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Family Planning

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....

A Free #BirthControl Generation, Thanks to the ACA

Clare Coleman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Clare Coleman

With all eyes on the Supreme Court this week, birth control and its coverage as a preventive benefit for women without a co-pay will once again take center stage in the national conversation.

Latinas Face Reproductive Health Barriers In Texas

VOXXI | Hope Gillet | Posted 11.22.2013 | Latino Voices

Latinas in the State of Texas have been fighting for better access regarding reproductive health care since state legislation reallocated funding, cau...

Alzheimer's Disease Is Devastating to the Entire Family

Neale Godfrey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Neale Godfrey

If you don't have a family member who has been stricken with Alzheimer's disease, the odds are good that you know someone or some family that has been.

Proof Birth Control Is Far More Valuable Than You Think

Posted 11.19.2013 | Women

Birth control affects the global economy -- on a much larger scale than you might think. This infographic, created by Population Action Internatio...

Population Growth, Climate Change Putting More People at Risk

John Seager | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
John Seager

Unfortunately, catastrophes like Haiyan are likely to become more common in the coming years.

Family Planning: 3 Barriers Only Women Understand

Barry Segal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Barry Segal

Guest Blog Post by: Ash Rogers Opening access to Family Planning is the most powerful tool the world has for increasing child survival, decreasing ma...

My Super Secret TV Addiction

Leah Bieler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Leah Bieler

In a big family, the currency is time. Time with parents, time with siblings. We value the personal connection over all else.

Family Planning and HIV: New Evidence That Integration Works

Ward Cates | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Ward Cates

An AIDS-free generation. Eliminating pediatric HIV infections and keeping mothers alive. Providing 120 million more women with more convenient choices of effective contraceptives to avoid unintended pregnancies.

Reaching Most Vulnerable Young People With Family Planning and HIV Services

David J. Olson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

Family planning and HIV integration means moving away from the segmented approaches that have prevailed in the recent past.