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I am a semi-frequent reader of news, articles, and reports from Human Rights Watch and saw onje this morning that I thought might interest some readers here as well.

(For those who don't know about HRW) Human Rights Watch has always been, to me, a very open and involved orginization to what's happening around the world that we as human beings should be aware of, as these actions impose upon or affect our human rights. They not only have information about many of the world's ethnic and military and violence and war and poverty conflicts, but also have articles concerning violence against women and women's rights to proper health care including the right of choice with their bodies and their reproductive health.

This article concerns Argentinian bans and limits on contraceptive methods, abortion, proper health care, and violence and discrimination towards women associated with these topics.

As a U.S. citizen who does have very good access to health care and contraceptive methods, I believe it is interesting to see more into why this accessibility IS so important to us and why many may take it for granted. Those of us in the U.S., Canada, and England, to name the three main countries this board's members come from, do not have to face the same sort of troubles as women do in many other countries as far as getting proper care and contraception and not being treated violently or discriminated against when we seek out these services (or at very least, certainly not to the extent women in countries such as Argentina are).

I think this article is also a good example of why it is so important we strive to KEEP these services available to us and be aware and supportive of women in other countries who need other voices to speak out for them to allow them to have the same rights we do for their own health and well-being.


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Wow...with 40% of all those pregnancies being unwanted and ending in unsafe abortion you would think something would be done about it like preventing it from ever being necessary. I can't see how a country can just sit pretty with a statistic like that.

"The head of the hospital told me (sterilization) was the same as having an abortion."

I think that just goes to show the importance of accurate information about health; sexual and otherwise. Misinformation is still a reality that those of us in the most developed countries still deal with to varying degrees. B.S. has unlimited potential. This makes me more aware of the possibility of something like this happening where I live. With the recent incidences of pharmacists refusing to dispense birth control pills I don't doubt it as much as I used to. Looking at how far some places have come from states like that of Argentina I just hope that the more enlightened nations don't slip backwards.

You catch more flies with manure than you do with honey.

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