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Doctor Involved With Indian Sterilization Campaign That Killed 13 Women Arrested

News outlets continue to report on the deaths of 13 women who took part in a mass sterilization campaign in India. A doctor involved in the campaign has been arrested, and investigations are ongoing into the cause of the women’s deaths and the hospitalizations of dozens of others. The Guardian:…

Men Must Take More Responsibility For Contraception, Global Conference Concludes

The Guardian: Gender equality forum urges men to take responsibility on contraception “Men must take more responsibility for using contraception away from women to reduce the risk of more women dying from botched sterilizations like those seen in India this week, a global symposium on gender equality concluded on Thursday.…

Pfizer, Development Organizations To Expand Injectable Contraceptive Access In Developing Countries

News outlets report on an announcement that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in collaboration with development organizations, will expand access to its injectable contraceptive for women in developing countries. New York Times: Pfizer and Aid Groups Team Up on Depo-Provera Contraceptive for Developing World “Depo-Provera, an injectable contraceptive given once every…

Tests Show Tainted Medication Responsible For Indian Sterilization Campaign Deaths; State Recalls Pills As Company Denies Contamination

News outlets report on various issues surrounding the deaths of 13 women who took part in a government-sponsored Indian sterilization campaign, including autopsy and drug testing results and the history of sterilization programs in the country. Al Jazeera: Why Indian women are victims of sterilization ‘cattle camps’ (De Bode, 11/14).…

Laws Not Enough To End Female Genital Mutiliation

New York Times: Fighting Female Genital Mutilation Mona Eltahawy, author “…Many international treaties designate female genital mutilation a violation of the human rights of girls and women. On Oct. 30, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced a global campaign to end it within a generation. … Laws are…

Obama Should Address Policy Limiting Abortion Funding For U.S. Programs Overseas

The Hill: Death-dealing double standard of U.S. policies toward women overseas Liz Maguire, president and CEO of Ipas, and Purnima Mane, president and CEO of Pathfinder International “…Women and girls who live in countries that have restrictive abortion laws are far less likely than their American sisters to obtain safe…

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