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To Better Serve Women, Link Family Planning to Abortion Care

Logically, all women receiving abortion care should also receive contraceptive information, and a method if they wish one; likewise, family planning providers should be equipped to support women who have unintended pregnancies. However, integrating family planning and abortion care is often a challenge.

Logically, all women receiving abortion care should also receive contraceptive information, and a method if they wish one; likewise, family planning providers should be equipped to support women who have unintended pregnancies. However, integrating family planning and abortion care is often a challenge.

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Report: Texas’ Family Planning Cuts Are a Human Rights Violation

A panel of CRR and NLIRH representatives joined legislative staff and Valley activists at the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon to highlight the findings of the report, which CRR's Luisa Cabal said "puts a face to reckless political indifference."

A new report shows that Texans in the Rio Grande Valley are now unable to access the affordable reproductive health care that was available to them just a few years ago.

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Nuestro Texas: The Fight for Access to Reproductive Health Care in the Rio Grande Valley

In November of 2012, the Center for Reproductive Rights and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) came together to conduct a human rights investigation in the Rio Grande Valley to capture the stories of some of the women most affected by funding cuts and other policy changes to reproductive health. With the closure of family planning clinics and loss of services in the Valley, women are educating one another about their reproductive health and mobilizing their communities to advocate for policies that uphold their human right to health. This is Nuestro Texas. (Video produced by Intercultural Productions.)

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Book Review: ‘Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility, and the Pursuit of High-Tech Babies’

Miriam Zoll's horrifying personal story about using a host of Assisted Reproductive Technologies [ART] including In Vitro Fertilization [IVF] and egg donation in an effort to have a child is part memoir and part expose of an unscrupulous, high-profit industry. It’s a compelling read.

Miriam Zoll’s horrifying personal story about using a host of assisted reproductive technologies, including in vitro fertilization and egg donation, in an effort to have a child is part memoir and part exposé of an unscrupulous, high-profit industry. It’s a compelling read.

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Gag Me: From Texas to Tanzania, U.S. Politicians Are Meddling in Women’s Health

Last week, women in Texas and people all over the country stood up, raised their voices, and caused a major uproar over a bad policy that will hurt women in one state. It’s time to do the same for women and girls in developing countries.

The anti-choice maneuvers we’ve seen in Texas and elsewhere recently are the progeny of the Global Gag Rule, which has resulted in major losses of critical reproductive health services around the world. An act introduced in the House Thursday would permanently repeal the Gag Rule.

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Nevada State Assemblywoman Lucy Flores: Thank You for Speaking Out for Young Latinas

Assemblywoman Lucy Flores.

Your story, of your family struggling to make ends meet, and of the lack of education about sexual and reproductive health, is all too common for young Latinas all over this country—though it’s not always a story that is spoken of out loud.

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How to Engage Women in Maternal Newborn and Child Health Advocacy and Services

I have been asked to suggest how we constructively engage women in Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) issues as “more than patients”, so I have come up with six suggested steps that we might all take together to achieve success.

I have been asked to suggest how we constructively engage women in Maternal Newborn and Child Health issues as “more than patients,” so I have come up with six suggested steps that we might all take together to achieve success.

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Hillary Clinton Defends Reproductive Rights and Family Planning

An oldie but a goodie: (Now former) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds to a question about the role of the U.S. government in supporting access to safe abortion, contraception, maternal health care, and education abroad with a vigorous defense of reproductive rights and family planning.

 

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Many Women Aren’t Using the Best Birth Control Method for Them—And it’s Not Their Fault

When women are given the tools to identify the contraceptive method that best fits their lifestyle and goals, they are more likely to be satisfied and continue using the method correctly.

Imperfect contraceptive use has often been positioned as a failure on the part of patients. But it could equally be viewed as a predictable consequence of women not being supported in choosing the best method for them.

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Family Planning Is Key to Healthy Pregnancies and Births

It is crucial to protect and invest in the programs that are needed to ensure that all women, regardless of income or background, can access the affordable care they need to have healthier pregnancies and births.

According to a new report, the United States has the highest first-day death rate in the industrialized world. Addressing this and related problems will require comprehensive efforts to reduce pervasive economic, social, and health disparities.

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