Family Planning

Lessons in Love, from Women Deliver and My 5-Year-Old

My older daughter wants to marry her sister. I suggested she can marry a girl if she chooses, but her sister may be someone she wishes to keep as a dear friend only. If she marries her best girlfriend, Alex, … Continue Reading

Environment, Family Planning, Youth

A Girls’ Bathroom, A Basic Right

When I was a teenager, I wasn’t an ideal student. My girlfriends and I would often skip class—especially gym—and sneak off to the bathroom.  We would eat snacks, play with makeup and talk about boys, celebrities, or any number of … Continue Reading

Contraceptives and Condoms, Family Planning, Maternal Health, Youth

She’s Too Tired to Push. That’s Why We Must.

She forgot how to push after 22 children. The other woman had given birth 16 times and 4 of her children had died. I am sitting in the audience at Women Deliver 2013, and I wept as these stories were … Continue Reading

Family Planning, International Policies, Maternal Health, Reproductive Health Supplies

New World Bank Report: Better Reproductive Health = Better World

The World Bank just released Closing the Deadly Gap Between What We Know and What We Do: Investing In Women’s Reproductive Health (shown above) for Women Deliver.  Its basic message is that investments in reproductive health are essential for development. In … Continue Reading

Family Planning, U.S. Foreign Assistance

From Miami to Peru: Taking Action for Women’s Health Everywhere

Earlier this week, Population Action International hosted an event — “Stories from Peru: Reproductive Health in Latin America” — in Coral Gables, FL.  Senator Gwen Margolis (Democrat, FL-35) opened the evening by linking the issues that women face in developing countries to … Continue Reading

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What’s Youth Got To Do With It?

This piece was originally published at Women at the Center, and is cross-posted with permission. Half of the world’s population is under 30 and half of all new HIV infections are happening to people between the ages of 15 and … Continue Reading