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…

Today, the US Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the same building codes as ambulatory surgical centers, and requiring clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Texas maintains the law is designed to…

After decades of relying on female sterilization as its primary contraceptive method, India is modernizing its approach and will provide free injectable contraceptives at government facilities Some women’s groups have opposed the newer methods because they “distrust the…

Pope Francis suggested that contraception for those fearing Zika’s effects on pregnancy may be acceptable in the eyes of the Catholic Church—but he drew a line between abortion and contraception in comments on his return flight from Mexico to Rome. Abortion is an “absolute…

A lack of birth-control choices for many women in India, combined with a society that discourages male sterilization, places the onus of birth control on women. According to Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), female sterilization accounts for almost 75% of the modern…

Citing unsafe abortions as one of the main factors contributing to Sierra Leone’s high maternal mortality ratio, advocacy groups are urging the county’s president to sign a safe abortion law into effect.