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A Call to Action: Integrate Family Planning and HIV Services to Save Women’s Lives

All photos courtesy of Marie Stopes International.

In 2012, three years before the 2015 deadline the world set for itself to reduce preventable maternal deaths and new HIV infections, we must act more boldly than we have up until now. The global health community must work to bring family planning and HIV services together – and quickly – to save women’s lives.

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The Flip Side of the Coin: GOP Attacks Access to Contraception for Poor Women Abroad

Opponents of birth control don’t just want to limit access in the U.S., they want to slash U.S. support for international family planning programs.  It’s a perennial debate, and it’s about to start all over again

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Obama Administration Tells Texas They Can’t Exclude Abortion Providers From Family Planning Funds

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The state of Texas has been overruled when it comes to a bill blocking funding from any health care provider that also provides abortion.

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On World AIDS Day, Remember Women

December 1st marks World AIDS Day and this year’s theme is “Getting to Zero.” Much of this day will be focused on a celebration of new technology and science that can help prevent HIV through daily treatment and male circumcision. And we should celebrate those advances – but we should also not lose sight of women who need both family planning and HIV services.

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Thanks To Chris Christie, Six Family Planning Health Centers Close in New Jersey

By drastically cutting family planning funds, there are now less options in the state than ever before.

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My How Things Change! President Bush Praises Family Planning…

George H. W. Bush as UN Ambassador

President Bush praises family planning?  On World Contraception Day? Don’t fall off your chair. Nearly 40 years ago, ensuring universal access to family planning services was a cause that card-carrying Republicans were actually proud to embrace. So we’re talkin’ President George Bush, Senior, before he was President.

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Stigma, Shame, and Sexuality: A Reflection on Abortion

Illustration by Yonas Abdela

“The one that has an abortion is treated as…as bad, as a killer and…the other one is…is a good woman, she has a good heart, she loves children.” Sound familiar? Let’s face it: individuals who have had abortions or provide them are too often labeled, discriminated against and dehumanized.

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Pointing Toward the Future: How Environmental and Women’s Rights Groups Can Work Together to Solve Global Problems

As part of our series on Seven Billion People, RHRC asks two experts, Dr. Carmen Barroso, Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, and Carl Pope, former Executive Director and current Chairman of the Sierra Club, to explain the connections between environmental and population issues and how the movements can work together.

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Of Rights and Resilience: Why Women’s Rights are Key to Thriving in the Age of the “Black Swan”

Black Swan events are proliferating for many reasons—notably climate change and the growing scale and interconnectedness of the human enterprise. World population doubled in the last half-century to just under seven billion people, so there are simply more people living in harm’s way, on geologic faults and along vulnerable coastlines. In effect, we have re-engineered the planet and ushered in a new era of radical instability. Advancing and securing women’s rights are a key aspect of the solution to these problems.

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What Does US Policy Have to Do With Child Brides and Drought in Kenya?

Years of misguided U.S. policy such as the Global Gag Rule have contributed to today’s crisis in Kenya.

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