Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) announced yesterday that it plans to remove Margaret Sanger’s name from the Manhattan Health Center as a “public commitment to reckon with its founder’s harmful connections to the eugenics movement.” This removal is accompanied by a commitment to also rename an honorary street sign that marks the Margaret […]
Supreme Court Cases May Leave Many Without Insurance Coverage for Birth Control
Next week, the Supreme Court will hear two cases, Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania and Trump v. Pennsylvania, that could significantly limit birth control access in the United States. The Court’s conservative majority may use these cases to allow most employers to claim religious or moral exemptions to providing contraception coverage in their […]
Trump Administration Delays Enforcement of Title X Abortion Restriction
On Saturday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent out a notice to federally funded family planning clinics, stating that clinics would be given extra time to comply with a Trump administration rule announced last week that eliminated Title X funding for clinics that provide abortion referrals. The notice stated that the government […]
Recognizing the Barriers to Family Planning on World Contraception Day
Today is World Contraception Day, a time when the international community comes together to recognize the barriers and cultural impediments that restrict access to family planning.
Senate Fight on Zika Funding Continues
After a seven-week-long recess, Congress returns to work today, with the Senate expected to vote on funding to combat the Zika virus
Investing in Teenage Girls on World Population Day
The theme of this year’s World Population Day, a United Nations initiative to focus attention on the urgency of population issues, is “Investing in Teenage Girls.”
Four States Have Now Defunded Planned Parenthood
As investigations in the Planned Parenthood fall flat, anti-choice Republican legislators are moving to pull funding at a state level.
House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers
The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, D.C., law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who have premarital sex or who have an abortion.
Irish Women Speak Out Against Brutal Childbirth Operations
Between 1942 and 1990 in Ireland, more than 1,500 pregnant women in childbirth endured an operation that involves breaking the pelvis or having their pubic bone sawed through. Others claim their wombs were removed entirely.
Study Shows High Rates of Child Marriage and Maternal Death Across Nigeria
Nigeria accounts for 13 percent of global maternal death rates, with 36,000 women dying in pregnancy or child birth each year, and child marriage rates across Nigeria often outpace those in other nations around the world.
Urgent: Act Now on Human Rights Day!
The United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, established in 1948, states in Article 25 that every person has the right to medical care for both themselves and their families. A vital component of women’s healthcare is access to contraceptives and full reproductive healthcare, including abortion — but this fundamental human right is being denied even in the United States.
Latinas in Texas Face Human Rights Violations for Restricted Reproductive Rights
Latinas in Texas – where more than 60 reproductive health clinics have closed since 2010 – face such severely restricted and limited reproductive health care that their human rights are violated.
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.”
Report Reveals Planning Pregnancies Saves Taxpayers Money
“Chronic underinvestment and ideological attacks on the programs and providers that make publicly supported family planning services accessible to millions of women have been counterproductive.”
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 […]