In the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, the crude birth rate—at about 42 live births per 1,000 people—far exceeds that of both Jordan (24.5) and pre-war Syria (23). Many of the babies are born to child brides or very young mothers who feel pressured to replace family…

A universal health insurance plan in Chhattisgarh, India, functioned as a cash cow for doctors and hospitals, with many local women paying the price, according to a report in Quartz, India. The plan led to routine overcharging, unnecessary hysterectomies and other surgical…

US-based abortion protest groups, such as 40 Days for Life, have brought their movement to Colombia, where abortions are only allowed under very limited circumstances threatening the life of the mother or baby, or in cases involving rape or incest. While Colombia’s abortion…

Donald Trump, running for the US presidency, set off a firestorm of criticism yesterday with a comment that women who get abortions should be punished. Trump later walked back the comments. But his suggestion, Nick Kristof notes, departs from the mainstream anti-abortion…

Over the objections of doctors, Utah politicians on Monday signed a new law forcing doctors to administer anesthesia to patients undergoing abortions at and beyond the 20-week mark. The law, sponsored by Utah Republican Sen. Curt Bramble, aims to “eliminate or alleviate…

18 US state laws trying to block fetal tissue research could thwart Zika research, scientists say.

Of the 74 million unintended pregnancies that occur each year in developing countries, 1/3 are due to failed contraception, according to a Guttmacher Institute study of 43 countries. The causes of high failure rates will require additional analysis, though it’s known that…

A northward push by the Zika virus into Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the US could add to presidential election chaos this summer. While it’s impossible to forecast Zika’s impact in the US this summer, Politico warns that an Ebola-like media panic could “set off an epidemic…

Tumbling oil prices have sent Venezuela’s economy into a tailspin, emptying shelves of many basic consumer goods. One casualty of the crisis: birth control. Condoms are increasingly hard to find, and when they are stocked, the prices are exorbitant. Around $700 for a…

In India, abortion is allowed under almost all circumstances—but it is still often stigmatized, hard to access, and unsafe, especially for poor women in rural areas. In fact, the Guttmacher Institute estimates that about 9% of maternal deaths in India arise from…