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Family Planning

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.

'Meeting the Unmet Needs': Family Planning as a Fundamental Human Right

ZP Heller | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
ZP Heller

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) made headlines in November when its annual report referred to family planning as a "universal human right" and revealed a shocking 222 million who want and would use family planning services still lack vital access.

Leaving a Green Legacy Depends on Our Actions Today

John Seager | Posted 02.19.2013 | Green
John Seager

December is an excellent time to ponder the past year - what we've accomplished, and what we didn't quite finish. But frankly, I've always found the future to be way more interesting. The past is done and gone. The future's an open book, just waiting to be written.

Christmas Births

Peter J. Donaldson | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Peter J. Donaldson

As a result of the loss of funding and too little action on the part of developing-country governments, poor women in poor countries are still without easy access to family planning.

The Myth of 'Choice' in Women's Fertility

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.06.2013 | Women
Kate Blanchard

Americans are a proactive people. We like to believe that our destinies are wholly within our control, and that everyone gets exactly what she deserves. The "choice" myth is therefore very powerful in all kinds of ways, including in our conversations about women's fertility.