Posts Tagged: child health

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‘Griswold’ at 50: Contraception Is Legal, But Still Not Universally Accessible  

Fifty years ago, birth control was illegal and there was no constitutional right to privacy. Yes, in my lifetime, just 50 years ago. It was available to many (with the usual caveats that the recipient had resources, lived in a place where it could be obtained discreetly, and so on)—but it was still illegal.

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Mobile camps bring life-saving care to Nepal’s quake-affected  

DHUNKHARKA, Nepal – In the 14 worst-affected districts, 1.4 million women and girls of childbearing age are affected by the disaster, including 93,000 pregnant women. Of these, an estimated 10,300 will give birth each month. The mobile reproductive camps were initiated on 30 April through a collaboration between UNFPA, local health authorities and NGO partners including the Family… Read more »

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One month after Nepal’s quake, needs of women, girls still enormous   

More than a month has passed since homes and lives were shattered by Nepal’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake. The disaster triggered landslides and violent aftershocks that have pushed families out of their houses in the weeks ahead of monsoon season. Yet even after the crisis garnered international attention, over a million women and girls remain in need of essential reproductive health care.

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Honoring Nepali Moms this Mother’s Day  

The coverage of the Nepal earthquake offers a complex picture of both utter devastation and the resilience of the Nepali people. One of the lesser-told stories is how women are faring in the disaster.

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Oldie but Goodie: Jimmy Carter Rocks!  

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. I have been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.

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A No-Brainer in Colorado: Funding for Birth Control  

If I were to tell you that there was a program that helped women get the most effective forms of birth control and had reduced the teen birth rate by nearly 40% in four years, you’d probably say, “This is amazing, tell me more.”

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Does Getting Pregnant Cause Girls to Drop Out of School?  

Does pregnancy really cause girls to drop out of school? Globally, “schoolgirl pregnancy” is cited as one of the primary barriers to girls’ education. But the story may not be as simple as it seems.