YOUTUBE / FACEBOOK – More on abortion videos and YouTube

  A week ago, we reported that several videos about abortion had been taken down from YouTube. Concern was expressed by a number of groups that censorship might be taking place by YouTube itself. We put a call for other examples in the 19 January newsletter. But we heard a few days later that three of the videos had been restored to the web after a request to do so was filed with YouTube. Only … Continued

NOT THIS APP – Rhythm method dressed in new clothes still leads to unwanted pregnancies

Natural Cycles is an app to help women avoid unprotected sex when they are in their fertile days each month. It made news last year when it became the first app to be certified as a birth control method in Europe. It is back in the news because a Swedish hospital reported 37 unintended pregnancies among its users to the Swedish drug regulator and asked for a review of the app. This is a technology-based … Continued

EUROPEAN COMMISSION – Provision of non-discriminatory medical services in conflict settings: correspondence with the European Commission

In November 2017, the Global Justice Center in New York drafted a letter to two high-level representatives of the European Commission regarding the provision of non-discriminatory medical care in conflict settings in line with, including safe abortion, and circulated it internationally for signatures. It points to commitments made in 2015 regarding women and girls raped in armed conflict that have not yet been acted upon. The letter was signed by 91 CSOs from around the world, … Continued

CHILE – National elections deliver right-wing president-elect and two key ministers opposed to 2017 abortion law reform

The Guardian reports that: “Chile’s president-elect, the billionaire businessman Sebastian Piñera, has unveiled a new hardline cabinet, including prominent conservative figures and some politicians once closely aligned with the Pinochet dictatorship.” They go on to report: “The new ministerial lineup is dominated by men in their 60s. None of the most senior positions will go to women, who will head just seven out of the 23 ministries… The new minister for women and gender equality, … Continued

UNESCO – International technical guidance on sexuality education: an evidence-informed approach

More and more young people have joined together to call for their right to sexuality education. They have been joined by communities, parents, faith leaders and stakeholders in the education sector who increasingly champion sexuality education as an essential component of a good quality education that is comprehensive and life skills-based; and which supports young people to develop the knowledge, skills, ethical values and attitudes they need to make conscious, healthy and respectful choices about … Continued

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