Region: US and Canada

Access to safe abortion and contraception: Vital for young women globally, a priority for U.S. foreign assistance

The United States, as the world’s foreign assistance leader, must play a key role in safeguarding a comprehensive and integrated approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights for young women. This fact sheet outlines policy challenges that deny young women their sexual and reproductive rights and puts forth policy actions the U.S. government should take: expand family planning funding, repeal the damaging Helms Amendment, permanently repeal the Mexico City Policy (also called the Global Gag Rule), and continue to work toward a progressive sexual and reproductive health agenda in platforms like the International Conference on Population and Development and the United Nations.

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Confronting abortion stigma

Every day of every week several state legislatures are hard at work creating more and more restrictions to punish both women in need of abortion and the medical professionals providing safe abortion care. What do all of these actions across the country share? They’re all rooted in abortion stigma.

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Green (with envy) about the gay rights movement

More than half the population supports gay marriage and families. So when will abortion and women's rights to reproductive self-determination be a cultural norm?Year: 2013Authors: Kumar, AnuLanguages: Regions: [wpv-post-taxonomy...

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Abortion stigma and the case of Purvi Patel

The case of Purvi Patel, a young woman in Indiana sentenced to 20 years in prison for feticide and child neglect, is a grotesque example of abortion stigma.Year: 2015Authors: Kumar, AnuLanguages: Regions: [wpv-post-taxonomy...

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Denying women their rights, criminalizing doctors

At a time when the pool of abortion providers is shrinking and abortion clinics are closing, medical abortion can truly increase women's access, particularly to those in underserved areas. For legislators who want to end access to abortion under any circumstances,...

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Abortion, the states and the World Health Organization

The new WHO recommendations make it painfully clear that, nearly 40 years after Roe v. Wade, we're doing everything wrong here. Whether it's gestational limits, ultrasounds, counseling or human rights, nearly every policy proposed by anti-abortion legislators directly...

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Bad all around: Attacks on women in NC

Taken together, the [NC] state Republican attacks on unemployment benefits, Medicaid, education, women's rights and racial justice amount to what the rest of the world considers human rights violations. They are anti-poor, anti-woman, and anti-[economic] development....

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