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Death Sentence in Abortion Case Compounds Dangers for Kenyan Women

Jackson Namunya Tali at a Nairobi court on Thursday, where he was sentenced to death for performing an abortion that resulted in the death of a young woman in 2009.

Though abortion is legal in Kenya in certain circumstances, many women and health-care providers remain misinformed about the law—and some corrupt police forces are reportedly taking advantage of this confusion.

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In Our Own Hands: What U.S. Women Can Learn from Self-Use of Medication Abortion Worldwide

Attorneys for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Reproductive Rights have challenged a new state regulation they argue threatens to make medication abortion unavailable in the state.

There is much we can learn from our sisters in the Global South who, rather than trying to gain access to services that all too often do not exist or fail to treat them well, are obtaining pills to induce abortion and taking them at home without seeing a health provider.

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Gag Me: From Texas to Tanzania, U.S. Politicians Are Meddling in Women’s Health

Last week, women in Texas and people all over the country stood up, raised their voices, and caused a major uproar over a bad policy that will hurt women in one state. It’s time to do the same for women and girls in developing countries.

The anti-choice maneuvers we’ve seen in Texas and elsewhere recently are the progeny of the Global Gag Rule, which has resulted in major losses of critical reproductive health services around the world. An act introduced in the House Thursday would permanently repeal the Gag Rule.

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The Cost of a Woman’s Life

I have been asked to suggest how we constructively engage women in Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) issues as “more than patients”, so I have come up with six suggested steps that we might all take together to achieve success.

Developing nations like Kenya have not experienced the overall decrease in maternal mortality enjoyed across the globe. More needs to be done to address the impact of maternal death on families and communities.

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Mothers Fight Back

War, natural disaster, environmental crisis. No matter the threat to their children, mothers fight back.

War, natural disaster, environmental crisis. No matter the threat to their children, mothers fight back.

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Ending Violence Against Women Shouldn’t Be Controversial—But it Is

Flags outside the United Nations building in New York City.

One week into the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting, it seems possible that the negotiations will once again end at an impasse.

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Confronting Abortion Stigma

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Abortion stigma is a form of gender discrimination and punishment, and it represents social control of both women who need abortions and providers who provide them.

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The Power of Pills: Putting Abortion Back in the Hands of Women Around the World

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Fortunately for women, pills have changed the landscape of abortion. Abortion with pills, also known as medical abortion (MA), provides a safe, low cost and easy to use method to terminate pregnancies, and one to which access is increasing in several countries.

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Why We Don’t Screen for Intimate Partner Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa… and Why We Must

In my own experience testing an Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) screening intervention in Kenya, I have found that every one of the great reasons not to screen is critically important to consider. But in the course of my work on this issue, I have also found 111 reasons why screening for IPV cannot be brushed aside, either.

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“It was Worth the Sacrifice:” Kenya’s Dr. John Nyamu on Why He Spent a Year in Prison

Kenya's Dr. John Nyamu is a long-time advocate for women's reproductive rights.

Ipas’s senior clinical advisor Mary Fjerstad interviews Kenya’s much-respected Dr. John Nyamu to discuss the long and difficult path he and so many other Kenyans have traveled to get where they are today on abortion.

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