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11/3/2000 - Vatican Denounces RU 486
The Vatican has denounced the sale of RU 486 (also known as mifepristone) and has suggested that Catholic chemists refuse to sell the pill as conscientious objectors....

10/27/2000 - Global Gag Rule On International Family Planning Removed
In a major step forward, U.S....

10/25/2000 - House to Vote on International Family Planning Spending
A joint House-Senate negotiations committee voted yesterday to strike the global gag rule from the $14.9 billion foreign aid bill....

10/23/2000 - Manila Mayor Against RU-486
Manila mayor Lito Atienza has stated that he will arrest anyone who attempts to ship the abortion pill RU-486 into the city, dubbing the pill as a do-it-yourself murder kit....

10/13/2000 - Proposed Legislation In Chile Advance Reproductive Rights
A coalition of "center-left" legislators seeking to win legislation designed to improve sexual and reproductive rights, reported the Chilean Times....

10/5/2000 - Women May Gain Easier Access To Abortions In France
The French parliament will soon debate new legislation that seeks to liberalize abortion laws by extending the legal period for abortion to 12 weeks....

9/22/2000 - Swiss Parliament Accepts Abortion Rights Bill
On September 21st, Switzerland's upper House of Parliament passed an abortion rights bill, by a vote of 21 to 18, that would allow a woman to have an abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy....

9/20/2000 - UNFPA Report Cites Widespread Violence Against Women And High Illegal Abortion Death Rate
The United Nations Population Fund's (UNFPA) State of World Population Report 2000 finds that "violence against women and girls remains firmly rooted in all cultures around the world." According to the reports findings 67% of women in Papau New Guinea, 47% of women in Bangladesh, 45% of women in Ethiopia, 40% of women in India, 27% of women in Mexico and 22% of women in the United States reported physical assault by a male partner....

9/12/2000 - World Health Organization Estimates 4 Million Unsafe Abortions Per Year In Latin America
The World Health Organization estimates that four million unsafe abortions are performed annually in Latin America....

8/30/2000 - Women's Rights Protesters In Mexico Force Legislatures To Overturn Anti-Abortion Bill
Earlier this month legislatures in the state of Guanajuato passed a bill blocking women's access to abortion even in cases of rape....

8/14/2000 - Mexican Legislators Deny Access To Abortion In Rape Case
President-elect Vicente Fox, of the Roman Catholic Church-supported National Action Party (PAN), is forced to make clear his position on abortion due to the recent case of Paulina del Carmen....

8/8/2000 - Women Protest Anti-Abortion Law in Mexico
Hundreds of Mexican women protested anti-abortion legislation that passed in Mexicos Guanajuato state, which is governed by President-elect Vicente Foxs conservative National Action Party (PAN)....

8/4/2000 - Urgent Need For Legalization of Abortion in Kenya
Physicians and public health advocates are urging the Kenyan government for immediate legalization of abortion, an issue they say is crucial to ensuring complete reproductive health care services to women....

8/1/2000 - Abortion Controversy in Ireland Provokes Rape Debate
Ireland's Attorney General Michael McDowell claimed on July 30th that women would make false rape accusations if the Irish government allowed survivors of rape to have abortions....

7/28/2000 - New Bills In France Would Allow Greater Access To Abortions And Contraceptives
France is proposing a new law that would extend the legal period for abortion from 10 to 12 weeks of pregnancy....

7/24/2000 - Irish Women Have More Late Abortions
Irish women are nearly three times as likely to have late abortions than British women, according to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)....

7/19/2000 - Nearly 2500 Irish Women Traveled To England For Abortions Last Year
According to a report released by the British Pregnancy Service (BPAS), 2,460 Irish women a year travel to England for abortions - or twenty women a week....

7/17/2000 - Thousands of Rape Survivors in Thailand Are Silent; Abortion Laws Remain Stringent
Women's groups are fighting to help rape survivors in Thailand, where the stigma and shame associated with rape has pushed thousands of young women into muted suffering and suicide....

7/14/2000 - Vancouver RU 486 Doctor Receives Death Threat
The day after Dr....

7/13/2000 - Reproductive Rights Key to Empowering Women, UN Reports
The United Nations' commemoration of World Population Day on July 11th emphasized the crucial link between reproductive rights and women's empowerment....

7/12/2000 - Mexican PAN Has Anti-Women's Rights Record
The recently elected right-wing National Action Party (PAN), led by president-elect Vicente Fox, has a disturbing history of hostility towards women's human rights....

7/5/2000 - Mexican Elections Are Proclaimed As Democratic Victory But Women's Rights Are Endangered
Although Vicente Fox Quesada's presidential victory on July 2nd has been seen as an advancement for democracy, he has failed to clearly outline a position promoting women's rights in his policy priorities....

6/30/2000 - Women's Vote Key in Mexico's Elections
The outcome of the Mexican presidential elections this weekend may depend on women's vote, but little from the candidates' supposedly woman-oriented dialogue will advance women's rights....

6/29/2000 - Elections in Mexico Further Threaten Women's and Gay Rights
After seventy-one years of struggle for democracy in Mexico to overthrow the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the world's longest ruling political party with a history of corruption and economic irresponsibility, feminists and lesbian and gay rights activists face an even greater threat to their equality in Sunday's upcoming elections: the possibility of the National Action Party (PAN) coming to rule....

6/28/2000 - Women Gain Access To Birth Control In Buenos Aires
Women's rights activists in Argentina's capital, as well as health advocates and physicians, are celebrating a momentous advancement in promoting the reproductive rights of women....