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Family Planning

Planning for the World's Future

Cecilia Attias | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Cecilia Attias

The United Nations Population Fund states that reproductive health problems remain the leading cause of illness and death for women of childbearing age worldwide. To put it in stark figures: 800 women die in childbirth every day.

A Dividend That Might Be Missed

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

By accelerating the demographic transition and shifting dependency ratios, it turns out that investing in family planning can also be a solid investment producing dividends for years to come.

Family Planning Summit Will Save 3 Million Children's Lives by 2020

Anne Zeiser | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Anne Zeiser

For most of us, a new baby coming into the family is ample reason for joy and celebration. But imagine a world where a new pregnancy means having to choose which beloved child to feed, clothe, or provide medicine to.

Stop the Tragedy

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

Every two minutes, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy. Even more tragic: many of these deaths could be prevented with a simple and cost-effective solution -- voluntary family planning.

Population Growth: Six Hours to Fill Yankee Stadium

John Seager | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
John Seager

Let's put population growth into terms any baseball fan can understand. Every hour, the world population increases by about 9,100 people.

A Summit for the World's Women

John W. Townsend | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
John W. Townsend

The evidence is clear: Family planning improves health, empowers women, and helps reduce poverty. Contraceptive services are one of the best investments a country can make in its future.

A World Population Day Worthy of Celebration

Robert Walker | Posted 09.09.2012 | World
Robert Walker

This year we actually have something to celebrate on World Population Day. Foundations, NGOs, and donor countries, led by the United Kingdom, will come together for an international summit on family planning.

London Family Planning Summit: A Call to Focus on Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

Ward Cates | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
Ward Cates

Even when highly effective biomedical interventions that are focused on the individual -- like contraception -- are available, factors beyond individual control often pose obstacles to their use.

Global Motherhood: Pushing For Family Planning To Save Lives

Tonte Ibraye | Posted 09.08.2012 | Impact
Tonte Ibraye

On World Population Day, July 11, 2012, the U.K. Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will host the ground breaking London Summit on 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.