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Family Planning

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.

Family Planning: Making the Fundamental Human Right a Reality

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 06.09.2012 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Providing for the unmet need for family planning requires not only tearing down the barriers that women and adolescents face in their homes and communities, but also expanding the availability of quality information, supplies and services.

Haley's Comment

Robert Walker | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

When Nikki Haley and other Republican leaders opine about the lack of voter interest in contraception, it's more wishful thinking than political insight.

Laura Bassett

Mississippi Bill May Force State's Only Abortion Clinic To Close | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics

By Robbie Ward STARKVILLE, Miss., April 4 (Reuters) - The Mississippi state Senate passed a bill on Wednesday to impose new regulation...

What Rick Santorum Wants to Do to Women's Health

John Robbins | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
John Robbins

Why is it that Rick Santorum doesn't seem to grasp that the most effective way to reduce the number of abortions is to provide couples with the means to understand their fertility and to prevent unwanted pregnancies?

When an Elephant Falls in the African Bush

Robert Walker | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

When South Korean scientists announce, as they did earlier this month, that they hope to clone a Woolly Mammoth, the world listens, but if poachers kill 200 elephants in the African bush, as they did recently in Cameroon, does anyone really care?

What if Sandra Fluke were a Woman of Color?

Mary Keck | Posted 05.21.2012 | Black Voices
Mary Keck

In the wake of the Sandra Fluke vs. Rush Limbaugh media frenzy, we've begun to ask some very interesting questions. The queries popping up over the Fluke-Limbaugh controversy has brought a question to my mind: What if Sandra Fluke were a woman of color?

Seamus? Or Shame on Us?

Robert Walker | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are not running for dog catcher. The dogs of the world will little note nor long remember who wins the presidency of the United States, let alone the GOP nomination. I am more interested to know what this election means for... people.

Fertility And Me

Toni Nagy | Posted 05.14.2012 | Women
Toni Nagy

There is an expiration date on my uterus, a "sell by" number on my sexuality and not much I can do to prolong it.

Bird-Dogging Birth Control on International Women's Day

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Suzanne Ehlers

Time has proven that little else makes a woman as resilient, less vulnerable and mightier in the face of adversity -- be they political attacks or environmental changes -- than control over her reproductive destiny.

Attacks on Women's Contraception Harms Our Economic Health

Harlan Green | Posted 05.05.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

Without readily available contraception -- from the pill onward -- women would not have been able to contribute to economic growth as they have today.

Why Extreme Right-Wing Views on Contraception Will Backfire if Progressives Fight

June Carbone | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
June Carbone

The war on contraception is not new. What is new is that the consequences are finally becoming visible to women who vote.