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Contraception: Time for a 'Just Ask' Campaign?

Robert Walker | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

When candidates seek to satisfy their political base without antagonizing the political center, they often engage in a tightrope act, and the latest high wire act is on contraception.

7 Tips for a Happy Home

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

Peace starts from home. There are a few things you can do to improve the happiness level of your house. And while doing these keep in mind that jus...

5 Things Not To Say To Parents Of An Only Child

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Let's visit some of the most frequent comments made to parents of "only children" and then we will have some fun with some responses that are intended to leave everyone feeling intact.

Why I'm Glad My Kid's Not An Only Child

Meredith Hale | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

When I'm faced with parents considering having only one child, I try to say the right things. True things.

15 Things I Would Go Back And Tell Myself About Marriage

John M. Simmons | Posted 08.06.2014 | Weddings
John M. Simmons

Marriage, if it's done right, is for a long time. Make sure you're doing something that will make you happy for a long time.

Staring Down the Barrel of Unsustainability

Robert Walker | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green
Robert Walker

Despite all these warning signs, it is tempting to think of unsustainability as somebody else's problem. Shortages of food and water are local problems... right? Wrong. In a global economy unsustainability, wherever it occurs, is everyone's problem sooner or later.

Hollywood's Dystopian View of Population: Entertaining But Not Realistic

John Seager | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
John Seager

While Hollywood continues to offer up diversions -- something most of us need in one form or another -- in the real world there is a script we can follow to dramatically improve life on our planet.

Watch: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion, was issued 41 years ago. Despite consistent public opinion to the contrary, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades. And recently, their efforts are finding some success.

The School Research Cheat Sheet

Barbara Levy | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Barbara Levy

Summer is in full swing, but school is right around the corner. Therefore, my next set of blogs will help parents get ready for the school experience, regardless of what stage you children are in.

Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships

David J. Olson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

t used to be that a donor would sit down with the ministry of health to work out the design and implementation of a new global health initiative, with no significant input or involvement of other stakeholders. Those days, thankfully, are long gone.

Last To Have A Baby

KnowMore TV | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
KnowMore TV

I watched my entire book group and two sets of friends get pregnant before I ever watched my belly swell.

The Story Behind the Numbers on World Population Day

Purnima Mane | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Purnima Mane

While these numbers are still high and have major global impact, I urge us not to lose sight of the fact that each country is faced with its own unique set of population challenges and opportunities.

World Population Day: How Are We Doing?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

In the developed world, where you and I are consuming a highly disproportionate share of the world's resources, preventing unplanned pregnancies will help to reduce carbon emissions and slow the headlong depletion of the world's limited resources.

We Can't Ignore Adolescent Reproductive Health

Kathy Calvin | Posted 07.10.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 07.22.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 06.30.2014 | 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?