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Family Planning

Why I'm Not Rushing to Have a Baby (Even Though I Really Want One)

Akirah Robinson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Women
Akirah Robinson

My life is far from perfect and I haven't yet accomplished all that I hope to. Even so, I'm starting to realize that I don't have to be miserable about that... even when life challenges me in unimaginable ways.

Staring Down Mother's Day Without A Mom

Jennifer Boyd-Einstein and Paula Mangin | Posted 05.21.2015 | Women
Jennifer Boyd-Einstein and Paula Mangin

Did I make the biggest mistake of my life by not having kids? Not building my own family? Who will take care of me when I'm old? Would kids make me feel less lonely?

An Open Letter to Baby Number Two

Kimberly Zapata | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Kimberly Zapata

There are days I think about you, baby number two. I wonder what sex you'll be and what color eyes you'll have, and I wonder if I will ever see them.

Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Here, on every surface of Earth, man has planted his foot, physical or otherwise. We have morphed from quest to conquest with frightening success, as our numbers increase exponentially, mindlessly spreading.

The Only Person Who Judges Me For My Abortion -- Who Matters  -- Is Me

Anna Spargo-Ryan | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Anna Spargo-Ryan

No one who loves me is critical of the decisions I made then. They don't say to me, "Anna, I still can't believe you did that to your unborn child." My experience was valid. The person who needs to forgive me is me.

To Be or Not to Be... A Mom

Pamela Barnes | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Pamela Barnes

Motherhood is a transformational experience, and the decision to become a mother should be a choice that every woman is empowered to make for herself.

Does the Pope Believe Every Sperm Is Sacred?

Robyn Camparo Purchia | Posted 05.07.2015 | Religion
Robyn Camparo Purchia

If there were fewer people on the planet, there would be less carbon emissions and family planning, and environmentalism must go hand in hand. But if the only way to protect Creation is to advocate for family planning, would environmentalism create a conflict for the Pope?

Birth Control and the Human-Wildlife Connection

John Seager | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
John Seager

Champions of fossil fuels and others have long tried to frame the debate as a choice between either helping humans or helping the environment. But they're shortsighted and wrong. Helping humans helps the environment.

More Than Numbers: The Human Stories Behind Global Health Data

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

Health should not be something that can only be accessed by those who have the means to pay for treatment, but should rather be shared by everyone, especially those in fragile economic situations.

Our First Sonogram

Pia Artesona | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Pia Artesona

Oh my gosh! I could see a teeny little light flickering away. It was like the first scene in the movie It's a Wonderful Life when the angels are talking to God up in the galaxy. Every time an angel spoke the stars would glimmer and shine.

Is Your Family 'Complete'?

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 03.30.2015 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

Maybe it's you, your wife and two dogs; maybe it's you and your non-wedded partner for life; maybe it's the two of you, your pet iguana named Fred and a boat. Maybe it's simply, beautifully, YOU, living your life to its fullest and doing just fine, thankyouverymuch.

My Pregnancy: 5 Weeks and Counting

Pia Artesona | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Pia Artesona

During these last five weeks, I ebbed and flowed between feeling excited, happy, and positive to dark, heavy, and morbid. I didn't trust the process or my body. What if things changed for the worst? What if the universe was just playing a trick on me?

GOP and Iranian Hardliners--Comrades Against Women's Health?

John Seager | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
John Seager

In regards to women's health, the GOP and Iranian hardliners are indeed comrades. (Though I'm sure neither of them would ever admit that.)

8 Tough Truths to Consider When Your Partner Doesn't Want Kids

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 05.24.2015 | Weddings
Abby Rodman, LICSW

What if you're in a serious relationship -- perhaps thinking about marriage -- and your partner is no-room-for-negotiation sure that s/he never wants children. Perhaps you've been on the procreation fence yourself.

The Little Spoons

Molly Shalz | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Molly Shalz

I'll sure be glad when we're finally done with these things. Always getting caught in... But I stop myself mid-thought. Because I realize when we're finally done with them, it means we're really done.

It's None of Your Business How Many Kids I'm Having

Tina Donvito | Posted 05.17.2015 | Parents
Tina Donvito

Asking the question presumes a lot. It presumes that the woman is not currently pregnant. It presumes that she is not currently experiencing a miscarriage. It presumes that she's not experiencing postpartum depression and is emotionally ready for more children.

My Limit of Two

Emily Nichols Grossi | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Emily Nichols Grossi

Babies warm me from the inside out. Meet their elemental needs, and you are rewarded with a front-row seat at an incredible cabaret. In that promise, though, lies enormous responsibility and commitment. A bargain that I happily made -- twice! -- but do not wish to make again.

Finding Our Eye Of The Parenting Storm

Louise Storm | Posted 05.10.2015 | Parents
Louise Storm

Having four children in four years for us is like living in the proverbial eye of a hurricane: bizarrely tranquil and surrounded by a swirl of activity.

Building A Good Family

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

All of a sudden, what was once just a dream of having a family is actually the reality that you have one... and it's a good one. It can be overwhelming with homework and schedules and expenses. But it can also be awesome and assuring and soul-affirming.

Why I'm Talking About Cute Babies on International Women's Day

Pamela Barnes | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

This International Women's Day, join me and millions around the world who want to live in a world where every pregnancy is planned and every child is wanted.

At the Supreme Court, Women's Health in the Balance

Clare Coleman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Clare Coleman

Federal funding levels for the Title X family planning program have not come close to meeting the demonstrated need for family planning care and growing challenges of our provider network. In an environment of fiscal austerity and politically motivated attacks, publicly funded family planning health centers cannot continue to do more with less.

The Pope on Childess Couples

Robert Walker | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

It can reflect a deeply held concern about the damage that we are inflicting upon the natural world and what that means for future generations, not to mention all the other creatures with whom we share this planet.

Sex and Love and Birth Control

Pamela Barnes | Posted 04.13.2015 | Women
Pamela Barnes

This Valentine's Day, join me in celebrating sex AND the freedom to choose if and when to become pregnant -- on our own terms. And while we're at it, let's make sure that all women have the opportunity to do the same, regardless of where they live.

Ads, Please Stop Hating on Mothers of Onlies

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

The message that parents get "real" after having multiple children is condescending to parents of onlies and sad for children who are not firstborns.

Dear Pope Francis: Saving the World Requires Contraception

John Seager | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
John Seager

Planning and preventing pregnancy is not only a personal choice; it's a human right that saves lives, combats poverty, and helps to close the inequality gap. But more than that it's a crucial requirement for slowing population growth and, in turn, saving the planet from its greatest threat--climate change.