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11/18/2015 - UN Reports Major Decrease In Maternal Mortality Worldwide
A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division reveals a 44 percent drop in maternal mortality worldwide since 1990, highlighting the successful efforts of the many international agencies to reduce the number of pregnancy-related deaths among women globally. According to data compiled in Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2015, maternal deaths around the world dipped from some 532,000 in 1990 to about 303,000 in 2015, cutting the number of women's pregnancy-related deaths nearly in half over a quarter century....

8/12/2013 - Tensions Rise on Gay Rights In Russia, Show Legislative Trend
Tensions continue between Russia and the United States in light of an anti-gay law that could jeopardize athletes during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. American Olympic athletes have pledged that they will still attend the Olympics despite calls for a boycott from activists....

5/30/2013 - Canadian Abortion Provider, Henry Morgentaler, Dies at 90
Henry Morgentaler, a lynchpin figure in the history of legal abortion in Canada, passed away on Tuesday from a heart attack....

8/27/2010 - Polish Parliament Hearing Held Regarding Women Traveling for Abortions
Leading Polish activists held a civil hearing at the Polish parliament yesterday on the rising number of Polish women who are traveling abroad to obtain access to abortion....

7/8/2010 - Runner Caster Semenya Returns to Competition
South African runner Caster Semenya,is allowed to return to professional competition after nearly a year of being subjected to gender testing by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF)....

12/7/2009 - Irish Abortion Challenge Hearing This Week
The case of three Irish women who are challenging Ireland's abortion ban will be heard by the full 17 member chamber of the European Court of Human Rights this week....

8/25/2009 - South Africa Stands Behind Athlete Targeted for Gender Testing
South Africa is defending Caster Semenya, who won the gold medal in the women's 800 meter race at the World Championships held in Berlin last week and is being gender tested by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAC)....

7/10/2009 - Irish Women Challenge Abortion Ban
Three Irish women are challenging Ireland's abortion ban in the European Court of Human Rights....

10/16/2008 - Women on Waves Arrives in Spain
The Women on Waves ship will arrive in the harbor of Valencia in southern Spain today where it will remain through October 21....

7/28/2008 - Sex Testing Set Up for Olympics
Beijing Olympic officials have set up a sex determination lab to test female athletes suspected of being males, Chinese media reported yesterday....

6/19/2008 - Virgin de Panecillo Statue Flies Safe Abortions Banner
On Wednesday, the Virgin de Panecillo statue in Ecuador flew a banner with the text "safe abortion" and the phone number for a hotline that provides women with information regarding safe medical and surgical abortions....

4/21/2008 - Council of Europe Pressures Member States to Legalize Abortion
The Council of Europe, a council dedicated to the legal protection of democracy and human rights, passed a resolution calling for all of its member states to legalize abortion....

3/21/2007 - Polish Woman Wins Case After Denied Abortion
A Polish woman who was denied an abortion, even though her health was jeopardized by the pregnancy, won her case before the European Court of Human Rights....

11/1/2006 - Poland: Parliament and President Disagree on Abortion Ban
Poland's parliament introduced a constitutional amendment last week that would ban all abortions in the country, but both the President and Prime Minister have expressed their disapproval of the ban....

2/13/2006 - Polish Woman Denied Abortion Takes Case to European Court
A Polish woman who suffered severe health consequences after being denied an abortion is taking her case before the European Court of Human Rights....

2/17/2005 - Polish Parliament Drops Vote to Liberalize Abortion
Poland's Parliament voted 199 to 183 to drop a measure that would have liberalized the severely restrictive abortion laws in a country that currently has a very powerful Catholic hierarchy....

12/7/2004 - International Conference Held To Combat Honor Killings
Over 200 activists from around the world are meeting today in Sweden for an international conference to combat honor killings....

11/18/2004 - Poland's Restrictive Abortion Laws Criticized by UN Committee
The United Nations Human Rights Committee recently criticized Poland's strict abortion laws....

8/30/2004 - Women on Waves Ship Blocked from Portugal Harbor
The Women on Waves ship, traveling to Portugal to bring attention to the nation's punitive abortion policies, has been blocked from entering Portuguese waters....

8/23/2004 - Women on Waves Leaves for Portugal
Women on Waves will set sail for Portugal this afternoon to bring attention to the nation's restrictive abortion policies....

11/6/2003 - Women on Waves Cleared of Accusations in Poland
After a four-month-long investigation, Women on Waves has been cleared of charges of breaking strict abortions laws by of performing illegal abortions in Poland and by introducing the abortion pill mifepristone (RU 486) into the country....

7/3/2003 - Women on Waves Investigated for Missing Abortion Pills
As Women on Waves finishes its historic trip to Poland, Polish police are investigating the group for distributing the abortion pill mifepristone (RU 486), which is illegal in Poland....

6/27/2003 - Women on Waves Performs First Abortion in International Waters
Women on Waves successfully performed the first abortion in international waters off the coast of Poland yesterday....

6/23/2003 - Anti-Abortion Activists Protest Women on Waves
Anti-abortion protesters threw red paint and eggs at the Women on Waves (WOW) boat and its supporters yesterday....

6/20/2003 - FMF Assists Women on Waves in Poland
Women on Waves (WOW), a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands whose mission is to prevent unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions throughout the world, arrives today in Poland - where access to abortion is extremely restricted - to provide abortion and reproductive health services to women on a specially equipped ship....