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One-Fifth of Women Don’t Know if Abortion Is Illegal in Kenya, New Study Shows

A new study by Marie Stopes Kenya showed that 20.7 per cent of women seeking abortion services in Nairobi “do not know” whether the process is illegal.

‘Dumped Babies Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg’: The Deadly Consequences of Curbing Reproductive Rights

It’s a hot mid-August morning, and Lydia Wambui’s bright green overalls are soaked. She’s standing knee-deep in Nairobi River, using a metal rod to catch rubbish lazily flowing down its murky waters. “Sewage, bottle-tops, needles…

How to Make Abortion Great Again

On a rainy day in May, in the Polish coastal city of Gdańsk, in a high-ceilinged room on the second floor of an unremarkable building, 16 women and five men sat in mismatched office chairs…

A Test With No Answer: Why Are American Doctors Performing Virginity Tests?

Twenty-two-year-old anatomist Andreas Vesalius stood over the limp body of an 18-year-old Belgian noblewoman. A tight corset constricted her torso; she died from an ailment of the lungs, it seemed. But Vesalius, fresh out of…

Maternity Care Crisis (Averted?)

Dad was speeding down I-95 past the Philadelphia Airport, his heavily pregnant wife moaning in the SUV. The drive was too far; the traffic too congested. Eventually, he pulled over and with the help of…

Staying Connected: Moms Who Pump in Prison

Warden Nancy Giannetta, clutching a dense ring of keys, gets buzzed through a series of security doors and into Unit G of Riverside Correctional Facility, a county jail for women in Philadelphia. It’s a Thursday…

America Never Gave Afghan Women a Chance

Washington failed at the most promising path toward stability in Afghanistan: keeping the country’s women alive.

In Afghanistan, Where Breast Cancer is a Death Sentence, Women Fight to Save Lives

  There is no radiation or readily available chemotherapy for women who have breast cancer in Afghanistan. Yet a pair of sisters are fighting to save women in the country’s only oncology ward. Sherbano gripped…

Botched Sterilisation Surgeries are Killing Indian Women. One Women Wants to Save Them

In a country where condoms, birth control pills and IUDs are hugely unpopular, and even taboo, many women turn to sterilisation – often in unsanitary and dangerous conditions. It’s costing them their lives. Devika Biswas…

From Prison To Periods: Meet The Men Fighting Menstruation Taboos

  Joshua Omanya arrives at Soweto Baptist school in Kibera to hold a training session. In 2005, Joshua Omanya was sentenced to death. A self-confessed ‘bad boy’, he grew up in Kibera, the largest slum…

Amid Smoldering E-Waste In The West Bank, Activists Fight For Reform

  Burning electronic waste to extract metals for resale is toxic, illegal, and common in the Palestinian Territories. Can activists forge a new path? Last November, I was standing in the backyard of a home…

This Is How Trump’s Abortion Policy Will Curb Life-Saving Health Care

  “Many are going to die,” warned one impoverished 17-year-old Kenyan woman who nearly lost her life to a back-alley abortion. Quinter Atieno was 13 years old when she first sought out a back-alley abortion.…
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