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The Family Plan: Managing Life in a Multigenerational Household

Daily Finance | Sheryl Nance-Nash | Posted 12.23.2011 | Black Voices

Eight years ago, Charlie McGloughlin and his wife, Amy, extended a helping hand to his parents. His dad was in poor health, and his disability had red...

If You Knew Newt Like I Knew Newt

Robert Walker | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Newt Gingrich loves new ideas. But, often, he's not very faithful to those ideas. There was a time, not that long ago, that he was infatuated with the idea of actually doing something about climate change.

Addressing Climate Change: Happily Child-Free

Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte

Not having children is by far the single greenest action any one of us can take, although the child-free choice is not usually green-motivated.

What Can we do to Make the World Better for Girls?

Jill Sheffield | Posted 01.21.2012 | Women
Jill Sheffield

We officially live in a world of seven billion people -- an impressive figure that drives home just how much responsibility we all have to take care of our globe, ourselves and each other.

Empowering Women for Sustainability

Racheal Yeager | Posted 01.11.2012 | San Francisco
Racheal Yeager

In discussions about the seven billionth person, women's empowerment must be top of mind. Women's empowerment is important to both global population growth and social and environmental sustainability.

Ribbons Without Rights Don't Save Lives

Serra Sippel | Posted 12.31.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

When the U.S. government starts integrating sexual and reproductive health interventions, it cannot be piecemeal -- the full range of reproductive health matters must be addressed.

7 Billion and Climbing: The Population Challenge

Robert Walker | Posted 12.26.2011 | World
Robert Walker

In a world where severe poverty and hunger is on the rise, continued population growth is not cause for celebration. It's cause for concern and concerted action.

Santorum Makes Eyebrow-Raising Pledges About Contraception, Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum recently pledged to "die on that hill" fighting against same-sex marriage, and made a similar vow to rep...

7 Billion And Counting: Challenges as World Population Hits Milestone

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 12.17.2011 | World

She's a 40-year-old mother of eight, with a ninth child due soon. The family homestead in a Burundi village is too small to provide enough food, and t...

Season Opener for Reproductive Health

Carol Peasley | Posted 12.01.2011 | Women
Carol Peasley

Let us all hope that the first falling leaves and signs of optimism emerging from FedEx Field don't encourage our lawmakers to once again make international family planning a political football.

Family Planning: 'The Best of Times, the Worst of Times'

Robert Walker | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

The world's largest donor nation, the United States, is retreating on its commitments to international family planning, and other donor nations may follow suit.

The Faces of 7 Billion

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 11.20.2011 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

I'd like to offer another number: 215 million. That's how many women in the developing world want to prevent pregnancy, but still don't have access to modern contraception.

The Republican Plan for Planned Parenthood

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Linda Flanagan

"Defund Planned Parenthood" has become a rallying cry of the right nationwide, and an ideological purity test, despite the fact that the United States has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancy in the industrialized world.

PHOTOS: How Soap Operas And Female Empowerment Helped Bring Down Brazil's Fertility Rate

Posted 11.07.2011 | World

In the September 2011 issue of National Geographic, Cynthia Gorney examines how Brazil's fertility rate has plunged below replacement levels, and prov...

As Congress Returns, Women Will Need Courageous Leaders

Serra Sippel | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Serra Sippel

A remorseless House of Representatives returns to Capitol Hill today, armed with a grim anti-woman agenda. Brace yourself for another tiresome, ideological attack on women's health and rights, in the form, once again, of the Global Gag Rule.

"Pro-Family Planning" Republicans?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

While their numbers have shrunk rather dramatically, a fair number of Republicans, particularly among the rank-and-file, still care about various "liberal" causes.

Perry: I'm Against It

Robert Walker | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

Fortunately for all those who crave political consistency above all else, Gov. Perry's latest about face brings him solidly in line with the religious right on any issue relating to reproductive health and rights. Aren't you glad that's clear?

House GOP Revives Global War on Women's Health With "Gag Rule"

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.07.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

While Congress was playing fiscal roulette last month, House Republicans quietly advanced their attack on reproductive choice, too.

A Dying Civilization?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

Rep. King believes that lowering the number of unwanted pregnancies by eliminating the co-pay for contraceptive services is a bad idea because of the critical need to keep birth rates above the "replacement level."

The Dangers Of Having A Baby After 35: What Your Doctor Won't Tell You

Allison Gilbert | Posted 10.02.2011 | Parents
Allison Gilbert

If you have a child later in life, like I did, it only increases the likelihood that you will be parenting without your parents. I never had that maternal advice, and my son doesn't have my mom as a grandmother.

Laura Bassett

Defunding Planned Parenthood Opposed By Most Americans: Polls | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Six states -- Texas, Indiana , North Carolina, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Kansas -- have defunded Planned Parenthood during the 2011 l...

Laura Bassett

Texas Planned Parenthood Clinic Attacked With Molotov Cocktail | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

A McKinney, Texas, Planned Parenthood clinic that does not provide abortions was attacked with a Molotov cocktail late Tuesday night, causing a small ...

The Compassion Deficit

Robert Walker | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

What's most disturbing is that it's evident many members simply don't care about the world's poor. They believe that they were sent to Washington to save taxpayer dollars no matter what the cost in terms of lives saved or hardships avoided.

Embracing Straight Talk About Family Planning for the World's Women

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 09.13.2011 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

The simple truth is that family planning has helped me build my life, and it allows me to work full-time for PAI, where we are dedicated to giving women around the world the chance to build theirs.

Observing World Population Day

Robert Walker | Posted 09.10.2011 | World
Robert Walker

The world population will cross the 7 billion mark on Oct. 31, 2011, but in a world suffering from climate change, water scarcity and the rising price of food and energy, population growth is a challenge, not an unequivocal triumph.