The Obama administration and women's reproductive rights

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The Obama administration and women's reproductive rights

The PUSH Journal (http://www.pushjournal.com) is right on the ball following up on reproductive rights issues. You can subscribe to their weeky e-newsletter that assembles news developments around the world.

Here is part of this week's bulletin:

Headlines and
Articles
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EDITORIAL: Voting for Reproductive
Freedom
Date: Sunday, November 09, 2008
Source: The New York Times
(U.S.)

Voters in three states did the right thing last week by defeating
dangerous anti-abortion measures on their ballots.

In Colorado, an
overwhelming vote of 73 percent to 27 percent rejected a wild initiative that
would have amended the state's Constitution to bestow on fertilized eggs, prior
to impl...

The article is available at:
http://www.pushjournal.org/default.cfm?article=95767

BLOG: 7 Things Obama's Win Could Mean for Women's Health

Date: Friday,
November 07, 2008
Source: U.S. News and World Report
Author: Deborah
Kotz

Women's health activists are fist-bumping each other over Obama's
slam-dunk win, and they're hoping that he'll reverse some of the policies put in
place by Bush. Yesterday, I had a chance to catch up with Planned Parenthood
President Cecile Richards in between her strategy meetings and blogging for
...

The article is available at:
http://www.pushjournal.org/default.cfm?article=95776
Related
Links:

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/on-women/2008/11/7/7-things-obamas-win-could-mean-for-womens-health.html

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Condoms
Trump Abstinence in Obama Global AIDS Policy, Aide Says

Date: Monday,
November 10, 2008
Source: Bloomberg.com (U.S.)
Author: Jason Gale and John
Lauerman

President-elect Barack Obama will reverse U.S. family planning
and AIDS prevention strategies that have long linked global funding to
anti-abortion and abstinence education, a public-health adviser said.

Public health policies of President George W. Bush's $45- billion PEPFAR
program have brought ...

The article is available at:
http://www.pushjournal.org/default.cfm?article=95774
Related
Links:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aKrIK33ovrk8&refer=home

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Midwife
School in Mexico Finds Itself in Vanguard

Date: Sunday, November 09,
2008
Source: Women's eNews
Author: Theresa Braine

At the only
degreed midwifery program in Mexico, women train and then return to their rural
roots. It is right in line with a recent United Nations push to fill a global
shortfall of 334,000 midwives and improve maternal health outcomes.

SAN
MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico (WOMENSENEWS)--As the United N...

The
article is available at:
http://www.pushjournal.org/default.cfm?article=95784

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WOMEN
LEFT OUT OF NEW (SOUTH AFRICAN) GOVT

Date: Saturday, November 08, 2008
Source: Inter
Press Service (Johannesburg) - AAGM
Author: Ignace Fanou

"Every change
is a step backwards in this new era. It's disheartening," is Claire Houngan
Ayémona's response to Benin's newly-appointed cabinet.

Ayémona is a
former minister for families and social programmes, and currently of president
of the non-profit Loving Heart based in Abomey-Calavi near Co...

The
article is available at:
http://www.pushjournal.org/default.cfm?article=95770

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COLUMN:
The case for forcing birth control on unfit mothers

Date: Sunday,
November 09, 2008
Source: The Sunday Times (London, U.K.)
Author: Minette
Marrin

The Dutch are odd. They seem so moderate, so practical, so
sensible -a nation of considerate egalitarian cyclists -yet they take their
virtues to extremes. They pursue common sense to a fault. For instance, there
are plenty of arguments in favour of mercy killing, yet few nations feel quite
able to ...

The article is available at:
http://www.pushjournal.org/default.cfm?article=95771

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Abortion
pill 'not easy solution'

Date: Monday, November 10, 2008
Source: The
West Australian (Perth)
Author: CATHY O'LEARY

A quarter of the WA
women who have used the controversial abortion pill RU486, which is billed as a
less invasive alternative to traditional terminations, needed surgery to remove
their placenta, new figures have shown.

RU486, also known as
mifepristone, is promoted as a form of abortion which use...

The
article is available at:
http://www.pushjournal.org/default.cfm?article=95772

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COLUMN:
The Silent Issue

Date: Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Source: Newsweek
Web Exclusive (U.S.)
Author: Lisa Miller

Abortion hasn't been a
central debate in the 2008 campaign. But that doesn't mean that its opponents
feel any less strongly about it.

It's abortion, stupid. For conservative
Christians in this election the most important religious issue isn't gay
marriage, stem-cell research or Christmas trees on ...

The article is
available at:
http://www.pushjournal.org/default.cfm?article=95773
Related
Links:
http://www.newsweek.com/id/167211/page/2

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Reclaiming
the joy of motherhood

Date: Monday, November 10, 2008
Source: The
Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)
Author: Eleanor Ainge Roy and May Titthara   

Pursat Province -- A new study on maternal mental health suggests
poverty, other economic factors contribute to rising rates of depression among
Cambodia's new or expecting mothers

Thorn Limly, 25, sits with her third
child, delivered after a day and two nights in labour. Her mother and
two-year-o...

The article is available at:
http://www.pushjournal.org/default.cfm?article=95775
Related
Links:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2008111022609/National-news/Reclaiming-the-joy-of-motherhood.html

martin dufresne

FIGHTING DENIES THOUSANDS OF CONGO RAPE VICTIMS VITAL AID

More breaking news from The PUSH Journal

Date: Tuesday, November 11,
2008
Source: Metro (UK), Author: AIDAN RADNEDGE

AN UPSURGE in
fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is preventing aid reaching
thousands of raped women.

A rebel attack has forced Care International
to put on hold its plans to provide health care and cash to victims despite the
conflict increasing the number of sex attacks.

This
article is available at:
http://www.pushjournal.org/default.cfm?article=95796