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Family Planning

With Kenya's Youth, The Future Is Here: Invest to Reap Demographic Benefits

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

Kenya, is at the cusp of a "demographic dividend," which could transmute Kenya's fortunes in the first half of the 21st century -- but only if the country takes the right steps towards investing in the current youthful population.

How the Left Can Put the Planned Parenthood Debacle Behind It and Restore Integrity to the Abortion Debate

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

I grew up in a strict Catholic home, where there was zero tolerance of an alternative take on abortion. Partially in reaction, I've been pro-choice ...

The Most Powerful Partnership for a Better World: When Women and Men Communicate for Change

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

From an international level, let's get down to the national, regional and local level and see how can family planning be promoted and advocated, exploring one example from a developed country and one from a developing country

The $7 Billion Question That Will Go Unanswered

Robert Walker | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

In the spirit of an informed public debate, I have one question that I would like to have asked tonight, even if does not provoke a meaningful reply.

Culture or Contraception: What Drives High Fertility Rates in Eastern Uganda?

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

Eastern Uganda is a sight to behold. The gentle tropical hills of Kampala slowly roll themselves out as they move east towards the source of the Nile River, giving way to a forested plain sporadically broken by winding valleys containing emerald green papyrus swamps and lime green rice patties.

Still Growing: The Latest World Population Projections

Robert Walker | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Robert Walker

An estimated 225 million women in the developing world want to avoid a pregnancy, but are not using a modern method of contraception. These women need improved access to contraceptives and the ability to decide for themselves the spacing and timing of their pregnancies.

Family Planning and Climate Resilience: What is the Link?

Astrid Caldas | Posted 07.24.2015 | Green
Astrid Caldas

One might be tempted to say none. Among the many variables usually mentioned when discussing climate resilience, family planning is not a commonly heard one. However, in the context of development, there is a connection, and an interesting one.

Planning for the New School Year

Susie Wolbe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

So far away, yet right around the corner. It's only July, yet that's exactly how it seems when thinking about the upcoming school year. The summer might provide a time for some rest and relaxation, but it's also a time to make plans.

The Most Invasive Question I Get Asked Daily

Julie Zack Yaste | Posted 07.13.2015 | Women
Julie Zack Yaste

It's such a slap in the face to inquire about one of the most emotionally charged and highly personal decisions in a person's life.

Five Big Questions for the Future of Global Family Planning

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

Countries are catching on to the demographic dividends that come with robust family planning programs, which can help turn a low-income country into a middle-income country. In fact, for less than the cost of a cheeseburger per American per year, we could reduce the world's population growth by 500 million, saving mothers' and children's lives everywhere and helping poor countries prosper like never before. So what's the holdup? And who's being left behind?

How Congress Is Observing World Population Day

Robert Walker | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Congress is preparing to observe the 26th World Population Day this week by slashing support for family planning and reproductive health programs at home and abroad, including UN programs serving women in refugee camps. Somebody did not get the memo.

Learning from Colorado's Contraception Success

Mark Edwards | Posted 07.06.2015 | Denver
Mark Edwards

There is a lot to celebrate about the stunning reduction in teen pregnancy and abortion rates as a result of Colorado's initiative to reduce unintended pregnancy. Among other things, the initiative ensured that women in Colorado got access to the most effective forms of contraception.

Steps Forward in Haiti, Steps Backward at Home

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

Things got off to a slower-than-usual start one hot morning in June, at the Alyans Sante Borgne (ASB) Women's Health mobile clinic in Tibouk, a tiny riverside market town in northernmost Haiti.

The GOP War on Poor Women's Health

John Seager | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
John Seager

Being both poor and a woman is not easy. Add to that a constant barrage of attacks on your reproductive health, and you've got a nearly impossible situation. Yet, it's something that millions of American women are forced to endure every minute of every hour of every day.

The Wrong Way

Debra L. Ness | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

If we want to deliver high-value, quality care to patients and families, we need to invest in better ways to deliver care -- not undermine the agencies that are making real the improvements our health care system needs.

The 'Dangers of Contraception' Revisited

Robert Walker | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

What are Republicans afraid of? What is so threatening or wrong about giving women the ability to space or limit their pregnancies? Why is it that a party that has pushed so hard to defend privacy and personal liberties in so many other realms is so dead-set on depriving women of their reproductive choice?

Surviving The Summer School Break

Kelly Pietrangeli | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Kelly Pietrangeli

Long summer breaks can be a bag of mixed emotions. On the one hand there's sweet freedom from early morning starts, rushing and routines. Eating breakfast in your PJ's. Lunch and dinner whenever anyone's hungry. Letting the kids live in the same swim suit for days on end. Hey - it saves on laundry.

How Sayana Press Can Change the Face of Family Planning

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

The advent of hormonal family planning impacted society in the United States in a manner not seen since woman's suffrage. The FDA approved the first oral contraceptive pill, or "the pill," in 1960; three years later there were already 2.3 million women using it.

Taking Umbrage With The Papal Encyclical

Robert Walker | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Robert Walker

Without expanded access to modern methods of contraception, maternal and infant mortality rates in the developing world will remain unacceptably high, and many women and their families will never escape from poverty.

House Funding Bill Puts Family Planning, Public Health in Peril

Clare Coleman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Clare Coleman

Congress needs to stop waging an ideologically motivated war against low-income women and men and start passing legislation that makes fiscal, social, and political sense.

Please Stop Asking Me When I am Going To Have Child Number Two

Stephanie Baroni-Cook | Posted 06.11.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Baroni-Cook

When you ask me this question, it hurts. It reminds me of a pain I felt before I had children, a pain that I am not eager to feel again

5 Depressing But True Advantages Of Having A Large Family

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

Good news, friends! When you have a large family, there will always be someone else to play dress-up. There's always a teenager or a toddler to throw unsuspectingly at your little Aurora or Belle or Elsa. Let the siblings bear the brunt of Maleficent's wrath.

Political Population Poppycock, and the Ethics of Misinformation

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

In "Unrealized Horrors of the Population Explosion," Clyde Haberman beats an obsolete, dead horse, repeating observations made over past decades that Paul Ehrlich's predictions of horrors stemming from our exploding population have not come true. His misplaced focus masks real, constructive discourse on overpopulation and promotes overpopulation denial.

A Manifesto for Women as Agents of Peace

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Men and women who have not had opportunities to question gender roles, beliefs and cultural/religion roots, cannot change them. Women who are not aware of their rights cannot claim them.

Baby On The Way: Are You Ready For Your New Financial Reality?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Raising a child is a costly proposition. The USDA estimated that a child born in 2013 will cost the average family about $245,000 -- before college!