Maternal Health

Time to Pass Zika Funding is Running Out as Testing Backlog Grows

It’s been more than six months since President Obama called on Congress to pass a $1.9 billion emergency Zika funding bill, but they have yet to appropriate any money towards the public health epidemic that has now infected at least 21,000 individuals in the US and its territories, 1,800 of whom are pregnant.

Lawmakers Push for Zika Funding Bill that Protects Family Planning

Yesterday, the Senate blocked the House’s inadequate Zika response bill that would cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

Texas Maternal Death Rate Doubles in Wake of Family Planning Funding Cuts

Maternal mortality rates in Texas almost doubled between 2010 and 2012, according to a new study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

President Reallocates Funding in Wake of Zika Crisis

In the wake of Congress’ refusal to pass a Zika funding bill before their five-week August recess, President Obama announced last week the administration’s intent to reallocate $81 million from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help combat the Zika virus.

Investing in Teenage Girls on World Population Day

The theme of this year’s World Population Day, a United Nations initiative to focus attention on the urgency of population issues, is “Investing in Teenage Girls.”

SCOTUS Saves Sole Abortion Clinic in Mississippi

The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the sole abortion clinic left standing in Mississippi, won a major Supreme Court victory Tuesday after the Court declined to hear Mississippi’s appeal to enforce a state law requiring hospital admitting privileges for doctors performing abortions, similar to the Texas law the Court struck down on Monday.

New NY Law Permits Pregnant Women to Enroll in Health Care Plans At Any Time

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a new bill into law allowing pregnant women to gain access to health care at any time, eliminating the previous requirement that they wait for open enrollment periods to purchase health insurance.

UN Reports Major Decrease In Maternal Mortality Worldwide

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division reveals a 44 percent drop in maternal mortality worldwide since 1990.
Research Shows Cost of Unsafe Abortions in Developing Countries

Research Shows Cost of Unsafe Abortions in Developing Countries

Up to 7 million women per year require treatment for complications from unsafe abortions in developing countries, new research shows.
Pregnant Women Left Vulnerable After Devastating Nepal Earthquake

Pregnant Women Left Vulnerable After Devastating Nepal Earthquake

About 14,000 women are expected to give birth in the coming weeks, and thousands of them are at risk of complications that require emergency care.
Human Rights Group Seeks Pardon for Salvadoran Women Imprisoned for Miscarriages

Human Rights Group Seeks Pardon for Salvadoran Women Imprisoned for Miscarriages

Human rights groups are calling for the pardon of 15 women imprisoned in El Salvador for suffering a miscarriage.
New Legislation Would Improve Access to Emergency Contraception for Survivors of Sexual Assault

New Legislation Would Improve Access to Emergency Contraception for Survivors of Sexual Assault

The Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014 would require hospitals that receive federal funding - including Catholic hospitals - to tell sexual assault survivors that emergency contraception is available to them and to provide it regardless of their ability to pay.
Detroit Maternal Death Rate Is Triple the US Average

Detroit Maternal Death Rate Is Triple the US Average

Women in Detroit are dying from pregnancy-related complications at about three times the US average, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health. Twenty-six women died in Detroit over the period 2008-2011 as a result of pregnancy or childbirth, and Detroit has the highest rate of infant mortality among major US cities, with 13.5 infant deaths for every...
New Federal Guidelines Align with Pregnancy Discrimination Act

New Federal Guidelines Align with Pregnancy Discrimination Act

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its pregnancy discrimination guidelines this week for the first time in over 30 years.
Iraqi Women Face Reproductive Health Care Shortage During Crisis

Iraqi Women Face Reproductive Health Care Shortage During Crisis

The United Nations warned this week that due to the escalating crisis in the northern and western parts of the country, about 250,000 Iraqi women and girls – including almost 60,000 pregnant women – need urgent health care as soon as possible. Recent violence in Iraq has displaced approximately one million people, overwhelming health facilities in parts...
Canada Pledges $3.5 Billion for Maternal Health Programs Worldwide

Canada Pledges $3.5 Billion for Maternal Health Programs Worldwide

"There is no better investment in the world's future prosperity than women's and children's health."
Tennessee Legislature Approves Measure Criminalizing Pregnant Women

Tennessee Legislature Approves Measure Criminalizing Pregnant Women

The Tennessee state legislature passed SB 1391 Wednesday, a bill that allows women who suffer from drug-related pregnancy complications to be charged with assault and potentially imprisoned.
Massachusetts Governor Issues Emergency Regulations Banning Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

Massachusetts Governor Issues Emergency Regulations Banning Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed emergency regulations last week banning the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women.
Free Maternal and Childcare Center Commissioned in Nigeria

Free Maternal and Childcare Center Commissioned in Nigeria

In his remarks announcing the new maternal and childcare center, Governor Uduaghan also promoted the use of family planning as a means of increasing maternal and child heath.
College Settles Pregnant Student's Discrimination Complaint

College Settles Pregnant Student’s Discrimination Complaint

Brandi Kostal was two weeks away from completing her masters and doctorate-level classes when she began having medical issues with her pregnancy and required an emergency C-section.