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Access to family planning is a human right

This week, women from around the country joined the White House at The United State of Women Summit to celebrate our strides towards gender equality. While we come together and look at what our work as advocates and institutions has accomplished here at home, we must not forget the millions of women around the world […]

The Helms Amendment: A Response to Roe v. Wade

In the December 2015 issue of our magazine, we looked at the hostile Helms Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act, passed in 1973. Named for its sponsor, the mean-spirited Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC), the Helms Amendment prevents USAID from funding safe abortion overseas as a method of family planning. However, it is interpreted as an […]

International Day for Maternal Health and Rights is long overdue

We join with dozens of global organizations in demanding that the United Nations recognize April 11th as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. Why? Well…. Maternal mortality rates around the world are still staggering. Every day, more than 800 women die due to mostly preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications. Unsafe abortions account for 13 […]

Seek the reproductive health truth? Ask the youth!

Large international conferences have a bad reputation for being high in cost and low in impact—the “value” of a conference may be hard to assess. However, I believe that the organizers of the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) made a smart investment decision when they actively incorporated youth leaders from every corner of […]

Unsafe Abortion Causes 13% of Maternal Deaths Worldwide

In Sneha Barot’s informative article, Abortion Restrictions in U.S. Foreign Aid: The History and Harms of the Helms Amendment, she highlights an arresting statistic about the consequences of limited access to reproductive healthcare: 13% of maternal deaths worldwide are caused by unsafe abortions, which amounts to about 47,000 deaths each year. These statistics are just […]

Rachel Carson’s Legacy Advocating for Clean Oceans

Most people remember Rachel Carson for her book Silent Spring, which highlighted the environmental impact of pesticides on human health and the biosphere and started the modern American environmental movement. In Robert Musil’s article in our quarterly magazine, he describes her also as “the mother of the movement to protect the oceans.” You can read […]

How the US Turns a Blind Eye to Rape as a Weapon of War

Following the questionable reelection of President Mwai Kibaki in 2007-2008, clashes between the Kikuyu and Luo peoples ensued across Kenya. Unprecedented violence threatened the well-being of thousands; homes were demolished, civilians were murdered, and women and girls faced widespread sexual violence. From the tea fields in rural regions to the informal settlements in the nation’s […]

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