Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Reproductive health problems remain a leading cause of illness and death for women, particularly in developing countries. A leading cause of maternal death is lack of access to health services and prenatal care. Health begins with accurate and comprehensive sex education during adolescence – education that needs to continue throughout adulthood. Researchers in our network are currently working to disseminate evidence-based information and increase access to the full range of reproductive health services so that women can lead healthy and productive lives. Studies have demonstrated the advantages of comprehensive sex education compared with abstinence-only or other programs in preventing teen pregnancy, raising the age of initial sexual activity and lowering rates of sexually transmitted disease. More effort is needed to address the health needs of marginalized populations, particularly immigrant women, who are less likely to seek pre-natal and preventive screenings and care.

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After months of debates and delays, Congress finally put health care reform to a vote. The result has left progressive women’s voices split....
The National Council for Research on Women harnesses the resources of its network to ensure fully informed debate, policies, and practices to build a...
March 12, 2010 posted by admin Jane Roberts, the woman behind 34 million friends of UNFPA, gave a special interview on Chicago Public Radio for...
January 28, 2010 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird


  • May 9, 2012

    NPR reports on a survey, which appears in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, of more than 1,000 OB-GYNs who work in religious hospitals and finds that more than one-third report they've had a conflict regarding...

  • May 8, 2012

    The New York Times reports on a study in the journal Cancer that finds that fewer women are completing all three doses of the HPV vaccine.

  • May 4, 2012

    HR 4160, or the State Health Flexibility Act, introduced by Congressman Todd Rokita (R-Ind) and now added to the Republican budget plan, would force states to halt programs that provide funding for abortions for low-income women.


  • May 2, 2012

    Georgetown University president John J. DeGioia announced that the school will not adjust student health care plans to cover birth control.


  • April 30, 2012

    Breast-feeding comes with an often-overlooked cost to new mothers, according to a new study by Phyllis L.F. Rippeyoung, an assistant professor at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, and published in the American Sociological Review.