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Cervical Cancer is Preventable. Let’s Make it a Global Priority

CIES clinic in Bolivia where 400,000 health services are provided annually. Photograph courtesy of IPPF/WHR.

Diseases such as diabetes and cancer cause tens of millions of deaths each year, many of which are premature. Once the burden of rich countries, these non-communicable diseases are increasingly affecting individuals in low- and middle-income countries where they impose heavy burdens on already fragile health systems. Among the most deadly—and preventable—of these diseases is cervical cancer.

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Running for Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo

This week, millions of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a war-ravaged African country, voted in their second ever presidential and parliamentary election. As Congolese (and Egyptians) cast votes, they speak out for all rights.

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STOKING FIRE: Women’s Health Facilities are Crucial to All Pregnancy-Related Decisions

Good options counseling requires a mix of concrete information and careful listening so that individuals can decide which alternative best meets their needs. That’s why one former patient gets so riled up when conservatives condemn Planned Parenthood: “I want these legislators to know that my three-year-old is here, not despite, but because of, Planned Parenthood.” 

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Bachmann: HPV Vaccine Might Cause “Mental Retardation”

While hitting Perry on his HPV mandate, Bachmann claims the vaccine caused “mental retardation” in one recipient.

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Pointing Toward the Future: How Environmental and Women’s Rights Groups Can Work Together to Solve Global Problems

As part of our series on Seven Billion People, RHRC asks two experts, Dr. Carmen Barroso, Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, and Carl Pope, former Executive Director and current Chairman of the Sierra Club, to explain the connections between environmental and population issues and how the movements can work together.

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World Sexual Health Day 2011: What Is My Responsibility?

Know your sexual rights and ask yourself: What is my responsibility? What are my sexual responsibilities?

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Rick Perry Changes His Tune on Social Issues at the Slightest Complaint from Religious Fundamentalists

The best way to find out what a Perry presidency would look like for women and social issues writ large? Look at what far-right, conservative, religious and evangelical power players want him to do; whatever it is, he’ll do it.

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Roundup: FDA Rejects Gardasil for Women 27-45

FDA rejects age extension on Gardasil; DC no longer permitted to make own abortion decisions; medical records of family planning patients stolen; adoption law struck down in Arkansas; and ScarJo stands with Planned Parenthood.

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Global Health and American Moral Power

Miracles are not free. They cost eight cents a day, the average cost to each American citizen for the UScontribution to saving lives among the world’s poorest, about one-fifth of one percent of the US government budget. Some people say eight cents is too much.

 

 

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