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Family Planning

Is Pope Francis Helping or Hurting Women?

Dana Theus | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Dana Theus

When women participate as a "non-minority" in any social structure, dialog and decision-making patterns become more collaborative. More options get on the table.

Joining the Conversation

Pamela Barnes | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

I have just returned from a week-long trip to Ethiopia, where I traveled with a group of incredible women to learn more about the reproductive health ...

What Texas Lawmakers Really Achieved for Women

William H. Harwood | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
William H. Harwood

You are to be forgiven if you cannot think of anything that could be called a women's health "legislative achievement" coming out of Texas recently.

Laura Bassett

Texas Senate Touts Its Women's Health 'Achievements'

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

As the Texas state Senate held a hearing Thursday to tout its "legislative achievements" in women's health care, women's health advocates sought to re...

Becoming a 'Second Time Mom'

Allison O'Kelly | Posted 04.22.2014 | Parents
Allison O'Kelly

When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I could not imagine being a mother of two. I could not imagine loving another child like I loved my first... to the core. I could not imagine that this new child would be anything other than a smaller version of my first child.

Does the U.S. Really Need a National Condom Day?

Christopher Purdy | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

National Condom Day and Valentine's Day both fall on February 14. Nobody expects Congress to observe Condom Day or for President Obama to announce tha...

My Daughter Who Almost Wasn't

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

I however share a more intrinsic view. My child, even unborn, is a person of their own. Because her life itself is life, growing and developing, albeit within my body, but still her very own.

Why Mother Earth May Be Telling You Not to Be One

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 04.13.2014 | College
Aryanna Prasad

I'm sorry, Millennials, but things are different for us.

35 Leading Tweeters On Family Planning And Reproductive Health

Jennifer James | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Jennifer James

I have decided to share more lists on a variety of global health topics throughout the year. This week I am sharing my go-to Twitter resources for the latest on family planning and reproductive health.

Family Planning and Serving Familes in Kibera

Katherine Marshall | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Run by a Nairobi Baptist church, the name means "spring of life." It caters to the community's many needs, including one that some might find surprising in a faith-run facility: family planning.

The Unsung Heroine of Economic Development

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

Fertility decline -- and by extension, family planning -- is the unsung heroine of economic development.

What Sexual Reproductive Health Is Like In Some Of The Biggest Slums Worldwide

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Free contraceptives, progressive legislation, text messages, mobile reproductive health services and community-based outreach--these are just some of the ways cities are transforming urban approaches to family planning.

A Few Thoughts On Cats, Dogs, Being 40 And Not Having Kids

Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Arin Greenwood

What if our lives get boring without kids? What if we have no one to hang out with once everyone we love has little ones, then bigger ones, to look after? What if one day I'm in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery and I don't have anyone to make sure the nurses are taking good care of me?

Large Returns from Small Investments in Women's and Children's Health

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

There are no excuses: The logic is clear and we must respond with strong commitment and decisive action; we must make it happen now.

6 Reasons To Have 6 Kids

Julie Cole | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Julie Cole

Sure, there are some days when I wonder what I've gotten myself into, worry about the world they'll inherit and consider the environmental footprint of a family like mine. But most of the time, I just celebrate how awesome it is to have six kids.

With Upcoming Discussion on Limiting Abortion Rights, the Personal Is Political

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

To break the issue of abortion rights down to a battle over "messaging," or ensuring that Republican members of the House give some necessary red meat to their base, ultimately has a much more dire impact on the body politic.

The Still Uncertain State of Reproductive Health in America

Robert Walker | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

This week the Population Institute released its second annual report card on reproductive health and rights in the US, and the results were not encouraging. Thirteen states received a failing grade, and the US as a whole received a "C-" for the second year in a row.

Iran's Billboard Guide to Family Planning Teaches 'the More, the Merrier'

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
Mehrnaz Samimi

About 47 years ago, the motto "Fewer children, better life" penetrated deep into Iranians' homes and affected reproduction norms in the quest for a more comfortable lifestyle. The slogan was a major effort by the Pahlavi administration.

Give Santa Claus a Break: Support Universal Contraception Access

John Seager | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
John Seager

If our population keeps growing, we don't just risk Santa getting burned out. We risk greater levels of human suffering. And nobody wants that -- on Christmas or any other day.

Who Do I Think I Am? Angelina Jolie?

Sarah Walton | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Sarah Walton

Do they have another sibling that I won't carry? Is there a child out there now who is alone, a child whose mother had to give him up for one reason or another?

My Celebrity Pregnancy Friends Are Bringing Me Down

Claire Zulkey | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Claire Zulkey

I'm a little annoyed with my celebrity pregnancy friends. Drew Barrymore, Megan Fox and Kristin Cavallari were all knocked up at the same time I was and are now onto their second children without even discussing it with me first.

In Ethiopia, the Beat Goes on, in Music and Health

David J. Olson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

Two teachers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created the Beat Making Lab to reach communities around the world. They travel with an electronic music studio that fits into a backpack and train burgeoning beat makers.

Addressing Mortality of the World's Mothers

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 02.05.2014 | Women
Rep. Karen Bass

Nearly 20 years ago, then First Lady Hillary Clinton declared to the United Nations that "it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights." A core component of women's rights is ensuring that all women have access to quality healthcare.

International Family Planning 2014: Seven Trends to Watch

Christopher Purdy | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

What's on the docket for international family planning in 2014? Here are seven issues and trends to watch for.

Group: Access To Contraception Can Reduce Poverty

2013-04-05-logo.jpg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

By Darina Naidu, Women's eNews (WOMENSENEWS)--Some family planning proponents emphasize health and longevity benefits; others talk of human rights....