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Struggling with Poverty, then Pregnancy  

  We already know that lack of access to reproductive care for low-income women has serious consequences. A newly released Brookings study shines light on the harsh realities. Just the Salon headline alone stopped us in our tracks: “Study: Poor Women Have 5 Times More Unplanned Births Than More Affluent Women.” The report revealed that... Read more »


Going the Last Mile to Provide Family Planning in Lao PDR  

“When family planning was introduced to the country, in the late 1980s, it was only available in the capital, Vientiane. Most people were not aware such services even existed. ‘At first we focused only on married couples to provide them with contraceptives to space pregnancies,’ said Kopkeo Souphantong, deputy director of the health ministry’s mother and child... Read more »

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