family planning

Findings From Recent National Survey On Coverage for Prescription Birth Control

on the eve of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” to roll back birth control coverage, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released new data clearly showing that American voters overwhelmingly support access to affordable birth control and understand that it is an issue of basic economic fairness and health, not religious liberty.


Indigenous Women's Dialogue - Roundtable Report on the Accessibility of Plan B as an Over The Counter (OTC) Within Indian Health Service - February 2012

In most of the United States, a woman 17 years or older who needs Plan B, an emergency contraceptive that can prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after intercourse, can walk up to a pharmacy counter and request it without a prescription.

But for Native American women served by the Indian Health Service, obtaining Plan B might require a drive of hundreds of miles, a wait beyond the pill's window of effectiveness, and a price beyond what the IHS would charge.

The Impact of Family Planning and Delayed Childbearing on Women’s Empowerment in Iran

This study assesses the impact of contraceptive use and delayed childbearing on urban married women’s ability to seek educational and employment opportunities after marriage in Tehran. The paper examines trends across three marriage cohorts, based on a 2009 survey collected by the author examining birth and contraceptive histories and education and employment status of husbands and wives over the life-course.

Amir Erfani, Nipissing University, Canada


Teen Feminists Really Do Care About the Budget

By Talia Weisberg

I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a NOW webinar moderated by Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, “The Budget Deal is a Feminist Issue.” The webinar discussed how Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) 2012 budget deal would cut several social services. Programs on the chopping block include Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics, Pell grants, job training, Head Start, childcare programs, and WIC nutrition programs. Women are overrepresented in each of these program’s recipient pools.

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Planned Parenthood Speaks Out Against the Elimination of Family Planning Funding

We received the following news from Planned Parenthood this morning:

Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee announced that the Title X family planning program ($317 million) will be eliminated in the House leadership’s FY11 Continuing Resolution (CR), which will be considered next week by the full House. This bill is necessary to continue funding the government after March 4 (when the current CR expires) through the end of the fiscal year. 

Other critical health programs are also targeted for significant reductions – including the maternal and child health block grant program and community health centers.

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Bethany Cole has worked for over ten years in international health and has demonstrated expertise in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Currently based in New York, she is a Senior Program Associate with EngenderHealth on the Fistula Care Project to build provider and facility capacity in reproductive health services for obstetric fistula. Her portfolio includes prevention and care activities with partner organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia and Nigeria. She also provided management and technical support to a wide range of EngenderHealth’s family planning, maternal health and HIV and AIDS projects in West and Central Africa. Previously, following completion as a Peace Corps Volunteer in francophone Cameroon, she conducted monitoring and evaluation of food programs for unaccompanied minors in Rwanda, and worked in Sudan with the International Rescue Committee as a Field Manager in Nyala, South Darfur.


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