Dr. Osotimehin Appointed Executive Director of UNPFA
Late last week, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon appointed Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin as the Executive Director of the href= "http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/6942" target= "_blank">United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), which focuses on reproductive health, gender equality and population and development strategies. Dr. Osotimehin of Nigeria is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and the African Spokesperson for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. He will succeed Thoraya Ahmed Obaid of Saudi Arabia and begin as Executive Director on December 31.
Dr. Osotimehin has previously served as both the Minister of Health and Director General at Nigeria's National Agency for the Control of HIV and AIDS. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Ibadan and his MD from University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
President of the United Nations Foundation Timothy Wirth commented, Dr. Osotimehin's appointment "comes at a critical time for women and girls across the globe...More than 215 million women in developing countries want access to family planning but don't have it."
Media Resources: United Nations Population Fund Press Release 11/19/10; International Women's Health Coalition Press Release 11/19/10; United Nations Foundation 6/9/10
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .