UN WORKING GROUP ON DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS – Letter to the US Government from UN experts re abortion restrictions in eight states

The UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls, the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, and the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, have published a letter they sent to the US Government dated 22 May 2020, pursuant to Human Rights Council resolutions 41/6, 42/16 and 41/17. The letter opens: “… We would like to … Continued

USA – National Abortion Federation releases 2019 violence & disruption statistics

The NAF website opens as follows: “One of the greatest public health achievements of modern medicine was the legalization of abortion, which resulted in at least a 90% reduction in abortion-related deaths. Today women can be assured that abortion is one of the safest and most commonly provided medical procedures in the United States. However, the medical community did not step forward to accept abortion practice when it was legalized by the Roe v. Wade decision in … Continued

USA – If you can punish a teenage girl for spaghetti straps, you can enforce a mask mandate

Editor’s Note: This is a funny article, and I’m sharing for two reasons. Both because we all need a good laugh and because it’s an excellent public health statement about Covid-19, and abortion, written for the “person in the street”. The Washington Post classified it under “Lifestyle”. At first, I thought that was a mistake. But I suspect that was deliberate too, to draw in readers of that section, along with the spaghetti straps. Do also read the Comments at the end. Unlike most comments, most of these are great and are sometimes a good laugh too! Marge Berer

USA – Family planning providers show creativity and resilience in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Social distancing guidelines have forced providers to rethink where they are offering services and under what conditions. To ensure patients’ and employees’ safety and continue offering services in the context of the continuing pandemic and stay-at-home orders in many localities, providers have developed numerous strategies to minimise time spent in the clinic and make their care accessible from patients’ homes. Providers are using telehealth to offer screening and treatment for urinary tract infections and STIs, … Continued

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