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Perspectives on the London Family Planning Summit 2012: Women’s Human Rights Must Be at the Center of Family Planning

This week’s summit is a crucial opportunity to re-invigorate international efforts to provide millions of women with access to the contraception they so desperately need. Yet increasing the availability of contraception is just one aspect of ensuring reproductive health, and cannot be seen in isolation.

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Perspectives on the London Family Planning Summit 2012: Seeing the Forest and the Trees

The London Summit aims to meet the contraceptive needs of 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries. This moment is about women and girls who deserve the opportunity to “have it all,” if you will. I believe we have all the consensus we need on that front.

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Reproductive Health: It Takes a Health Worker — and Saves Money and Lives

Health worker with supplies in a clinic near Dakar, Senegal.

All of the contraceptive technologies and reproductive health interventions in the world will not make a difference if there are not skilled health workers to deliver them.

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Family Planning: A Key to Prosperity

Yet international support for such programs has not kept pace with the need for family planning. As a result, many developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, continue to face rapid population growth and other impediments to social and economic development.

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

In mid-July, world leaders will gather in London to discuss a real and urgent need: increased funding for family planning. The summit documents link the dearth of contraceptives and health services to poverty. This vision is not so much wrong as it is incomplete.

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Cyber Threats Yet Another Frontier in Anti-choice Arsenal

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Recent cyber attacks on the British Pregnancy Advisory Service are a wake-up call reminding clinics that they should consider cyber security as part of an overall security strategy.

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Global Roundup: China Works Toward Remedying Gender Imbalance; One Step Closer to Creating Male Contraceptive Pill in UK

Weekly global roundup: Chinese government works toward remedying population gender imbalance; Jordan is seeing some progress in family planning and reproductive health; With the discovery of a new gene, the UK is one step closer to creating a male contraceptive pill; Cultural and traditional beliefs are road blocks toward healthy family planning in Rwanda.

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Hope Springs From Oklahoma

A lot of good news, coming out of Oklahoma of all places. Melinda Gates takes on the pro-contraception cause, and Congress attacks D.C.’s right to set their own abortion laws.

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Overcoming Barriers to Care in Mexico

When I was growing up in California, I often felt disconnected from my extended family in Mexico. Once I became a teenager, however, I realized our experiences weren’t as different as I’d assumed in my youth, especially when it came to accessing sexual and reproductive health care.

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A Mexican NGO Meets the Community Where It’s At

The current sexual and reproductive health landscape in Mexico is one of both progress and challenges. It is one of divisions between rich and poor, between urban and rural populations, and between younger and older generations.

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