Posts Tagged ‘ reproductive health ’

Removing Barriers to Reproductive Health

Oct 5th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. Recent legislation in California is empowering women to make the best choices for themselves and their families, in terms of reproductive health. Though it seems as if our nation should have passed legislation easing access to reproductive health years ago, it’s nevertheless a positive path forward. As the saying goes, “better late
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States are Stepping Up for Women’s Rights

Jun 20th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org. Lately it seems that most of the news on women’s reproductive rights is focused on the shutting down of access to reproductive health/family planning services. But there are actually some good policies on women’s reproductive health that have been passed this year at the state level. In May, the state of Maryland
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Forward Movement on Women’s Rights

Feb 23rd, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.transition-earth.org. In some ways the following are two very different stories, but ultimately in the end both end up advancing women’s rights when it comes to family planning and reproductive health. Let’s first take a look at India – soon to be the world’s most populous country.  For decades it has been relying
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Refugees, Women’s Rights, and Reality in Gaza

Aug 4th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Try to imagine giving birth in a spartan refugee tent, or worse, while missiles are exploding around you.  Or simply visualize having to have your reproductive and women’s health needs met in a war zone. For women (and men) in the Gaza Strip, survival is paramount, but so is confronting the
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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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Putting the Affordable into Contraceptive Coverage

Jan 7th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Full coverage for birth control, as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), kicked in as Americans rang in the new year.  Contraception is now available for free from health insurance plans under the ACA. A key provision of the ACA requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide medical
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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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Text Messaging and the Link to Family Planning

Nov 14th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The 2013 International Conference on Family Planning is in full swing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, concentrated around the them of “Full Access, Full Choice.” The nearly 4,000 participants are energized around bringing family planning and reproductive rights to communities in need the world over.  Ethiopia, the second most-populous nation in Africa,
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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
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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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