South Korea overturns abortion ban in ‘major step forward’ for women’s rights

Posted on April 17, 2019 at 9:27 am

South Korea’s decades-long ban on abortion is unconstitutional, the country’s highest court has ruled, in a landmark decision that paves the way for anti-abortion regulations to be scrapped. The ban infringed a woman’s “right of self-determination”, the constitutional court said ...

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Prevalence, attitudes and knowledge of misoprostol for self-induction of abortion in women presenting for abortion at Midwestern reproductive health clinics

Posted on April 15, 2019 at 11:50 am

In the setting of increasing restrictions to legal abortion in the United States, reports have emerged of self-induced termination of pregnancies with misoprostol, obtained without a prescription or provider. This study seeks to describe the prevalence of women seeking or ...

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS the pursuit of rights and choices FOR ALL

Posted on April 15, 2019 at 9:27 am

It was 1969. World population reached 3.6 billion, up about 1 billion from only 17 years earlier. Fertility rates worldwide then were about double what they are today. In the least developed countries, fertility was about six births per woman. ...

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Are family planning vouchers effective in increasing use, improving equity and reaching the underserved? An evaluation of a voucher program in Pakistan

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Low modern contraceptive prevalence rate and high unmet need in Pakistan aggravates the vulnerabilities of unintended pregnancies and births contributing to maternal morbidity and mortality. This research aims to assess the effectiveness of a free, single-purpose voucher approach in increasing ...

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Safe Menstrual Practices Important for Progress

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 11:53 am

In Bangladesh a large number of girls said they felt uncomfortable to go to school or travel during their period due to abdominal pain and the fear of leakage from rags. Credit: Shafiqul Alam Kiron/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 2019 ...

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Social Norms and Beliefs About Gender-Based Violence Scale: A Measure for Use with Gender-Based Violence Prevention Programs in Low-Resource and Humanitarian Settings

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 11:48 am

This study seeks to evaluate the impact of gender-based violence (GBV) prevention programs through a reliable measure that examines change over time in harmful social norms and personal beliefs that maintain and tolerate sexual violence and other forms of GBV ...

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Rethinking Relationships: From Violence to Equality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 11:40 am

This evidence brief focuses on the results from a two-year project in 15 villages across three rural health zones in eastern DRC that aimed to prevent violence against women and girls and make it unacceptable. The project sought to create ...

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“They Destroy the Reproductive System”: Exploring the Belief that Modern Contraceptive Use Causes Infertility

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 4:23 pm

A common reason for nonuse of modern contraceptives is concern about side effects and health complications. This article provides a detailed characterization of the belief that modern contraceptives cause infertility, and an examination of how this belief arises and spreads, ...

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Just the Numbers: The Impact of U.S. International Family Planning Assistance, 2019

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 9:49 am

Investments in sexual and reproductive health and rights have profound and measurable benefits. Addressing the full range of sexual and reproductive health needs and rights of all people at all stages of their lives is essential for maternal, newborn, child ...

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Access to Sexual and Reproductive Services and Youth Friendly Services Among Young Rural People in Khammouane Province, Lao Pdr

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 9:43 am

For many youth around the world, and especially unmarried young women and those marginalised by ethnicity or other markers of inequality, the right to reproductive health remains elusive. The objective of this study was to examine the access youth from ...

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