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Family Planning

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.

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?