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Funds pledged to aid contraception access for millions of women

Access to contraception would be extended to 120 million women and girls in the developing world over the next eight years through $2.6 billion in pledges made Wednesday at a family-planning summit in London. More than 20 poor countries contributed to the spending commitments, which are projected to reduce by tens of millions the numbers of unwanted pregnancies and abortions and improve survival rates for mothers and babies. The Guardian (London) (7/11), The Guardian (London)/Poverty Matters blog (7/10), AlertNet (7/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"As part of Reuters' Birthing of a Nation series marking the Republic of South Sudan's first year of independence, reporter Rebecca Hamilton writes a deeply reported history of a group that can be considered South Sudan's American Mid-wives."

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