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A mother-to-be in Kibera in Nairobi, where up to a third of adolescent girls and women between 15-22 experience an unwanted pregnancy. Photo by Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Kenya is having another go at passing a reproductive rights bill. What’s at stake

The proposed bill demonstrates the political will to address these preventable and avoidable morbidities and deaths.
The operating room at the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 4, 2019. Texas says abortions are nonessential during coronavirus. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Delaying ‘nonessential’ abortions during coronavirus crisis endangers women’s health and financial future

Seven states are moving to ban abortions, along with other 'elective' medical services, during the coronavirus crisis. But delaying or denying abortions can do serious health and financial harm.
When Dirty Dancing is reduced to its dance sequences, the powerful politics of the film are erased. Vestron Pictures

The Real Dirty Dancing reduces a political film to little more than coy dance numbers

Dirty Dancing's dance sequences are stand-alone properties, famous in their own right. But when they're considered in isolation, the film's messy class, race and gender politics are sidelined.
Women may need to shop around for a new doctor if the first one refuses to perform an abortion for religious reasons. from www.shutterstock.com

Women may find it tougher to get an abortion if the religious discrimination bill becomes law

Doctors who won't perform abortions on religious grounds may have stronger legal protection and may not be compelled to refer women to an alternative provider. Here's why that's bad news for women.
Abortion rights supporters in Missouri take part in a protest, after state lawmakers passed rules aimed at closing Missouri’s only abortion clinic, May 30, 2019. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

When religious ideology drives abortion policy, poor women suffer the consequences

Young, poor, single and a mother of two: This is the profile of most women in the US and Northern Ireland who seek financial assistance to help pay for an abortion.
The recent decriminalisation debates in Australia have included a new focus on partial restrictions on abortions – a strategy that has been very successful in many US states. Joel Carrett/AAP

How the US right-to-life movement is influencing the abortion debate in Australia

The Australian right-to-life movement is tiny compared to the US, but its recent adoption of US-style campaign strategies has given it an outsize voice in the debate here.

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