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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 08.31.2015 | 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!

What It's Really Like to Have 5 Kids

Joni Edelman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Parents
Joni Edelman

Dinner can only be compared to a pride of lions tearing apart a zebra. There is usually at least one naked child, two glasses of something/anything spilled, four people trying to figure out who did/did not get silverware and three people getting water/refilling spilled water. Chaos reigns.

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 06.20.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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 05.30.2015 | 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.