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Youth Rise to the Occassion at the 2016 International Conference on Family Planning  

Last week, family planning advocates showed the world just how committed they are to sexual and reproductive health and rights. The 2016 International Conference on Family Planning was originally scheduled for November 2015, but a volcanic eruption on the neighboring island of Lombok forced organizers to postpone the event. Despite the last-minute cancelation of many… Read more »

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Zika Virus Outbreak Reveals One Way Climate Change and Repro Rights are Linked  

In an unprecedented move this week, health officials in El Salvador encouraged women to postpone having babies until 2018. Directly linked to the Zika outbreak, microcephaly, a birth defect that causes abnormalities and even death in newborn babies, is propping up across Brazil, El Salvador, and other Latin American countries.

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Let’s Have Honest, Vulnerable Conversations: Lena Dunham teams up with Planned Parenthood at Sundance Film Festival  

Women at the Center firmly believes storytelling is critical to preserving and enhancing reproductive rights—that’s why we exist and why we created the “I Love My IUD” short film. This week we were super excited to see Girls star Lena Dunham join us in this movement to amplify the stories of women and girls so that conversations around sexual… Read more »

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Can family planning help the world? Lessons from Indonesia.  

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, cut its fertility rate in half over a 30-year period. Now its program faces pushback from conservatives, mirroring global trends in family planning.

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COP21, Gender Equality, & Family Planning

On January 19, Social Good, Family Planning 2020, and the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)  hosted a twitter chat about access to family planning and global goals. The conversation brought up a variety of important questions, such as: “What are the biggest barriers to #Family Planning access? How can we overcome them?” and “What are some challenges to sharing stories of… Read more »

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What it Means to Put Women and their Families First    

We can’t shy away from the tough stuff. The topic of family planning has a logical home in any discussion about how overdevelopment and pollution contribute to climate change. We simply can’t afford to ignore it.

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Climate Change, Health, and Population Dynamics: A View from Tanzania    

One progressive way of helping at-risk people adapt to climate change is to improve their health. Voluntary family planning, which greatly improves women’s health, could play a part in a rights-based strategy that advances adaptive capacity and women’s health simultaneously.

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50 State Report Card on Reproductive Rights  

While most Americans are aware of the national political debate over birth control and abortion, many are uninformed about the status of reproductive health and rights in their own state. In the interest of an informed public debate, the Population Institute released it’s 2015 50 State Report Card on Reproductive Health and Rights that gives… Read more »

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In Oregon, Birth Control is Now Available Without a Doctor’s Prescription  

As of January 1st, women in Oregon who are over 18 years old no longer need a prescription to access birth control. This new law is a major step forward in removing barriers to family planning and reducing unintended pregnancies. In addition to not needing a prescription, women can also get a year-long supply of birth control pills in… Read more »