African Women More Likely to Die in Childbirth Than Westerners
A new report reveals that African women are 175 times more likely to die during childbirth than Westerners. These findings, issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), finds that women in sub-Saharan Africa have a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth.
The report examines maternal mortality in 2000, finding that 95 percent of the 529,000 total maternal deaths occurred in Africa and Asia. There is "an urgent need for increased access to emergency obstetric care, especially in sub-Saharan Africa," according to the report. The report also calls for family planning education and services of high quality because "more lives could be saved if women had access to voluntary family planning to ensure that births are spaced properly, skilled attendance at delivery, and emergency obstetric care."
UNFPA also recently issued its 2003 State of World Population report, this year focusing on adolescents' health and rights. The report calls for access to reproductive and sexual health information and services appropriate to the age, capacities, and circumstance of adolescent girls so that "adolescents who are sexually active can take necessary measure to protect their health." According to the UNFPA, "women aged 15-19 account for at least one fourth of the estimated 20 million unsafe abortions performed each year." The UNFPA calls for more investments in adolescent reproductive health needs and education and a supportive policy environment because "failing to support young people will have serious consequences at both the individual and societal levels."
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .