Currently, more than 215 million women around the world want access to quality reproductive health care but don’t have it. Global investment in international reproductive health and voluntary family planning is one of the best ways to save maternal and infant lives, and build sustainable communities. But on a recent trip to Ethiopia, I saw firsthand how limited financial resources, inadequate systems and supply chains, and poor coordination often keep contraceptives from getting into the hands of those who desperately want and need them.
You know how abortion is related to automobile production and the United States balance of trade with South Korea? I don’t either. But apparently Senator Orrin Hatch does.
In an important victory for women in Indiana and elsewhere, a federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of an Indiana law barring Planned Parenthood Indiana from participating in the state’s Medicaid program.
While Indiana’s anti-abortion Republicans (and a select few Democrats) dig in their heels, thousands of people who use Medicaid to pay for birth control, STD testing and treatment, cervical cancer screening and breast exams are at risk.
Today, there are over 200 million women in the developing world who want to prevent or delay pregnancy, but are not using any means of modern contraception. But the greatest tragedy is that this figure has not budged in nearly two decades.
Anti-choice activists have an interest in appearing to care about women, but recent events demonstrate that it’s increasingly hard to keep up the facade.
The Republican/Tea Party majorities in the House of Representatives are, literally, salivating at the prospect of cutting aid to the world’s poorest women.
The United Nations Population Division just released a new report on projections for world population growth, with somewhat surprising findings.
A colleague of ours working in the Texas legislature and wishing to remain anonymous has sent a report detailing efforts to eliminate funding for birth control in the state.
Ready for some welcome news? Today, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed the Family Planning Works Act into law, which will make free Medicaid family planning services available to 33,000 more low- and moderate-income women there.