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International Family Planning

Re-Examining the Global Barriers to Reproductive Freedom

Robert Walker | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

So long as a woman's reproductive freedom is constrained by her husband's opposition, religious prohibitions, or misinformation, she will not be fully capable of exercising that freedom.

Addressing Mortality of the World's Mothers

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 02.05.2014 | Women
Rep. Karen Bass

Nearly 20 years ago, then First Lady Hillary Clinton declared to the United Nations that "it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights." A core component of women's rights is ensuring that all women have access to quality healthcare.

Reaching Most Vulnerable Young People With Family Planning and HIV Services

David J. Olson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

Family planning and HIV integration means moving away from the segmented approaches that have prevailed in the recent past.

The Everyday Heroes

Pamela Barnes | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Access to family planning is a basic human right. But making that right a reality requires so much to be in place beyond a well-run health facility.

Years of Investments Finally Put Health Workers on the Global Stage

David J. Olson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
David J. Olson

This kind of work -- building up frontline health workers and the systems that support them -- is a prerequisite for producing sustainable improvements in health.

For Family Planning, Entrepreneurs Can Outdistance Charities

Christopher Purdy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

Products and services that are purchased -- even at very low prices -- are far more likely to be used. Thus, the marketing of contraceptives and family planning services can be a highly cost-effective way of helping couples improve their lives.

A Fistula-Free Generation Is Possible

Pamela Barnes | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

We are thrilled to be in Uganda to recognize the achievements of EngenderHealth's Fistula Care project, the largest U.S. government-funded initiative to treat and prevent obstetric fistula in more than 10 countries throughout Africa and Asia.

An Urgent Need: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Refugee Adolescents

Sarah Costa | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Sarah Costa

The disintegration of community and family structures weakens traditional protection mechanisms and alters behavioral patterns. As a result, child-bearing risks are extremely high, sexual violence and exploitation is pervasive and forced or early marriage is not uncommon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The 2012 Global Family Planning Summit: Will Issues Be Adequately Addressed?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Marianne Mollmann

Both the Global Family Planning Summit and research published in The Lancet potentially obscure the fact that, to be blunt, a wealthy woman in a poor country is likely to have better access to care than a poor woman in a wealthy country.

My Uncontroversial Idea

Melinda Gates | Posted 06.11.2012 | Women
Melinda Gates

Hundreds of millions of the poorest families in developing countries don't have access to contraceptives that can change their lives -- and their children's lives.

Bird-Dogging Birth Control on International Women's Day

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Suzanne Ehlers

Time has proven that little else makes a woman as resilient, less vulnerable and mightier in the face of adversity -- be they political attacks or environmental changes -- than control over her reproductive destiny.

What Does an Election Year Mean for Women's Health and Rights?

Serra Sippel | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Serra Sippel

In 2011, Congress' cup runneth over with attempts to limit or restrict completely women's health and rights, both at home and abroad. In 2012, there is a presidency at stake -- so what does that mean for women's health and rights in the coming year?

Another Look at the Seven Billion

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

There are still millions of women like Vishnu Maya all over the world. If those women had genuine options in their childbearing and in their lives, we would not be facing the seven billionth birth this month.

Ribbons Without Rights Don't Save Lives

Serra Sippel | Posted 12.31.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

When the U.S. government starts integrating sexual and reproductive health interventions, it cannot be piecemeal -- the full range of reproductive health matters must be addressed.

Laura Bassett

House Republicans Cut More Funding For Women's Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a bill on Wednesday that zeroes out U.S. aid to the United Nations Population Fund, a women and children'...

Family Planning: 'The Best of Times, the Worst of Times'

Robert Walker | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

The world's largest donor nation, the United States, is retreating on its commitments to international family planning, and other donor nations may follow suit.

"Pro-Family Planning" Republicans?

Robert Walker | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

While their numbers have shrunk rather dramatically, a fair number of Republicans, particularly among the rank-and-file, still care about various "liberal" causes.

Laura Bassett

GOP's Foreign Aid Cuts Could Dramatically Increase Unsafe Abortions

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

House Republicans' proposed cuts to international family planning programs could result in 1.3 million more unsafe abortions around the world, 9.4 mil...

Laura Bassett

House Committee Votes To Reinstate Abortion 'Gag Rule,' Could Cut AIDS Assistance To Poor Countries

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted on Thursday to reinstate an extreme version of the Global Gag Rule, which blocks all U.S. mone...

Honoring Our Mothers by Changing the Dialogue

Carol Peasley | Posted 07.12.2011 | World
Carol Peasley

By stating simple facts and stepping away from the emotional rhetoric of the past 25 years, the Council on Foreign Relations has paved the way to improved lives for women, mothers and children globally.

Amanda Terkel

Global Family Planning Funding Threatened By GOP Budget Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Republicans continue to push for sweeping cuts amidst federal budget talks, women's rights advocates worry the threat to internation...