WHO goal of the strategic approach is to increase awareness, commitment and action towards improving maternal and perinatal health in the region. This document will provide broad guidance to countries wishing to develop or update their own national and local strategies for the improvement of the health of mothers and babies.
The British Parliament's Select Committee on Science and Technology in a report released on Wednesday said there is "no scientific basis" for lowering the 24-week gestational limit on legal abortion in the country, Reuters UK reports (Castle, Reuters UK, 10/30). The report also recommended eliminating a requirement that women seeking abortions obtain the signature of two doctors before undergoing the procedure, the PA/Guardian reports (Kirby, PA/Guardian, 10/30).
The study looked at how ethnicity and social class affect how pregnant women perceive the reproductive health care they receive.
Massachusetts Senate passed a bill that would expand abortion clinic buffer zones from 18 feet to 35 feet.
Anglican Communion criticized the increasing 'normalization' of abortion.
Two newspapers examine Rudy Giuliani's support for abortion rights and religious conservative leaders' reaction to his candidacy.
Virginian-Pilot examined U.S. Navy's pregnancy-related policies and data on pregnancy in the Navy.
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority,the state's Medicaid agency, voted 6-1 on Thursday to approve a rule that will allow undocumented pregnant women to receive prenatal care as long as their infants become citizens upon birth, the Tulsa World reports (Riggs, Tulsa World,10/12). States are required by federal law to pay for emergency labor and delivery services of undocumented women, who do not qualify for other Medicaid services (Mock, Oklahoman, 10/11).
South Dakota law would have banned abortion in the state except to save a woman's life.
Officials in the Kurdish region of Iraq are seeking to end so-called "honor" killings, the murder of a woman by a relative to protect the family's honor because she became pregnant while unmarried.
A lawsuit said that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg discriminated against three female employees after they became pregnant and took maternity leave.
Kentucky gubernatorial candidates discussed their views on abortion rights.
Nicaragua's abortion ban is endangering women's lives because it has failed to ensure medical care is offered to women, including those with obstetric emergencies.
Mothers who experienced an increase in weight from the beginning of the first pregnancy to the beginning of the second pregnancy may be slightly more likely to give birth to a baby boy during their second pregnancy.
More than one in seven women are depressed at some time during the nine months before becoming pregnant, during pregnancy, or in the nine months after childbirth.
AP/Louisville Courier-Journal examined the abortion views of Kentucky gubernatorial candidates.
University of Utah researchers are seeking women who've had one or two pregnancy losses for a study to examine whether low-dose aspirin can help them become pregnant again and carry full-term babies.
Missouri law allowes criminal and civil action against a person who harms a pregnant woman and her fetus does not permit the prosecution of a pregnant woman for causing indirect harm to a fetus.
Rudy Giuliani's support for abortion rights could help abortion-rights opponents "win" the abortion debate at the state level.
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that physicians are not required to inform women seeking abortions that the procedure would result in "killing an existing human being," the New York Times reports (Kelley, New York Times,9/13). The court in July 2006 agreed to hear the appeal of a decision that a jury can consider whether a doctor gave adequate medical information to a woman who claims she was unable to give informed consent to undergo an abortion.
U.S. District Judge extended a temporary restraining order blocking a Missouri law that would designate facilities performing second- or third-trimester abortions.
The antiabortion group Kansans for Life delivered a petition asking for a Sedgwick County, Kan. to investigate abortion provider George Tiller.
Reuters examined abortion in the Philippines and how the phase out of a USAID-funded program that provides contraceptives to women in the country.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee supports a constitutional amendment that would ban abortion.
The Kansas Special Committee on Federal and State Affairs on Friday held its first hearing examining enforcement of a 1998 law that regulates abortions after 21 weeks' gestation.
Associated Press Chinese government's regular but sometimes brutal intrusion into intimate family matters to enforce the country's one-child-per-family policy.
The Vatican and some Italian legislators on Monday called for changing the country's abortion law after news of acase in which a healthy twin fetus mistakenly was aborted instead of the other fetus, which had been diagnosed with Down syndrome, AFP/New York Times reports.