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South Africa: Leadership on Abortion and Women’s Health and Rights

South Africa has already set an example for the world by enacting a law that protects women’s rights, including their right to terminate a pregnancy. It now needs to make sure that women and girls can access these services, that they have information about their rights, and that they have access to other reproductive health care, such as family planning.

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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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“Abortion Democracy:” Feminist Film-Maker Inspires Us to Speak Out for Women

Sarah Diehl’s film skillfully contrasts abortion policies and laws in two countries, revealing how the legal status of women is a direct result of the silencing–or empowering–of women’s voices

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How can We Reach More Families Living with HIV in South Africa?

I had heard that South Africans were warm and friendly, but imagine being hugged by 15 grannies!  In South Africa, strong interventions are needed to reach out to children who are not currently accessing HIV treatment services.   Since HIV is clustered in families, grannies who reach out to grannies may help children get the care they need. 

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Gender Testing and Women’s Sports

Testing 18-year-old South African athlete Caster Semenya to determine
whether or not she is female is the latest demonstration of the way
societies are unable to accept that gender is fluid and people are not
always "one or the other."

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Roundup: HIV Scare at Missouri High School, FRC Defends Rep. Bachmann

Students offered tests after HIV scare at Missouri High School; Family Research Council comes to defense of Rep. Bachmann; Catholic commentator warns against voting solely on abortion; Coping with depression during pregnancy; Text messages inform and encourage HIV testing in South Africa.

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Roundup: Abortion Rises Again as Election Issue

Obama seeks middle ground on abortion; McCain slammed for ‘sarcastic air quotes’; Abortion restrictions on the ballot in Colorado, South Dakota and California; Broad support for reproductive health bill in Phillipines; UN says more focus on women needed in fight against HIV; ‘HIV positive’ Muppet educates kids on the disease in South Africa.

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Roundup: Science Based Approach to HIV/AIDS Returns to South Africa

Science-based approach to HIV prevention returns to South Africa; Indian authors tell real stories of HIV epidemic in India; New cream could help women quietly protect themselves against HIV; Catholic university orders NPR station to stop accepting underwriting from Planned Parenthood; A mother’s final look at life.

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Roundup: Women Fight Against Violence, Romney’s Sex Ed Hypocrisy

Women fight to put violence on global agenda; San Francisco Chronicle warns proposition 4 threatens choice; Mitt Romney’s sex ed hypocrisy; British org publishes sex ed booklet for six-year-old students; Progress on fight against TB/HIV; Tyra Banks takes on teen pregnancy.

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Sex and Childbearing After HIV Diagnosis

Heather Boonstra, Kevin Moody and Fiona Pettit address the success of antiretroviral treatment and the new set of challenges for people around the world living with HIV.

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