Women hold signs as they take part in a demonstration against government plans to ban or limit the practice of abortion in Turkey on 22 June 2012, in Istanbul.
Abortion appears to be illegal and clandestine in large parts of the Muslim world. Yet, women continue to challenge the status quo and archaic laws through their daily practices and activism.
An abortion rights advocate after Argentina’s Senate rejected a bill to legalize abortion, 38-31.
AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko
Argentina's Senate voted down an abortion bill 38-31 after a 16-hour debate. The Catholic Church thanked senators for defending 'life,' but ever more Catholics here insist on women's right to choose.
Pro-life and pro-choice protesters rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court in June.
REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan
Over the past 45 years, women have married later, attained higher education and joined the workforce in record numbers. Could it all be turned back?
Health workers and patients protesting at the Hospital Dr. Jose Maria Vargas in Caracas, Venezuela.
The impact of Venezuela's medical crisis is not gender-neutral.
Men currently only have two contraceptive options: condoms or a vasectomy.
Male contraceptives have been under development for at least the past 50 years, because of the success of the female pill and pessimism about men taking a pill.
Is Richard Di Natale correct in saying that Tasmanian women aren’t getting access safe termination services?
In Hobart supporting the Tasmanian Greens ahead of the state election, Greens leader Richard Di Natale said 'in one of our states, women are not getting access to safe terminations'. Is that correct?
The female ghost in Indonesia’s most recent horror movie is scary. But the data on maternal mortality rates and sexual violence against women are scary too.
A new movie about a female ghost has scared millions in Indonesia. Female ghosts have been center stage in Indonesian folklore and their stories can serve as a warning to the state of women today.
A better understanding of sperm could help develop new fertility treatments and contraceptives for men.
She must have had a successful pregnancy.
A new evolutionary perspective on what's been a medical paradox: Why does the body use inflammation to regulate aspects of pregnancy when inflammation is also a big threat to pregnancy?
Community health workers like these visit patients’ homes in Malawi to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation–Malawi/Chris Cox
All recent Republican presidents have cut off foreign aid tied to abortion. Trump's expansive version of those restrictions endangers billions slated for HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
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The ongoing debate is a continuation of the Philippines' long journey towards reproductive health - and its having been turned into a political and moral issue by various actors.
A study of 78 Kenyan secondary schools shows up critical gaps in sex education.
At a time when a new national school curriculum is starting its pilot phase in Kenya, a study shows the massive gaps in sexuality education programmes.
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The US is the largest donor to the United Nations Population Fund, which mandates access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services and voluntary family planning.
Actress and U.N. Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd visited a refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan in 2016.
AP Photo/Raad Adayleh
Contraception saves lives, and U.S. spending on it abroad had an unintended upside when it formed the backbone of early HIV prevention efforts.
Hot flushes and night sweats are the most common symptom of a female reproductive milestone known as the menopause.
The root of the black cohosh plant has a long history of use in Europe and became popular around the world after receiving German approval as a non-prescription drug for hot flushes in 2000.
Pocket your phone without worry.
Phone image via www.shutterstock.com.
Did your holiday gift list include radiation-shielding undies to protect your privates from cellphone radio waves? A radiation expert explains they're unnecessary – your phone won't affect your fertility.
In a recent survey, most men didn’t think their age was a big factor in their fertility.
While most people might think age only affects female fertility, there is growing evidence sperm quality decreases as men age.
Many girls stay away from school when they’re menstruating.
When girls know that they have access to hygienic, safe sanitary products they are less likely to skip school while menstruating.
Birth control has become a flash point at the Supreme Court.
Providing women with a range of reproductive health options – from abortions to IUDs – is not only essential for their financial security but good for the economy as well.
A set of twins in Vietnam have been found to have different fathers.