For years, Texas laws have scaled back access to low-cost abortion and reproductive health services, making access increasingly difficult for Latinx women.   For much of April, the state had a near-total ban on abortions, deemed “non-essential” amid the pandemic.     The…

During the coronavirus lockdown in Nepal, hospital births dropped 50%, and stillbirths and infant deaths rose by about the same amount, according to 

Sri Lanka has some of the most restrictive abortion laws anywhere, permitting the procedure only if the mother’s life is in danger. But hundreds of women still undergo the procedure every day.   The outsize influence of the Catholic church is one reason for the stigma…

In a watershed moment, the prestigious Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago suspended intersex surgeries last month. Activists hope other hospitals will follow suit.   The UN has condemned these surgeries, but they are legal in almost every country. (“…

For koalas and humans, the shared misery of chlamydia may also reap benefits for both species.   Koalas are particularly susceptible to harsh chlamydia symptoms like cysts and severe inflammation. But otherwise, the disease manifests similarly to human cases—essentially “…

The US Supreme Court upheld a Trump administration rule yesterday exempting employers who object to birth control from providing it on their health plans, NPR reports.  

In a win for abortion rights advocates, the US Supreme Court blocked a Louisiana law barring facilities from performing abortions unless they had admitting privileges at a nearby hospital—which many abortion clinics do not.   Critics say the law would have ultimately…

The Chinese government has sustained a draconian forced birth control campaign aimed at limiting Muslim minority populations—such as Uighurs—while encouraging members of the Han majority to have larger families, an AP investigation found.   Over the past 4 years, the…

"Infertility in low-income countries is a neglected reproductive health issue, despite its staggering impact," wrote Marie Thoma, PhD, MHS, nominating it for Global Health NOW's annual Untol

COVID-19 restrictions put 9.5 million women and girls at risk of losing access to reproductive health services and possibly leading to 11,000 pregnancy-related deaths, according to Marie Stopes International, The Guardian reports