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USAID Needs to Warn Women of the Dangers of Depo-Provera



  Despite mounting evidence of serious side effects associated with the use of injectable contraceptives, international aid programs continue to indiscriminately distribute Depo-Provera under various brand names worldwide. Indeed, a coalition of family planning partners including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), and others are seeking to inject even more vulnerable women in developing countries with risky injectable contraceptives. Like …

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New PRI Study Shows Depo-Provera Increases Risk of HIV Infection



A new peer-reviewed study,1 conducted in collaboration with the Population Research Institute (PRI), shows that women who use Depo-Provera are significantly more likely to acquire HIV. Due to funding from organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and agencies like the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Depo-Provera is the most widely used form of birth control by women in Sub-Saharan Africa where HIV prevalence remains high. The study found that Depo-Provera and other DMPA …

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UNICEF Should Rename Itself the United Nations Sex for Children Fund, or UNISEX



The debate over a new Code on Childhood and Adolescence is raging in Peru.

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News from Latin America: How to Sell Out Your Country With Just One Word



The new constitution equates “treaties” and “international human rights instruments” in ways that would make New York lobbyists proud. The second chapter of article 417 of the recently approved Constitution of Ecuador reads: “The international treaties ratified by Ecuador will be subject to the established tenets of the Constitution. In the ease of treaties and other international human rights instruments, these principles will be understood to be pro-human, non-restricting of rights, of direct applicability and …

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How to Sell Out Your Country With Just One Word



13 October 2008 — Vol. 10/ No. 43 The second chapter of article 417 of the recently approved Constitution of Ecuador reads: “The international treaties ratified by Ecuador will be subject to the established tenets of the Constitution. In the case of treaties and other international human rights instruments, these principles will be understood to be pro-human, non-restricting of rights, of direct applicability and of open clause in the Constitution.” Notice how “international treaties” and …

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Misoprostol and the Hidden Pro-Life Crisis



The pro-abortion movement is moving stealthily to open another front in the abortion wars. Its name is misoprostol. Misoprostol is most well-known as the active ingredient in Cytotec, a prescription drug whose FDA-approved usage is to relieve gastric ulcers. Misoprostol has proven very effective in this regard, and it has also been used to treat women who are hemorrhaging from a spontaneous miscarriage, or following childbirth. This is the good news. The bad news is …

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Misoprostol and the Hidden Pro-Life Crisis



  4 February 2008     Vol. 10 / No. 5 Misoprostol and the Hidden Pro-Life Crisis The pro-abortion movement is moving stealthily to open another front in the abortion wars. Its name is misoprostol. Misoprostol is most well-known as the active ingredient in Cytotec, a prescription drug whose FDA-approved usage is to relieve gastric ulcers. Misoprostol has proven very effective in this regard, and it has also been used to treat women who are hemorrhaging from …

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The Mexico City Policy: A Short History



1984: President Ronald Reagan passed the Mexico City Policy. The Policy required nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to agree as a condition of their receipt of federal funds that such organizations would neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations. 1993: President William Clinton rescinded the Mexico City Policy on January 22, with the “Memorandum for the Acting Administrator of the Agency for International Development, Subject: AID Family Planning Grants/Mexico …

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