For more than two decades, advocates in Latin America and the Caribbean have come together on September 28th to demand governments decriminalize abortion, provide access to safe and legal abortion services, and bring an end to the stigma faced by women who have had an abortion. This year, two...Read more
The Supreme Court in Argentina ruled unanimously today that abortion will be decriminalized in cases of rape and when a woman's life is in jeopardy. The ruling also states that doctors who perform abortions will be protected from punishment. In honor of this landmark ruling, we are excerpting a...Read more
January 22nd marks the 39th anniversary of one of the most significant legal decisions of the 20th century, Roe v. Wade . This landmark ruling from the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion and changed the course of history for women in this country. Yet women in Latin America and the...Read more
“How will you marshal your power, skills, and values to make the world a place in which all people matter?” asks Jennifer Baumgardner in her recently published book, F 'em! Goo goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls . For more than 15 years, Baumgardner has used her own unique skills as a writer to...Read more
Last week The Nation published a story on "Mexico's Anti-Abortion Backlash." In the article, writer Mary Cuddehe examines the criminalization of abortion in Mexico and how the recent "personhood amendment" push in the United States bears strong similarities to anti-abortion strategies enacted by...Read more
On November 7, 2011 an international human rights body condemned Peru for violating the human rights of a young woman seeking legal abortion services in the country and ruled that the government must ease its restrictions on abortion. In a groundbreaking decision issued in L.C. v. Peru—a case...Read more
Maternal health is a cornerstone of quality public health, and it has been the focus of global development goals and debates since the 1980s. Nonetheless, the United Nations reports that more than 350,000 women and girls die each year during pregnancy and childbirth, with 99% of these deaths...Read more
Maternal health is a cornerstone of quality public health, and it has been the focus of global development goals and debates since the 1980s. Nonetheless, the United Nations reports that more than 350,000 women and girls die each year during pregnancy and childbirth, with 99% of these deaths...Read more
A proposed amendment in the state of Mississippi that would define the beginning of life as conception has captured news headlines from Nebraska to Memphis. However, as Alexander Sanger, Chair of the International Planned Parenthood Council, explains, “Legislation that defines life as beginning at...Read more
A report presented to the United Nations General Assembly this morning by Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, which exposes the adverse effects criminalization and legal restrictions have on various health issues, is an important milestone for those working to promote sexual...Read more