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Weekly Pulse: End-of-Life Counseling Returns, But Death Panels Still Nonsense

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger A proposed program to cover counseling sessions for seniors on end-of-life care has risen from the a...

Important Progress, But Also New Challenges, in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

Fewer people worldwide are getting infected with HIV than 10 years ago, and those who have already contracted the virus are living longer, according t...

Baby Boom Has Gone Bust

Tom Silva | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Silva

One unexpected side effect of economic hard times is a sharp decline in birth rates. In Illinois, for example, the birth rate has fallen to its lowes...

Weekly Pulse: Prostate Health is Girly and Other Health Care Paradoxes

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger This week's health care news was full of mind-bending paradoxes: Prostate health is girly, abstinence-...

This International Women's Day Let's Aim to End Maternal Deaths

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

Ninety-nine years ago, International Women's Day was founded to honor the accomplishments of women and to press for equality between men and women. Al...

Unsafe Abortions Kill 70,000 Women Annually: Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) NEW YORK - Increased contraceptive use has led to fewer abortions worldwide, but deaths from unsafe abortion remain a severe problem, killing 70,...

Whose Right to Sex Education?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

What did we get for $1.9 billion? Nothing good. Abstinence-only education has been shown to have no effect on how much teenagers have sex - none.

Spain Expands Legal Access to Abortion

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

On February 24, the Spanish senate approved a new law on sexual and reproductive health, which relaxes restrictions on women's access to abortion.

International Women's Day: The Enormous Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Pregnancy Related Care

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

This year International Women's Day coincides with the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic...

Black History Month: Addressing Health Disparities

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

As the United States celebrates Black History Month, one enduring challenge we face as a nation is the persistent health disparities between black and...

Haiti Relief Efforts Cannot Afford to Overlook Reproductive Health Needs

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

During this time of displacement, the health and lives of Haiti's women and girls are threatened by severe living conditions, including the virtual absence of reproductive health services.

Promoting Democracy in Africa Requires Investing in the Next Generation

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

Ghana provides two keys as to how best to target the continent's scarce resources to maximize impact. First, invest in young people. Second, do this through strong private-public partnerships.

New Arizona Law Restricts Access to a Range of Reproductive Health Services

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sharon L. Camp

Proponents of a new Arizona reproductive health law claim it helps inform women's abortion decisions. However, this distortion of the informed consent process only hinders access to abortion services.

World Population Day 2009 -- Time to Finally Make Maternal Health a Priority

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

World Population Day serves as an urgent reminder that, even amidst a global recession and tight budgets, governments must boost investments in global health -- especially the health of mothers.

New Health Disparities Report: More Context for Higher Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion Rates Among Women of Color

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sharon L. Camp

A Kaiser Family Foundation report documents persistent disparities between white women and women of color in rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, AIDS and cancer.

More Uncomfortable News for the Right: Decades of Work by Anti-Choicers Does Nothing to Decrease Abortions

Kelli Conlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kelli Conlin

If anti-choice activists are really interested in reducing abortions, then they would be wise to take the statistics into account before pressing forward with further barriers to women's access.

Statement On The Murder Of Dr. George Tiller

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sharon L. Camp

The Guttmacher Institute joins the reproductive health community in expressing our shock and sadness at the murder of Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas phys...

A Dangerous Trend: Dominican Republic Adopts Draconian Abortion Restriction

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

If Latin American policymakers truly want to reduce abortion rates, they must focus their attention on improving knowledge about and access to a wide range of family planning methods.

We're Back: United States Reclaims A Leadership Role In International Reproductive Health and Rights

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

For first time in eight years, the United States was front and center in advocating an increased global commitment to reproductive health and rights.

Ignoring Evidence, Mexican States Move to Increase Abortion Restrictions

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

These policies not only demonstrate a shocking lack of compassion, they also directly contradict strong evidence that restricting abortion access does not make abortion less common.

Back Up Your Birth Control Day Gets a Boost from Court Decision

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sharon L. Camp

Given that the typical women wants two children, she spends only a few years trying to become or being pregnant, but about three decades trying to avoid pregnancy.

Obama Plays Offense Asserting Pro-Education, Pro-Prevention, Pro-Choice Values

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

Politically, Obama's embrace of the education and prevention agenda long encompassed in the phrase "pro-choice" represents a shift away from abortion politics as usual.