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Family Planning

Accidentally Childfree

Farzana Gardee | Posted 09.08.2012 | Women
Farzana Gardee

I never imagined that I would one day be discussing a childfree life, let alone my childfree life

Finding Common Ground to Save the Lives of Women and Child and Create Happy, Healthy Families

Ambassador Mark R. Dybul | Posted 09.08.2012 | Impact
Ambassador Mark R. Dybul

Providing women and their families with access to an array of effective, evidence-based programs allows them to select the approach that meets their needs and belief systems, is the best strategy to ensure the most lives are saved and families are lifted up.

Where's the Controversy in Saving Lives?

Melinda Gates | Posted 09.05.2012 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Providing family planning information and services to millions of women and girls in the poorest countries in the world gives them the opportunity to determine their own futures, and the best future for their children. As a woman and a mother, I can't imagine anything more important.

When Is the Right Time to Have Children?

Natalie Thomas | Posted 09.04.2012 | Women
Natalie Thomas

I'm sick of myself. I am. As an avid photographer, perhaps I should put this in photography terms: I can't take one more picture of my husband and me. I'm longing for a new subject.

Women Leave Rio+20 Motivated to Galvanize Sustainability Around Family Planning and Reproductive Rights

Diane MacEachern | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Diane MacEachern

The Rio+20 outcome document -- though 49 pages long and consisting of 23,917 words -- mentions women in less than 0.01 percent of the entire text.

Women, This Election Is About You

Lady Legislators | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
Lady Legislators

Instead of focusing on ways to limit the personal freedom of over 158 million women, elected leaders should look for ways to equalize gender health care.

The Fight Over Contraceptive Coverage Continues

Robert Walker | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Make no mistake about it: the battle over the ACA has become an extension of the war on contraception and reproductive rights.

Family Planning: Reaching for the Summit

Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt | Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact
Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt

The global community has the chance to achieve transformational results that will save millions of lives. This is not business as usual.

Looking Beyond Rio to London

Robert Walker | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

While Rio+20 did not produce any major environmental breakthroughs, there is hope on another front: population. An international family planning summit will take place in London on July 11, World Population Day.

The 2012 Global Family Planning Summit: Will Issues Be Adequately Addressed?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Marianne Mollmann

Both the Global Family Planning Summit and research published in The Lancet potentially obscure the fact that, to be blunt, a wealthy woman in a poor country is likely to have better access to care than a poor woman in a wealthy country.

Fertility Clinic Fantasies

Selvaggia | Posted 08.19.2012 | Women
Selvaggia

I'm not freezing an embryo to increase my chances of having a child, not even if Ryan Gosling walked into the clinic right now and offered to donate his sperm to me. Then again...

I Want More Kids, He Doesn't!

The Mouthy Housewives | Posted 08.18.2012 | Parents
The Mouthy Housewives

We checked out our first house today and in front of the realtor my wonderful husband dropped a bombshell: A two-bedroom house would be fine, since we were not having any more children.

The War on Contraception: It's Time to Take Sides

Cristina Page | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Cristina Page

This election year, we will decide, in dramatic fashion, the degree of access Americans, particularly the most vulnerable, will have to family planning.

A Ceasefire in the Assault on Women and their Reproductive Health?

Robert Walker | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Are the pundits right? Has the prospect of a gender backlash in the general election caused social conservatives to lose the courage of their convictions? Hardly.

'That's My Last Baby' The Photo That Moved Us To Tears

Corbyn Hightower | Posted 07.21.2012 | Parents
Corbyn Hightower

And just like that, we say goodbye to all of it, say with certainty that we are done, we are parents to these three and no more, no longer getting to rewind the tape with each newborn, to relive that particular kind of falling in love.

Bringing Up Baby

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 07.11.2012 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

One way to show your love on Mother's Day is to pay homage to those mothers, both well-known and not-known, who keep trucking away, despite the odds and the opposition.

It's Not 'Childless', It's A 'Choice'

Carol Hartsell | Posted 07.10.2012 | Comedy
Carol Hartsell

At the risk of seeming insensitive as we approach Mother's Day, I have a bone to pick with everyone out there who has chosen -- or tacitly accepted -- the role of motherhood. Could you please, for the love of God, stop referring to those of us who have chosen to not have kids as "childless"?

Remembering "Mom" on Mother's Day

Robert Walker | Posted 07.09.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

Our mothers, including Mother Earth, have done their best to nurture and care for us. It's time to return the favor.

A Mother's Day Gift

Peter J. Donaldson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Peter J. Donaldson

This Mother's Day, visit your mother, send a card, thank her for her favors, and forgive her faults. But in addition, honor your mother by doing something for mothers less fortunate than your own.

Retirement Realities for Women

Stephanie Penn | Posted 07.08.2012 | Money
Stephanie Penn

Changing the mindset of millions of women isn't something that can happen overnight but it can be done.

Giving Birth Is Not a Laughing Matter

Katey Zeh | Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact
Katey Zeh

Maternal mortality is a moral tragedy, and there are many factors that contribute to it, including health and cultural barriers. A new resolution calls upon the United Methodist Church to take action to support maternal health and family planning through advocacy and direct services.

Everything I Needed to Know About the U.N. I Learned in Kindergarten

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

I spent the week at the U.N.'s Commission on Population and Development, immersed in conversations about young people. It made me remember Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten as a frame for the week's lessons.

Beyond Condoms: A Broader Choice for an AIDS-Free Generation

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 06.24.2012 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

All women, including those living with HIV, have a right to decide whether and when to have children, and how many to have. Right now, there are 215 million women who want access to modern contraception but do not have it.

The Dangers of Contraception Revealed

Robert Walker | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

There's a basic misconception that clouds the thinking of many social and religious conservatives. Believing that contraceptive use is a moral wrong, they desperately want to make it into a social ill. To do that, they confuse correlation with causation.

My Uncontroversial Idea

Melinda Gates | Posted 06.11.2012 | Women
Melinda Gates

Hundreds of millions of the poorest families in developing countries don't have access to contraceptives that can change their lives -- and their children's lives.