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No Longer a Front-Page Story, ‘Beatriz’ Continues to Struggle From Denial of Abortion Care

The story of “Beatriz,” the 22-year-old woman caught in the firestorm of the abortion conflict in El Salvador, continues.

The story of “Beatriz,” the 22-year-old woman caught in the firestorm of the abortion conflict in El Salvador, no longer appears on the front pages of the country’s newspapers nor on TV nightly news. Beatriz, however, continues to struggle daily.

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The Pillars and Possibilities of a Global Plan to Address HIV in Women and Their Children

What has worked and what needs to be improved, to ensure that the HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls are adequately addressed?

A Global Plan on HIV and AIDS? It has to work for women as well as for their children. Here’s how we can make that happen.

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Ireland’s Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill: 21 Years After X, Business as Usual?

Ireland - coat of arms, national emblem. Decoration on Four Courts Building in Dublin.

In the wake of the tragic and preventable death of Savita Halappanavar, Irish politicians promised that this government would “not become the seventh to ‘neglect and ignore’ the issue of the Supreme Court ruling abortion on the X Case.” Six months later, the cabinet has proposed a bill it says will not “change the law” on abortion.

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In Utah and Around the World, Young Activists Face Similar Issues

It’s important for us to support those young people around the world who share our values and find themselves in similar restrictive situations and oppressive religious environments.

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It’s Getting Harder and Harder to Defend Sex Workers’ Rights in Uganda

©IAS/Steve Forrest.

Sex work may be illegal in Uganda but providing services for sex workers is not. Because of our status as sex workers, we are being left out of many social services, especially health services.

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Does She Really Support Reproductive Rights? Mixed Messages from Brazil’s First Female President

Will Rousseff and Brazil’s other leaders summon up the will to truly stand up for women’s rights?  Will they tackle one of the true solutions to high maternal mortality: decriminalization of abortion and measures that could effectively reduce deaths related to unsafe abortions?

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Family Planning: A Key to Prosperity

Yet international support for such programs has not kept pace with the need for family planning. As a result, many developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, continue to face rapid population growth and other impediments to social and economic development.

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Video Restrictions in India and the Growing Effort by Governments to Restrict Our Rights to Freedom of Information

This week, several video-sharing websites were blocked by the two main internet service providers in India in response to a court order related to movie piracy. These developments are worrying.

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Argentina’s Supreme Court Permits Abortion in All Cases of Rape, But Access To Care Remains a Challenge

In March, Argentina’s Supreme Court issued a decision clarifying a woman’s right to obtain an abortion in all cases of rape. While this is an enormous achievement, ensuring that rape survivors are able to access abortion in practice represents an even greater challenge.

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What Innovations Are Helping HIV+ Women in the Dominican Republic?

PROFAMILIA in the Dominican Republic successfully links HIV testing and treatment and SRH services and becomes a model for the region.

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