Maternal Health
ACLU Files Lawsuit For Pregnant Woman Denied Care at Catholic Hospital

ACLU Files Lawsuit For Pregnant Woman Denied Care at Catholic Hospital

"They never offered me any options," said Means. "They didn't tell me what was happening to my body. Whatever was going on with me, they discussed it amongst themselves. I was just left to wonder, what's going to happen to me?"
UNFPA Plan Aims To Protect Women's Safety, Health In Aftermath of Typhoon

UNFPA Plan Aims To Protect Women’s Safety, Health In Aftermath of Typhoon

Typhoon Haiyan, which hit two weeks ago, has wreaked havoc in the Philippines.
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.
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,...
What Does Seven Billion Mean for Women?

What Does Seven Billion Mean for Women?

The UN has projected that the world’s population will reach 7 billion today, a scary milestone amidst increasing global political and economic instability. More people will only place increased pressure on our environment, on the world’s habitats, forests, and resources such as water. But how does investing in women’s rights tie into slowing the world’s...
Hundreds Gather to Protest VA's Anti-Abortion TRAP laws

Hundreds Gather to Protest VA’s Anti-Abortion TRAP laws

By Campus Organizer Sarah Shanks. This post was originally posted on the Feminist Campus Blog. In Virginia, abortion clinics might begin closing at an alarming rate due to legislation requiring they be regulated like hospitals. In March, Governor McDonnell signed SB 924, a bill that classifies women’s health centers in the state as a category...
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Gets It Right: ‘The United States Is In The Dark Ages When It Comes To Maternity Leave’

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Gets It Right: ‘The United States Is In The Dark Ages When It Comes To Maternity Leave’

By Pat Garofalo Fox News’ Megyn Kelly returned to work after three months of maternity leave, and during her first show, she pummeled shock radio host Mike Gallagher, who back in May called Kelly’s maternity leave “a racket” that was “unbelievable.” Kelly not only took Gallagher to task for poo-pooing the notion that women should...
US Assistance to Global Health Programs: The Battle Continues

US Assistance to Global Health Programs: The Battle Continues

The recent hostile budget process targeted women’s health programs globally as much as it did domestically. International family planning was targeted for a 40% cut and UNFPA funding eliminated in the House majority proposals alongside a total elimination of Title X and Planned Parenthood funding. The final amount approved for FY 2011 by Congress for...
Midwives: Women Saving Women

Midwives: Women Saving Women

Today, May 5, 2011 is International Day of the Midwife, which was spearheaded by the International Confederation of Midwives in 1992. It’s been said over and over, but it bears repeating. ONE WOMAN DIES EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY DUE TO COMPLICATIONS OF CHILDBIRTH. That’s approximately 529,000 women each year, with another 10 MILLION more...
Day Three: Live-Blogging Women Deliver!

Day Three: Live-Blogging Women Deliver!

It’s Day 3 of the three-day international conference Women Deliver 2010 in Washington, D.C., and Ms. Bloggers are still on the scene. The conference intends to hammer home the point that maternal and reproductive health is a global priority. Want to do something to help? You can click here to urge President Obama to keep the U.S.’s...
Day Two of Women Deliver: Ellie Smeal, Rachel Leigh Cook, Ali Larter

Day Two of Women Deliver: Ellie Smeal, Rachel Leigh Cook, Ali Larter

At Day 2 of the three-day international conference Women Deliver 2010 in Washington, D.C., Ms. Bloggers are there on the scene. The conference intends to hammer home the point that maternal and reproductive health is a global priority. Want to do something to help? You can click here to urge President Obama to keep the...
Day One of Women Deliver: Melinda Gates, Ban-Ki Moon, Hillary Clinton

Day One of Women Deliver: Melinda Gates, Ban-Ki Moon, Hillary Clinton

The three-day international conference Women Deliver 2010 opened in Washington, D.C., Monday morning, and the Ms. Blog was there on the scene. The conference intends to hammer home the point that maternal and reproductive health is a global priority. Want to do something to help? You can click here to urge President Obama to keep...
Saving Mothers’ Lives

Saving Mothers’ Lives

By Congresswoman Lois Capps As we celebrate Mother’s Day with our mothers, daughters, and sisters, it is important that we remember the mothers around the world we have lost.  Every single year several hundred thousand girls and women across the world die from pregnancy-related causes.  Ninety nine percent of deaths associated with pregnancy and childbirth...