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Hiding Pregnancies: Reproductive Freedom Is an Economic Issue

Marissa Mayer, center, at Tech Conference in San Fransisco. Photo: LA Times.

For anyone who claims that reproductive rights aren’t an economic issue, try getting a job at 20 weeks’ pregnant.

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Babies on Hold: Data Show Women Acting to Make Better Lives for Themselves and Their Families

New CDC birth data out Wednesday confirm that the U.S. birthrate dropped one percent to reach an all-time low in 2011, extending the downward trend begun with the recession in 2008. Put down your knee-jerk fears about smaller population. This drop is a good sign, foretelling not a diminished but a strengthened workforce down the line.  

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New Study of Cuts to Texas Family Planning Program Finds Dismaying Early Results

A new New England Journal Of Medicine study finds that 53 clinics in Texas have closed as a result of cuts to family planning programs, with dismaying results for the health of women.

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Women Use Contraception For a Better Life. We Need to Support Their Goals

Woman in Mali (by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International)

As family planning advocates, I think we need to remember that family planning is the means to an end, not an end goal in itself. Access to information and services is critical, but increasing the use of contraception starts and ends with supporting the broader goals and rights of women.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Texas Can Cut Off Planned Parenthood Funding

photo courtesy of Threat To Democracy via Flickr

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injuction barring the state from defunding local Planned Parenthood clinics and their affiliates while a trial challening that funding ban moves forward.

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“Wing It” Parenthood: Life Without Planned Parenthood

Via Funny Or Die: It’s just like Planned Parenthood, but without the planning. They wing it!
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Delhi Charter School To Discontinue Practice of Forced Pregnancy Testing and Discrimination

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In the face of major backlash, the school has decided to reverse its discriminatory policy.

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Get Pregnant, Get Kicked Out of School (But You Can Come Back For Sex Ed)

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Dehli Charter school has a radical stance for teens they think might be pregnant — get tested or go home.

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It Takes a Village: Getting Family Planning Where It’s Needed

This unprecedented effort to fund family planning worldwide could be a major milestone in global health, development and women’s rights. But we need to make sure this new funding and political commitment is followed by swift action—and change felt on the ground.

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After the Summit: Down to Earth

We need to recognise that this Family Planning Summit is just a first step, and that it is crucial that we use the energy of the summit to drive us forward. We have to maintain momentum, and we have to do that by moving fast.

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