Pregnant women in Haiti are among the hardest hit and because of high maternal mortality rates in Haiti were in peril even before the earthquake. A handful of organizations are responding.
Anti-choice “aid” organizations and people like Steve Mosher, believe the women they’re “serving” are meant to reproduce, even as their bodies give out, and they can’t feed the children they have.
The American College of Nurse-Midwives blog, Midwife Connection, poses the question, “Should a pharmacist be able to refuse to fill a prescription?” in response to “pharmacy refusal” policies currently making their way through Washington state courts.
Despite these encouraging signals, however, the Obama administration has not yet made any notable changes to U.S. policy targeting the sexual and reproductive health of young people globally.
Despite international attention to the issue of maternal mortality worldwide, little progress has been made in reducing maternal deaths. In some countries, such as Zimbabwe, the situation is getting worse rather than better.
Thoraya Obaid, executive director of the UN Population Fund about family planning: “There is no investment in development that costs so little and brings benefits that are so far-reaching and enormous”.
We need a peaceful, purposeful, stubborn and obstinate revolution.
A new report from the Guttmacher Institute highlights the urgency for increasing U.S. international family planning assistance and for the US to help mitigate the impact of unsafe abortion.
Pulitzer Prize winning authors Kristof and Wudunn put it all together in a new book, Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. .
Family planning has finally come to the forefront of worldwide discussions on population, development, poverty, the environment, and peace.