Weekly global roundup: Philippines’ Reproductive Health Bill could finally pass; Saudi Arabia makes moves to let women play in the Olympics; first national abortion study in Rwanda released; anti-choice zealots in the UK get a bit louder.
In 1989, the historic bifurcation between abortion providers and political activists had finally begun to dissolve, and a powerful new alliance was beginning to form. Providers were now at the forefront of the abortion rights struggle, and patients themselves, in the midst of the most personal and intimate of decisions and life events, were thrust into a vortex of politics and passion. This is one story from that time.
A hospital in Phoenix has been stripped of its status as an official Catholic hospital after providing a life-saving abortion to a woman this year.
Will Congress be voting for fair pay? Will women soon have access to certified professional midwives in Illinois? And are women in the U.S. really getting the message that we’re at risk of contracting HIV?
Pop Quiz: Match the country with its government’s birth control news:
1) In Country A, the president pledges to provide birth control to poor couples who want it.
2) In Country B, the legislature hedges on making any commitments to providing low-cost birth control to women who want it, in the face of loud opposition from Catholic Bishops.
A new study in Australia shows women don’t understand the morning after pill. But the biggest problem is a lack of understanding in their own reproductive health.
A blatocyst is an embryo! A pregnacy test is effective at 4 days except that no test is! No wonder the anti-choice movement seems so confused.
An ongoing battle over the takeover of Denver hospitals by Catholic institutions threatens total loss of hospital-based reproductive health care. A Federal Trade Commission ruling offers the last chance to separate health care from ideology.
A claim that the Colorado Catholic bishops have blunted their opposition to the latest “egg-as-a-person” state ballot amendment is raising questions about its authenticity. And the people who could verify the mystery letter have clammed up.
Public policy on sex, sexuality and reproduction in a pluralistic society must be based on evidence, science, justice, reason and civil discourse. So when the Catholic Bishops or others throw a political tantrum, we must never reward them.