"There is no better investment in the world's future prosperity than women's and children's health."
Two new reports by United Nations agencies revealed that although there has been significant progress in reducing maternal mortality worldwide over the last decade, much more can be done to protect women's lives.
Becoming a mother didn't cost me my life, and it didn't cost my daughter hers either. Some moms aren’t so lucky.
SB 1391 would permit women to be charged with assault - theoretically up to the point of aggravated assault, which incurs a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison - if they have pregnancy complications after using illegal drugs or deliver children with "neonatal abstinence syndrome."
States have used fetal homicide laws, like the one is Florida, to criminalize pregnant women or poor pregnancy outcomes.
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.
A 2012 report by the Center for Women Policy Studies found that Texas is one of 12 US states that invalidate a woman's end-of-life wishes if she is pregnant.
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.
"They never offered me any options," said Means. "They didn't tell me what was happening to my body. Whatever was going on with me, they discussed it amongst themselves. I was just left to wonder, what's going to happen to me?"
Typhoon Haiyan, which hit two weeks ago, has wreaked havoc in the Philippines.
"Together, so much has already been achieved, and the incredibly positive spirit expressed during this conference convinces me that we can do so much more."
"My employer ignored its legal obligations, allowed me to be bullied and harassed, and then retaliated against me for standing up for my rights."
The $200 million Sahel Women's Empowerment and Demographics Project will be added to the World Bank's existing $150 million contribution over the next two years.
Currently only a handful of states provide protections for pregnant workers.
An undocumented woman who was shackled before and after giving birth in Tennessee will receive $490,000 in a settlement and now has the prospect of a U-visa.
Beltran was arrested after she sought early prenatal care and told health care workers about her prior use of painkillers and her attempts to stop use on her own.
Employers will now be required to provide reasonable accommodations for a worker's needs related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
If progress continues at this rate, the DRC may reach the Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent by 2015.
In a landscape where the median age for women to first have sex has decreased since 1988, it is likely that the lower rate of teen births is heavily shaped by birth control access and information.
Researchers found that integration can improve service delivery and increase the number of people receiving HIV counselling and testing.