Reproductive Health

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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Silvia Henriquez is responsible for the overall management, fundraising and administration of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Silvia has positioned NLIRH as one of the leading organizations working to advance the reproductive health and rights of Latinas. Within the first two years of her tenure, she increased national visibility through the 2004 March for Women’s Lives and the National Latina Summit. Subsequently under her leadership, NLIRH has developed a successful organizing and leadership development training curriculum, a national policy agenda and built coalitions with state and national partners that advance a reproductive justice advocacy effort. Through her work at NLIRH, Silvia has published articles in “Social Policy, Organizing for Social and Economic Justice and Democratic Participation” and “Conscience, The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion.”

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Not My Tax Dollars: Hyde, Health Care, and Your Money

January 19, 2010 posted by admin

From the Center for Reproductive Rights:

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VIDEO: Women Will Not Get Thrown Under The Bus by Health Reform

January 4, 2010 posted by admin

To learn more about the campaign, Not Under the Bus, visit their website.

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A “soft” approach to innovating science education

December 8, 2009 posted by Theresa Johnston

Originally posted December 7, 2009 on Gender News from the Clayman Institute for Gender Research


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FAST FACT: Childbirth Deaths Exceed 2 Million Worldwide

December 2, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird

A study released this fall reported some chilling trends:

  • More than 2 million babies and mothers die worldwide each year from childbirth complications, outnumbering child deaths from malaria and HIV/AIDS
  • About 42 percent of the world's 536,000 maternal deaths occur during childbirth

The research was led by the Save the Children Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and Johns Hopkins University.

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NCRW Member Centers Launch Innovative Campaigns for Women's Health

November 16, 2009 posted by admin

As the healthcare reform debate heats up following the House passage of the Affordable Health Care Act (HR 3962), several of NCRW Member Centers have launched innovative campaigns to ensure that women's health needs and voices are not left out of any legislative action.  Check out these campaigns from the Women's Media Center, the National Women's Law Center, and the American Association for University Women:

 

 

 

 


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Leith Mullings: Race and Stratified Reproduction

An excerpt from "ART: Where are we Now?," a panel discussion at the 2009 Scholar & Feminist Conference, "The Politics of Reproduction: New Technologies of Life," held on February 28, 2009 at Barnard College.
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