Maternal Health
Report Shows Strong Global Commitment to Family Planning

Report Shows Strong Global Commitment to Family Planning

"Together, so much has already been achieved, and the incredibly positive spirit expressed during this conference convinces me that we can do so much more."
International Conference on Family Planning Starts Today

International Conference on Family Planning Starts Today

Political leaders and health advocates from around the world will meet in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Abba, this week for the third annual International Conference on Family Planning.
Woman Sues After Being Harassed and Denied Space to Pump Breast Milk at Work

Woman Sues After Being Harassed and Denied Space to Pump Breast Milk at Work

"My employer ignored its legal obligations, allowed me to be bullied and harassed, and then retaliated against me for standing up for my rights."
UN, World Bank Pledge $200 Million for Girls in Sahel Region of Africa

UN, World Bank Pledge $200 Million for Girls in Sahel Region of Africa

The $200 million Sahel Women's Empowerment and Demographics Project will be added to the World Bank's existing $150 million contribution over the next two years.
Shackled Pregnant Woman Receives Settlement

Shackled Pregnant Woman Receives Settlement

An undocumented woman who was shackled before and after giving birth in Tennessee will receive $490,000 in a settlement and now has the prospect of a U-visa.
Indigenous Mexican Woman Denied Care Gives Birth on Clinic Lawn

Indigenous Mexican Woman Denied Care Gives Birth on Clinic Lawn

Irma eventually was forced to give birth to her third son, alone and without the aid of pain medication, on the lawn of the clinic.
Mother’s Day: A Matter of Life & Death

Mother’s Day: A Matter of Life & Death

As a Bangladeshi woman, I could not have felt more fortunate when I decided to give birth in America. It was a natural choice for my American husband and I. After almost a decade working to ensure US foreign policy protects women’s reproductive health and rights, I was well-aware that every year, approximately 529,000 women and girls...
Does China Have the Solution for the Population Crisis?  Not Even Close

Does China Have the Solution for the Population Crisis? Not Even Close

by Meghan Yee On October 31, the world population reached 7 billion. According to one Chinese demographer, however, if not for China’s one-child policy, the world population would have hit that number five years ago. China has the largest population on earth with 1.4 billion people. However, since 1979, the National Population and Family Planning...
The Staggering Facts of Seven Billion

The Staggering Facts of Seven Billion

We humans mark a milestone today—the world’s population reaches 7 billion.  When I was born there were about 2.2 billion people on earth.  When my assistant was born there were a little more than 5 billion people on earth.  It took just 12 years to go from 6 billion to 7.  As the population climbs...
Reflections on a Population Surging Beyond 7 Billion

Reflections on a Population Surging Beyond 7 Billion

6,998,460,833: the world’s current population, according to an estimate by Population Action International (PAI). In anticipation of October 31st, the day the world’s population is predicated to reach 7 billion, I’ve sat at my desk transfixed by PAI’s scrolling ticker, documenting the rapidly increasing population as it approaches a number troubling to reproductive rights activists,...