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Family Planning

The Key to Sustainable Development in 2015 and Beyond

Kim Lovell | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Kim Lovell

We've halved the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day, increased school enrollment and increased access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment worldwide. Yet the goal of achieving universal access to reproductive health (MDG 5a) has seen the smallest amount of progress.

120 Million New Family Planning Users: Are We Setting Ourselves Up for Disappointment?

Christopher Purdy | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

An analysis of available data on a country-by-country basis suggests that a majority of the women with unmet need for family planning are in the world's middle income countries.

Egypt: Too Big, Too Late to Save?

Robert Walker | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Robert Walker

With the world's attention riveted on war-torn Syria, far too little attention has been focused on Egypt's economic woes and their long-term implications for the region.

Did I Ruin My Life By Having/Adopting These Kids?

Carrie Goldman | Posted 06.28.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

There is a little-told secret among those of us who adopt or have trouble building a family -- we feel as if we should be grateful for every minute every second of every hour for our children, as if we never have the right to feel overwhelmed by the tasks of parenting.

Holy Holocene, It's the Anthropocene

Robert Walker | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

The ongoing debate over the "Age of Man" is a healthy one, but I am more concerned about what we are actually doing to mitigate and cope with the Anthropocene. And, here again, I come back to the importance of empowering women.

Geographic Technology Helps Put Ethiopia on Map of Global Health Success

David J. Olson | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
David J. Olson

In just six years, DKT Ethiopia has transformed its system for tracking contraceptive sales from pins and pencils to computers and satellites and, in the process, helped create a family planning and HIV prevention success story in the Horn of Africa.

Women: At the Center of a Sustainable World

Beka Olson | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Beka Olson

My daughter will grow up lucky, healthy, empowered. But the world she'll live in depends on the decisions we make now about how to empower the rest of the world's women.

Celebrate Earth Day: Invest in Women

John Seager | Posted 06.21.2013 | Green
John Seager

Slowing down population growth won't single-handedly solve the problems of hunger, water scarcity and biodiversity loss -- but it would help reduce the pressures on natural resources.

A Third Child

Lindsey Mead | Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

I want to feel again that gasping, outrageous miracle of small feet pushing up into my ribs, to sense something somersaulting inside my body, to surrender once more to the incandescent pain of birthing a baby. But all of that is because I don't want this to be over.

A Letter to College Women: On (Not) Finding Your Husband

Cristina Lara | Posted 06.08.2013 | Women
Cristina Lara

Where are the op-eds encouraging men to find their wives in college? Or the op-eds advising men to "be nicer," because the last thing they want is to graduate at 22 sans girlfriend? Those articles, my female friends, don't exist. The very idea of those articles sounds laughable.

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.