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The Guardian Examines El Salvador’s Strict Abortion Laws, Impacts On Women

The Guardian: El Salvador: where women are thrown into jail for losing a baby “…Civil rights groups say 17 women in El Salvador have been wrongfully imprisoned for miscarriages. Countless more have been jailed for having abortions. While several other countries in the region have relaxed their anti-abortion laws, El…

Sierra Leone President Expected To Sign Bill Legalizing Abortion

BuzzFeed News: What Legalized Abortion Means For The Women Of Sierra Leone “Sierra Leone President Ernest Koroma is expected to sign a bill legalizing abortion, after declaring the country’s maternal health crisis a ‘national emergency’ in a speech to Parliament on Friday. … The Safe Abortion Act, which the country’s…

New ‘PSI Pulse’ Available Online

PSI Pulse: Issue 3 Issue 3 of PSI Pulse contains several pieces on global health-related issues, including an article on using development impact bonds as a model to finance global health; the use of voluntary medical male circumcision in Zimbabwe; a program that aims to improve gestational diabetes management and…

Activists Praise Sierra Leone Parliamentary Action Legalizing Abortion

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Sierra Leone legalizes abortion, will save ‘countless’ lives: activists “Women with unwanted pregnancies in Sierra Leone will no longer have to undergo unsafe abortions after parliament passed a law which activists said on Thursday would save countless lives in the country with the world’s highest maternal death…

Climate Agreements Must Include Women’s Sexual, Reproductive Rights

Huffington Post: Women’s Rights Must Be a Major Part of Any Climate Deal Françoise Girard, president of International Women’s Health Coalition “…Women and girls are the most affected by climate change and have the most to lose, or gain, from a deal [reached at the Paris talks]. They make up…

Wilson Center Event Examines Empowering Youth Through Health, Education

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Key to Youth Empowerment — But How Do You Put Girls at the Center? Anna Bella Korbatov, an intern for the Environmental Change and Security Program, discusses comments made at an October 19…

WHO Examines Global Estimates Of STIs, Impacts On Sexual, Reproductive Health

WHO: Global estimates shed light on toll of sexually transmitted infections This piece discusses global estimates that were published Tuesday in an article in PLOS ONE on the prevalence and incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). “A large proportion of new STIs occur among adolescents and young adults who may…

Many Beninese Women Have Unmet Need For Contraception, Study Shows

Guttmacher Institute: In Benin, Unmet Need for Modern Contraception Remains High Despite Having Been Identified as a National Priority “Many Beninese women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a modern contraceptive method, according to a new study released [Wednesday] by the Guttmacher Institute and the Association Béninoise pour…

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