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Abortion Must Be Included In Gender Equality Discussions

The Guardian: Illegal abortions are unsafe for women. Refusing to talk about abortion is, too
Jessica Valenti, daily columnist for The Guardian

“The Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — in their new women’s rights initiative No Ceilings — has magically disappeared one of the most important women’s issues from the international conversation on gender equality: abortion. … Abortion is a reality we can’t afford to ignore and a necessity that needs to be discussed, researched and funded to truly guarantee women’s full participation in society. … Putting women’s lives at risk all over the world to appeal to skittish donors or to placate leaders in countries with draconian abortion laws is no way to make gender equality palatable; in many ways, doing so just perpetuates the problem projects like these are trying to solve” (3/10).

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