Guttmacher: 47,000 Deaths Each Yr from Unsafe Abortions
Each year, 47,000 women die in developing nations due to unsafe abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute. In addition, the Institute projects that "an estimated 40 million abortions will take place in the developing world this year". In an effort to raise public awareness about the preventable deaths and need for safe procedures, the Institute has launched a video campaign.
The video cites that "the best way to reduce the need for abortion is not by denying women access to safe and legal procedures, but by giving them the power to control their fertility and prevent unintended pregnancy. Today, 222 million women in the developing world want to avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern contraceptive". Recently, Bayer Pharmaceuticals announced their partnership with the Clinton Foundation to provide half priced implantable contraceptives for 27 million women living in developing countries worldwide.
A similar correlation between contraceptive care and lower abortion rates was verified in a recent study conducted by researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The research revealed that low-income women have lower rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion when given easy no-cost access to birth control.
Media Resources: Think Progress 10/4/12; Guttmacher Institute 10/4/12; Youtube; FMF Blog 10/8/12; Feminist Newswire 10/8/12
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .