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Birth Control Helps Women Succeed

It seems obvious to most of us, but it’s always good to remind people: one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to empower women and increase their quality of life is to make sure they have access to birth control. … Continue reading »

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What’s the Difference Between the Helms Amendment and the Global Gag Rule?

Have you ever heard of the Helms Amendment? How about the Global Gag Rule? They’re both harmful U.S. policies that prevent women from getting the reproductive care they need. But how are they different? The Helms Amendment restricts funding for … Continue reading »

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Sex in the City: The Family Planning Needs of the Urban Poor

Today, 3.9 billion of us — more than half the world’s population — live in cities. By 2050, about two-thirds of us will live in urban areas. With so many people moving into cities, you might think they’re gaining access … Continue reading »

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Funding Family Planning Success

Country advocacy is critical to holding governments accountable for their FP2020 commitments. Yet too often civil society organizations simply don’t have the resources to support their efforts. The Opportunity Fund is a flexible source of funding for family planning advocacy … Continue reading »

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These Three Cheap Drugs Can Save Moms’ Lives

In our first #MomsMatter infographic, we told you we have a problem. A big one. Every two minutes, 800 mothers die in pregnancy of childbirth, and almost all these deaths take place in the developing world. Three cheap drugs could … Continue reading »

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Do You Believe #MomsMatter?

There’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is that a woman dies every two minutes from pregnancy or child birth. The good news is that the medication that can save these women’s lives is less than $1 … Continue reading »

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Global Gag Rule Timeline

The Global Gag Rule (GGR) was a U.S. health policy that prohibited funding to foreign aid organizations that provided abortion services. The Gag Rule was first imposed by the Reagan administration in 1984. It was rescinded in 1993 by President Clinton, … Continue reading »

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The Economics of Birth Control

Spending $1 and getting $4 back sounds like a good deal, doesn’t it? Well for every $1 we invest in family planning, we save $4 in other areas like education, public health, and water and sanitation. It’s time to cash … Continue reading »

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Thanks and Spanks for Family Planning Donors

For our latest infographic, we compared each donor’s actual funding for family planning and reproductive health to their fair share of funding. Then we ranked them based on how close they come to meeting their fair share. Rankings can be … Continue reading »

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Think Your 30-Minute Wait at the Doctor’s Office is Bad? Try This.

Say you’re living with HIV but married to someone who isn’t.  When you go to the nearest clinic to get contraceptives, you probably also want to receive medication for your HIV. Your partner also wants to be routinely tested to … Continue reading »

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