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MEXICO – You’re a Doc, you’ve got this, but your face shield’s foggy

“Back then, I was getting ready to go to the Mexico City airport to travel to the annual meeting of a group of sexual and reproductive health specialists when a rumor was spreading online that the first case of Covid-19 had been documented in Mexico. It...

FRANCE – French feminist, Gisèle Halimi, who never resigned herself, has died aged 93

She died the day after her 93rd birthday. Emmanuelle Piet’s expression of admiration is for a woman who was committed to the fight against inequalities and women's freedom – for the right to abortion, the abolition of the death penalty, criminalisation of rape, decriminalisation of homosexuality,...

Masking a Problem

"Shut up!" said Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, to Rep. Jamila Jayapal, D-Washington, on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 28.Sounds like 4th grade. How had Rep. Jayapal offended her?She had asked Rep. Lesko to wear a mask.I expect Jayapal to...

WLP Opposes Defense Tactic of Introducing Rape Victims’ Convictions for Prostitution

Attorneys at the Women’s Law Project, in partnership with AEquitas, authored and filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on behalf of 26 additional organizations devoted to improving judicial and societal responses to victims and survivors of domestic...

HAITI – A new penal code was published on 24 June 2020; it may make some abortions legal

In Haiti, abortion could be legalised, according to Marie Giselhaine Mompremier, Minister for the Status of Women, who defends the new penal code, published 24 June 2020, because it allows voluntary termination of pregnancy under certain conditions. The right of Haitian women to voluntarily terminate a...

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – The State should harmonise its abortion law in line with article 14.2c of the Maputo Protocol

In Côte d'Ivoire, safe abortion is only legal following rape and in case of risk to the life of the woman. Moreover, the woman must request an abortion and the attending physician or surgeon must seek the advice of up to two consulting physicians, who, after...

USA – Family planning providers show creativity and resilience in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Social distancing guidelines have forced providers to rethink where they are offering services and under what conditions. To ensure patients’ and employees’ safety and continue offering services in the context of the continuing pandemic and stay-at-home orders in many localities, providers have developed numerous strategies to...

EUROPE & AUSTRALIA – A decrease in premature births noted in a number of hospitals during Covid-19 lockdowns

As countries around the world told people to stay home to slow the spread of Covid-19, doctors in neonatal intensive care units were noticing something strange. It started with doctors in Ireland and Denmark. Each team, unaware of the other’s work, crunched the numbers and found...