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2014 News Items

  • October 14, 2014 - The Catholic Church and Contraception: Revolution...or Evolution?
    The wording is far from clear and it's only a mid-term report, but the statement issued this week by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome is being described as an "earthquake" by Church liberals and a "betrayal" by Church conservatives. So, is the Catholic Church shifting its position on contraception?
  • October 08, 2014 - Ebola: Another Avoidable Crisis
    In the wake of the recent Ebola outbreak, public health officials in this country are quick to assure the American public that there is no cause for panic. Ebola, we are told, can be contained in this country. We have some of the best medical facilities and personnel in the world, and our public health system is robust.
  • September 25, 2014 - Contraception: Saving Lives... and the Planet
    On Friday, September 26, the world is celebrating World Contraception Day. Okay, 'celebrating' may be too strong a word. 'Observing' may be more like it. And the number of people actually observing the day in some form is probably small. Okay, very small. To borrow a phrase from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the world "will little note, nor long remember" World Contraception Day 2014. That's too bad. For in truth, there's a whole lot to celebrate, and a whole lot more left to do if men and women everywhere are going to have access to the contraceptive method of their choice.
  • September 22, 2014 - Population, Climate Change, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
    The UN this week is hosting dueling deliberations on population and climate change -- a special session of the United Nations General Assembly observing the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the UN Climate Summit on Sept. 23 -- and both meetings take place within the larger context of a growing debate on the design of the UN's post-2015 development agenda. Left undetermined in all this high-level discussion is how much support will be given to family planning in the developing world, and concerns are growing that the UN will once again make a belated or inadequate commitment to family planning and reproductive health.
  • August 27, 2014 - Contraception: Time for a 'Just Ask' Campaign?
    When candidates seek to satisfy their political base without antagonizing the political center, they often engage in a tightrope act, and the latest high wire act is on contraception.
  • August 20, 2014 - Malala's Inspiration
    Behind every inspirational leader is another inspiring person. We have discovered the source of Malala's inspiration: her dad. His TED talk revealed the same personal courage and high ideals that we so admire in Malala.
  • July 30, 2014 - Staring Down the Barrel of Unsustainability
    Is humanity on a sustainable path? Are we on the verge of being unsustainable? And, if so, how will we know when we get there?
  • July 17, 2014 - Food, population and the post-2015 development agenda
    Meeting the growing demand for food may be the world’s single greatest challenge, but it is part of a much larger complex of problems, all relating to the overuse of our planet and, ultimately, to the larger challenge posed by population growth.
  • July 11, 2014 - Why World Population is a Human Rights Issue
    Today was World Population Day, and the planet celebrated by registering 165 new births every minute. Global population is currently 7.2 billion and counting, and projected to grow to 10.9 billion by 2100.
  • July 10, 2014 - World Population Day: How Are We Doing?
    Twenty-five years ago, the United Nations Development Programme declared July 11 to be World Population Day. Much has changed in the past quarter century. Significant progress has been made, but many challenges remain. More women than ever are able to decide freely how many children to have and when, but many women in the world still lack access to modern methods of contraceptives, and gender inequality in the developing world prevents many girls and women from exercising their reproductive freedom. As a result, global fertility rates have fallen, but not as fast as once expected. Without access to reproductive services, maternal and infant mortality remain unacceptably high, and the challenges posed by a growing world population continue to mount.
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