A Canadian politician has announced he plans to introduce a private member’s bill to remove the legal prohibitions on payments to surrogate mothers and to sperm and egg donors.
There are sound ethical reasons behind Canada's decision to ban payment to surrogate mothers and sperm and egg donors in 2004. A new push to remove the restrictions ignores the risks.
Postcard of the Napa State Hospital in Napa, Calif., circa 1905. Over 1,900 Californians were recommended for sterilization while patients here.
The collection of Alex Wellerstein
About 20,000 Californians were once sterilized under state eugenics laws. New research shows Latinos were disproportionately targeted. Is there any opportunity today to address these wrongs?
Jenny Agutter and Laura Main in Call the Midwife.
BBC's Call the Midwife is a celebration of working class women's labour. In its frank, but sweet, discussion of childbirth, it has much in common with fairy tales.
A first-time surrogate mother in Anand, India, 2013.
Surrogate mothers in developing countries are being shuffled across borders to evade a crackdown on the industry. This emerging gray market puts women at risk.
‘I’m not inviting you to abort, I’m inviting you to decide.’ Can democracy exist if women aren’t recognized as people with full human rights?
Seventy-five percent of all abortions in Latin America are illicit. In Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, where abortion is totally illegal, the bans correlate with a generalized failure of the rule of law.
Lawmaker: my views have nothing to do with the law.
Voting on this issue is a matter of conscience, so the MP's view that women shouldn't be allowed to terminate pregnancies, even when they've been raped, is very relevant to the rest of society.
Women celebrate in Valparaíso, Chile.
After a fierce debate, one of the most restrictive reproductive laws in the world has been eased.
EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo
Troupes of women in flowing red capes are turning up all over the US to remind us that reproductive rights are under threat.
‘My body does not need your opinion’.
Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters
The case of a 12-year-old Costa Rican girl, who was raped by her father and denied an abortion, is dividing a nation that prides itself on its human rights record.
Fumigation against the Zika-carrying mosquito in Guatemala.
Coordinadora Nacional para Reducción de Desastres via Flickr
Zika is not gender neutral: women’s rights are at stake.
President-elect Donald Trump during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Dec. 15, 2016.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke
President-elect Trump has said the issue of gay marriage is settled, yet he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, which upheld a woman's right to abortion. What will he do once he becomes president?
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.
Ideally, all states and territories would have consistent laws based on Victorian legislation.
Abortion is a safe medical procedure, yet half of Australian women may have difficulty accessing a termination because they live in states and territories that designate it a crime.
Trouble on the way.
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By limiting financial support to smaller families, the government is doing its best to stop undesirables from reproducing.
After years of liberal laws, terminations are now almost completely out of bounds.
Demonstrators in support of abortion and contraceptive rights.
The Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling against mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions, but the court leaves in place major—and growing—restrictions on women's health policies.
Protesters in front of the Supreme Court in January 2011.
On the first day of the new Congress in January, anti-abortion legislators in the House introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill would have banned abortions after 20 weeks, except…
Pro-choice campaigners make their feelings known at a protest in 2013.
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The high-profile case of a young woman forced to give birth in Ireland has highlighted the realities of Ireland’s recently introduced Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 – a law designed to regulate…
Campaigners outside the Victorian parliament in the run-up to the 2008 reform of state’s abortion law, which is under fire.
AAP Image/Mariza O'Keefe
Abortion in Australia is governed by varied state-based laws. Despite the clear requirement for doctors with conscientious objection not to block access to abortion, this aspect of some state laws has…