Maternal Mortality: Appalling Lack of Progress Globally and in the US
In advance of the upcoming Women Deliver conference in London, a report released Friday shows that worldwide maternal mortality rates have been declining at a rate of less than one percent a year. The report, Maternal Mortality in 2005, jointly published by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank, points to the need for improved health care for women, including the prevention of unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortions, and access to high-quality pregnancy and delivery care, in order to reduce the number of women dying from maternal causes. funny picturesfunny imagesfunny photosfunny animal picturesfunny dog picturesfunny cat picturesfunny gifs
Shockingly, the United States ranks 41st among 171 countries in woman�s lifetime risk of maternal death. One in 4,800 women in the US die each year as a result of pregnancy related complications, much higher than other developed countries. In Germany, for example, the annual rate of maternal death is one in 19,200 and in Greece one in 25,900. Afghan women continue to be among those with the highest number of maternal deaths, with one in 8 women dying annually, reports the Kansas City Star.
The three-day Women Deliver conference, which begins October 18th, will involve political and health leaders from around the world and will focus on the critical connection between women�s health, rights, education, and poverty reduction. It will spotlight how the estimated 536,000 annual maternal deaths�which are overwhelmingly (99 percent) concentrated in the developing world�are not only preventable but have an extraordinary negative impact on the social and economic well-being of nations.
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .