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Dispatches from CPD 2012: Will We Take Action to Make Things Better Or Just Keep Re-Writing Plans?

At this extremely important time for the globe, we need to ensure that the outcome documents of this year’s, and forthcoming meetings of the Commission on Population and Development are strong and will guarantee an increased focus on young people and their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Keeping Health Systems Accountable: A Critical Component of the Every Woman, Every Child Campaign

Poor quality maternity care, abuse by health workers, and health systems that are unaccountable to pregnant women and mothers all can subvert efforts brimming over with resources and political will.

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An International Perspective on Current Budget Debates about RH

This is pretty dry stuff. Wade through it please!

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Afternoon Roundup: Washington DC Proposes Cutting Out the ‘Middle-Man’ For Birth Control Access

Washington DC proposes birth control from pharmacists without a prescription; newly-created UN Women director speaks at the opening session of Commission on the Status of Women; GOP budget slashes foreign aid for HIV/AIDS programs and AIDS advocates say it will mean the loss of babies’ lives; Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a physician who provided abortions turned passionate-anti-legal-abortion-advocate dies.

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No More Suffering in Silence: The Human Rights Dimensions of Obstetric Fistula

In Kenya, as in many other countries, the health care system lacks the resources to provide care to those who need it, and patients also have few means for exercising their rights.

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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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Akimbo’s First Ever Film Festival: Millennium Development Goals at the Movies!

RH Reality Check is highlighting Akimbo’s first ever film festival, focused on each of the eight Millennium Development Goals as a way to increase awareness of the issues about which the goals are related.

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Gap in Access to Contraception Increases in Mexico, While Maternal Deaths Remain High

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.

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Canada “Opens Door” to Family Planning Programs in Global Effort to Reduce Maternal Death

In response to severe criticism of its rejection of family planning as part of global maternal health programs, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper now says that the “door is not closed” on providing contraception. 

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Social Marketing: Making Markets Work For Poor Women

Women have an unmet demand for reproductive health products that will improve their lives and that of their families. The gap lies in providing reliable, high-quality supplies of products and services. Social marketing can help fill it.

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