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Population, Family Planning and Presidential Priorities

Family planning is recognized in public health as a crucial element in improving the health of mother and child. In light of the economic crisis, will international family planning programs be a financial priority for America’s next President?

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Update: More on USAID’s Demand that African Governments Halt Contraceptive Supply to Marie Stopes

USAID insists that the contraceptives it supplies to African governments sit in warehouses rather than be distributed to Marie Stopes International, the international family planning provider.

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East Timor’s Dire Family Planning Needs

The entrenchment of fundamentalist religious beliefs in East Timor’s laws and the promotion of “natural family planning” has posed grave threats to women’s health and lives.

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USAID Halts Supply of Contraceptives to Marie Stopes in Six African Countries

The US government has ordered the six African nations to halt the supply of USAID-provided contraceptives and services to the international reproductive health organization Marie Stopes International.

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Support for Family Planning Just as Important as HIV/AIDS Assistance

While funding to address HIV/AIDS has skyrocketed, financial support for family planning in the developing world has dwindled.

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Donors Shift Focus from Latin American Women

Since the nineties, international donor aid has shifted priority away from family planning programs in Latin America. Now women’s advocacy groups are trying to bring attention back to their region.

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Can We Untwist Women’s Rights from Environmental Concerns? Should We?

I like to think that I’m primarily for reproductive rights because I’m for women’s rights, but it never hurts to know that true reproductive freedom helps slow population growth.

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House, Senate Allocate Record-Level Funds for International Family Planning

A House Subcommittee and Senate Committee both appropriated record-level funding for international family planning and for UNFPA, and each adopts a policy provision that ensures UNFPA funding regardless of whether the President wants to block the agency’s funds.

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Progress on Health at G8 Doesn’t Make the Grade

A report card on progress made on health at the G8 Summit gave poor marks to the world’s most powerful leaders and maternal health may be faring the worst of all.

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Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health: G8 Heats Up

The wives of the prime ministers of the UK and Japan have shown strong support for maternal and child health at the G8 Summit.

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