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Family Planning

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.)

Diverse Religious Leaders Affirm Contraceptive Access As 'Moral Imperative'

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

As people of faith, we must resist those who would deny individuals the ability to make their own personal decisions about their families and reproductive lives; indeed we must resist the political attempts to make such decisions and such services controversial when they are not.

We're Not 'The Entitlement Generation'

Sandra Fluke | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Sandra Fluke

We agree that "we've got Americans who are struggling." Our question is why so many elected officials have only one answer for them: cutting their safety net while telling them to "go get a job." My generation is looking for better answers than that.

Sex and Birth Control

Philip D. Harvey | Posted 11.06.2012 | World
Philip D. Harvey

Should not we family planners celebrate the fact that the contraceptives we provide make it possible for people to have more sex? Isn't more sex good? This idea makes people antsy.

Iran's War on Female Doctors and Male Nurses

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The announcement that 36 universities across Iran have banned 77 fields of study to women is just the latest example of the Iranian government's particular disdain for the progress that women have made in education.

Pro-Life Advocates Should Support Family Planning

Jason Silverstein | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Jason Silverstein

Access to family planning, including effective contraception, has been shown to reduce abortions. This isn't complicated. Increasing family planning services reduces the number of unintended pregnancies.

12 Things You Should Never Ask a Woman

Erica Berman | Posted 10.10.2012 | Women
Erica Berman

It seems no woman in her 20s, 30s or even 40s -- not even celebrities -- can have a belly bulge the size of a grape without someone speculating she is pregnant.

Why I'll Encourage My Daughter to Have Babies Sooner Than I Did

Amy Wruble | Posted 10.08.2012 | Parents
Amy Wruble

As my mother helpfully pointed out, if Viv waits until she's 40 to have kids like I did, then I'll be 80 (eighty!) before I'm a grandma.

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Taking Aim at Women's Health Care

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The first thing women should know about the Romney-Ryan budget is that it has been called the single largest transfer of wealth from middle- and low-income earners to millionaires and billionaires in our country's history.

N.C. Lawmaker: Planned Parenthood Is 'Murder For Hire'

Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

In the ongoing battle for state funding in North Carolina, Planned Parenthood may have underestimated the ire of its elected opponents. The Winsto...