Madagascar’s Senate was set to debate legislation modernising a family planning law from 1920 that prohibits the promotion of contraception and criminalised abortion, a leftover from the French colonial era. Advocates say the most important part of the new law is the commitment to making access to reproductive health services a universal right, regardless of age. At present there is confusion over the legality of providing contraception to young people; certain interpretations suggest that … Continued
In December 2016, two Human Rights Watch researchers interviewed 90 people in rebel-held areas of Heiban, Delami and Um Dorein counties, including 25 in-depth interviews with women and girls about their access to reproductive healthcare. Researchers also spoke with witnesses and victims of abuse, local rebel authorities, and humanitarian aid workers. This research builds on findings from five earlier Human Rights Watch investigations in the Nuba Mountains region, hilly areas of Sudan’s Kordofan area where … Continued
Country rankings on access to contraception in 45 European countries The Contraception Atlas at www.ContraceptionInfo.eu is a map that scores 45 countries in Europe on access to modern contraception. It was launched on 14 February in Brussels. The scores are based on access to contraceptive supplies, family planning counselling and online information. They reveal a very uneven picture across Europe. The European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development (EPF) produced the Atlas in partnership with … Continued
The rising age of first marriage across sub-Saharan Africa over the past 25 years has led many scholars to predict a concurrent increase in pre-marital childbearing. We examine whether this anticipated increase has materialized using data from 27 countries. Our results reveal considerable heterogeneity. Although levels of pre-marital fertility have risen by up to 13% in recent years in some African countries, other countries have experienced a 7% decline.
Two stories: Patients are seen sooner and closer to home in clinics where medical abortion pills are offered through a video-conferencing system.The Oakland-based organization opened All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, a Bloomington, Indiana drop-in center that offers adoption information, abortion referrals, and parenting support.