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Recent Policy, Legal Decisions In U.S., Other Nations Restrict Women’s Reproductive Rights

The following opinion pieces address women’s reproductive health rights in the U.S. and abroad.

The Guardian: Republican family values put women’s lives in danger worldwide
Craig Lasher, director of U.S. government relations at Population Action International

“…Is it just me, or do we seem to be in retreat? This latest disregard for women — in the U.S. and overseas — is not unexpected, but it is certainly disappointing. … The fact is that family planning saves women’s lives. But in Washington these days, the facts do not matter. Last week Republicans on the House spending committee imposed a completely unnecessary cap on international family planning funding. … The health of women around the world is far too important to continue to be thrust on to the frontline of U.S. domestic culture wars” (7/2).

Huffington Post: Who Decides For Women’s Reproductive Rights?
Leila Mouri, Iranian women’s rights activist and journalist

“In a matter of one week in the U.S. and Iran, authorities have made decisions that restrain women’s right to control their bodies. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court voted in favor of permitting family companies to deny employees insurance coverage for contraception in the name of religious freedom. Whereas, Iranian MPs ratified a bill last week which in case of becoming a law criminalizes any act that promotes or employs birth control tools and methods…” (7/2).

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