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Reproductive Rights

Access to Abortion Is Shrinking in Romania

A Ban by the Back Door

In Romania, abortions are legal but access is shrinking. The vast majority of state hospitals don’t offer terminations, while private centers are unaffordable to most. Recent cases of women dying bring back memories of the disastrous ban under the communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu.

The UN Urged Peru To Relax Its Abortion Stance. Lawmakers Did the Opposite

‘No One Hears Us’

In Peru, high-profile cases of pregnancy resulting from the rape of minors have foregrounded abortion laws. Yet across Latin America, the pro-choice “Green Wave” movement is meeting with a backlash as ultraconservative groups, emboldened by events in the U.S., demand legal recognition of fetal personhood.

The Medical Instrument Behind 135 Years of Women’s Pain

The Medical Instrument Behind 135 Years of Women’s Pain

In 1889, French surgeon Samuel Pozzi, inspired by an American Civil War-era bullet extractor, invented an instrument to ease gynecological exams and provide better care for women. Despite causing debilitating pain, it is still used worldwide 135 years later.

Because You’re Worth It: How the US Egg Donation Industry Monetizes Beauty

Because You’re Worth It: How the US Egg Donation Industry Monetizes Beauty

New Lines interviewed dozens of egg donors, intended parents and fertility agencies, piecing together a picture of an industry that trades in the commodification of women and human genetic material, raising serious ethical questions about how the worth of a person should be measured.

Georgia’s Proposed Ban Could Change the Landscape for Hired Pregnancies

Georgia’s Proposed Ban Could Change the Landscape for Hired Pregnancies

If a ban on international surrogacy comes into force in the Black Sea country, swelling demand across the globe means it will simply move elsewhere: Clinics in Albania are already looking into how to capitalize on the potential gap in the market. Just as panicked couples once moved their embryos from war-stricken Kyiv to Tbilisi, family lawyers say they are now shipping embryos from Georgia to Albania, hoping to find a surrogate there instead.

Poland’s Marriage of Politics and Religion Is Constricting the Church

Poland’s Marriage of Politics and Religion Is Constricting the Church

In a country where families and communities are bitterly divided by politics, the fault lines tend to be clearly drawn, with anyone talking about faith expected to voice conservative and nationalist views. Yet as politics and religion merge, churchgoing is falling and progressive Catholics are being left adrift.

Are Ohio Republicans Hampering Abortion Rights by Attempting to Change Ballot Rules?

Are Ohio Republicans Hampering Abortion Rights by Attempting to Change Ballot Rules?

The day the Supreme Court overruled Roe, Dr. Marcela Azevedo felt a nauseating pit in her stomach, worried about her patients. With Ohio's maternal mortality rate already on the rise, Azevedo sprung into action. Today, she is one of the thousands of volunteers who have canvassed Ohio’s 44 counties, gathering signatures to put abortion rights on the ballot in November.