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Global Data Show that Choice is Essential to Equality and Equality is Essential to a Civil Society

If you are a woman who wants to have a better education, a bigger voice in government, considerably less risk of dying while pregnant, more equality with men, and better living conditions all around, you want to live in a pro-choice country. And as a man who thinks that equality is essential to a civil society, so do I.

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Seven Billion People: Every Conversation About Numbers Starts with Human Rights

As we pass the seven billion mark, it’s easy to get caught up in numbers. But the only reason those numbers mean anything is because of the individual lives behind them. In order to make the most of this moment and all those to follow, we need to lead every conversation about numbers with rights.

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Reflections from Kenya as the World’s Population Nears Seven Billion

As the world’s population gets closer to the seven billion mark, Reverend Debra Haffner reflects on her career and what she saw on a recent trip to Kenya.  

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Sex and Sustainability: Reflections for My Son Nick

As he prepares to launch a son into a world facing global challenges and a population soon to reach 7 billion, one father provides reflection and advice on sustainablity.

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Will Renewed Attention to Climate Change Bring Back “Population Control?”

The attention being paid to climate change is much deserved but some advocates worry that it will revive many of the old alarmist debates on population and with it the calls for “population control” that almost always target poor women and women of color.

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The Earth is Not Ours, We Merely Borrow it From Our Children: Lessons from the Maya Q’eqchi

The ancient Mayans—and their indigenous descendants in Guatemala—saw the profound interconnectedness of human reproduction and stewardship of natural resources. Whether cultivating a field or bringing a new life into the world, traditional Mayans practiced respectful restraint. But those old ways are being destroyed, and new solutions are needed.

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I Am the Population Problem

The population problem is all about me: white, middle-class, American me. Well-meaning people have told me that I’m “just the sort of person who should have kids.” Au contraire. I’m just the sort of person who should not have kids.

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By The Numbers: Population, Consumption, and Reproductive Health

What are the facts on population, consumption, and reproductive health?  Here they are “by the numbers,” including who is using what in terms of energy and climate change; environment; reproductive health, and the status of girls and women.

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Gender Based Violence: An Expanded Definition and a Pessimistic Assessment

We must expand the definition of gender based violence and be realistic about efforts to curtail let alone eradicate it.

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The Climate Talks: Quotes From Women in Copenhagen

From impressions of Obama’s handling of climate change to effects on women worldwide, a roundup of quotes from key players in the debate.

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