U.S.: Heather Heyer Was The Alt-Right’s Worst Nightmare


Heather Heyer Was The Alt-Right's Worst Nightmare

There's a reason the far right has attacked Heyer's memory so viciously.

08/16/2017 12:40 EDT | Updated 6 hours ago
Chloe Angyal, Senior Front Page Editor, HuffPost

The neo-Nazis at the Daily Stormer have nothing nice to say about Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal who was killed by a white supremacist protester in Charlottesville last weekend.

Andrew Anglin, the editor of the Daily Stormer, wasted no time in defaming Heyer, writing an editorial shortly after her death in which he excoriated her appearance and called her “drain on society.” Anglin also noted Heyer’s marital and parental status, calling her a “fat, childless, 32-year-old slut,” claiming that her failure to marry and have children meant that she had “no value.”

Continued at link: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/heather-heyer-was-the-alt-rights-worst-nightmare_us_59946c02e4b04b193362484b

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Uganda: These are the consequences of the 2017 version of US’ anti-abortion Global Gag rule


These are the consequences of the 2017 version of US’ anti-abortion Global Gag rule
Global Gag Rule Uganda

Written by Charles Ledford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
August 13, 2017, Quartz africa

Uganda’s highway A-109 shoots across the plain from Kampala past the occasional storefront shops and open-air kiosks common to the continent’s roadsides. After rising into the verdant tea plantations of the country’s Western Region, it passes through Fort Portal near the Congolese border. From there, a turn off the main road leaves the reasonably well-maintained tarmac behind in favor of red clay washboard and bone-shaking potholes. Finally, it devolves into a footpath running between a few dozen housing compounds in a village called Kalera.

Though Kalera is poor by western standards, it doesn’t approach the desperation found in many poorer parts of Africa. Flinty, hard-working women tend small plots of bananas, potatoes, maize and soybeans. These plots border larger fields of tea, a cash crop. Goats and chickens roam. The village teems with children. Today, at least, there are no men in sight.

Continued at source: Quartz Africa: https://qz.com/1051605/trumps-anti-abortion-global-gag-rule-and-its-impact-in-uganda/

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Australia: This Is Why Getting An Abortion Outside Of A Major City Is So Damned Hard


This Is Why Getting An Abortion Outside Of A Major City Is So Damned Hard
"It can be a difficult place for patients to access contraception, let alone abortion."

Posted on August 07, 2017
Gina Rushton
BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

Renata lives in Inverell, a “small country town” in rural New South Wales where “everyone knows everyone”.

In 2009 she fell pregnant unexpectedly.

“We had only been together for about seven weeks and things were already going south in the relationship at that point,” Renata, who asked for us not to use her real name for privacy reasons, told BuzzFeed News.

“I was 19-years-old and I was really scared about going to my family GP because I thought it would get back to my parents.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/getting-an-abortion-outside-of-a-major-city

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Families, fertility and feminism: landmarks in women’s rights


Families, fertility and feminism: landmarks in women's rights

Women have fought long and hard to secure access to family planning and abortion, and reduce maternal mortality. A modern timeline of that struggle tells a story full of highs and lows

by Liz Ford
Thursday 27 July 2017

Women have been joining forces to agitate for their right to a better life for centuries, but some of the most significant changes have occurred over the past four decades.

It has been a journey of big leaps, small steps and setbacks. Four international women’s conferences, a bunch of UN resolutions and two sets of global goals have all played their part.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jul/27/families-fertility-feminism-landmarks-in-womens-rights-timeline

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Nigeria: Lagos averts 189,800 unsafe abortions, maternal deaths through family planning


Lagos averts 189,800 unsafe abortions, maternal deaths through family planning

Posted on Jul 25, 2017
By Gabriel Olawale

The Lagos State Ministry of Health, LSMoH, has said that the uptake of family planning, by 600,000 women in less than six months helped the state in averting 46,000 unsafe abortions, 143,000 unintended pregnancies and 800 maternal deaths.

Speaking through the Director, Family Health & Nutrition, Dr. Folashade Oludara, the ministry said such development helped in preventing needless deaths.

Continued at source: Nigeria Today: http://www.nigeriatoday.ng/2017/07/lagos-averts-189800-unsafe-abortions-maternal-deaths-through-family-planning/

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68th Foundation Day – Family Planning Association of India


68th Foundation Day – Family Planning Association of India

July 22, 2017
Vincent Belho
General Manager, FPA India, Nagaland Branch, Kohima

Established in 1949, the Family Planning Association of India (FPA India) is a founding member of International Planned Parenthood Federation. FPA India strengthens a voluntary commitment to advocate for SRH and Rights and, choices. It promotes access to SRH information and services related to family planning, safe abortions, HIV/AIDS and sexuality to poor, marginalised and vulnerable populations including young people. Its work in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) covers safe motherhood and child survival, empowerment of women, male involvement, adolescent health and youth development.

Continued at source: Morung Express: http://morungexpress.com/68th-foundation-day-family-planning-association-india/

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UK: Boots apologises for morning-after pill response


Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

22 July 2017

Boots has said it is "truly sorry" for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills.

The pharmaceutical company was criticised after telling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) it was avoiding "incentivising inappropriate use".

