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Guttmacher Report Cites Increases in Contraceptive Use, Reductions in Unintended Pregnancies and Abortions…and More Work To Do

More women and men have access to and are using contraception throughout the world, reports the Guttmacher Institute, contributing to a decrease in the number of unintended pregnancies and, in turn, a decline in the number of abortions, from 45.5 million procedures in 1995 to 41.6 million in 2003.

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Ross Douthat’s Abortion Solution: Don’t Let Women Have Abortions

Reproductive freedom is a civil right, like marriage rights and the rights of minorities, that cannot be left up state legislatures.

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Philippines Government Pursues Feeble Family Planning Strategy

The Philippines government is championing a form of family planning used by only one percent of women interested in planning their families.

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European Court Rules On Freedom of Expression in Portugal

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that Portugal had violated freedom of expression by prohibiting the ship Borndiep, which promoted the decriminalization of abortion, from entering Portuguese territorial waters.

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Side Effects: Complications at The New York Times from DIY Abortions

Researchers say a recent New York Times piece on off-label misoprostol use misses the point, implying that New York City Latinas are seriously endangering their health while ignoring safe use in countries where abortion is illegal.

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Roundup: Afghan Woman in Critical Condition after Unsafe Abortion; Don’t Blames Movies for Teen Births

Afghan woman in critical condition after unsafe abortion; South Dakota legislators out of touch on abortion?; one-third of elective C-sections performed too early; abortion fatigue among evangelical Christians, too; don’t blame movies for increase in teen birth rate.

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Price Tag Dissuades Utah Legislators from Abortion Ban

Finally, the economic downturn delivers a silver lining for America’s women: legislators in Utah, who are gung-ho about an abortion ban, aren’t going to pursue one in this legislative session because of the cost associated with defending the ban in court.

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Roundup: Obama and CEDAW; Brazilian Women Investigated for Abortion; Women Need an Advocate Like Clinton

Will Obama sign CEDAW?; Brazilian women investigated for abortion; “progressive circle” of advisors surrounding Obama; women need an advocate like Clinton in the Senate.

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Legal Abortion Care in Bolivia Often Denied

Although abortion is permitted in Bolivia in three cases, just six women have had access to legal abortion in this country. The reasons: judicial barriers as well as doctors who oppose abortion.

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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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