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Family Planning

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 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.