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Oklahoma Senate Approves 'Personhood' Bill

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Senate has overwhelmingly approved an anti-abortion "personhood" bill that declares life begins at conception. The vote...

Why Delaying Childbirth Is The Key To Global Development

Jill Sheffield | Posted 04.16.2012 | Impact
Jill Sheffield

The "Girl Effect" is about much more than adolescent fertility. It's about the holistic approach to harnessing the power of girls and women.

Do Something Special This Year for Valentine's Day

Robert Walker | Posted 04.15.2012 | Impact
Robert Walker

Come on, men, in the battle for the reproductive health of women, it is "game on." And if you're not making calls to your federal and state legislators, then you are not in the game.

The Santorum Strain

Robert Walker | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Santorum represents a strain in American politics that believes preventing unintended and unwanted pregnancies is both a moral wrong and a social ill: women who engage in sexual intercourse -- voluntarily or not -- should have children by chance, not by choice.

Take a Pill

Emily Spitzer | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics
Emily Spitzer

At the end of the day, each woman has to be able to make these health-related decisions for herself. It is not her employer, but her own sense of morality and the counsel of her doctor that must guide her choices.

10 Countries With the Largest Projected Population Growth: American Exceptionalism

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The US population is wealthier, older, less fertile and more influenced by immigration than the other countries projected to experience major population growth, so why is the U.S. population is expected to grow much more than other wealthy countries?

Illinois Reports Record Low Number Of Abortions

Posted 01.25.2012 | Chicago

The number of abortions performed in Illinois fell to a 37 year low in 2010, according to new data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. ...

Halt the Assault

Robert Walker | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

It's time for the women and men who fought so hard to establish reproductive rights in the first place to shake off their complacence: their hard-fought gains are in jeopardy. It's also time for young adults, who have taken their reproductive rights for granted, to take a stand.

What Does an Election Year Mean for Women's Health and Rights?

Serra Sippel | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Serra Sippel

In 2011, Congress' cup runneth over with attempts to limit or restrict completely women's health and rights, both at home and abroad. In 2012, there is a presidency at stake -- so what does that mean for women's health and rights in the coming year?

Santorum and the 'Anti-contraception' Conservatives

Robert Walker | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Republicans have been anti-abortion since time immemorial, but there was a time when GOP leaders supported, or at least countenanced, government support for contraceptives. Those days appear to have vanished.

My Top Ten List of 2012 Predictions on Sexuality, Religion, and Public Life

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I think it's safe to predict that sexuality, religion, and public life will continue to dominate the headlines during 2012.

Farewell the Rhino

Robert Walker | Posted 02.29.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

Quietly, without ritual or public fanfare, the Western Black Rhino this year was officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. None are believed left in the wild.

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.