Global Abortion Policies Database

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Global Abortion Policies Database
June 23, 2017

The World Health Organization, the Human Reproduction Programme, and the Population Division of the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs have launched the Global Abortion Policies Database to promote greater transparency of abortion laws and policies and State accountability for the protection of women and girls’ health and human rights.

The Global Abortion Policies Database is designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate unsafe abortion by producing an interactive open-access database and repository of current abortion laws, policies, and national standards and guidelines. This tool builds upon the UNPD’s previous work in this area, resulting in a more comprehensive information resource on abortion policies in the 21st century. The database will facilitate analyses of countries’ abortion laws and policies when they are placed in the context of WHO guidelines and human rights norms and standards. It is intended to help states identify and eliminate the barriers that women encounter in accessing safe abortion services. It is also intended to increase both the transparency of abortion laws and policies and to ensure accountability for the protection of women’s health and their human rights.

Continued at source: WHO / HRP: http://www.srhr.org/abortion-policies.

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About the Global Abortion Policies Project

The Global Abortion Policies Project (GAPP) has been designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate unsafe abortion by producing a global, open-access repository of current abortion laws, policies, and national standards and guidelines. The purpose of the Project is to increase both the transparency of abortion laws and policies and to foster accountability among governments as they adopt and implement such policies. The Project has been structured to facilitate comparative analyses of countries’ abortion laws and policies by placing them in the context of the WHO guidance on safe abortion. Current laws and policies on abortion can be used as benchmarks to monitor and evaluate national progress in creating an enabling policy and regulatory environment for eliminating unsafe abortion. The Project Database is a collaborative effort by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations and the Department of Reproductive Health and Research of the World Health Organization.

Continued at source: United Nations: https://esa.un.org/gapp.

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Can We Redesign the Way We Talk About Abortion? Meet the Women Behind 5 Very Powerful Design-led Projects

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Can We Redesign the Way We Talk About Abortion? Meet the Women Behind 5 Very Powerful Design-led Projects

“There’s an intellectual resistance to beauty and good design sometimes—a notion that if something is flashy, there is a lack of seriousness behind it. I object to that.”
Words by Madeleine Morley

Published on June 12th, 2017

What does real freedom to choose look like, even (or especially) in the states and countries where legislation is decidedly pro-choice? And how can graphic design help communicate a more accurate narrative? As the anti-choice movement gains traction, the positive effects that abortion has on millions of lives can get lost, so we spoke with the people behind five projects and platforms where graphic design and visual communication is contributing to the portrayal of abortion as a normal medical procedure and basic human right.

Continued at source: Eye on Design: https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/re-designing-the-narratives-of-abortion-how-designers-are-contributing-to-the-pro-choice-effort/

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When Antiabortion Ideology Turns into Foreign Policy: How the Global Gag Rule Erodes Health, Ethics and Democracy

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When Antiabortion Ideology Turns into Foreign Policy: How the Global Gag Rule Erodes Health, Ethics and Democracy

Sneha Barot
Guttmacher Institute
First published online: June 8, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

The Trump administration reimposed and expanded the global gag rule to block U.S. global health assistance to all foreign nongovernmental organizations that use their own funding to engage in abortion-related services or advocacy.

This ideologically driven policy undermines the very goals of U.S. foreign aid programs by harming the health of people in poor countries, violating medical ethics and trampling on democratic values.

Continued at source: Guttmacher Institute: https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2017/06/when-antiabortion-ideology-turns-foreign-policy-how-global-gag-rule-erodes-health-ethics

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‘I don’t know another female track-and-field athlete who hasn’t had an abortion’, says London 2012 double-gold medallist

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'I don’t know another female track-and-field athlete who hasn’t had an abortion', says London 2012 double-gold medallist

Ben Rumsby
7 June 2017

London 2012 double-gold medallist Sanya Richards-Ross has claimed every female track-and-field athlete she knows has had an abortion after revealing she had one herself just before the previous Olympics.

Richards-Ross, who won the 400 metres and 4x400m titles five years ago, having also claimed relay gold in 2004 and 2008, disclosed she terminated a pregnancy one day before leaving for the Beijing Games in her new book, Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me about God and Life.

Continued at source: The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/athletics/2017/06/07/every-female-track-and-field-athlete-know-has-had-abortion-says/

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UN mourns passing of population agency chief Babatunde Osotimehin, ‘a champion of health for all’

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UN mourns passing of population agency chief Babatunde Osotimehin, 'a champion of health for all'

5 June 2017 – Secretary-General António Guterres and other senior United Nations officials have paid tribute to Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), who passed away suddenly this morning at the age of 68.

