Disability and the right to choose

by Jennifer Bartlett As a young woman, I had no particular desire to be a mother. I was neither for nor against having and raising a child, and as things were at the time, the opportunity had not presented itself. That changed when I was 29 and met Jim, the man who would become my husband. In 2002, not long after we married, I gave birth to my son. In my 20s, I was neutral … Continued

Post-abortion care and family planning are deeply attached to my heart

by Grace Lusiola, Project Director, Post-Abortion Care Family Planning Project, EngenderHealth, Tanzania Many years ago, I lost my mother. She was only 37 years old, she died when she was having the ninth pregnancy. Not that she really had the children too close, but the fact  that she started earlier and she continued when she didn’t really want more children. She continued to have kids because there was no family planning. And when she got … Continued

Zika and pregnancy in Brazil: special thematic section

Zika virus and women, by Debora Diniz; The debate on abortion and Zika: lessons from the AIDS epidemic, by Thais Medina Coeli Rochel de Camargo; Women’s reproductive rights and the Zika virus epidemic, Jacqueline Pitanguy; Comment on the paper by Pitanguy, by Florencia Luna; Ensuring a rights-based health sector response to women affected by Zika, by Paige Baum, Anna Fiastro, Shane Kunselman, et al; Comment on the article by Baum et al, by Ana Maria González Vélez; Zika and reproductive justice, by Alexandra Minna Stern

Using Uruguay’s harm reduction approach to allow women with Zika infection to have legal abortions & WHO advice on Zika

The Vice Minister of Public Health in Uruguay, who introduced a harm reduction policy for reducing the risk of unsafe abortions before the country’s abortion law was reformed, has suggested a similar policy in relation to Zika infection | WHO releases new advice on Olympic Games, Zika infection, pregnancy and safer sex.

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