Contraceptives and Condoms, Family Planning, U.S. Foreign Assistance

Dated Discrimination Comes Back to Life Downton Abbey shows outdated attitudes toward reproductive rights. So does C-SPAN.

Warning: This piece includes spoilers for the most recent season of Downton Abbey. For the women of Downton Abbey, this season has brought some struggles when it comes to reproductive rights. In the most direct family planning plotline, savvy Lady … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

42 Years After Roe, the Fight for Reproductive Rights Continues Here and Abroad

On this day 42 years ago the United States Supreme Court announced its landmark decision in the Roe v. Wade case, confirming the right of women in the United States to have an abortion.  Despite this affirmation from the highest … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

The State of the Union Address That Kickstarted International Family Planning Programs

As President Obama prepares to deliver his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress this evening, advocates of the U.S. government’s investments in international family planning and reproductive health programs need to be reminded of … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

Prevalent and Preventable: The Tragedy of Unsafe Abortion

“Unsafe abortion is actually a public health tragedy of our times, simply because the technology to make this procedure safe has been available for decades…In our region, particularly with the patriarchal culture and the society we live in, religious fundamentalism … Continue Reading

U.S. Foreign Assistance

Time for Executive Action to Protect Reproductive Rights

This piece was originally published by The Hill.  With Republicans gaining control of both chambers, it’s no secret that the 114th Congress is going to be hostile to reproductive rights. In just the first week, anti-choice politicians introduced six bills restricting abortion … Continue Reading

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I’m All In on Women

This piece was originally published on the Huffington Post. Sandwiched between the State of the Union address and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade is another January tradition: the release of Bill and Melinda Gates’ Annual Letter. International development practitioners … Continue Reading