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The Anti-Abortion Push To Criminalize Pregnancy

May 21, 2012

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by Jessica PiekloMay 20, 2012 On Friday an Indiana state court granted Bei Bei Shuai’s bond request, just a week after the Indiana Supreme Court declined to review an earlier ruling holding that the state’s feticide laws may be used against pregnant women who harm themselves. Shuai’s case has mobilized women’s rights advocates nationwide, and […]

Why Are Teen Moms Poor?

May 20, 2012

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Surprising new research shows it’s not because they have babies. They have babies because they’re poor. By Matthew Yglesias|Posted Monday, May 14, 2012, at 5:01 PM ET Surprising new research shows that babies don’t make teen moms poor. Being poor causes them to have babies.iStockphoto. Delivering the commencement address last weekend at the evangelical Liberty […]

To Save Mothers, Let’s Lower 5 Basic Risks

May 10, 2012

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WeNews commentator Thursday, May 10, 2012 Eighty percent of all maternal deaths globally can be attributed to five basic risks. Let’s do more to treat hemorrhage, infection, unsafe abortion, hypertensive disorders and obstructed labor. (WOMENSENEWS)–While working in remote Papua New Guinea last year with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres my team and I heard about […]

Tennessee: Miscarriage Will Be Murder — Legislature Passes Embryo Bill

April 28, 2012

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by David Badash on April 24, 2012 The Tennessee House last week voted 80-18 to make miscarriage — or the killing of any fertilized egg — murder. Last night, the Tennessee Senate passed by a 28-2 margin a companion version of the bill. The bill specifically includes all embryos “at any state of gestation in […]

Child marriages blight Bangladesh

April 25, 2012

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By Angus CrawfordBBC News Oli, bottom right, is trying to educate parents about the perils of child marriage Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 20% of girls becoming wives before their 15th birthday, even though 18 is the minimum age allowed by law. Why? “It is the […]

Most pregnancy-related deaths occur in transit’

April 23, 2012

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Reblogged from kracktivist AARTI DHAR, The HinduMaternal Death Reviews reveals many facilities show mothers the door soon after delivery According to a study conducted on pregnancy-related deaths, a large number of women die during transit to a health facility or returning home after a delivery. ‘Maternal Death Reviews — Implications for Quality of Care,’ (MDR) […]

No Maternity Leave For Mother Of Twins Born To Surrogate

April 21, 2012

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by Judy MollandApril 20, 2012 The War on Women is alive and well in the UK as well as the US. Jane Kassim, a teaching assistant from Rotherham, England, whose twin babies were carried by her cousin, has been told she is not entitled to maternity pay because her children were born through surrogacy. Kassim […]

War on Terror Traumatises Pakistani Women

April 16, 2012

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By Ashfaq Yusufzai Women in Pakistan’s tribal areas show signs of mental stress. Credit:Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Apr 16, 2012 (IPS) – Collateral damage caused by the ‘war on terror’, prosecuted by the United States and its allies in Afghanistan since 2001, may well extend to psychological trauma sustained by thousands of women in the […]

No One Called Me a Slut

April 15, 2012

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By SUSAN HEATHPublished: April 14, 2012 TWO weeks ago, a bomb went off outside a Wisconsin abortion center. In recent years, several states have passed or tried to pass laws requiring women seeking legal, constitutionally protected procedures to first undergo medical examinations. A young woman has been called a slut after testifying in favor of […]

How the “Pro-Life” Movement Puts Women Behind Bars

March 24, 2012

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March 17,2012 In Alabama, the claim that eggs, embryos and fetuses have separate legal rights has led to the jailing of 60 women. Numerous organizations and leaders who identify themselves as pro-life have assured the public that their efforts to re-criminalize abortion and establish the unborn as separate legal persons will not result in the […]

Women’s Health Care at Risk

February 29, 2012

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Published: February 28, 2012 A wave of mergers between Roman Catholic and secular hospitals is threatening to deprive women in many areas of the country of ready access to important reproductive services. Catholic hospitals that merge or form partnerships with secular hospitals often try to impose religious restrictions against abortions, contraception and sterilization on the […]

Society needs to realise the horrific consequences of sex-selective abortions

February 25, 2012

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UK doctors who allegedly offer sex-selective abortions should look to India to see the emotional and social disaster they create Kishwar Desai guardian.co.uk, Friday 24 February 2012 The claim that doctors in the UK have been caught agreeing to conduct sex-selective abortions is extremely shocking – but certainly not surprising. At a time when doctors […]

Gang life: First he builds trust. Then you help out. Next you’re cutting crack

February 21, 2012

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One ex-gang member describes how her life was taken over by a boyfriend, and how the cycle begins at schoolBen Ferguson and Matthew Taylor guardian.co.uk, Sunday 19 February 2012 Lisa remembers the moment she knew her life had been overtaken by the gang. Her boyfriend of six months had called and asked her for a […]

For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage

February 18, 2012

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By JASON DePARLE and SABRINA TAVERNISEPublished: February 17, 2012 LORAIN, Ohio — It used to be called illegitimacy. Now it is the new normal. After steadily rising for five decades, the share of children born to unmarried women has crossed a threshold: more than half of births to American women under 30 occur outside marriage. […]

Britain’s first ‘male mother’: Man born a woman is first in UK to give birth despite having sex change

February 13, 2012

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The man had hormone treatment to reactivate his womb He is one of only five ‘male mums’ in the world The baby is thought to have been delivered by cesarean section By Fiona Macrae Last updated at 10:49 PM on 12th February 2012 Expecting: World’s first male mum Thomas Beatie – born Tracy Lagondino – […]

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Dying for lack of reproductive healthcare

February 11, 2012

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Photo: Contributor/IRINDisadvantaged at birth BANGKOK, 10 February 2012 (IRIN) – Lack of access to reproductive health services in Myanmar has led to high rates of maternal deaths and unplanned pregnancies among the country’s displaced, migrant and refugee populations, say health experts. “There are huge unmet reproductive health needs for contraceptives, family planning, and access to […]

Will the ‘girl effect’ really help to combat poverty?

February 10, 2012

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Many development organisations see empowering girls – and enabling them to delay childbearing – as a powerful means to tackle poverty, but the evidence so far doesn’t bear this out Girls sell coffee in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photograph: Alamy The call to invest in adolescent girls has been sweeping the development field in recent years. […]

Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job

January 31, 2012

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By DINA BAKSTPublished: January 30, 2012 FEW people realize that getting pregnant can mean losing your job. Imagine a woman who, seven months into her pregnancy, is fired from her position as a cashier because she needed a few extra bathroom breaks. Or imagine another pregnant employee who was fired from her retail job after […]

Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job

January 31, 2012

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By DINA BAKSTPublished: January 30, 2012 FEW people realize that getting pregnant can mean losing your job. Imagine a woman who, seven months into her pregnancy, is fired from her position as a cashier because she needed a few extra bathroom breaks. Or imagine another pregnant employee who was fired from her retail job after […]

Reproductive rights and the Republican primary

January 31, 2012

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The extreme wing of the Republican Party wants to pass a law that would deprive women of their personhood. Rose Aguilar27 Jan 2012 According to Medical Students for Choice, even though abortion is legal in the US, 87 per cent of all counties and 98 per cent of all rural counties have no abortion providers […]

Reproductive rights and the Republican primary

January 31, 2012

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The extreme wing of the Republican Party wants to pass a law that would deprive women of their personhood. Rose Aguilar27 Jan 2012 According to Medical Students for Choice, even though abortion is legal in the US, 87 per cent of all counties and 98 per cent of all rural counties have no abortion providers […]