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Why Our Blunt Narrative Doesn't Win

Eric Sapp | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Eric Sapp

By making contraception only about women's health, we're telling voters contraception decisions are not about parents, not about men, and not about families.

Micro Chameleons Are Cute -- and Threatened: Want to Help Them?

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.01.2012 | Science
Mary Ellen Harte

I get frustrated watching nature shows or reading about fascinating habitats that I know are becoming increasingly threatened, with no mention about how threatened they are, and much less (and more importantly) how we can help personally.

Public Health for Nincompoops

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Consistency, it is said, is the mark of a true champion. Utter lack of consistency, therefore, must indicate something else entirely. I'll be kind and call it: nincompoopery. When it comes to public health policy, we are a pack of utter nincompoops.

Santorum Wants You to Go Forth and Multiply

Robert Walker | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Is it because of the Biblical command, "Go forth and multiply," or does he have other reasons for making childbearing the central plank of his campaign? The voters of America deserve an answer to that question.

Prioritizing Reproductive Health, Empowering Women and Girls

Sarah Costa | Posted 04.25.2012 | Impact
Sarah Costa

Reproductive health care and women's empowerment go hand in hand. Sometimes, especially in remote settings, access to reproductive health care is also a question of life and death.

Where Are the Men?

Robert Walker | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

If legislatures were requiring colorectal exams for no good medical reason, banning Viagra, outlawing condoms and vasectomies, you better believe that men would be doing more than waiting for a Gallup pollster to ring them up.

George Orwell and the Values Speech That Rick Santorum Would Like to Give

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

When people think of a cultural conservative like me, especially one who's Roman Catholic, they tend to think about abortion, but that's only part of the story.

The Case for Contraception

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster

Contraception saves lives, prevents unplanned pregnancies, improves outcomes for children and reduces the number of abortions. As an adoption attorney, I know firsthand how difficult and how private these choices are for women.

Oklahoma Senate Approves 'Personhood' Bill

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved an anti-abortion "personhood" bill that declares life begins at conception. The vote...

Why Delaying Childbirth Is The Key To Global Development

Jill Sheffield | Posted 04.16.2012 | Impact
Jill Sheffield

The "Girl Effect" is about much more than adolescent fertility. It's about the holistic approach to harnessing the power of girls and women.

Do Something Special This Year for Valentine's Day

Robert Walker | Posted 04.15.2012 | Impact
Robert Walker

Come on, men, in the battle for the reproductive health of women, it is "game on." And if you're not making calls to your federal and state legislators, then you are not in the game.

The Santorum Strain

Robert Walker | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Santorum represents a strain in American politics that believes preventing unintended and unwanted pregnancies is both a moral wrong and a social ill: women who engage in sexual intercourse -- voluntarily or not -- should have children by chance, not by choice.

Take a Pill

Emily Spitzer | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

At the end of the day, each woman has to be able to make these health-related decisions for herself. It is not her employer, but her own sense of morality and the counsel of her doctor that must guide her choices.

10 Countries With the Largest Projected Population Growth: American Exceptionalism

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The US population is wealthier, older, less fertile and more influenced by immigration than the other countries projected to experience major population growth, so why is the U.S. population is expected to grow much more than other wealthy countries?

Illinois Reports Record Low Number Of Abortions

Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

The number of abortions performed in Illinois fell to a 37 year low in 2010, according to new data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. ...

Halt the Assault

Robert Walker | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

It's time for the women and men who fought so hard to establish reproductive rights in the first place to shake off their complacence: their hard-fought gains are in jeopardy. It's also time for young adults, who have taken their reproductive rights for granted, to take a stand.

What Does an Election Year Mean for Women's Health and Rights?

Serra Sippel | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Serra Sippel

In 2011, Congress' cup runneth over with attempts to limit or restrict completely women's health and rights, both at home and abroad. In 2012, there is a presidency at stake -- so what does that mean for women's health and rights in the coming year?

Santorum and the 'Anti-contraception' Conservatives

Robert Walker | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Republicans have been anti-abortion since time immemorial, but there was a time when GOP leaders supported, or at least countenanced, government support for contraceptives. Those days appear to have vanished.

My Top Ten List of 2012 Predictions on Sexuality, Religion, and Public Life

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I think it's safe to predict that sexuality, religion, and public life will continue to dominate the headlines during 2012.

Farewell the Rhino

Robert Walker | Posted 02.29.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

Quietly, without ritual or public fanfare, the Western Black Rhino this year was officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. None are believed left in the wild.

The Family Plan: Managing Life in a Multigenerational Household

Daily Finance | Sheryl Nance-Nash | Posted 12.23.2011 | Black Voices

Eight years ago, Charlie McGloughlin and his wife, Amy, extended a helping hand to his parents. His dad was in poor health, and his disability had red...

If You Knew Newt Like I Knew Newt

Robert Walker | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Newt Gingrich loves new ideas. But, often, he's not very faithful to those ideas. There was a time, not that long ago, that he was infatuated with the idea of actually doing something about climate change.

Addressing Climate Change: Happily Child-Free

Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte

Not having children is by far the single greenest action any one of us can take, although the child-free choice is not usually green-motivated.

What Can we do to Make the World Better for Girls?

Jill Sheffield | Posted 01.21.2012 | Women
Jill Sheffield

We officially live in a world of seven billion people -- an impressive figure that drives home just how much responsibility we all have to take care of our globe, ourselves and each other.

Empowering Women for Sustainability

Racheal Yeager | Posted 01.11.2012 | San Francisco
Racheal Yeager

In discussions about the seven billionth person, women's empowerment must be top of mind. Women's empowerment is important to both global population growth and social and environmental sustainability.