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Family Planning

How Did You Decide Your Family's Size?

Aly Windsor | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Aly Windsor

Whether or not to have kids is surely a dealbreaker question between couples, but what about how many kids to have?

5 Reasons Why I DON'T Want Another Baby

Jen M.L. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jen M.L.

Five things I have to remember when I think about those soft little cheeks and tiny fingers.

Health Policy Gurus Gather: The UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at 40

Steve Heilig | Posted 05.19.2013 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

At the recent 40th anniversary dinner of the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at San Francisco's beautiful City Hall rotunda, a tablemate remarked "If the big quake hit now and this place collapsed, American health care would have to start all over."

An Investment in Women

Kim Lovell | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Kim Lovell

This International Women's Day, I'm proud to be putting women at the center of discussions regarding health, the environment, and the future of our planet. It's a spot they've certainly earned.

On International Women's Day, Let's Empower Young People

Latanya Mapp Frett | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Latanya Mapp Frett

As John Kerry takes over as Secretary of State, we have a renewed opportunity to draw attention to the 222 million women worldwide who want to prevent unintended pregnancy but lack access to modern birth control.

New Vision for Contraceptive Research and Development

Peter J. Donaldson | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Peter J. Donaldson

Members of the ICCR -- along with many others in the field -- are creating better contraceptive technologies that improve the lives of women and men around the world. Working together, we will speed the search for new methods that meet the diverse needs of women and their partners.

Moving FP2020 Forward

Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt | Posted 03.01.2013 | Impact
Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt

FP2020 is an initiative that requires innovation, changing 'business as usual,' meeting the needs of women, and creating public-private partnerships. The Jadelle Access Program demonstrates all of these characteristics.

What's Your Method?: A Blog Series on Contraception

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.30.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

What's Your Method? is an Impatient Optimists blog series that offers a window into many of the contraceptive options for women and girls around the w...

No Matter Who They Are, No Matter Where They Live

Latanya Mapp Frett | Posted 04.27.2013 | Black Voices
Latanya Mapp Frett

From South Africa to Eritrea to Pakistan, my work has introduced me again and again to fearless mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters who defy the status quo and insist on freedoms inherent in them.

Designing Your New Modern Family

David Duran | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
David Duran

While June Cleaver of "Leave It To Beaver" may continue to loom large in our Norman Rockwell vision of a family, today's reality is more Liz Lemon from "30 Rock."

Goodbye, Hello, Goodbye...

Natalie Thomas | Posted 04.15.2013 | New York
Natalie Thomas

New York is a hard place to say no to. There's an undeniable energy percolating the air, a vibrant heartbeat pulsing the streets. Sure space may be limited and at a premium, but the backyard is the world's greatest playground.

Be Mine, Except in International Development

Ming Holden | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Ming Holden

Valentine's Day is upon us, and those little candy hearts pervasively sugaring the public sphere with the words "Be Mine!" got me thinking recently about the possessive language we use to describe love.

8 Questionable Reasons To Get Pregnant

Babble.com | Posted 04.04.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

I don't know that I have a strong enough reason to get pregnant. I've had fleeting moments -- weeks, at times -- where I'm sure we'll have another one, if not now then soon. But whenever a wave of "let's have another baby" washes over me, I stop and think, "Is this a good reason?"

Birth Control Benefit a Huge Advance for Women's Health and Equality

Cecile Richards | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Cecile Richards

The regulations released by the Department of Health and Human Services today make it clear that your boss doesn't get to decide whether you can have birth control. These regulations treat birth control like what it is -- basic preventive health care.

Solutions to Ending Poverty in the 21st Century: Part 2

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

The fact is that too many children in this country are born into poor, mostly single-parent homes with parents who don't have the ability to care for themselves let alone their children.

Losing Mali

Robert Walker | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Robert Walker

With one of the world's fastest-growing populations, Mali is in a desperate race against demographic projections. Greater gender equality could slow Mali's population growth, but without outside aid, countries like Mali have a difficult time making the "demographic transition."

In Brazil, Taking HIV Prevention to the Streets, and to Cyberspace

David J. Olson | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
David J. Olson

Brazil is considered a model in HIV prevention and, according to UNAIDS, HIV prevalence in Brazil dropped from 0.4 percent of the population 15-49 in 2001 to 0.33 percent in 2011 and is now stable.

Even From Davos, Family Planning Gets a Fresh Look

Karl Hofmann | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business
Karl Hofmann

2012 may be remembered for many things good and bad, but one undeniably positive story is the way in which family planning and women's reproductive choices and rights came back into the sunlight after too many years in the shadows of the global health and development agenda.

Towards Universal Access for Reproductive Health in the Philippines

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

A new law that went into force on January 16 in the Philippines requires the government to meet the unmet need for voluntary family planning information and supplies, especially for the country's poorest people and marginalized groups.

Family Shaping

Sarah Buttenwieser | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Sarah Buttenwieser

Throughout my own reproductive life, I've thought about this when the notion of "family planning" comes up. I forged a path through life, some of it plotted and tried for, and some of it... not.

Martin Luther King Jr.: A Freedom Fighter for Women, Too

John Seager | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
John Seager

In 1966, his wife, Coretta Scott King, accepted Planned Parenthood's inaugural Margaret Sanger Award on his behalf, presented for "his courageous resistance to bigotry and his lifelong dedication to the advancement of social justice and human dignity." So where are we nearly 40 years later?

When Is Being Done, Done?

Cyma Shapiro | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Cyma Shapiro

When is being done, done? Is "done" the exact same for someone as capable of conceiving as someone who must, or who chooses, to adopt or foster? Should age, in and of itself, determine this?

What I'll Miss In The Next Phase Of My Life

Allison Tate | Posted 03.16.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

I'm caught between the age of fertility -- of nausea, butterfly-wing kicks that can take my breath away, swollen breasts and baby blankets -- and the afterward. For the past ten years, an ellipsis has hovered over my head and heart as I wondered if another face would come to our family.

Combating Cervical Cancer in the Latina Community

National Council of La Raza | Posted 03.12.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The CDC reports that 60 percent of cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test or have not been tested within the last five years. So why aren't Latinas getting tested?

Time to End the War on Contraception

Robert Walker | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

There should be, and always will be, issues that divide the nation, but contraception should not be one of them. Not even close. If ever there was an issue that should unite people on both sides of the aisle, family planning has to be it.