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Abortion and Human Rights: Will Brazil be the Next Nicaragua?

Brazilian women have seen important setbacks in regard to access to abortion in recent years. A clear turning point was September 2005, when a law aimed at reforming existing punitive legislation on abortion was presented to the Congress without the required support of the executive branch.

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Health Reform 2.0: Contraception is Integral Preventive Care for Women

As health care reform goes from law to policy, contraceptive services and supplies need to be fully covered under “preventive healthcare.”

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Remembering Rhonda Copelon, Champion for Human Rights

Rhonda Copelon, feminist scholar, human rights advocate, legal innovator

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Washington State Says No to Shackles on Women during Labor and Childbirth

Washington becomes the seventh state to limit the shackling of pregnant women in prison.

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Risky Business: Pregnant in America

Pregnant women in the U.S. have a greater risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth related complications than women in 40 other countries around the world.  It’s past time to fix this.

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VA. Attorney General Tells State Colleges They Can’t Ban Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli sent a letter to state college presidents and other officials last Thursday telling them that the state’s public colleges don’t have the authority to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

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UN Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights Urge Uganda to “Shelve” Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Today the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression called on the Ugandan Parliament to drop its proposed “anti-homosexuality” bill now awaiting a vote.

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Pregnant Nicaraguan Woman Denied Treatment for Metastatic Cancer

Amalia (an alias), a 27-year old Nicaraguan woman with a 10-year-old daughter, has been diagnosed with metastatic cancer. She is in the hospital and could be treated, but for one thing: She is also pregnant and therefore her life is meaningless.

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Sex, Culture and Human Rights: An African Leader Breaks the Silence

An African leader breaks the silence on sex, culture, and human rights, and asserts that Africans together need to foster a generation of young people that is empowered with knowledge, and that values such as honesty, responsibility and service, in order to make safe and responsible choices about their sexuality.

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Pennsylvania Bill to Limit Shackling of Pregnant Women Advances

Pennsylvania makes progress on bill to limit the shackling of imprisoned women during labor and childbirth

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