Diane Horvath-Cosper, an OB/GYN at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, filed a federal civil rights complaint alleging that she's been barred from speaking publicly about abortion as an essential women's health procedure. The doctor’s complaint cites a 1973 federal law…

If you haven’t heard much about family planning and sex in North Korea, well, neither have many North Koreans. Ji-Min Kang, who defected to South Korea, describes growing up in a “black hole” of information: zero sex education. “Sex is a form of hedonism that people aren’t…

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…