family planning

2019 Capitol Hill Days Is in the Books!

This past weekend, nearly 350 people from all over the country came to Washington, DC, to fight for reproductive rights around the world. The program started on Friday afternoon with a rally outside the White House, where fired up young people chanted slogans and cheered for speakers including Melvine Ouyo, a former reproductive health care […]

Celebrating Women and Fighting for HER this International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is this Friday, March 8th. On this day and every day, we’re celebrating the achievements of women everywhere while recognizing that there is still much work to be done to ensure women can lead full, empowered lives. Structural barriers that keep women from fully participating in society are still endemic in many […]

Domestic Gag Rule Puts Politicians’ Opinions Above Patients’ Quality of Care

I’m sorry to report more terrible news out of the moldy old gynoticians club that is the Trump administration: On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final rule Trump has been helping to sculpt with his tiny, chubby, old fingers since it was first proposed on June 1, 2018. The […]

Valentine’s Day Just Isn’t the Same Without Family Planning

Valentine’s Day is upon us, which for many people means it’s a time to celebrate love and plan romantic gestures for their sweethearts. It should also be a time when we appreciate the freedom and security birth control allows us to have in our romantic partnerships. So as you’re preparing for this special day (or […]

Bipartisan Support for Family Planning Used to Be a Thing. What Happened?

One of the most polarizing issues facing the U.S. today centers around women’s reproductive health and family planning services. In fact, the mainstream Republican agenda is in complete ideological opposition to family planning, and has gone so far as to label it immoral. But a quick look back in time reveals a clear shift: Many […]

How a Change in U.S. Abortion Policy Threatens Lives in Malawi

“On average, in a day, sometimes we handle about ten women related to abortion cases,” Sylvester Zimba explains to a reporter from Vice News in August of 2017. Zimba is a nurse who specializes in post-abortion care at Kasungu District Hospital, a small clinic in rural Malawi and the sole medical facility for 600,000 people. […]

What Fertility Rates in Africa Tell Us About Global Development

“The key thing you can do to reduce population growth is actually [to] improve health.” – Bill Gates The UN estimates that world population is projected to reach 9.8 billion people by 2050 – an increase of over two billion people in just thirty years. If you’re concerned about the environment (and I’m willing to […]

ZPG to PopConnect: Half a Century in the Making of “Family Planning as a Human Right”

Fifty years ago, the United Nations officially recognized family planning as a universal human right. This landmark declaration was established in the Proclamation of Tehran drafted and adopted by the International Conference on Human Rights (ICHR) in 1968. As Article 16 of the Proclamation states, “The protection of the family and of the child remains […]

Promoting Family Planning as a Human Right on World Population Day

Today is World Population Day—a day meant to draw attention to the various social and environmental implications of rapid population growth and compel people into action. This year’s theme highlights “family planning as a human right,” and urges us to make the clear connections between population and access to healthcare. World Population Day was first […]

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