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3/30/2012 - First-Ever Abortion Study in Rwanda
The first-ever nationwide study of abortion in Rwanda, conducted by the National University of Rwanda's School of Public Health and the Guttmacher Institute, indicated that 60,000 women obtain abortions annually in the country, amounting to 25 abortions for every 1,000 women who are of reproductive age....

1/24/2012 - Abortion Rate Stalls Worldwide
"Induced Abortion: Incidence and Trends Worldwide from 1995 to 2008," a study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization and published in the Lancet, indicates that since 2008, the decline in the worldwide rate of abortions has stalled....

12/21/2011 - International Family Planning Aid Escapes Massive Cuts
President Obama is expected to sign the FY 2012 omnibus spending bill, which includes $610 million in bilateral and multilateral funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), cutting off international family planning by a mere $5 million from 2011....

10/26/2011 - Abortions in Kenya Kill Thousands Each Year
Women in Kenya are dying at an alarming rate due to unsafe backstreet abortions, according to Reuters....

10/24/2011 - Report Shows Abortion Frequent in Tehran
According to a study by Amir Erfani, entitled "Induced Abortion in Tehran, Iran: Estimated Rates and Correlates," many women in Tehran obtain abortions, despite Iran's highly restrictive abortion laws....

10/6/2011 - House Foreign Affairs Committee Votes to Defund UNFPA
Yesterday the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted along party lines to pass a bill to defund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)....

10/6/2011 - UNFPA Fights Gender- Based Sex Selection
On Wednesday, Nobuko Horibe, director of the Asia and Pacific Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) issued a statement before the International Workshop on Prenatal Sex Selection describing the UNFPA's renewed commitment to ending gender-based sex selection and discrimination against women and girls....

10/3/2011 - Abortion Rates Rise in Africa with Global Gag Rule Enforcement
A study conducted by Stanford researchers, Eran Bendavid and Grant Miller, revealed that when the Global Gag Rule was in effect, rates of abortion increased in Africa....

9/16/2011 - Congresswoman Advocates for International Family Planning
On Thursday, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) wrote an article for Impact Magazine detailing the importance of international family planning as a means of US foreign assistance....

7/29/2011 - House Bill Would Slash Foreign Family Planning, Reimpose Gag Rule
The House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee voted to cut IFP funding by $154 million for FY2010 and expand the Global Gag Rule, banning funding for family planning programs in developing countries that counsel or provide information to women or advocate on a full range of options, including abortion....

6/15/2011 - Report Examines Gender-Based Sex Selection
The UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO, and OHCHR issued a statement examining causes and consequences of gender-based sex selection....

5/24/2011 - Thousands of Irish Women Traveling to Britain for Legal Abortions
The United Kingdom Department of Health released a report today revealing that everyday 12 women travel from Ireland, where abortion is not legal, to Great Britain to obtain abortion services....

5/23/2011 - 16 Countries Commit to Reducing Maternal Mortality
Late last week, 16 countries (see list here), 9 of which are from the African continent, pledged their commitments to reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality, as part of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health....

11/8/2010 - Pope Benedict Denounces Abortion, Gay Marriage, and Secularization
Pope Benedict XVI ardently expressed his anti-abortion stance and defended the traditional family structure during his visit to the Spanish pilgrimage site, Santiago de Compostela late last week....

10/26/2010 - Anti-Choice Protesters Demonstrate at Abortion Conference in Spain
On Saturday, the ninth congress of the Netherlands-based International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates (FIAPAC) a pro-choice group, was held in Seville, Spain....

10/15/2010 - Australian Couple Found Not Guilty in Abortion Trial
Late this week, a couple accused of obtaining an illegal abortion in Queensland, Australia, was found not guilty by a District Court jury....

10/12/2010 - European Council Passes Watered Down Conscientious Objection Resolution
Last week, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe passed a watered down version of a resolution that originally called for restrictions on European doctors' right to withhold referral information from patients seeking abortions....

9/16/2010 - WHO Report Shows Maternal Mortality Rates Will Not Meet Millennium Development Goals
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a report yesterday that although maternal mortality rates have decreased by 34 percent since 1990, the decline in the rate of pregnancy-related deaths is not on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal target for 2015....

9/8/2010 - Women Imprisoned for Miscarriages Freed In Mexico
Seven women who had been imprisoned in Guanajuato state in Mexico after alleged abortions were freed yesterday....

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....

8/11/2010 - Argentina's Reproductive Policies Failing Women
Human Rights Watch released a report yesterday indicating that Argentina is failing to provide adequate reproductive health care for women....

8/5/2010 - UK Watchdog Rejects Complaints About Abortion Services Ad
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), a media regulator in the United Kingdom, announced yesterday that it has rejected 1,054 complaints about the UK's first television commercial for family planning services including abortion....

8/3/2010 - African Women's Day Celebrated Worldwide
African Women's Day Celebrated Worldwide This weekend, July 31st, was Africa Women's Day, as mandated by the African Union 48 years ago....

7/30/2010 - Senate Votes to Permanently Repeal Global Gag Rule
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of an amendment to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule yesterday....

7/6/2010 - Spain's Abortion Law Faces Opposition
A law liberalizing Spain's abortion restrictions took effect yesterday, but remains under review in the country's Constitutional Court....