The term “self care” has myriad meanings in the modern vernacular. In a special series from The BMJ and BMJ Global Health, authors home in on where it aligns with and amplifies health care systems—through the lens of sexual and reproductive health rights.

While men are often sidelined during the pregnancy and childbirth process, in Pakistan they jumped at the opportunity to learn more. Super Abbu (super dad)—a program aimed to improve dads’ engagement in pregnancy and childbirth— received 40,000 phone inquiries, 96% of them…

Marking a long-fought victory for human rights campaigners, Afghanistan has enacted an official public health policy aimed at halting virginity testing in clinics and hospitals. Condemned by the WHO, the invasive procedure has persisted despite a 2016 ban, landing scores…

The University of Otago issued a mea culpa after seizing 500 copies of a campus magazine with an 'objectionable' cover image of a menstruating cartoon character.

To its peril, a promising new law overhauling the Philippines’ antiquated HIV policy still fails to mandate government promotion of condom use, writes Carlos H. Conde.

Abortion bans are not a deterrent from terminating unwanted pregnancies, but they do contribute to more unsafe procedures. Every year, 56 million unsafe abortions are carried out worldwide, killing some 22,800 women, found a sweeping new report by the Guttmacher Institute.

Obstetric emergencies like miscarriages have landed over 23 women in prison for “abortion-related” crimes in El Salvador—1 of just 4 countries that ban abortion regardless of the circumstances. Dubbed a “poor woman’s crime,” wealthier women skirt the ban with abortion…

US women may lose access to certain birth control methods as the Trump administration plans to prioritize funding for abstinence-based programs and natural family planning.

A year in, the SheDecides movement to empower women in their reproductive lives is taking stock.

The US State Department is deleting text about women’s reproductive rights from an upcoming annual report on global human rights, Politico reports. Passages that describe women’s access to contraceptives and abortion have been ordered cut. In addition, a section on racial…