Family Planning

Women's Rights: The March Backwards

Thilde Knudsen | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK
Thilde Knudsen

Spain is about to criminalise abortion; politicians in the UK repeatedly attempt to reduce the 24-week limit and today in Brussels, a Parliamentary hearing is discussing a European Citizens' Initiative that if successful would block European Commission (EC) development funding for maternal health.

How the 'Avon' Model Is Empowering Women to 'Inspire Change' in Madagascar

Laura Robson | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Laura Robson

The first International Women's Day (IWD), aimed at both celebrating the extraordinary social, political and economic achievements of women, and directing a spotlight on areas requiring further action, was observed in 1911 at a time when family planning services were extremely limited.

Africa's Next Billion Can World Leaders Help Us Reap the Benefits of the Demographic Dividend?

Esther Worae | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Esther Worae

Speaking as a midwife and one of the 1.1 billion people living in Africa, to my mind, there is one recurring topic that perfectly fits this year's theme: "Reshaping of the World"- and that is the future of our people.

Promise Keepers: It's Time to Deliver for Women and Girls

Michael Holscher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Michael Holscher

One of the most surprising and to my mind worrying statistics I have come across recently is that 38% of the 220million women we need to support have actually used contraception before. That means that for whatever reason, having once been able to control their fertility these women have had their access to contraception blocked, and we have failed them.

5 Things to Think About if You Want to Have a Baby

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

One of the questions I often get asked is: "What should I do to prepare my body for pregnancy?" Trying to start a family can be a challenge, and many women want to know all the facts to give themselves the best chance of conception and give their baby the best start in life

NHS Fife Denies IVF To Smokers And Fat Women

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK

The decision of an NHS board in Scotland to deny IVF to smokers has been labelled as “scandalous” by a infertility charity. NHS Fife has said t...

Who Can Possibly be Against 50 Million Fewer Abortions?

Jenny Tonge | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Politics
Jenny Tonge

In reality no-one is "pro-abortion," but rather we, along with the mainstream populace of the vast majority of the developing world, are "pro the right to abortion." Each woman should be allowed and empowered to make her own decision as to whether she continues her pregnancy - according to her health, her morals, her religion, her resources and all the other circumstances she finds herself in.

Planning for Family Planning - Walking the Talk of the London Summit

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

It's clear that last week's London Family Planning Summit was a success. The vibe at the Summit was electric with many global leaders making big promises. A massive well done to Melinda Gates, who nudged world leaders to pledge more $2.8 billion in support of family planning up to 2020.

Why Do Contraceptives Save Lives?

Peter Byass | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Peter Byass

In reality, every single woman who gets pregnant takes a risk. There are lots of ways of viewing the risks, but let's look at the ultimate bad outcome - women who die as a result of being pregnant.

Ending Forced Sterilization of Women and Girls with Disabilities

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Shantha Rau Barriga

In many parts of the world, women rely on sterilization voluntarily as one of a range of methods for family planning. However, for other women, including women and girls with disabilities, sterilization is not a choice.

World Population Day and the Scandal of Anti-Malthusianism

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK Politics
Eric Kaufmann

11 July, according to the UN, is World Population Day. The aim is to ensure universal access for the world's women to reproductive health services, including, in the fine print, voluntary family planning. In truth, the latter offers what is arguably the most cost-effective means of reducing human misery in the long term.

Don't Mention the 'A' Word

Dana Hovig | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Dana Hovig

I'm happy to admit I never expected to see Melinda Gates, David Cameron and Andrew Mitchell standing on a stage in London talking about the value of family planning - and even happier to admit I was wrong.

Government Pledges £1 Billion For Family Planning

PA | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK

The government is to pledge to donate more than £1 billion to help family planning services in the developing world. In a bid to help 24 million g...

Delivering Water Babies

Barbara Frost | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Barbara Frost

This understanding that wider determinates of poverty have a big impact on the risks of mothers dying in childbirth is reinforced by evidence, not only from our own programmes but from scientific studies.

London Family Planning Summit: Not Business as Usual

Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK
Dr. Gary L. Darmstadt

We all must be held accountable for fulfilling the promise to the poorest women and girls in the world of ensuring access to high-quality, voluntary family planning programs.

Family Planning in Emergencies: Urgent Need to Focus on Women Made Vulnerable by Humanitarian Disasters

Josh Harris | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK
Josh Harris

What are the first things you would grab if you were forced to leave your home tomorrow? Not many people would answer that question with "contraceptives."

A Good News Year for Women and Children?

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

Over the years we have seen a lot of good, bad and ugly promises, campaigns and programmes. Some, such as increasing child vaccinations, have been very successful. But in the run up to the finish line for the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, we see that we are still way off key targets for women and children.

Great Sexpectations?

Melanie Ward | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Politics
Melanie Ward

We know that there is a gap into which a minimum of 200million women fall because their needs for contraception are unmet. Getting condoms, pills and other supplies onto the ground is one essential part of what needs to be done to deal with this. But it is only one side of the coin. If women are to be able to make use of these then we need to also tackle the flip side of the coin - the gender inequality and unequal power relations between men and women which mean that women and girls often cannot decide when or whether they have sex, including whether contraception is used.

Husband Of Chinese Woman Forced To Abort Baby At 7 Months 'Disappears After Threats'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK

Feng Jiamei, pictured in hospital, was forced into having an abortion at seven months The husband of a woman who was forced to have an abortio...

Chinese Authorities Apologise After Forcing Woman To Abort Child At Seven Months

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK

Feng Jiamei, pictured in hospital, was forced into having an abortion at seven months Chinese officials have reportedly apologised to a woman ...

Chinese Woman 'Forced To Have Abortion At Seven Months Because She Already Had A Child'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.06.2012 | UK

UPDATE: Deng Jiyuan, Husband Of Feng Jiamei Forced To Abort Baby At 7 Months 'Disappears After Threats'Chinese Authorities Apologise After Forcing Wo...

Scientists ‘On The Verge’ Of Developing Male Contraceptive Pill – Would He Try It?

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Since the development of the contraceptive pill for women in 1960, scientists have so far failed to create the equivalent for men – until now. ...

The Nuclear Family Has Exploded, So Get With the Times

James Lancaster | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Politics
James Lancaster

It would be naïve to dismiss marriage as no longer important but in terms of raising a child, some of the most intelligent, successful and emotionally stable people I know don't come from what Daily Mail readers would deem a conventional unit - some may be all the better for it.

Championing Women's Right to Choose

Carolyn Miller | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK
Carolyn Miller

Bill Gates' annual letter is always an inspiring read and today's was no exception. As an international health charity, Merlin is thrilled at the positive impact the Gates Foundation has had - not just on those whose lives are saved or enhanced, but on decisions-made and donations given.

Abortion Clinics To Be Allowed To Advertise On TV

PA | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK

Private clinics that charge for pregnancy services, including abortions, will be able to advertise on television and radio under new regulations. C...