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This International Women's Day Let's Aim to End Maternal Deaths

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

Ninety-nine years ago, International Women's Day was founded to honor the accomplishments of women and to press for equality between men and women. Al...

Mullahs Distribute Condoms, Use Quran To Promote Birth Control In Afghanistan

AP | MARGIE MASON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Some mullahs in Afghanistan are distributing condoms. Others are quoting the Quran to encourage longer breaks between births. Health experts say contr...

Is There a Plague in Mexico City?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

Opponents of the soon to be enacted gay marriage law see themselves as fighting a rising tide of rights, following Mexico City's legalization of early abortions in 2007.

Can You Hear Us Now? Leadership Needed on the 37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Jessica Arons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Arons

On Roe v. Wade's 32nd anniversary five years ago, we urged progressive leaders to articulate and defend a clear, comprehensive, and moral vision for r...

New Report: 2009 a Mix of Highs and Lows for Pro-Choice Americans

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

A new report arrives as Congress continues to debate abortion coverage in health-care reform, reflecting a mix of progress and setbacks for choice across the country.

Hope for Uganda's Women

Karl Hofmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karl Hofmann

Rakai is known as the first place in Uganda where HIB was found. It is also, unfortunately, at the forefront of another battle in the war against poverty and disease.

Inequality Starts at Home

June Carbone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
June Carbone

Family structure in the United States magnifies class-based inequality and undermines the human capital of the next generation.

Ashley Judd: Please, Population Control is Not the Answer for Congo

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Congo's economy is not undermined by "unregulated fertility" rates. Civil society has been destroyed by decades of war and over a hundred years of exploitation of Congo's wealth by international interests.

The Bishops' "Dixi"-Land Ban: Abortion and the Catholic Church

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

Catholic leaders know they have not persuaded one another, the public, or their own laity, to agree that contraception is evil. The belief that contraception is intrinsically evil, though sincere, does not make it true.

New York Voters Send Right Wing Packing in 23rd Congressional District

M. Tracey Brooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
M. Tracey Brooks

The GOP failed to back its own candidate and allowed outside influences such as the Conservative Party and the Club for Growth to hijack the election. This is not good for the GOP or for women.

International Women's Day: The Enormous Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Pregnancy Related Care

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

This year International Women's Day coincides with the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic...

Haiti Relief Efforts Cannot Afford to Overlook Reproductive Health Needs

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sharon L. Camp

During this time of displacement, the health and lives of Haiti's women and girls are threatened by severe living conditions, including the virtual absence of reproductive health services.

The Philippines: an Aquino makeover on the road to the Presidency.

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The Philippines hasn't recovered from its official mourning period for former President Corazon Aquino, but there's already pressure on her son, Sen. Benigno 'Noy Noy' Aquino III, to run for president.

India To Pay Parents To Put Off Parenthood

Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Thousands of couples in India who agreed to put off having babies for at least two years after their wedding will collect cash payments this month as ...

Moms, Are You Put Down or Put on a Pedestal?

Amy Nebens and Jara Negrin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amy Nebens and Jara Negrin

The thank-yous we constantly remind our kids to say are mostly an instinctual need to instill manners, but the reality is that the appreciation we receive does have a positive effect.

Why Do Pro-Life Activists Oppose Sex Education?

Steven Waldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Waldman

Would pro-lifers accept more premarital sex if it meant fewer abortions?

Human Rights Council Declares Maternal Death, Illness a Rights Violation

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jodi Jacobson

Estimates of maternal morbidity vary from 16 to 50 million annually and include such profoundly disabling conditions as vesico-vaginal fistulae, a condition many consider a fate akin to living death

Welcome to Common Ground

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

Is it possible that in President Obama's election, Americans have a chance to heal the body politic from the divisiveness the abortion issue has caused for a generation or more?

Protecting the Rights of Mother Earth

Danielle Cavallucci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Danielle Cavallucci

A Monsanto ad really set me off with their "sustainable agriculture" full pager in the New York Times last week. How about answering the Earth's ple...

Abortion Revisited -- My Response to a Friend Whose Choice is No Choice

Danielle Cavallucci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Cavallucci

The United States has the highest abortion and unwanted pregnancy rate of any developed nation because of the way we handle the subjects of sexuality and abortion.

Abortion & Catholicism: Can't You Find Something Better To Do?

Danielle Cavallucci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Cavallucci

Forcing a woman who's been victimized by rape or incest to carry a child to term demonstrates Catholicism's blatant disrespect for the plight of women.

Dying to Give Life

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tamar Abrams

Without adequate family planning programs in the developing world -- and here in the U.S. -- women will always be at unacceptably high risk of death, illness and disability.

The Cornerstone of Obama's Foreign Aid Policy: Health and Wealth

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Ruxin

The data doesn't lie: sickness and poverty have grown together during the last few decades. We now have a chance to turn the tables and foster health and wealth.

Pro-Choice Progress: A Primer on President Obama's First 100 Days

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

NARAL Pro-Choice America will mark this milestone with another reminder of how electing leaders who support the values of freedom and privacy does make a difference in the lives of women and their families.

Want to Fight Hunger? Empower Women and Prioritize Family Planning

Tod Preston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tod Preston

Ironically, family planning isn't seen as a sexy issue. And it wrongly gets mired in debates around abortion -- even though family planning reduces abortions.