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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Why Our Blunt Narrative Doesn't Win

Eric Sapp | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Eric Sapp

By making contraception only about women's health, we're telling voters contraception decisions are not about parents, not about men, and not about families.

Micro Chameleons Are Cute -- and Threatened: Want to Help Them?

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.01.2012 | Science
Mary Ellen Harte

I get frustrated watching nature shows or reading about fascinating habitats that I know are becoming increasingly threatened, with no mention about how threatened they are, and much less (and more importantly) how we can help personally.

Public Health for Nincompoops

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Consistency, it is said, is the mark of a true champion. Utter lack of consistency, therefore, must indicate something else entirely. I'll be kind and call it: nincompoopery. When it comes to public health policy, we are a pack of utter nincompoops.

Santorum Wants You to Go Forth and Multiply

Robert Walker | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Is it because of the Biblical command, "Go forth and multiply," or does he have other reasons for making childbearing the central plank of his campaign? The voters of America deserve an answer to that question.

Prioritizing Reproductive Health, Empowering Women and Girls

Sarah Costa | Posted 04.25.2012 | Impact
Sarah Costa

Reproductive health care and women's empowerment go hand in hand. Sometimes, especially in remote settings, access to reproductive health care is also a question of life and death.

Where Are the Men?

Robert Walker | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

If legislatures were requiring colorectal exams for no good medical reason, banning Viagra, outlawing condoms and vasectomies, you better believe that men would be doing more than waiting for a Gallup pollster to ring them up.

George Orwell and the Values Speech That Rick Santorum Would Like to Give

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

When people think of a cultural conservative like me, especially one who's Roman Catholic, they tend to think about abortion, but that's only part of the story.

The Case for Contraception

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster

Contraception saves lives, prevents unplanned pregnancies, improves outcomes for children and reduces the number of abortions. As an adoption attorney, I know firsthand how difficult and how private these choices are for women.