Family Planning

Family Planning is a Smart Investment

Jun 18th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York. In a time of government budget cuts and austerity programs, family planning is a low-cost investment that yields big dividends.  And more importantly, it saves lives. Globally, there are 222 million women in developing counties who lack access to contraception.  Off these, 162 million women live in the world’s poorest countries. Barriers
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The Plunge in Teen Pregnancy Rates

May 6th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The number of American teenagers getting pregnant is at an historic low.  While this is good news, the U.S. teen birth rate is still highest in the industrialized world. Rates of teen pregnancy, birth and abortion have declined dramatically in the United States since their peak in the early 1990s.  According
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Condoms and Climate: The Role of Family Planning

Feb 27th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org One solution to easing the effects of global climate change is one that is not often heard – that of voluntary family planning. At a talk this week on “Condoms and Climate” given at the Commonwealth Club of California, Alan Weisman, author of Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future
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Men and Family Planning: The Missing Link

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org At the recent International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), a big gathering of leaders and activists on family planning and reproductive health, there was a big effort to promote the role of men.  While it may seem obvious, men are sometimes missing from family planning. Certainly education and empowerment of women
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Getting the Word Out on Contraception

Nov 24th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Most Americans have heard about the glitches with the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. But apparently many women haven’t heard that birth control is essentially available for free under health insurance plans.  According to the Phoenix Marketing Company, which has been tracking this topic, this is
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Unintended Consequences

Oct 27th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org As the United States is recovering from the government shutdown and the still-ongoing battle over the Affordable Care Act, which was legally passed by Congress, it is worthwhile to note the state of healthcare as it applies to reproduction and the rights of women. The Guttmacher Institute recently came out with
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Babies, Poverty and Women’s Rights

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Poverty drives people to do some drastic things, and bearing a child for money is one of them. Commercial surrogacy is defined as when a woman is financially compensated beyond expenses associated with the pregnancy for carrying the child of another couple. India is home to a large number of surrogate mothers,
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A Billion Reasons to Celebrate World Contraception Day

Sep 26th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Today is celebrated as World Contraception Day.  Perhaps there are not actually a billion reasons to celebrate it, but there is a case to be made that a billion dollars would go a long way in meeting the need for contraceptives for women and families all over the world. Banks or
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The House GOP: Putting Women’s Needs Last

Jul 26th, 2013 | By
Learning about reproductive health on the streets of New Dehli

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee recently introduced a bill that puts a ceiling on funding for family planning and reproductive health programs at $461 million; this is 23 percent, or $94 million below the current level (and $174 million less than President Obama’s budget request). The bill also calls
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Population Numbers: Addressing Family Planning for the Sake of Our World

Jul 10th, 2013 | By
Women in Ethiopia discussing family planning [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org. Here we are halfway through the year 2013 and it’s time for another World Population Day, officially recognized on July 11th.  This United Nations-designated day is meant to raise awareness on all facets of human population growth.  Given that the world is at 7.2 billion and counting, this is truly a
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