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Guttmacher Report Cites Increases in Contraceptive Use, Reductions in Unintended Pregnancies and Abortions…and More Work To Do

More women and men have access to and are using contraception throughout the world, reports the Guttmacher Institute, contributing to a decrease in the number of unintended pregnancies and, in turn, a decline in the number of abortions, from 45.5 million procedures in 1995 to 41.6 million in 2003.

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Right-to-Life Amendments Sweep Mexican States

In 2007 the Mexican Supreme Court upheld a law which decriminalized abortion in Mexico City. Since then, twelve Mexican states have approved constitutional reforms defining personhood as beginning at the moment of conception.

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Court Orders Nepal to Improve Access to Abortion

Great news out of Nepal! In just a few years, the country has gone from
a total abortion ban to allowing abortion under most circumstances to
this week, the Supreme Court ordering the government to set up an
abortion fund for poor women and to invest in an education campaign on
abortion.

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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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