Anu Kumar is Executive Vice President for Ipas, an international women's reproductive health and rights organization based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She holds masters degrees in public health and anthropology, and received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Ipas, Dr. Kumar spent worked at the World Health Organization in the Reproductive Health Research Division, and spent seven years at the Macarthur Foundation in their Population and Reproductive Health Division.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
How HR 358, the Let Women Die Act 2011, Violates International Human Rights Standards
In a hospital in Nicaragua, after a total ban on abortion was passed, a woman with an ectopic pregnancy was allowed to languish, waiting for her fallopian tube to rupture before a doctor agreed to perform the procedure necessary to save her life and future fertility. Even though there was no doubt regarding the outcome of her pregnancy, the doctor refused to operate until the fetus was certifiably dead, and with no ultrasound available in that rural hospital, there was only one way to make sure.