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Why Don’t More People Care About Black Maternal Deaths?

In September, 19-year-old Ayaanah Gibson (above) bled to death in her Benedict College dorm room after delivering a stillborn child.

What will it take to get people to recognize not just the racial disparity in death rates but the disparity in concern over U.S. Black women’s health and lives?

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Where the Safety Net Won’t Catch Us: How Obamacare Fails Black Women on Maternal Health

Black women in America are more likely than their white counterparts to experience poor pregnancy outcomes.

Even with the Affordable Care Act in place, Black women will still be plagued by the chronic stress that comes with simply being Black in the United States.

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Focusing on Women’s Health as the UN Looks Ahead to a New Development Framework

We must reduce pregnancy-related deaths and injuries and improve women’s health in the developing world.

To ensure the United States is a leader in advocating for women’s health and rights, I am proud to introduce the Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2013 (HR 3206) Friday.

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United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Fails to Uphold Women’s Human Rights

This year marked the first time in history that the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women did not produced Agreed Conclusions. The most contentious issues, not surprisingly, were related to  women’s access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.

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Eliminating Obstetric Fistula: A Comprehensive Approach to a Long-Ignored Problem

Obstetric fistula is a source of shame, stigma, and despair for millions of women. But US politics will inevitably play a role in whether it can be effectively addressed.

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Now is the Time to Save Women from Needless Death

Last week, more than 200 providers, policymakers, advocates and NGO workers put abortion on the table, and reaffirmed the promises African leaders and governments have made to African women.

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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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Local Context Matters to Women’s Lives: A Report from Delhi

There are many ways to save women’s lives, but the success of any given intervention depends on local context. What works in one locale may not work in another.

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No More Taj Mahals: We Can Reduce Maternal Deaths

Conventional wisdom won’t help reduce death and illness related to complications of pregnancy, childbirth or unsafe abortion. But a multi-facted approach to reducing maternal death and illness can.

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In Absurd Move, Canada Drops Family Planning from Maternal Health Plan

The Canadian government is excluding family planning from its initiative to save the lives and improve the health of mothers in poor countries. One small problem: You can’t address maternal mortality without family planning.

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