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Family Planning

Can an Only Child Make Sense of Having Two Children?

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

I keep reading because I'm scared. I have no frame of reference for a sibling in my life and it seems in this case, I'll have to follow my daughter's lead, loving unconditionally, sight unseen, and just open my heart and share everything I have.

Another Politically Motivated Investigation of Nonprofits?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

Now it's the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that appears to be taking a politically selective look at nonprofits. This time around, however, conservatives are not complaining. Why? Because they are the ones who are pushing GAO to do it.

What the GOP Isn't Willing to Change

Jason Sattler | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Jason Sattler

Republicans have been having an interesting debate over how their party should change -- interesting, because even Republicans now recognize that Republicans need to change.

The Agony of the Undecided: Does Egg Freezing Help Women Know if They Want Kids?

Sarah Elizabeth Richards | Posted 10.08.2013 | Women
Sarah Elizabeth Richards

More and more women are seeking refuge in the freezer. It's nice in the world of "Maybe someday. Just not now." But we all know that the respite from the biological clock is temporary.

Child-free: Redefining "Reproductive Success"

Robert Walker | Posted 08.08.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

My wife and I chose to be "child-free" long before the term was invented. We decided that having a child was not for us. It was not a terribly difficult decision. We like children, but we did not like them enough to take on the commitment of raising them.

Women and the New Global Development Agenda

Dawn Laguens | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Dawn Laguens

Where women succeed, communities prosper -- from Texas to Thailand. This is the basic premise that Planned Parenthood and civil society organizations around the world have brought to the table in the global conversation around how best to reduce poverty and foster sustainable development.

What I'm Not Worried About The Third Time Around

Monica Bielanko | Posted 09.27.2013 | Parents
Monica Bielanko

Learning you're pregnant with a third is different, at least for me. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by all the details of pregnancy and parenting, I feel calm and excited.

Morsi's Choice, Democracy, and the Fate of the World

Robert Walker | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Robert Walker

Democratic rule is always preferable to authoritarian rule, but that does not mean that democratically-elected governments -- including Morsi's -- always make wise decisions... or make them in time to avert disaster.

Creative Placemaking Changes The Look and Feel of Cities and Towns Across America

John M. Eger | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) announced 59 new grants this week that will help American communities prepare themselves for the new economy....

Are You the Nurse?

Nancy Leigh Harless | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Nancy Leigh Harless

"You are the nurse?" Terese asked hesitantly. "For my sister," she went on, "you have medicine to make no more babies?"

Why Plan B Gets an A: When It Comes to Birth Control, More Options Improve Reproductive Choices

Sara Gottfried, M.D. | Posted 09.14.2013 | Women
Sara Gottfried, M.D.

I believe that more reproductive choice trumps the potential risks of synthetic hormones being available over the counter.

Give Women and Girls the World

John Seager | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
John Seager

Demand that your lawmakers support funding for international family planning programs -- $1 billion is America's fair share. Talk to your friends and family about how all women -- not just the lucky residents of developed nations -- deserve to make choices about their own futures.

FP2020: Plans, Partnerships and Progress - One Year On

Valerie DeFillipo | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Valerie DeFillipo

Our work does make a difference. This is what Family Planning 2020 is all about: reaching women, no matter where they live, with the information, services and supplies they need. Program by program, clinic by clinic, and woman by woman.

Women at the Center of a Sustainable World

Veda Ward | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Veda Ward

In our church, Healthy Families and a Healthy Planet are two sides of the same coin. Today, on World Population Day, I'm looking at both sides with inspiration and appreciation for the world we could all share the ability to carefully plan one's family were available to all.

'I Have Seen My Friends Die': Why We Need to Talk Frankly About Girls' Reproductive Health

Purnima Mane | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Purnima Mane

In virtually every country in the world, there are disproportionate barriers for young people -- particularly young women -- when they seek contraception or access to information and commodities to practice safer sex. And this must stop.

World Population Day and 'Failing States'

Robert Walker | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Robert Walker

When women everywhere enjoy gender equality and access to family planning and reproductive health services, World Population Day will be a cause for universal celebration, but we are not there yet.

Let's Talk About Sex

Pamela Barnes | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Unlike what its name suggests, World Population Day is not just a day about numbers -- it's about people. It's a day designated to reaffirm everyone's right to plan the families they want, not what their circumstances dictate.

The Rise and Fall (Again) of the Dreaded Birth Dearth

Robert Walker | Posted 08.28.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

Given the challenges posted by climate change and the rising costs of fuel and fertilizer, no one knows whether farmers will be able to produce enough food at affordable prices to feed the projected 9.6 billion people just 37 years from now.

Infertility Saved My Life

Julia Indichova | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women
Julia Indichova

One day, in a last-ditch effort to prop up my wilting ovaries, I decided on a physical and emotional overhaul. I thought if I don't get pregnant, at least I'll be the healthiest I've ever been.

Proudly Advocating for Love and Freedom

Rea Carey | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Rea Carey

The LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice movements are so closely aligned in values but too frequently siloed off as unrelated. Reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality are not only rooted in the same principles, but many of our core issues overlap.

A Woman's Worth

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

There's not just one woman, or 10, or 1,000. There's already 222 million women who want to access contraception, but can't.

An Urgent Need: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Refugee Adolescents

Sarah Costa | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Sarah Costa

The disintegration of community and family structures weakens traditional protection mechanisms and alters behavioral patterns. As a result, child-bearing risks are extremely high, sexual violence and exploitation is pervasive and forced or early marriage is not uncommon.

Time to Deliver for Women: The Post-2015 Agenda

Serra Sippel | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Serra Sippel

May was a great month for showcasing the centrality of women to every single goal on the international agenda for development and poverty eradication. Dare I call it a watershed moment? It depends on what happens next.

Providing Real Choice for Women in Developing Countries

Saundra Pelletier | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Saundra Pelletier

The supply chain for contraceptives is complex and perhaps less glamorous than other interventions to improve women's health. But if we are to meet our promises from the London Summit and at Women Deliver, we must at a minimum succeed in four areas.

Good Advice for Twenty-Somethings: Life Is Happening Now

Karin Agness | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women
Karin Agness

We need to act now to take steps toward becoming the adults we want to be. Not when we reach 30, 40 or some other supposedly magic age when everything will just work out.