Family Planning

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
pregnant woman

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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State of American Newborns: “We’re Number 30!?”

May 13th, 2013 | By
Newborn-Baby

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Mothers across the U.S. and many other countries were celebrated this past Mother’s Day.  Despite this special day, American women across the country face avoidable harms to their health and that of their babies when giving birth.  A newborn’s actual birth day is the most dangerous time for mothers and babies.
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Empowering Communities in Ethiopia

Mar 22nd, 2013 | By
Ethiopian women at one of the GPSDO village sites.

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org There is nothing like going out into the field and seeing first-hand what is happening on the ground to validate your work and experience.  That’s when you learn how projects, ideas and initiatives can really work (or in some cases, not work). Here in Ethiopia, after the recent conference of the
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Sequestration and the Looming Setback to Women’s Rights

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
chopping block

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org It’s easy, if you’re not in the Beltway, to disregard all the machinations emanating from our nation’s capital.  Do or die elections, fiscal cliffs, and now sequestration – budget cuts to end all cuts. $85 billion in federal spending reductions just for this year alone is not a joking matter.  The
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One Billion Rising: Let’s All Rise Up and Keep on Going!

Feb 13th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Kudos to Eve Ensler, performer, playwright and activist. For the past year, Ensler has spearheaded a global campaign called One Billion Rising to draw attention to the sadly pervasive crisis of violence against women. This coming Valentine’s Day, One Billion Rising actions will take place all over the world, in at
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