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Topics: Demographic and Health Survey

“We are Being Treated Like Animals”



Less than two months after 13 women died in the neighboring state of Chhattisgarh, 43 women were sterilized in unsanitary and inhumane conditions in Chatra, a northern district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Knowing the facility had no electricity, the sterilization camp coordinator rented a generator to operate theatre lights. When the generator failed, the team continued to operate by flashlight. Savitri Devi,  the mother-in-law of a woman who was sterilized stated, “There are no …

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African Women Turning to Natural Family Planning; Turning Down Abortifacient Contraceptives, Survey Reveals



It seemed like your typical family planning conference: it was sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. It had the typical title: “Is access enough? Understanding and addressing unmet need for Family Planning.” It even seemed to have the usual group of presenters ready with their cherry-picked findings to lobby for even more money to be spent on the contraception and sterilization …

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Controlling Women’s Desires in Kenya



The Kenyan government recently outlined a new brand of coercive population control. Unlike China’s policy which uses coercion to control the number of births, Kenya is trying to control population earlier in the reproductive process by changing women’s desires to have children. In the early 1980’s, the average woman in Kenya had 8 children. In the last 30 years, fertility rates fell by 44% to 4.5 children, but this fall has not been enough for …

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An Open Letter to Henrietta Fore, USAID Administrator



Dear Ms. Fore, Last November, you were confirmed to head our multi-billion dollar foreign aid agency. You are committed, you tell us, to “serv[ing] the people who have the least hope, opportunity and prosperity, and who want to build their lives, their nations and their futures,” These are laudable goals, but ones which are undermined by certain practices of the fertility reduction programs that USAID continues to have in place. First, let me say that …

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An Open Letter to Henrietta Fore, USAID Administrator



07 April 2008     Vol. 10 / No. 14 Dear Colleague, The days of the Bush administration are coming to an end. What remaining good can those who are well-disposed towards life and family do before they turn in their keys? Steven W. Mosher An Open Letter to Henrietta Fore, USAID Administrator Dear Ms. Fore, Last November, you were confirmed to head our multi-billion dollar foreign aid agency. You are committed, you tell us, to “serv[ing] …

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The Birth Dearth: Economic and Social Impact of Aging Societies



ROME, SEPT 30, 2007 (Zenit.org)— Decades of declining birthrates are causing a rapid aging of many nation’s populations. Romanian President Traian Basescu recently warned that his country’s population was declining and that more needs to be done to support women who have children, the Associated Press reported Sept. 18. “Romania urgently needs to revise its demographic policies,” he told participants at a conference on population and development in the city of Sibiu. The tuition has …

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