Study: Unintended Pregnancies Lead To Deaths Of Women Worldwide
The Global Health Council released a report this week detailing how a lack of basic reproductive health services has caused millions of unintended pregnancies and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of women around the world. From 1995-2000, more than 300 million unintended pregnancies resulted in the deaths of 700,000 women - with 64 percent of these deaths caused by complications resulting from abortions carried out in unsafe, unsanitary and often illegal conditions.
“Most of these unintended pregnancies and needless deaths could have been prevented had basic reproductive health services been made available to these women,” said Nils Daulaire, president of the Global Health Council, the largest membership alliance of healthcare professionals and organizations dedicated to improving the quality of and access to health worldwide. “Failure to provide women with the means to plan, prevent or appropriately space their next pregnancy poses an extraordinary public health threat, one that can be addressed with modest resources.”
The report found that maternal mortality is highest in countries where women are least likely to have access to modern contraceptive services or any trained care during birth or delivery. In Afghanistan, which has the second highest rate of maternal mortality (Sierra Leone has the highest) with 1,700 deaths per 100,000 pregnancies, the vast majority of Afghan women do not receive contraceptives or prenatal care. Most deliver their babies at home, oftentimes, because their male family members will not give them permission to go to the hospital. Under the repressive rule of the Taliban, women were not allowed to be treated by male doctors and women doctors were not allowed to work. Currently, there are only 7,000 doctors to treat a population of 26 million people. “Some Afghans think if a woman dies giving birth, it is part of life,” Malalay Nazir, a physician in Afghanistan told the Washington Post. “Some think hemorrhaging or convulsions are a normal part of delivery. And some say if your wife is dying, don’t be sad or spend money on her; you can always get a new one.”
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .