Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Reproductive health problems remain a leading cause of illness and death for women, particularly in developing countries. A leading cause of maternal death is lack of access to health services and prenatal care. Health begins with accurate and comprehensive sex education during adolescence – education that needs to continue throughout adulthood. Researchers in our network are currently working to disseminate evidence-based information and increase access to the full range of reproductive health services so that women can lead healthy and productive lives. Studies have demonstrated the advantages of comprehensive sex education compared with abstinence-only or other programs in preventing teen pregnancy, raising the age of initial sexual activity and lowering rates of sexually transmitted disease. More effort is needed to address the health needs of marginalized populations, particularly immigrant women, who are less likely to seek pre-natal and preventive screenings and care.

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  • March 12, 2010

    Amnesty International has headlined its new study on the state of health care in America for pregnant women, "Deadly Delivery."

    Here's why: hundreds of women will die from pregnancy-related complications this year. And half of those...


  • March 12, 2010

    According to a new Amnesty International report, approximately half of the pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. are preventable, the result of systemic failures, including barriers to accessing care; inadequate, neglectful or discriminatory care; and...


  • March 11, 2010

    A National Institute of Health panel says vaginal birth after caesarean is reasonably safe and should be more widely available.  Most hospitals ban the practice.


  • March 10, 2010

    Empowering women to take control of their own health and safety is the theory behind today's rollout of female condoms in D.C. HIV is the leading cause of death for African-American women between 24 and 39, and women in poor areas of the District are...


  • March 10, 2010

    Although most of the governments in Latin America today are described as progressive, abortion is only legal in one country, while in five countries it is banned under all circumstances, even when the mother's life is at risk....