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Family Planning

Years of Investments Finally Put Health Workers on the Global Stage

David J. Olson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
David J. Olson

This kind of work -- building up frontline health workers and the systems that support them -- is a prerequisite for producing sustainable improvements in health.

Latin@s Are Not a 'Poster Community' for Conservative Politics

Laura Jiménez | Posted 11.20.2013 | Latino Voices
Laura Jiménez

Collectively we speak hundreds of languages, practice many religions and have a rich cultural diversity. And although most of us may hold family as an important value, we also have differing views on what a family entails.

Have Things Gotten Worse for Working Women?

Rachel Dempsey | Posted 11.18.2013 | Women
Rachel Dempsey

Telling women -- and only women -- that they need to start planning for their families 10 years in advance assumes the current structure of the workplace as a given and lets men off the hook.

Why We Decided On Parenthood After Cancer

Lea Grover | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Lea Grover

Every young person with cancer has been through this. Recovery isn't black-and-white. Recovery is forever. Every year that you live, the likelihood that the cancer is coming back is diminished, but not gone. Never gone. So, when you're 25 and in love, newly married, should you have kids?

For Family Planning, Entrepreneurs Can Outdistance Charities

Christopher Purdy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

Products and services that are purchased -- even at very low prices -- are far more likely to be used. Thus, the marketing of contraceptives and family planning services can be a highly cost-effective way of helping couples improve their lives.

The Hard Facts: Condoms Work

Lynn Barclay | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Lynn Barclay

As a nation we can't make progress toward achieving sexual health until we push past the fiery debates and find common ground in the facts.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Where Unplanned Babies Are Born

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Women

About half of the of the 6.7 million pregnancies in the U.S. each year are unplanned, according to a new state-level analysis by the Guttmacher Instit...

A Fistula-Free Generation Is Possible

Pamela Barnes | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

We are thrilled to be in Uganda to recognize the achievements of EngenderHealth's Fistula Care project, the largest U.S. government-funded initiative to treat and prevent obstetric fistula in more than 10 countries throughout Africa and Asia.

Why I Wish I Had Told My Friends To Freeze Their Eggs

Sarah Elizabeth Richards | Posted 11.06.2013 | Women
Sarah Elizabeth Richards

I put fertility in the same category as weight: Just as no one wants to be told they could lose a few pounds, I assumed they didn't want to hear about how they could save a few eggs.

WATCH: Disney's 1968 Sex-Ed Video Is Hilariously Bad

Posted 09.04.2013 | Women

Sex ed... from a Disney film? A 1968 animation short, "Family Planning," educates viewers on the problem of overpopulation and vaguely hints at the...

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.