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Family Planning

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.

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.