For years, Texas laws have scaled back access to low-cost abortion and reproductive health services, making access increasingly difficult for Latinx women.   For much of April, the state had a near-total ban on abortions, deemed “non-essential” amid the pandemic.     The…

While men and women face a roughly equal risk of being infected by the coronavirus, women are nearly 3X more likely to report mental health impacts from COVID-19, according to a survey released today by the nonprofit CARE. The survey of more than 6,200 women and 4,200 men…

More details are emerging about a whistleblower complaint describing a pattern of involuntary hysterectomies of ICE detainees at a Georgia immigration detention center.  

Sri Lanka has some of the most restrictive abortion laws anywhere, permitting the procedure only if the mother’s life is in danger. But hundreds of women still undergo the procedure every day.   The outsize influence of the Catholic church is one reason for the stigma…

As the pandemic drags on, women are delaying voluntary health care appointments, setting the stage for serious long-term health problems.   Take breast cancer: The National Cancer Institute estimates 5,000 excess deaths from the disease over the next decade—and that’s…

Patchwork recordkeeping has hampered the US response to COVID-19’s disproportionate toll on communities of color.  

Cancer patients—and survivors—who develop COVID-19 face a much greater risk of death than the general population, according to a pair of studies published yesterday in the Lancet.

COVID-19’s collateral damage could drive up the global child mortality rate for the first time in 6 decades, The Washington Post reports, citing a 

Laboring women in Venezuela are forced to travel from hospital to hospital in a cruel game of “roulette,” desperate to find a facility equipped to deliver their baby. If that doesn’t happen in time, they deliver on the street or in facility lobbies—mothers and babies have…

COVID-19 restrictions put 9.5 million women and girls at risk of losing access to reproductive health services and possibly leading to 11,000 pregnancy-related deaths, according to Marie Stopes International, The Guardian reports