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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Sociocultural factors in access to contraception by Palestine refugees in Jordan: a qualitative study

Posted on April 1, 2019 at 9:02 am

Maternal mortality rates in Palestine refugees in Jordan increased by 16% between 2013 and 2016. Action is needed to prevent future maternal deaths. Risk factors for maternal mortality are a young mother (below 20 years of age) and pregnancies that ...

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Contraception Atlas 2019

Posted on February 18, 2019 at 10:09 am

The Contraception Atlas – a map that scores 46 countries throughout geographical Europe on access to modern contraception, launched its third annual edition last week at the European Parliament, continuing to reveal a very uneven picture across Europe. The Atlas stratifies countries ...

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Kenya lifts ban on Marie Stopes abortion services after warning lives are at risk

Posted on January 28, 2019 at 2:36 pm

The Kenyan government has lifted a ban preventing the international charity Marie Stopes from providing any abortion services, following warnings the ruling endangered the lives of thousands of women. The Kenyan ministry of health said on Thursday that an audit ...

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Abortion stigma ends here – A toolkit for understanding and action

Posted on January 21, 2019 at 11:10 am

Abortion stigma plays a critical role in the social, medical and legal marginalization of abortion care around the world and leads to negative health outcomes for women, girls, trans people and their communities. Stigma shames and silences people seeking abortions, ...

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New Study Examines Characteristics of Women Seeking Abortion in Mexico City

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 10:51 am

Women who come from outside of Mexico City to obtain legal abortions are better educated, on average, than abortion seekers residing in the city and, to an even greater extent, than the residents of the communities from which they come. ...

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Federalism, two-level games and the politics of abortion rights implementation in subnational Argentina

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 10:05 am

The implementation of the 2012 Argentinean Supreme Court landmark ruling, which declared abortion legal in all cases of rape and established standards of implementation of lawful abortions at all levels of government, shows an uneven pattern of compliance by subnational ...

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Delivering contraceptive services in humanitarian settings

Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:14 pm

WHO has launched a new tool intended for front-line health care providers to help women initiate contraception in emergency and humanitarian settings. According to a recent report by the UN refugee agency UNHCR, across the globe there are an estimated ...

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Factors Influencing Modern Contraceptive Use among Adolescents in Nepal

Posted on December 3, 2018 at 12:01 pm

In Nepal, contraceptive use among married adolescents is low and has remained nearly stagnant since 2006, while little information is available about contraceptive use among unmarried adolescents. Nepal is committed to improve sexual and reproductive health rights among all the ...

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