Researchers at the World Health Organization have recently documented a substantial decrease in the numbers of unsafe abortion deaths, but the incidence of unsafe abortion itself has not decreased. Anti-abortion laws in developing countries cause grave harm and endanger women’s lives and health. As long as these antiquated laws remain in place, unsafe abortion and its resulting maternal mortality and morbidity will continue.
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.
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.
Access to medical abortion could save tens of thousands of women in Africa each year, by providing a safe alternative to unsafe abortion and a treatment for incomplete abortion or miscarriage.
Maternal health isn’t exactly what most people consider to be a “sexy” topic and it can be challenging to engage those outside of the health community. Stepping up to the challenge, two artists have joined forces using the Internet to unite arts and activism.
I traveled to Haiti for the first time in 2003. I left there a different woman than I came. Women in Haiti are 70 times more likely than women in the U.S. to suffer and die from preventable conditions during pregnancy and childbirth.
Two new reports reveal growing gaps in access to reproductive health care for women, especially among poor women, and those living outside major urban areas, and high rates of maternal mortality throughout the country.
The Pakistan floods have reminded us that the needs of women and girls must not be forgotten. A statement, just released by the Reproductive Health Response in Crisis (RHRC) Consortium, underscores what should be done in Pakistan to provide the minimum services until the situation stabilizes.
Although perhaps not completely shocking to those of us in the reproductive health and justice movement, the encompassing newly published Forsaken Lives: The Harmful Impact of the Philippine Criminal Abortion Ban by the innovative Center for Reproductive Rights is both incredibly powerful and devastating as it discusses in detail “the human suffering caused by the criminal ban on abortion [in the Philippines] and the challenges it creates for health service providers.”
Iran slowly reduces its maternal mortality rate, Pakistan tries to provide access to RU 486 to a firestorm of protest, teens in Wales have problems accessing abortion, and Australia has an unprecedented abortion trial.