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Now THAT'S philanthropy!
Bill Gates just pledged a further $750 million into the troubled global AIDS fund!
Even though that's basically pocket change for him, we're pretty staggered by his commitment to helping others:
We're not here to talk about ethics, just numbers.
Abortion was on the decline for a while, but it looks like that number has stalled. Alarmingly, unsafe abortions are now on the rise — and putting women's lives at risk!
Between 1995 and 2003 there was a decline, which has since slowed to a halt, and it's coinciding with a slowdown in contraceptive uptake:
"This plateau coincides with a slowdown in contraceptive uptake. And without greater investment in quality family planning services, we can expect this trend to persist. We are also seeing a growing proportion of abortions occurring in developing countries where the procedure is often clandestine and unsafe. "
Here are the numbers:
Between 1995 and 2003, the abortion rate per 1,000 women of childbearing age (15 to 44 years) worldwide dropped from 35 to 29. This new study found that in 2008 the global abortion rate was 28 per 1,000, virtually unchanged from 2003's level.
As long as there isn't a rise in abortion, we feel like that's still a good thing. It might not be as good as a decline — even not morally speaking, it means that people are being more responsible and safer with their sexual activity!
We're totally alarmed by the unsafe abortions though, and we're not sure how to combat that.
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Just yesterday we were talking about how boob jobs require a lifetime of care, and we mentioned out PIP implants are notorious for leakage and bursting (so much that their manufacturers have gone out of business).
Well, the good news is this: if you live in Venezuela, they will remove your PIP implant for FREE!
We'll be honest. When we first read the headline of this story we though Paris Hilton was going to auction off her used soap to perverts for charity.
But, as it turns out, the next time you stay in a Hilton Hotel the soap that you don't use up is going to be donated and recycled and sent to impoverished countries to help out!
In the first year alone they're expected to send out 1 million new 4-ounce bars of soap — so just think if ALL hotels did this, not just Hiltons. Incredible.
But that's not just it, over the next three years the hotel chain will also throw in $1.3 million in donations.
For all of you who think that's gross, the soap is sanitized, melted down, and then reshaped before being sent out.
Such a fab thing to do! Apparently it's been going on for a while in lesser known hotels, but we're glad some of the larger ones are getting on board!
[Image via AP Images.]
They say silence is golden. On November 30th, it really will be for Free the Children, an organization that fights childhood hunger and poverty in countries around the world.
The Vow of Silence is an annual campaign that raises both awareness and funds for the organization. Celebs including Nina Dobrev, Joe Jonas, and Shaq have agreed to go silent for a full 24 hours at the end of the month in support of the cause, which is described as: