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…

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…