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An organisation in Mozambique had to close down half of its youth clinics after it lost two-thirds of its funding because it refused to sign onto Trump’s global gag rule policy.

‘Gag Rule will slow down the fight against Aids’

The damage caused by the controversial US policy will only start showing when it’s too late to reverse it, activists and researchers argue.
Find out what women go through in India and the United States to access abortion and contraception.

Tales from Trumpland: Health workers will be forced to bury aborted fetal tissue

In the war on women's bodies, the casualties stretch far beyond US' 50 states.
Newborn deaths would drop from a staggering 2.7-million a year to 538 000 if the world invested in women's health

Why it could cost less than R120 per year to save a life

Maternal deaths in developing regions would fall by 73% if all women had access to contraception and maternal healthcare, shows new research.
IVF at private clinics can cost tens of thousands of rands. A South African doctor is just one of many people around the world pioneering new ways to make the procedure cheaper.

Should government health schemes pay for infertility treatment?

"Women are blamed for infertility when, in fact, as we know from research, it is quite often on the man’s side.”
Under Trump's gag rule

A grim anniversary: Hundreds of clinics close as Trump’s gag rule turns one

Governments and even anonymous do-gooders are stepping into fill the funding gap left by the US decision, but their pockets will never be deep enough.
Making waves: Women on Web offers an online portal that dispatches an abortion pill to people across the world.

‘I told them I had a miscarriage. But the nurses knew what had really...

Go inside the international network of women willing to break the law to give people access to termination of pregnancy services.
What we learn on the playground about gender and violence may never be unlearned - and it could shape your child forever.

Should you really be talking to your 10-year-old child about sex?

By the age of 10, children’s ideas about gender, relationships and violence are largely set in stone.
Advocates for the partial decriminalisation of sex work overlook that the buying of sex in SA is already criminalised and this has not curbed demand

Sex, shrugs and policy holes: Why partially decriminalising sex work isn’t enough

After almost two decades, the South African Law Reform Commission chose fiction over facts.
'I could have died': Buhle Bhengu was duped into having an illegal abortion.

‘It didn’t take long for [the fetus] to come out. There was a human-like...

Left with little choice, many women turn to illegal abortionists to terminate their pregnancies.
South Africa legalised abortion decades ago but a lack of information on where to get one and health workers willing to terminate pregnancies still stand between people and safe abortions.

Cruel dilemma: To terminate or not to terminate

The joy of motherhood is killed by a moral and ethical dilemma when doctors advise termination of a pregnancy.
Young people in Uganda can go to youth-friendly clinics for sexual health problems.

Youth-friendly sexual health clinics put Ugandans at ease

Clinics dedicated to young people are ideal but the poor nation struggles to provide at least a basic service for those who can't access them.
About half the country’s population is younger than 15.

Young women told: ‘If a man touches you, you’ll get pregnant’

Unintended pregnancies and abortions in Nigeria could be reduced if myths are dispelled and young women have the right information.
Under Trump's gag rule

Moral crusade condemns SA women to die

Backstreet abortion ‘doctors’ profit from stigma as patients are stripped of their dignity – and lives.
Women

Emergency: Stigma and neglect conspire against SA women

Healthworker hostility and a lack of information are denying women access to emergency contraception, locking them into an unintended fate.
Digitial umbilical cord: More women are using their cellphones to get health updates on their pregnancy via Mxit Reach.

Help’s at hand for connected moms

Simple phone services are stepping in to help women who can't seek clinical advice in person.
In 2011

ARVs alone won’t save HIV infected mothers

Access to ARVs is improving, but poor attitudes to patients are aggravating maternal mortality rates.