these diseases is cervical cancer.
Perhaps the most interesting question in the juxtaposition of women’s rights (or gay rights, or ethnic minority rights) and democracy is not whether some people’s rights are sacrificed for popular rule (they are), but rather whether they should be as a matter of principle.
The New York Times‘ lengthy feature on home birth; Frank Schaeffer’s open letter to Obama on how to sieze this moment to start healing deep political divisions about abortion; Feminists say the work has just begun; Migrant workers in Asia especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.