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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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The Significance For Women and the Environment of a World Population of Seven Billion

This month the UN reports that the world population will hit a significant population milestone, 7 billion people. This has meaning for us all, especially in its environment and development impacts – and women are key.

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People, Population, and Climate Change: Opportunities for Advancing Climate Resilience and Reproductive Rights

In this article we explore the many critical links between population, sexual reproductive health and rights and climate change, the significance of which is all too important to ignore.

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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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The World at Seven Billion: A Global Milestone That Reflects the Needs of Seven Billion Individuals

After three children, Filipino mother Gina Judilla tried to induce abortion, but failed. She can't get birth control. (IHT)

Reaching seven billion people on planet Earth has prompted renewed debates about the balance between population size and consumption of natural resources, about age structure and political stability, and about the consequences of rapid population growth rates for poor countries’ ability to develop economically. To a large extent, however, these macro-level dilemmas reflect a micro-level problem about which there is a universal consensus and where the solution is relatively straightforward.

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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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On World Contraception Day, A Call to Pass the Responsible Parenthood Bill in the Philippines

Today is World Contraception Day. It’s actually a day just like any other, because it’s a day when so many women worldwide remain without access to birth control or other reproductive health services, and in which reproductive choice for all women remains an elusive goal.

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International Family Planning Saves Lives. So Why Is the GOP Cutting It?

With the global population expected to surpass 7 billion, we can only expect that the unmet need for family planning services, which currently exists for an estimated 215 million women globally, will only increase.

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