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A demonstrator holds a sign during a rally in support of abortion rights on May 3, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. David Ryder/Getty Images

How US policy on abortion affects women in Africa

For countries that look to the US for guidance and for funding, the consequences will go beyond abortion.
Women’s need for contraception and contraceptive use must be an ongoing priority. Jonathan Torgovnik for The Hewlett Foundation/Reportage by Getty Images

COVID-19 lockdowns and contraception: unexpected findings in four African countries

Contrary to expectations, researchers found that overall contraceptive use increased in most settings.
For four decades, the Chinese government has restricted family size. Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket via Getty Images

China’s ‘one-child policy’ left at least 1 million bereaved parents childless and alone in old age, with no one to take care of them

China limited families to one child from 1980 to 2015 to curb population growth. The policy paid off economically for the country, but it left couples whose only child died grieving and impoverished.
The stigma on men’s involvement in maternal health is a significant barrier to their participation. GettyImages

How men can support maternal health: lessons from Rwanda

Men can practically help their partners access care by assisting with the costs of attending clinical appointments such as transportation, health insurance, and meals while on route to the clinic.
In places where children die with tragic frequency, the collective grief of parents affects all society. Mary Long/Shutterstock

Measuring maternal grief in Africa

In many sub-Saharan African countries, 20% of mothers have suffered the death of a child, a new study finds. In Mali, Liberia and Malawi, it’s common for mothers to lose two children.
Half of women seeking second and third-trimester abortions do so because of foetal abnormalities. Sasha Freemind

Here’s why there should be no gestational limits for abortion

If NSW decriminalises abortion, women will be able to access a termination up to 22 weeks’ gestation. But such cut-offs are arbitrary and should be abandoned.
It’s not just women who need to consider their age when planning a family. rawpixel

Tick-tock – for healthy mums and kids, dad’s age counts

A new study shows that as the father’s age increases, so too the chances of the baby being born prematurely, having a low birth weight, or requiring medical intervention after delivery.

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