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This reporting was produced with the support of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) as part of its Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice in the Americas Initiative.

I had never been to the Dominican Republic before, but as an ardent long-time advocate for abortion rights, I was well-versed with U.S. and global examples of the travesties women and families endure under severe reproductive rights restrictions and total abortion bans. Despite this, after a week of meeting with advocates, educators, and activists, I found I wasn’t prepared to witness the real-life devastation of a total abortion ban.

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Latina mothers have historically undertaken the task of breastfeeding with unwavering dedication. However, the question looms: Does society truly play a committed role in supporting and accompanying them during this crucial stage?

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In light of recent events where the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) greenlit the sale of Opill, a birth control pill, without the need for a prescription, the conversation about contraceptives and women's reproductive rights is once again at the forefront.

This monumental decision marks the first time consumers in the U.S. will be able to access a daily oral contraceptive over the counter without a prescription. Patrizia Cavazzoni, the director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, emphasizes that this move aims to make contraception more effective and accessible.

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