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An Unmet Need for the World’s Women: Safe Second-Trimester Abortion

If you work in reproductive health or public health you often hear people talking about the “unmet need for contraception” in a certain country or region. But here’s an unmet need that never gets discussed outside of small circles: second-trimester abortion.

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Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion: A Call to Action

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Millions of women in Africa and throughout the developing world suffer and die needlessly from unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion. But even the best contraceptive and postabortion services are not enough to prevent this. A third component that is often stigmatized and neglected even in the context of reproductive health programs is safe, legal abortion.

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Illegal and Unsafe Abortion on the Rise in Dubai

Despite draconian laws and a culture of blame, women in Dubai and other states of the United Arab Emirates are increasingly turning to “do-it-yourself” abortions and endangering their lives in the process.

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Rachel’s Sabbath and the Far Right’s Attack on Women

Rachel Sabbath honors the biblical matriarch who died in childbirth. As Rachel Sabbath approaches, a rabbi underscores the moral and human dimensions of reproductive health and rights, and urges every one of us to act.

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Nepal Advances As U.S. Backslides on Women’s Rights

For centuries Nepal banned abortion under any circumstance. Women were imprisoned and many more died in the process. Now the highest legal authority in the country has explicitly recognized a woman as the master of her own body.

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Legislating Abortion Stigma

Stigmatizing abortion is inherently harmful to women’s health. When abortion is inaccessible either legally, financially or physically, women are more likely to turn to the back alley.

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(UPDATED) “Pro-Life” Ohio Republican Seeks to “Zero Out” International Family Planning Funds

Today’s bully, or let’s say one of them because there are so many to deal with each day, is Representative Bob Latta, Republican from the 5th District in Ohio.  Mr. Latta has introduced an amendment to the GOP’s proposed Continuing Resolution that would eliminate all funding for international family planning.  It could be voted on today.

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Illegal Abortion Providers and Anti-Choice Irresponsibility

Most mature political actors accept that their policies have consequences. Why can’t anti-choicers accept that restricting abortion means more predators like Kermit Gosnell will get customers?

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Quality Abortion Care is the Norm, Despite Recent Headlines

The arrest on murder charges of a doctor who provided abortions is horrific but the case is an outlier and not typical of the high-quality abortion care provided by NAF members.

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Doctor Who Performed Illegal Abortions Indicted for Murder

A doctor who performed late abortions mostly on poor and immigrant women is facing eight counts of murder. How does stigma and fear around abortion contribute to such a deadly scenario?

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