Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Reproductive rights are the cornerstone of women’s health and independence. These include the right to voluntary marriage; the right to determine the timing, number and spacing of children; and freedom from sexual violence and coercion. Women in the U.S. and around the world encounter numerous obstacles to making fully informed reproductive choices, including lack of information and access to comprehensive services, prohibitive costs, cultural and societal taboos and customs, and poorly trained or ideologically compromised healthcare providers. Many of our member centers are conducting research, disseminating information and raising awareness about women’s health and health policy issues.

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By Linda Basch, PhD, PresidentToday, I'm urging everyone in our network to contact their Representatives to denounce HR 358 -- a catastrophic measure...
By Talia WeisbergI had the amazing opportunity to participate in a NOW webinar moderated by Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, “The Budget...
By Kate Meyer*"If you hide what you do, you must believe you can only do what you do through deception” said Christine Quinn, speaker of...
 By Sunny Daly*Roe v Wade: flagship, war cry, historical reference, generational divide, false security blanket, real security blanket, cause...
By Nancy Northup*This month signifies the importance of taking a stand for reproductive rights. Sixty-two years ago this December, the U.N. adopted...

News

  • June 15, 2010

    Washington Post: African women are among the first to begin testing a new vaginal ring impregnated with an antiretroviral drug.  The drug is released into the vagina over the course of a month, and it is hoped will kill the HIV virus on contact....


  • June 10, 2010

    UNICEF: Women frequently die during childbirth in Sierra Leone, where the health infratructure is non-existent and poor families must travel long distances for care and often cannot afford it.  UNICEF, the World Bank, UK Aid and the EU are...


  • June 10, 2010

    Jakarta Globe: The huge stimage surrounding teen pregnancies in Indonesia make it difficult for adolescents to access limited health services. Abortions among teens is very high, with illegal and unsafe abortions accounting for a high maternal...


  • June 9, 2010

    Reuters: This week, the The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $1.5 billion for broad, comprehensive programs to improve the health of women and chidren worldwide. The Gates program is part of a joint effort with the United Nations to push for...


  • June 9, 2010

    Ms. Magazine: "The rate of maternal deaths and illnesses is shockingly high.  To lower maternal mortality in developing countries, contraception and abortion must be made legal, accessible and affordable."