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Family Planning

We Can't Ignore Adolescent Reproductive Health

Kathy Calvin | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Simply put: When we ignore the sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls, they suffer, their families suffer, and their communities suffer.

Addressing a World of Inequities on World Population Day

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Some see WPD as a day to focus on the population "boom," or overpopulation, but ultimately this just distracts people from a universal truth: If women and girls can access contraception, they are more likely to finish school, they will have fewer children by choice, and they are more likely to prosper.

Climate Change This Week: Patriots Win the Fracking War, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.05.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 5, 2014 H...

Border Crisis Linked to Bishops' Crusade Against Contraception

John Seager | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
John Seager

While experts strive to stem this immigration surge, one fundamental cause shouldn't be ignored: the Vatican's refusal to respect the rights of all women to make their own childbearing decisions.

Fertility and the World Cup in Haiti

Anick Supplice Dupuy | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Anick Supplice Dupuy

In order to bring down our birth rate and increase the choices for women, we have to tackle male attitudes. The challenge we face is how to get men to be as interested in women's health issues as they are in soccer.

Protecting the Threshold

Janelle Brandon | Posted 08.31.2014 | Women
Janelle Brandon

I became even more of a supporter (if that's possible) of a woman's right to choose when, if and how she becomes a mother once I became a mother myself. Guess who and what else shouldn't make that decision for them? Someone's boss. Someone else's personally-held religious beliefs.

Today's Hobby Lobby Decision Is Inconceivable

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

It was inconceivable -- pun intended -- to me that the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of five of its male justices, would place access to birth control coverage for thousands of women in jeopardy.

Fragile States/Fragile Families

Robert Walker | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

Behind every country that erupts into civil war, falls victim to famine or flubs in respond to a natural disaster is a government that has failed to protect its citizens.

As the World Bank Turns

Robert Walker | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women.

From My First Pregnancy to My Fourth

Regan Long | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

Going from two to three naturally added to the circus. However, in some respects, we had become experts at managing madness.

Dear Kids: Read This in the Event of My Death

Leigh Koechner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Leigh Koechner

I believe that there are no coincidences and that every interaction in our life, in our days, is an important, meaningful one -- and oftentimes a gift.

Why Fathers Must Stay In The Picture For Optimal Child Health

Debrah Lewis | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Debrah Lewis

Many people talk about "deadbeat dads" and "missing fathers." Who are these men and why are they not involved in their children's lives?

Here's One Step To A Happy Marriage

Leigh Koechner | Posted 08.13.2014 | Weddings
Leigh Koechner

I want my home to be the place that is filled with love, support and laughter. So, when the disconnect is weighing heavier than the good stuff, it's time for a regroup, reboot, retreat, or in this case, a couple's workshop.

Sexual Violence, Security and the Role Gender Equality Has to Play in Tackling Rape

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Tewodros Melesse

When the social order breaks down, women and girls often pay a heavy price. Violence and sexual exploitation are just some of the dangers, and they're tragically commonplace in the wake of disaster or conflict.

To The Mom Ashamed Of Being Pregnant With Her Fourth

Sylvia Bass | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sylvia Bass

When did having a large family become equivalent to a tragic event? Why do people think that seeing a mother with lots of children automatically entitle them to make rude comments concerning her family planning?

The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Mother (From Someone Who Doesn't Really Know)

Candace Davis | Posted 07.23.2014 | Women
Candace Davis

And so, on my quiet Sunday morning, a few weeks ago, I started questioning whether someone will ever utter the words "Happy Mother's Day" to me... Being the list maker that I am, I opted for some pros and cons.

Healthier Women and Families: New Guidelines Provide a Quality Roadmap

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

We've long known that access to family planning services leads to healthier birth outcomes for women, infants and families. In the era of health refor...

The Best Birth Control, According To Family Planning Doctors

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 05.19.2014 | Women

By: Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 05/16/2014 07:17 PM EDT on LiveScience Female doctors and nurses whose specialty is family planning ...

Scheduling Spaciousness

Bernadette Noll | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

In this fast moving world, here are, in no particular order, seven ways to schedule family spaciousness...

Our Mothers, Mother Nature and the Effects of Climate Disruption

Kim Lovell | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Kim Lovell

Mother's Day is also a time to think about the things our mothers need to take care of their families. And it's a time to remember the importance of Mother Nature.

I'm Done With Women's Issues

Morra Aarons-Mele | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Morra Aarons-Mele

Since when is defending more than half of the world's population from violence, poverty and disease a "soft" issue? Since when is helping women achieve personal bodily autonomy a "nice-to-have?"

The Vatican, Birth Control, and Galileo's Ghost

Robert Walker | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

If the Catholic Church, under the leadership of Pope Francis, takes the view that we are stewards of God's earth and that we have a responsibility to maintain this planet for future generations, it is not a big leap to conclude that couples should consider having smaller families.

This U.S. Law Contributes To Women's Deaths Around The World

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

The Helms Amendment, passed more than 40 years ago, prevents U.S. foreign assistance funds from being used to pay for abortion as "a method of family ...

If Food Could Fly

Robert Walker | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

Until the food challenge is squarely met, prudence dictates that we should be expanding domestic and international support for voluntary family planning, and in the developing world we should be promoting smaller, healthier families by educating girls, empowering women, and eliminating child marriage.

7 Recipes To Cook Sunday And Eat All Week Long

Phoebe Lapine | Posted 06.16.2014 | Taste
Phoebe Lapine

It becomes too easy to justify a Seamless web order just so you have one less thing on your plate to worry about.