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Family Planning

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...

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Why Women Should Care

Terry O'Neill | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Women must closely examine what I am calling the Romney/Ryan budget plan because, while not the juiciest topic around, it touches every aspect of a woman's life, including her reproductive health.

Do Something Uncontroversial

Kate Grant | Posted 07.10.2012 | Impact
Kate Grant

At the Fistula Foundation we work every day to help women injured in childbirth in Africa and Asia, get life-transforming surgery to take them from li...

The Sacredness of Life and Liberty

George Lakoff | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
George Lakoff

To establish male control in family life, both conservative Republicans and the Catholic Church propose taking a metaphor literally, that A Fertilized Egg Is A Person. Taking the metaphor literally allows for the claim that preventing abortions constitutes saving lives.

Gates, Bloomberg, Others Donate $4.6 Billion To Family Planning

Huffington Post | Laura Rothkopf | Posted 07.13.2012 | Impact

Advocates of family planning made fiscal strides at the London Summit on Family Planning on Wednesday. At the event, co-hosted by The Bill & Melin...

Family Planning Unleashes the Girl Effect

Maria Eitel | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Maria Eitel

Investing in family planning for adolescent girls is not only the right thing to do, it's smart economics.

Citizens' Voice

Dr. Farhana Ahmad | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Dr. Farhana Ahmad

We must ensure that women -- especially young women -- are aware of their rights and empowered to demand family planning services and that they are able to do this regardless of where they live, or how much money they have.

The Time to Save Women's Lives Is NOW

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 07.13.2012 | Impact
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

High levels of unmet need for contraception around the world have a very negative impact on women's and children's health and survival as well as on the prosperity of communities and nations. The benefits of meeting this need are clear.

Planning for the World's Future

Cecilia Attias | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Cecilia Attias

The United Nations Population Fund states that reproductive health problems remain the leading cause of illness and death for women of childbearing age worldwide. To put it in stark figures: 800 women die in childbirth every day.

A Dividend That Might Be Missed

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

By accelerating the demographic transition and shifting dependency ratios, it turns out that investing in family planning can also be a solid investment producing dividends for years to come.

Family Planning Summit Will Save 3 Million Children's Lives by 2020

Anne Zeiser | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Anne Zeiser

For most of us, a new baby coming into the family is ample reason for joy and celebration. But imagine a world where a new pregnancy means having to choose which beloved child to feed, clothe, or provide medicine to.

Stop the Tragedy

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

Every two minutes, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy. Even more tragic: many of these deaths could be prevented with a simple and cost-effective solution -- voluntary family planning.

Population Growth: Six Hours to Fill Yankee Stadium

John Seager | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
John Seager

Let's put population growth into terms any baseball fan can understand. Every hour, the world population increases by about 9,100 people.

A Summit for the World's Women

John W. Townsend | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
John W. Townsend

The evidence is clear: Family planning improves health, empowers women, and helps reduce poverty. Contraceptive services are one of the best investments a country can make in its future.

A World Population Day Worthy of Celebration

Robert Walker | Posted 09.09.2012 | World
Robert Walker

This year we actually have something to celebrate on World Population Day. Foundations, NGOs, and donor countries, led by the United Kingdom, will come together for an international summit on family planning.

London Family Planning Summit: A Call to Focus on Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

Ward Cates | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
Ward Cates

Even when highly effective biomedical interventions that are focused on the individual -- like contraception -- are available, factors beyond individual control often pose obstacles to their use.

Global Motherhood: Pushing For Family Planning To Save Lives

Tonte Ibraye | Posted 09.08.2012 | Impact
Tonte Ibraye

On World Population Day, July 11, 2012, the U.K. Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will host the ground breaking London Summit on Family Planning.

Accidentally Childfree

Farzana Gardee | Posted 09.08.2012 | Women
Farzana Gardee

I never imagined that I would one day be discussing a childfree life, let alone my childfree life

Finding Common Ground to Save the Lives of Women and Child and Create Happy, Healthy Families

Ambassador Mark R. Dybul | Posted 09.08.2012 | Impact
Ambassador Mark R. Dybul

Providing women and their families with access to an array of effective, evidence-based programs allows them to select the approach that meets their needs and belief systems, is the best strategy to ensure the most lives are saved and families are lifted up.

Where's the Controversy in Saving Lives?

Melinda Gates | Posted 09.05.2012 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Providing family planning information and services to millions of women and girls in the poorest countries in the world gives them the opportunity to determine their own futures, and the best future for their children. As a woman and a mother, I can't imagine anything more important.

When Is the Right Time to Have Children?

Natalie Thomas | Posted 09.04.2012 | Women
Natalie Thomas

I'm sick of myself. I am. As an avid photographer, perhaps I should put this in photography terms: I can't take one more picture of my husband and me. I'm longing for a new subject.