It now says it is looking for cheaper alternatives to the Levonelle brand.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40689763

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Madagascar: Ne touche pas à mon utérus (Don’t touch my uterus)


Ne touche pas à mon utérus (Don’t touch my uterus)
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 18, 2017

In Madagascar, our senators have preferred to evade the request to reform the law to allow the use of family planning by women.

Even in 2017, it is still difficult to address the subject of family planning freely. That is because one has to speak of sexuality and moreover “the sexuality of the woman”. Thanks to family planning, women have the ability to choose the number of children they wish to have and especially when they are ready to have them. The Demographic & Health Survey confirms a growing expressed need for access to contraceptive methods: 70% of women surveyed said they wanted to use a contraceptive method. Yet only 32.5% confirmed they did use one.

This is because between wishing to and being able to, there is a gap. First, family planning services are non-existent, there is an absence of methods, but there is also a lack of knowledge and the non-acceptance of partners. Those who wish to plan their childbearing are seen as bad, dangerous for married men and for society in general.

Yet 17% of young girls in Madagascar have had their first sexual intercourse before the age of 17 years, whether on a voluntary basis or as a result of forced sex. In some regions, such as Ihorombe, 52% of young girls have even had their first sexual relations before the age of 15, according to the Demographic & Health Survey of 2009. Yet motherhood is not always the intention of a sexual relationship. Hence, research has shown that most of these girls have had at least one clandestine abortion before the age of 18 years.

Clandestine abortion is a common practice among young Malagasy women. 53.5% of young women aged 15 to 24 years in urban areas have reported that they had at least one abortion during the year 2007. So this is not a new problem. About 50% of women in the Quarantaine said they have had at least one abortion before the age of 25 years. Many women choose abortion at these young ages, particularly those in rural areas, according to a study by the Institut National de Santé Publique et Communautaire (INSPC) in 2013, entitled “Voluntary termination of clandestine pregnancies”.

The challenges posed by the law, which penalises abortion, as well as the strong pressures exerted by religious and societal beliefs against abortion, are forcing women to resort to clandestine abortions. Generally, clandestine abortion, unassisted by qualified persons, is a traumatic experience for women who have chosen this path. In addition to the possible physical consequences, such as haemorrhage or infertility due to infection, complications may cause death. Women have also reported psychological sequelae. In the Malagasy culture, to get married and then have a child is a sign of an accomplished and successful life, and must happen strictly in this order. Throughout their lives, boys and girls are educated to become “fathers” and “mothers”, based on stereotypes. Male partners exercise control and put considerable pressure on women, whether to have an abortion or to carry a pregnancy to term. The fear of being abandoned by the partner dictates the behaviour of women in either case. In addition, Malagasy society does not tolerate single motherhood.

It is high time to review the Law of 17 April 1920 which governs the family planning programme in Madagascar, in order to promote universal access to contraceptive methods, including for women who are victims of sexual abuse, and including emergency contraception, and especially a comprehensive sexuality education programme adapted to the different age groups and culture of the target populations.

A woman who has been raped and subsequently is forced by society and the law to keep and raise the child who is the product of the rape knows that this child will suffer serious handicaps. Another may have a child whose life is in a vegetative state. Still another knows that she does not have the means to raise a child alone whose father has abandoned her. To reach a point where the choice is not to have the child is complex, but the right to choose is fundamental. A woman’s body belongs to her. This must be understood and accepted, because the suppression of her wishes is not a solution.

SOURCE: L’Express de Madagascar, by Mbolatiana Raveloarimisa, 1 July 2017 (Translated from the French) ; PHOTO

Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/ne-touche-pas-a-mon-uterus-dont-touch-my-uterus/

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Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda


Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda
The Lancet
Published: 15 July 2017
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31860-3

Since his election in November, 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government has promised forward-looking health policies. Canada has always been seen as a global citizen in health, international affairs, and foreign aid, but under Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government (2006–15), credibility was questioned as he tilted Canada’s development programme for health and overseas aid priorities to align with trade goals, and his flagship Muskoka Initiative for maternal and child health ignored women’s reproductive health rights.

The announcement on June 9 of a CAN$5 billion annual aid plan for the next 5 years, directed at women’s organisations in the Global South, has now been welcomed as a feminist foreign aid strategy. 95% of Canadian foreign aid will now be committed to criteria specific to women, with the goal of empowering and improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women and their children.

Continued at source: The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)31860-3/fulltext

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Texas Study Shows How Defunding Planned Parenthood Actually Increased Abortion Rates


Texas Study Shows How Defunding Planned Parenthood Actually Increased Abortion Rates

State's teen abortion rate and teen birth rate both spiked after lawmakers cut funding and closed more than 80 family planning clinics

by Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams
Published on Friday, July 14, 2017

Illustrating the potential consequences if Republicans fulfill their threat to defund Planned Parenthood nationwide, a new study shows that when Texas slashed state funding for family planning clinics in 2011, the abortion rate among teenagers in the state actually increased.

The Texas state legislature launched a series of attacks on reproductive rights, beginning in 2011, when it cut funding for family planning services by 67 percent and restructured the way it allocates the remaining funds. These measures closed more than 80 clinics, including 11 Planned Parenthood clinics. One of the purported goals, said Republican backers, was to decrease abortion rates. As then-governor Rick Perry said: "We will continue to pass laws to ensure abortions are as rare as possible under existing law."

Continued at link: Common Dreams: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/14/texas-study-shows-how-defunding-planned-parenthood-actually-increased-abortion-rates

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