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Drawing Attention to Poor Maternal Health Outcomes in the U.S.

I am concerned about the lack of coverage for the daily violation of women’s rights that occurs on the labor and delivery unit.

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The Architecture of Maternal Death

The architectural design of two newly built public maternity hospitals in Malawi, which has one of the world’s highest rates of women dying in childbirth, seeks to respect the human rights of birthing women and has had a significant impact on Malawi’s maternal health care system.  Ill-designed government-run maternal health centers litter many poor countries and contribute to unacceptably high maternal death rates. There’s a pressing global need to design public maternity units that uphold the dignity of socially disadvantaged women.

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A ‘Community Engagement’ Approach to Treating Fistula in Guinea

Citizen volunteers are at the front lines of a community-driven initiative for saving lives and preserving health for women in Kissidougou.

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Rachel’s Sabbath and the Far Right’s Attack on Women

Rachel Sabbath honors the biblical matriarch who died in childbirth. As Rachel Sabbath approaches, a rabbi underscores the moral and human dimensions of reproductive health and rights, and urges every one of us to act.

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“Protect Life Act” Does Not Protect Women’s Lives

Republican supporters of this bill and their witnesses repeatedly asserted in the hearing that abortion is never necessary to save a woman’s life.  That is simply not true.

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Addressing Obstetric Fistula: Towards a Just and Healthy Life for All

It’s been said that in an unequal world, women are the most unequal among equals.  Obstetric fistula is a living example of this statement.

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Surviving Obstetric Fistula: Awatif Altayib’s Story

Awatif is from Darfur, Sudan and is a survivor of fistula who turned her own suffering and ultimate good fortune into a quest to help other women.

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Human Rights-Based Approaches to Maternal Death in the U.S.

The U.S. has shockingly high rates of maternal death, especially among marginalized communities such as women of color. The human right to health care, particularly maternal health care, is not being met in the US. But we can change this.

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Women’s Rights Advocates Applaud New Executive Director of United Nations Population Fund

Women’s health and rights advocates today applauded the appointment of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin of Nigeria as executive director of the United Nations Population Fund.

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To Save Women’s Lives in Africa, Bring Abortion Out of the Shadows

Approximately 26,000 African women die as a result of unsafe abortion every year. Another 1.7 million are hospitalised, and many others also suffer serious health complications, but never seek treatment.  We can save these women.

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