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What Women Really Want for Valentine's Day

Robert Engelman | Posted 04.14.2012 | Impact
Robert Engelman

Access to family planning and other reproductive health services safeguard the lives of women and their children and promote families that are emotionally and economically healthy.

Dear Rick Santorum: Whose Family? Whose Values?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

I agree with Santorum et al. that the American family is indeed under attack. The question is: By whom?

Number of Teens Getting Pregnant, Having Abortions Plummets

Posted 02.09.2012 | Home

A Guttmacher Institute study reveals that in 2008, teen births and abortions decreased to their lowest levels since 1972 -- the year before the Suprem...

Behind the Sharp Decline in Teen Births

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Sharon L. Camp

The recently-reported decline in teen pregnancy can be linked almost exclusively to improvements in teens' contraceptive use, according to new data from a major government study, the CDC's National Survey of Family Growth.

Seven Billion People & Women's Rights: What Is the Connection?

Anushay Hossain | Posted 01.01.2012 | Home
Anushay Hossain

Reaching seven billion may be a milestone today, but unless we address women being able to access modern contraception, this number will only increase and bring with it dire consequences.

Laura Bassett

Kansas Restrictions on Private Abortion Coverage Are Challenged In Court | Laura Bassett | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against a new Kansas law that bans the coverage of abortion as part of standar...

Gag Me: The War on Women Goes Global

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 09.27.2011 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Surely you have heard that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted to reinstate the Global Gag Rule that prevents any family planning agencies that provide information about abortion service from receiving any U.S. foreign aid.

Laura Bassett

Unintended Pregnancies Cost Taxpayers $11 Billion A Year: Report | Laura Bassett | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

During a recent debate over a bill that would make it necessary for women to buy separate, abortion-only insurance policies to cover the expensive pro...

Weekly Pulse: Giffords Shooting Reveals Flaws in U.S. Mental Health Services

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head at a constituent outreach event in a supermarket...

Weekly Pulse: End-of-Life Counseling Returns, But Death Panels Still Nonsense

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger A proposed program to cover counseling sessions for seniors on end-of-life care has risen from the a...

Important Progress, But Also New Challenges, in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sharon L. Camp

Fewer people worldwide are getting infected with HIV than 10 years ago, and those who have already contracted the virus are living longer, according t...

Baby Boom Has Gone Bust

Tom Silva | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Silva

One unexpected side effect of economic hard times is a sharp decline in birth rates. In Illinois, for example, the birth rate has fallen to its lowes...

Weekly Pulse: Prostate Health is Girly and Other Health Care Paradoxes

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger This week's health care news was full of mind-bending paradoxes: Prostate health is girly, abstinence-...

This International Women's Day Let's Aim to End Maternal Deaths

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

Ninety-nine years ago, International Women's Day was founded to honor the accomplishments of women and to press for equality between men and women. Al...

Whose Right to Sex Education?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

What did we get for $1.9 billion? Nothing good. Abstinence-only education has been shown to have no effect on how much teenagers have sex - none.

Unsafe Abortions Kill 70,000 Women Annually: Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

(AP) NEW YORK - Increased contraceptive use has led to fewer abortions worldwide, but deaths from unsafe abortion remain a severe problem, killing 70,...

Spain Expands Legal Access to Abortion

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sharon L. Camp

On February 24, the Spanish senate approved a new law on sexual and reproductive health, which relaxes restrictions on women's access to abortion.

International Women's Day: The Enormous Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Pregnancy Related Care

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sharon L. Camp

This year International Women's Day coincides with the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic...

Black History Month: Addressing Health Disparities

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sharon L. Camp

As the United States celebrates Black History Month, one enduring challenge we face as a nation is the persistent health disparities between black and...

Haiti Relief Efforts Cannot Afford to Overlook Reproductive Health Needs

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sharon L. Camp

During this time of displacement, the health and lives of Haiti's women and girls are threatened by severe living conditions, including the virtual absence of reproductive health services.

Promoting Democracy in Africa Requires Investing in the Next Generation

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sharon L. Camp

Ghana provides two keys as to how best to target the continent's scarce resources to maximize impact. First, invest in young people. Second, do this through strong private-public partnerships.

New Arizona Law Restricts Access to a Range of Reproductive Health Services

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sharon L. Camp

Proponents of a new Arizona reproductive health law claim it helps inform women's abortion decisions. However, this distortion of the informed consent process only hinders access to abortion services.

World Population Day 2009 -- Time to Finally Make Maternal Health a Priority

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sharon L. Camp

World Population Day serves as an urgent reminder that, even amidst a global recession and tight budgets, governments must boost investments in global health -- especially the health of mothers.

New Health Disparities Report: More Context for Higher Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion Rates Among Women of Color

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sharon L. Camp

A Kaiser Family Foundation report documents persistent disparities between white women and women of color in rates of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, AIDS and cancer.

More Uncomfortable News for the Right: Decades of Work by Anti-Choicers Does Nothing to Decrease Abortions

Kelli Conlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kelli Conlin

If anti-choice activists are really interested in reducing abortions, then they would be wise to take the statistics into account before pressing forward with further barriers to women's access.