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Mother’s Day for Those Without Maternal Care

For women in the US, Mother’s Day is often about getting that perfect Hallmark card or being treated to breakfast in bed. But for many women in the developing world, celebrating motherhood through such a simple holiday is not even a possibility.

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Join the UN Millennium Campaign, Women’s eNews Maternal Health Live Chat Today

On Wednesday, March 25, the UN Millennium Campaign and Women’s eNews will host a livechat on maternal health. Pregnancy- and childbirth-related complications are the number one killer of young women in the developing world.

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Obama Reverses Bush Ban On Contraceptive Supplies to Leading Int’l Family Planning Organization

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today reversed a Bush Administration policy to block African governments from providing U.S.-funded contraceptive commodities to Marie Stopes International (MSI), one of the world’s leading family planning organisations.

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Meeting Women On Their Terms

Immigrant women we talked to in New York City feel alienated from what should in theory be some of the best medical care in the world.

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Roundup: Afghan Woman in Critical Condition after Unsafe Abortion; Don’t Blames Movies for Teen Births

Afghan woman in critical condition after unsafe abortion; South Dakota legislators out of touch on abortion?; one-third of elective C-sections performed too early; abortion fatigue among evangelical Christians, too; don’t blame movies for increase in teen birth rate.

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Price Tag Dissuades Utah Legislators from Abortion Ban

Finally, the economic downturn delivers a silver lining for America’s women: legislators in Utah, who are gung-ho about an abortion ban, aren’t going to pursue one in this legislative session because of the cost associated with defending the ban in court.

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Roundup: Latina Women Use Drugs and Home Remedies to Induce Abortion; Indian Call Center Fields Questions on Contraception

Drugs and “home remedies” are commonly used by Latina women seeking to induce abortion; Obama staff meet with faith groups; jobs in Nigeria require HIV-negative test result; Indian call center fields questions on contraception.

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The Time to Lift the Global Gag Rule Is Now

While the Global Gag Rule was designed to reduce abortion, there’s no evidence that it has. And the policy’s domino effect has had negative effects on people’s lives in ways that have nothing to do with abortion.

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Legal Abortion Care in Bolivia Often Denied

Although abortion is permitted in Bolivia in three cases, just six women have had access to legal abortion in this country. The reasons: judicial barriers as well as doctors who oppose abortion.

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Taking Stock of Abortion Laws Across Europe

A new Council of Europe report reiterates what we already know – availability of legal abortion reduces the rate of unsafe abortion.

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