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Family Planning

'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.

To the Next US Secretary of State

Serra Sippel | Posted 02.03.2013 | World
Serra Sippel

Hillary Clinton has been a tireless champion of global health and women's rights. On Thursday, the eve of World AIDS Day, she released a blueprint for creating an AIDS-free generation. To the next secretary of state: You have some big shoes to fill.

Exclusive: Melinda Gates on Family Planning and Changing the World

Marianne Schnall | Posted 01.28.2013 | World
Marianne Schnall

Controversy over reproductive rights has been at the forefront of our national conversation, but philanthropist Melinda Gates would like to take the controversy out and transform the narrative into a global one through education and advocacy.

Sandy a Deadly Reminder of Coming Climate Catastrophe

John Seager | Posted 01.27.2013 | Green
John Seager

By continuing to invest in family planning here, and investing an additional one dollar per American per year abroad, we could slow down the growth rate, reduce our own carbon emissions, help the developing world have a better quality of life and hopefully prevent a coming climate catastrophe.

Creating Opportunities for Gratitude

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

Advocates have a responsibility -- one we take seriously -- to bridge the artificial divide between HIV and family planning. We cannot assume a functioning, rational health system is the norm for those most in need.

New Report: Family Planning By Choice, Not By Chance

Impatient Optimists | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Women want the ability to decide for themselves when or if they will have children. There may be debate but for most of us there is very little controversy. But for women who are poor, and who are living in the poorest countries of the world, there is no ability, there is no choice. There is only chance.

Delivering a World Where Every Pregnancy Is Wanted

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Aaround 222 million women, largely in the poorest countries, want to use modern family planning methods but can't access them. This has a seriously damaging impact not just on their lives, but on the health and strength of their families and communities.

A Tool for Protection, Prevention and Exercising a Human Right

Mary Beth Hastings | Posted 01.13.2013 | Impact
Mary Beth Hastings

Female condoms are an opportunity to promote women's rights as much as they are an opportunity to fight HIV, because they can and they do generate important conversations within couples and communities about love, protection, trust and power.

Election Results Shows Fatal Flaw in GOP's Extreme Social Agenda

Susan Bevan | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Susan Bevan

During the closing months of this election, it seemed as if not a week went by without another extreme GOP candidate making bizarre and ignorant comments on reproductive health issues.

New Contraceptive Approaches Needed Now More Than Ever

Ward Cates | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ward Cates

Over the next decade, we owe it to women and couples everywhere to present them with more family planning options.

I Am Going to Save a Mom From Dying

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Next month, I'm going to save a mom from dying in childbirth. I am not a doctor, not even a trained paramedic. I don't plan to make a donation or heroically travel to some impoverished village in some distant and dangerous place to volunteer.

Female College Grads See Big Wage Gain from Delaying Motherhood

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 12.25.2012 | Women
Elizabeth Gregory

The economic roots of the ongoing trend in delaying motherhood have become only more clear in the recent recession.

Faith, Fear, and Family Planning

Robert Walker | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Walker

Listen to the clamor this year from the religious right and you would think that most people of faith reject family planning. Hardly. Public opinion polls have consistently shown that support for the use of contraceptives knows no religious bounds.

Shortchanging Women's Rights

Serra Sippel | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Serra Sippel

What does the U.S. really care about? Do we really value women's lives? Do we really want to create an AIDS-free generation? We're dangerously close to demonstrating that we value politics above all.

Okay With Being Done

Abbie Rumbach | Posted 12.17.2012 | Parents
Abbie Rumbach

Six -- yes, SIX -- of my very closest friends are pregnant. Everywhere I turn, I'm hit with a swollen uterus. If pregnancy were a contagious disease, I'm sure I would have caught it by now

Women Need to Remember the Real Mitt Romney on November 6

Nancy Keenan | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

This election, voters will be faced with a clear choice: an administration that will protect women's privacy and personal health-care decisions, or one that allows politicians to make those choices for them.

My Abortion Was Different: Why Women Shame and Blame Each Other

Valerie Tarico | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

We've all heard stories, apocryphal or not, of women who picket family planning clinics and then cross the line when they find themselves with a probl...

The Real Mitt Romney

Terry O'Neill | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Bully, lie, manipulate, threaten. Mitt Romney believes these tactics will get him what he wants. But I believe in the good sense of women voters throughout the country.

From Farms to Family Planning: Investing in Women on World Contraception Day

Melinda Gates | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Today is World Contraception Day. I am celebrating by visiting a cassava farm in Tanzania. It might seem like a strange way to observe the day, except for this fact: the women who do the majority of the labor on small family farms are often the very same women who are asking for contraceptives.

The Most Annoying Question Newlyweds Have To Answer

Danielle Tate | Posted 11.22.2012 | Weddings
Danielle Tate

From your parents or your in-laws, the insinuations about having babies are not something that you really want to deal with as a newlywed, but you could try to understand the reasons that parents feel so inclined to speak up on the subject.

Juggling Life and Work: Glass Balls and Rubber Balls

Julie Kantor | Posted 11.21.2012 | Business
Julie Kantor

"In life, there are rubber balls and glass balls and you are always juggling. Your family is glass, so you can't drop them. Many of your work projects are rubber balls -- the assignment will still be there tomorrow and you need to plan in advance."

Why I Am Definitely Not Having Any More Babies

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

When my 8-year-old semi-regularly requests another sibling, I give him a choice: "sibling or mom, because you can't have both." (Fortunately for me, he picks mom every time -- at least for now.)