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Family Planning

This U.S. Law Contributes To Women's Deaths Around The World

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

The Helms Amendment, passed more than 40 years ago, prevents U.S. foreign assistance funds from being used to pay for abortion as "a method of family ...

If Food Could Fly

Robert Walker | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

Until the food challenge is squarely met, prudence dictates that we should be expanding domestic and international support for voluntary family planning, and in the developing world we should be promoting smaller, healthier families by educating girls, empowering women, and eliminating child marriage.

7 Recipes To Cook Sunday And Eat All Week Long

Phoebe Lapine | Posted 06.16.2014 | Taste
Phoebe Lapine

It becomes too easy to justify a Seamless web order just so you have one less thing on your plate to worry about.

Re-Examining the Global Barriers to Reproductive Freedom

Robert Walker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

So long as a woman's reproductive freedom is constrained by her husband's opposition, religious prohibitions, or misinformation, she will not be fully capable of exercising that freedom.

Day 2 Recap: Keeping Youth and Human Rights in Focus

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

What is population and development about if NOT about human rights and youth?

Why Population Dynamics Matter

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

At the end of the day, these population dynamics and their consequences impact everyone. But humanists are natural leaders in the effort because humanists understand that this is the only life we'll have.

Climate Change: The Least We Can Do

Robert Walker | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Robert Walker

Nearly 40 percent of all pregnancies in the world are unwanted or unintended, and preventing them would make a valuable contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

If Politicians Really Want To Save Money, These Initiatives Actually Cost Less Than Doing Nothing

Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

For many lawmakers, particularly in today's austerity-obsessed political environment, the only way to save a dollar is to not spend that dollar. But i...

Wanted Children, Planned Families... Why Not?

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

The wanted child, the planned family. Can anybody argue that the wanted child and the planned family are not infinitely better off for everyone: child, family and society in general?So why are we fighting these battles?

Another baby

Regan Long | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

We recently announced to family, friends and co-workers that we are expecting our fourth child. Not everyone shared in our joy.

The Baby Decision

Mara Altman | Posted 05.21.2014 | Women
Mara Altman

Just a few months ago, I'd asked a 36-year-old friend who was six months pregnant how she'd decided. "It's not that I wanted to have a baby," she'd said, "but I didn't want to regret not having had one. Everyone feels that way, right?"

Why I Refuse to Have Kids

Derrell Jamison | Posted 05.19.2014 | Black Voices
Derrell Jamison

I'm sorry, but I'm not sorry that we don't want kids yet. We'll have them one of these days, but for now, we're just enjoying our time learning to live with each other before we throw a little one into the mix.

With Liberty and Religious Justice for All

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

In my first job in 1976, I helped college students advocate for the delivery of free birth control on their campuses. I could not have imagined then that almost four decades later, I'd once again need to be working on access to birth control methods.

And Then There Was None: The Miscarriage I Never Expected

Lindley Pless | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Lindley Pless

I wanted to hide away in bed until it had all passed, but I had to go on. Thanksgiving needed to be celebrated, family needed to be joined and the girls needed their mom to be their mom. And therein lies the rub.

Pope Francis and the Great Catholic Divide

Robert Walker | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Robert Walker

As confirmed by a recent international poll of 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries, many Catholics do not embrace the church's teachings on family planning. Many, in fact, hope that Pope Francis will relax, if not reverse, the church's longstanding opposition to the use of modern contraceptives.

Egg Freezing: The Key to Motherhood at Any Age?

Kathryn Knight | Posted 05.12.2014 | Women
Kathryn Knight

Between the ages of 36 and 38, Sarah underwent eight separate procedures to freeze her eggs, and she now has 70 stashed away. The eggs, she believes, are her key to motherhood, whatever her age.

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.