Family Planning

From New York to Nairobi, Without Leaving Menlo Park

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Imagine you go to Planned Parenthood or another local clinic to get birth control, but the doctor says they’re all out.

When might they have some in stock? Maybe in a month or so.

But don’t call to check, because our phones don’t work. You’ll just have to take your chances.

Oh, you don’t want to get pregnant in the meantime? Sorry, that’s on you.

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PAI President Suzanne Ehlers (center) with speakers Heather McLeod Grant (left) and Tamara Kreinin (right) at the event, “Reproductive Rights: From New York to Nairobi.”

That’s the gist of a story told by PAI President Suzanne Ehlers earlier this week at our event, “Reproductive Rights: From New York to Nairobi,” which explored the barriers in access to family planning for women, both in developing countries and here in the United States. While women here rarely face stock-outs of supplies at their local clinic or pharmacy — a challenge all too common for women in the developing world — recent and ongoing political attacks on reproductive rights threaten domestic access in other ways.

Suzanne  joined Tamara Kreinin, Director for Population and Reproductive Health at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, and Heather McLeod Grant, acclaimed speaker, consultant and author of the best-selling Forces For Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Non-profits, in Menlo Park, Calif. to explore these connections, as well as how American culture and policy wars centered on abortion and family planning have been exported around the globe, impacting the lives of millions of women.

The room was packed, the discussion was lively, and we’re excited to keep the conversation going in the months ahead. Thanks to friends new and old who joined us!

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