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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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Afternoon Roundup: Speaker Boehner as Pro-Life Superhero?

Speaker John Boehner is like a super-hero to the anti-choice crowd but will he really be the “most pro-life Speaker in history”?; UN Chief leaves half the world’s population out of his end-of-the-year wrap up.

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In the Category Of “They Must Be Kidding,” the United Nations Puts Stephen Harper in Charge of Accountability of Women’s Health

The United Nations makes anti-choice Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in charge of accountability for women’s health in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

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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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Paging Dr. Paul: Medicaid Coverage for Births, Family Planning is Essential

Rand Paul, a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky, argues his state has made Medicaid coverage of labor and delivery “too easy.” In reality paying for a pregnancy can be anything but easy.

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Does Health Care Reform Do Anything for Midwifery?

Health care reform has brought notable benefits to the practice of midwifery in the United States. The Affordable Care Act will help make midwifery care more accessible for patients and providers both.

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A Serendipitous Media Happening for 34 Million Friends of UNFPA

My adventure on Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan on NPR. How playing golf leads to national media attention. 

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Maternal Health: Accountability and Behavior Change

Four days ago a young woman died giving birth in a bustling marketplace in New Delhi, just steps away from Parliament, and at the beginning of an international conference on maternal health. This is not acceptable.

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