Rape is a national emergency in Sierra Leone, President Julius Maada Bio declared last week; he outlined ambitious plans to stem the crisis.   Bio declared sex with a minor punishable by life imprisonment, ordered free health care for rape victims, created a special police…

A century ago in the US, it was illegal to provide information about contraception. But Where Are My Children?—a 1916 silent film directed by Lois Weber “paved the way for American cinema to openly discuss birth control,” writes Rebecca Kaplan.  

Global birth rates have been falling since the 1980s. So why, in some African countries, did they creep up 20 years later? Perhaps because of 1980s austerity, say researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

The “crusade against sex education” in Brazil’s far-right government is undermining progress in sexual and reproductive health, reports Fabiana Frayssinet.   President Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign was bolstered by the rise of conservative fundamentalism in Brazil. The country’…

When doctors tied her limbs and scraped the lining of her uterus without anesthesia after her miscarriage, it was “the 30 most horrible minutes of my life,” Croatian MP Ivana Nincevic-Lesandric told her colleagues in a male-dominated parliament last October.  

Current and former staff at Planned Parenthood—America’s largest provider of reproductive health services—have accused the organization of mistreating expectant employees and discouraging women from getting pregnant, according to a New York Times investigation.

Compared to its high-income peers, US women are more likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth and skip out on care because of the cost. A study comparing access to health care and health status among 11 high-income nations—including Australia, Norway and the UK—also found…

Thousands of women and girls are being trafficked from Burma to China, where they are forced to marry and bear children, according to a new report from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand.

In the Dominican Republic, where abortion is illegal, Human Rights Watch collected stories to illustrate the impact of the country’s no-exceptions ban on abortion: A pregnant 11-year-old girl, raped by her stepfather, with no choice but referral to prenatal care. A 16-year-…

The Trump administration is eroding reproductive rights both at home and abroad, writes Stephanie Schmid, a US diplomat focused on international human rights.