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Reproductive Rights Are Critical to an Open Society and the Promise of Equality

Two recent international cases on the topic of reproductive rights are reviewed as well as a discussion of these rights in an open society.

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Bloomberg’s Breastfeeding Initiative: Let’s Start With Paid Parental Leave….

The key difference between Europe and the United States when it comes to breastfeeding are legal protections of paid parental leave, paid sick leave, and, in some cases allowances for longer lunch hours to breastfeed.

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Europe: Work Remains on Reaching Gender Equality

A conference of European Ministers focused on gender equality finds that making gender equality a reality – in practice as well as in law – remains a challenge.

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Women Challenge Irish Abortion Ban

After three women were forced to travel abroad to receive their abortions, a legal case on their behalf before 17 judges in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg argues that Ireland’s 148-year-old abortion ban is discriminatory.

The
case presents an expansiveness of legal arguments about abortion that
may influence nations around the world. It is being closely watched not
only by other Catholic European nations (Poland, Spain, Malta), but
alsoU.S. anti-abortion lobbyists that have been allowed to submit arguments to the
court. As a group, the Family Research Council and the US Alliance Defence Fund filed a brief that contends "the stakes are high for all
of Europe" and that Ireland’s defence "of innocent life is under
attack".

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Women, Get Pregnant: Your Country Needs More Workers

The economic argument against contraception assumes an unnerving disregard for humanity.

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Taking Stock of Abortion Laws Across Europe

A new Council of Europe report reiterates what we already know – availability of legal abortion reduces the rate of unsafe abortion.

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Is Europe Pro-Choice Now?

While the Council of Europe’s recent vote on abortion is not legally binding, it represents the first pan-European call on European countries to decriminalize abortion where it remains illegal and to ensure that women and men have access to contraception.

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Condom Fatigue in Western Europe?

New studies find there’s more to promoting condom use than just a sexually open society.

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World Congress of Families’ Legislative Aim

The final report from an undercover writer at the conservative conference in Poland examines the legislative focus of the Right-Wing and their strategy to achieve the "globalization of pro-family ideals."

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European Parliament Asks Sauerbrey to Reconsider

The European Parliament is asking U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Ellen Sauerbrey to reconsider attending the World Congress of Families next month because speakers' views are out of step with the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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