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STUDY: Domestic Violence During Pregnancy Doubles The Risk Of Preterm Birth

Women who experience any form of domestic violence during pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to a premature baby or a baby with low birth weight, according to a new meta-analysis that adds to the evidence linking intimate partner violence to a range of adverse health consequences. Researchers from the University of Iowa … Continue reading

New Evidence Undermines The Entire Premise Of Anti-Abortion Laws

As the Supreme Court deliberates over one of the most critical abortion rights cases of the last several decades, a newly-published study has revealed findings with profound implications for the abortion debate as a whole: In contrast to what abortion opponents claim, recent reductions in the U.S. abortion rate are attributable almost entirely to a … Continue reading

Unintended Pregnancy Plunges To Lowest Rate In 30 Years, Thanks To IUDs

A new study finds that the unintended pregnancy rate in the United States declined by 18 percent between 2008 and 2011, falling to the lowest rate in more than three decades. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attributes the dramatic decline in unintended pregnancies to the increasing use of long-acting reversible … Continue reading

STUDY: Increasing Breastfeeding Could Save More Than 800,000 Lives Annually

A new analysis estimates that approximately 800,000 childhood deaths and 20,000 breast cancer deaths could be averted if nearly all women worldwide breast-fed their infants and young children. That decrease in children’s deaths is equivalent to 13 percent of all deaths in children younger than 2 years of age, the study authors reported in a … Continue reading

The Gun Violence Threat That No One Is Talking About — And Why Women Should Be Concerned

Women’s health issues are in the news a lot lately, and for good reason: across the nation, conservative lawmakers are targeting women’s reproductive rights and access to basic health care services like contraceptive counseling and family planning. Attacks on women’s health and rights have been particularly aggressive in recent months, with Congressional Republicans nearly shutting … Continue reading

A Breakdown Of The UN’s 17 New Goals To Improve The World

This weekend, more than 150 world leaders gathered at UN headquarters to formally adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of benchmarks for the next 15 years that focus on the ambitious targets of ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality, and tackling climate change. The 17 newly-adopted SDGs will replace the list of eight … Continue reading

The New $10 Bill Will Feature A Woman

A woman will be featured on the new version of the $10 bill, the Treasury Department announced Thursday, marking the first time women have been represented on the nation’s currency in well over a hundred years. “America’s currency is a way for our nation to make a statement about who we are and what we … Continue reading

Why Gender Equality Is Key In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

It’s widely known that gender inequality contributes to the spread of HIV, both through increasing infection rates and reducing the ability of women and girls to cope with the epidemic. But a new study suggests that promoting more equitable gender norms among young women may encourage them to take more protective action against HIV. Published … Continue reading

UN’s ‘Women In Politics 2015’ Map Reflects Sluggish Progress In Gender Equality

A new ‘Women in Politics’ 2015 Map launched at United Nations headquarters today reveals the “snail’s pace of progress” on gender equality and women’s participation in public and political life, prompting representatives of the UN and the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) to warn that such slow advancement will severely check the new global development agenda due … Continue reading

New Laws In Iran Would Reduce Women To ‘Baby-Making Machines’, Amnesty Report Warns

Iran is seeking to reverse progressive laws on family planning by outlawing voluntary sterilization and restricting access to contraceptives, in a move human rights groups say would set Iranian women back decades and reduce them to “baby-making machines”. The Iranian parliament is considering two separate bills aimed at boosting the population. But Amnesty International warned … Continue reading

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