Nearly 20 years after 179 nations committed to protect the reproductive health and rights of women and girls at the UN International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, we have the chance to ask, "Has life really changed for women and girls?" The answer is decidedly mixed.
The idea that it would be more practical to arm every woman than to teach men about rape is depressing -- and it's insulting to men. It's an extreme manifestation of the classic "boys will be boys" mentality -- and everyone but the "boys" are responsible.
Some people are arguing that the movement toward marriage equality is going too quickly. They say that it would be better to go more slowly in granting same-sex couples the right to marry. Should we go slowly in ensuring freedom and equality for all people because it will upset bigots?
As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in the same-sex marriage cases, North Dakota enacted three of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. Two of them are unlike any ever considered by U.S. courts.
What people do in their bedrooms shouldn't be the public's business. Women should have rights over their own bodies. Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. But what powerful people do in their boardrooms is the public's business.
Our position is very simple and widely supported outside the extremist circles that dominate our state government: Personal medical decisions should be left to a woman and her doctor. But the laws being pushed by Ken Cuccinelli and his backers reject that fundamental premise.
Did you know that the Christian-right legal organization responsible for drafting the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage in the U.S., also supports the criminalization of homosexuality in Kenya and Zimbabwe and has now set its sight on Brazil?
A woman's right to dignity and bodily integrity is violated when she is raped in war and torture. Women must have access to services that may restore -- if only slightly -- her health and bodily integrity.
Reproductive rights are human rights. The right to decide whether to have children, how many to have, and when to have them is a core human right for women everywhere, and having the option of a full range of contraceptive methods ensures that this right can be upheld.
By watching the series to the end, as we each have done over one snowy weekend, we have found the real Big Lie. Abortion. The truth is, that there is absolutely no scientifically proven causal relationship between multiple abortions and infertility.
A new law that went into force on January 16 in the Philippines requires the government to meet the unmet need for voluntary family planning information and supplies, especially for the country's poorest people and marginalized groups.
At the center of our global health partnerships are strategies and innovations to prevent the needless deaths of women and families, whether from childbirth, HIV/AIDS, malaria, infection or cervical cancer.