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Wake-Up Call: What Reproductive Health Care Cuts Mean for Texas Women  

A new report from the New England Journal of Medicine proved what proponents of access to family planning already know: when lawmakers block funding for programs like Planned Parenthood, there is an increase in unintended births. And for Texas, that means a rise in births – by 27 percent. Since 2011, some Texas lawmakers have… Read more »

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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.