“Dr. Osotimehin was admired globally for his leadership of the UN Population Fund and for his forceful advocacy for the world's women and girls in particular,” said Secretary-General Guterres in a statement.

“The world has lost a great champion of health and well-being for all.”

Continued at source: United Nations: https://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56906

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I’m an Ob/Gyn and I Never, Ever Want to Be Pregnant

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I'm an Ob/Gyn and I Never, Ever Want to Be Pregnant
May 30, 2017
By Leah Torres, M.D.

No, thanks. That looks horrible.

Pregnancy is a miserable experience. At least that’s what some pregnant people tell me. Most of them are my patients. I'm an ob/gyn and a specialist in reproductive health, so I know quite a bit about why pregnancy is terrible. I, fortunately, have never had to suffer through being pregnant (thanks, Planned Parenthood!). Nope, I do not want to give birth. Ever.

The fact that there are people willing to vomit every morning for months on end, deal with hemorrhoids from weeks of constipation, and a myriad of other illness-esque experiences amazes me every time I see them for their prenatal visits.

Continued at source: Self.com: http://www.self.com/story/im-an-obgyn-and-i-never-ever-want-to-be-pregnant

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Trump Global Gag Rule: Campaign Statement and a Report from PAI

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Trump Global Gag Rule: Campaign Statement and a Report from PAI
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
May 24, 2017

Campaign Statement: Donald Trump aspires to be a mass murderer, especially of women

The Trump government has declared war on women everywhere. We call on the World Health Assembly first and foremost, currently in session, to condemn this death-dealing policy. We call on the United Nations and all governments to commit to funding public health and human rights as a global priority, including for women. Lastly, we call on everyone who works for the US government to refuse to implement this policy, because it will implicate them in mass murder.

Continued at source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/6902-2/

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Kenyan medics say U.S. health aid cuts will mean more abortions

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Kenyan medics say U.S. health aid cuts will mean more abortions

By Neha Wadekar | KISUMU, Kenya
Tue May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump's dramatic expansion of a policy blocking U.S. aid to organizations offering abortion services will have one sure result, say medical workers in this city: more abortions.

The United States reinstated the "Mexico City Policy" in January, cutting some $600 million in funds for family planning programs overseas.

Last week its scope suddenly mushroomed. Trump expanded it to affect $8.8 billion worth of global health funding, including programs on HIV/AIDS, malaria and child health.

Continued at source: Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-abortion-africa-idUSKBN18J1Y8

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Four priorities on women’s health for new WHO chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus

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Opinion: 4 priorities on women’s health for new WHO chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus
By Shannon Kowalski
23 May 2017

Today, the race to head the global health agency charged with responding to pandemics and setting health policy has culminated with the selection of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. As next director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros will take the helm as countries such as the United States are stepping up their efforts to roll back progress on women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The next WHO director-general is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The former minister of health of Ethiopia was elected as the new leader of the U.N. global health body by the World Health Assembly on Tuesday.

In this context, it will take a particularly courageous leader to ensure that the world’s prominent health body does not let politics trump evidence. Instead, the WHO’s new leader must take the bold action needed to ensure that every woman and girl everywhere can exercise her right to control her body, protect her health and live a healthy, empowered life.

Here are four priorities for women and girls that should be at the top of Tedros’ agenda.

Continued at source: Devex: https://www.devex.com/news/opinion-4-priorities-on-women-s-health-for-new-who-chief-dr-tedros-ghebreyesus-90335

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Trump’s Abortion Policy Isn’t About Morality – It’s Coercion

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Trump's Abortion Policy Isn't About Morality – It's Coercion
Having largely failed to convince women that ending a pregnancy is immoral, abortion opponents have turned to economic attacks

By Bridgette Dunlap
May 22, 2017

Amid all the presidential scandals of the past week, it was easy to miss that the Trump administration vastly expanded the anti-abortion policy known as the "global gag rule." But it's big news, with significant consequences.

Days into his presidency, Trump and the GOP have already gone hard against reproductive rights

The global gag rule prohibits any U.S. foreign aid from going to organizations that provide, advocate for or even discuss safe abortion services. Under previous Republican administrations, the rule applied to approximately $600 million in funds for family planning. Under Trump's expansion, the rule puts $8.8 billion for a range of programs addressing health issues like maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, malaria and Ebola in jeopardy.

Continued at source: Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/trumps-abortion-policy-isnt-about-morality-its-coercion-w483259

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