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The Cost of a Woman’s Life

I have been asked to suggest how we constructively engage women in Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) issues as “more than patients”, so I have come up with six suggested steps that we might all take together to achieve success.

Developing nations like Kenya have not experienced the overall decrease in maternal mortality enjoyed across the globe. More needs to be done to address the impact of maternal death on families and communities.

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Four Right-Wing Lawmakers Exploiting the Gosnell Case to Pass Anti-Choice Laws

(From right) Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Fred Upton (R-MI).

When the Gosnell case went to trial, right-wing activists saw their moment at hand, and got busy. Right-wing members of Congress got the message.

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Family Planning Is Key to Healthy Pregnancies and Births

It is crucial to protect and invest in the programs that are needed to ensure that all women, regardless of income or background, can access the affordable care they need to have healthier pregnancies and births.

According to a new report, the United States has the highest first-day death rate in the industrialized world. Addressing this and related problems will require comprehensive efforts to reduce pervasive economic, social, and health disparities.

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Would a North Carolina Bill Ban Minors From Buying Pregnancy Tests? (UPDATED)

The North Carolina legislature would rather see teens face unplanned pregnancies, untreated STIs, and chemical dependency issues than allow them to receive any form of health care without a parent's approval.

The North Carolina legislature would rather see teens face unplanned pregnancies, untreated STIs, and chemical dependency issues than allow them to receive any form of health care without a parent’s approval.

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New Study Shows Birth Centers Are a Quality Option for Low-Risk Births

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Two weeks ago the American Association of Birth Centers and the American College of Nurse-Midwives released the findings from a new study.The big picture finding is this: for low-risk women giving birth, birth centers are an alternative that provides a safe, supportive, and cost-saving environment in which to give birth.

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STOKING FIRE: In Iraq, High Rates of Cancer and Birth Defects Linked to Use of Chemical Weapons in War

The U.S. war ended in December 2011, but families in numerous Iraqi cities are living with a dramatic rise in birth defects and cancer from chemical weapons that were detonated near homes, schools, and playgrounds.

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The 2012 Global Family Planning Summit: Will Issues Be Adequately Addressed?

In mid-July, world leaders will gather in London to discuss a real and urgent need: increased funding for family planning. The summit documents link the dearth of contraceptives and health services to poverty. This vision is not so much wrong as it is incomplete.

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Maternity Care in a “Majority Minority” Country

Race-based maternal health disparities are no longer a concern of the minority — they are a concern of the majority. And they should be a top priority. If Medicaid doesn’t make room for alternative, potentially life saving maternal health models, we risk endangering the health of generations to come.

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In Startling Move of Consistency, Nebraska Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Prenatal Care for Undocumented Women

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The Nebraska Legislature has been embroiled in a conservative controversy. The issue at hand has been pre-natal care for immigrant women. The angels and devils sitting on the shoulders and whispering in the ears of the GOP caucus in that state have been tugging their politicians back and forth over the issue, while Nebraskans have waited to see whether hatred for “illegals” would prove more powerful than “saving babies.” 

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“Pro-life” Nebraska Governor to Veto Legislation Guaranteeing Prenatal Care to Immigrant Women

The same Governor who signed the “fetal pain” bill will be using the same pen to veto the legislation reversing the policy whose effects will hurt wanted, pain capable infants.  The mothers of these wanted infants will experience their baby’s deaths prior to their first birthdays, as American infants residing on American soil.

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