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The Ego Removal Machine

Christopher Purdy | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

If philanthropists are truly interested in efficiency, value for money, and sustainability, I have a disruptive technology to offer that could save bi...

1-800-FAM(ily)-PLAN(ning), INC.

Amy Sewell | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Amy Sewell

The slew of recent articles about abortion has only reinforced the importance of getting our government and its laws off our bodies. The old joke that if men got pregnant, abortions would be handled "drive-through" like at a fast food restaurant -- is no joke.

No Contraception for You: Religious Groups Still Refuse to Compromise

Elizabeth G. Taylor | Posted 04.19.2016 | Women
Elizabeth G. Taylor

Burdensome and unworkable is the best description of the plan proposed by a group of religious nonprofit organizations and institutions to interfere with the ability of women in their health plans to access birth control, and undermine the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate.

Three Years Ago....

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 04.11.2016 | Women
Rachel Hawkins

....Life as I knew it changed beyond recognition. I'd been feeling a bit peaky for a few days or so but attributed it to a stomach bug. Constant naus...

The Pope's Exhortation: The Dogma that Didn't Bark

Robert Walker | Posted 04.08.2016 | Religion
Robert Walker

After convening two assemblies, or synods, of bishops to re-examine the challenges facing modern families, Pope Francis has released a 256-page aposto...

Food, Fashion, and Family Planning: The Final Carbon Frontier?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.05.2016 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from our personal carbon footprint will put all of us in some new, and potentially uncomfortable, situations as we move to more sustainable lifestyles. While it's culturally acceptable to go green in the lightbulb and light transit categories, other conversations remain marginalized.

Why Families Must Engage In A Death And Dying Conversation

Carol Marak | Posted 04.15.2016 | Fifty
Carol Marak

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) believes the time is right for a national dialogue to normalize the emotions on death and dying. They think that the social trends point toward a growing willingness to share stories about the end-of-life care and that it will help drive more family discussions.

Supreme Court Must Protect Contraceptive Coverage

Clare Coleman | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Clare Coleman

Insurance coverage for contraception should not be determined by where a woman works or goes to school. It's shortsighted and wrong for some employers to use their religious beliefs to deny women the vital care they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

The Future Of Male Birth Control

LiveScience | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.22.2016 | Women

By: Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, South Lake Hospital Published: 03/21/2016 on LiveScience Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt is co-director of The Personalized Urology & R...

Perfect Vending Machine Stocked With Plan B, Pregnancy Tests, Lube And Candy

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.18.2016 | Women

Now you can get a Plan B pill when you buy a Twix from the vending machine. Well, at least in one Brooklyn laundromat. Along with laundry machines, th...

Why I'm Choosing To Be A Surrogate

Ashleigh Wright Haslinger | Posted 03.15.2016 | Parents
Ashleigh Wright Haslinger

After the birth of my daughter, my first child, I felt something I never could have imagined existed.

We Can End Early Pregnancies at Home and Abroad

John Seager | Posted 03.14.2016 | Impact
John Seager

Awkward. That's as good a word as any to describe the teen years. For most, it's just a passing phase. But for millions of young women it can be a life-altering and potentially dangerous time.

This International Women's Day, Remember the Women Who Dare to Choose Their Own Path

Purnima Mane | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Purnima Mane

On this International Women's Day, as we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, we must remember that without control over their own bodies and without choices about if, when, and how often to have children, the scope and breadth of women's ambitions is ultimately, and irrevocably, limited.

Rare Diseases Are More Common Than You Think

Kaylene Ready | Posted 02.25.2016 | Impact
Kaylene Ready

Feb. 29 is a rare day, dedicated to an important cause called Rare Disease Day. It's okay if you haven't heard of it -- today is dedicated to some of the world's least known diseases, after all.

Why Does it Have to Be a Boy and a Girl?

Alyson Seligman | Posted 02.17.2016 | Women
Alyson Seligman

I've learned over time that a family is only complete when it has one boy and one girl. I mean, how can a family be happy with three girls or four bo...

Accelerating Progress on Zika Through Better Family Planning

Ward Cates | Posted 02.11.2016 | Impact
Ward Cates

Co-authored by: Kathleen Shears, Senior Science Writer, FHI 360 Rose Wilcher, Director, Research Utilization, FHI 360 In a statement declaring th...

We're Falling Behind on Family Planning: 5 Ways To Get Us Back On Track

Melinda Gates | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
Melinda Gates

While progress is possible, it is not inevitable. If we're going to keep the promise we made in 2012, it's time to step up and get to work.

How Hillary Clinton Inspired a Foster Youth to Become a Lawyer

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, I have time and again seen the power of positive mentorship. With encouragement and opportunity, many of the roughly 424,000 children in America's foster system go on to lead successful lives.

Emergency Contraceptive Pills: The misunderstood savior for Pakistan?

Farahnaz Zahidi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Women
Farahnaz Zahidi

It does not work by means of abortion, has no effect on future fertility, does not increase risk of diseases like cancer or stroke, and will not harm ...

How To Create A Foundational Estate Plan

Alexandra McNulty | Posted 01.13.2016 | Money

Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence ov...

2015 in Review: Commemorating a Year of Key Global Health Achievements

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 01.10.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

Globally, 2015 will be viewed as a turning point for international development. In September, world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a set of updated targets -- the Sustainable Development Goals -- to guide development efforts over the next 15 years.

America and Reproductive Rights: Not Making the Grade

Robert Walker | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Walker

Attacks on Planned Parenthood, both physical and political, are jeopardizing the ability of women to access contraception and other reproductive health care services. At the same time, political assaults on sex education programs are gaining momentum and threatening the progress that we have made in reducing teen pregnancies. It all adds up to a bad report card for 2015, and it could get worse in 2016.

The 'T' in LGBT Family Planning

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Family-building has been one important life issue that has been left out of the transgender conversation. Why is that?

10 Defining Moments that Shaped Global Health in 2015

Margarite Nathe | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Margarite Nathe

Photo by Carol Bales for IntraHealth International When you look back on 2015, what will you remember? A new baby in your family? The death of someone...

The Gift of Genetic Testing

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

Many couples will make life's most exciting resolution this year -- the decision to start a family. While the choice to become a parent can be filled with excitement and exhilaration, some individuals face apprehension and anxiety -- knowing that they could pass along genetic diseases to their children. This is where the gift of genetic testing comes in.