family planning

Egyptian Religious Leaders Introduce “Birth Control Is Permissible” Campaign

Many Egyptians believe that Islam and the Qur’an prohibit the use of contraception; Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi hopes to dispel the myth that Egyptian Islamic leaders forbid it. According to Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s fatwa[1]-issuing institution, “it is permissible to use anything that does not lead to killing the embryo after its formation—in any stage of […]

Reproductive Health Nightmare for Venezuelan Women

A shocking front page story in the February 21, 2021 edition of The New York Times, “Venezuelan Women Lose Access to Contraception, and Control of Their Lives” documents the devastating situation facing women in Venezuela. According to that report, “Millions of women are no longer able to find or afford birth control, pushing many into […]

Planet of the Humans Swings Wildly, Misses Badly

Toward the end of the recently-released, Michael Moore-produced film Planet of the Humans, the narrator blames everyone: “It’s not one thing, but everything we are doing. A human-caused apocalypse.” Does this universal condemnation apply to public health workers in besieged reproductive health clinics risking their lives to foster a safer, less-crowded world? Does it include […]

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. […]

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