Bipartisan Support for Family Planning Used to Be a Thing. What Happened?

January 24, 2019 | Post

One of the most polarizing issues facing the U.S. today centers around women’s reproductive health and family planning services. In fact, the mainstream Republican agenda is in complete ideological opposition to family planning, and has gone so far as to label it immoral. But a quick look back in time…...

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What Fertility Rates in Africa Tell Us About Global Development

October 19, 2018 | Post

“The key thing you can do to reduce population growth is actually [to] improve health.” – Bill Gates The UN estimates that world population is projected to reach 9.8 billion people by 2050 – an increase of over two billion people in just thirty years. If you’re concerned about the…...

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2018 Summer of HER

September 1, 2018 | Post

We mobilized in support of health, empowerment and rights for the Summer of HER, a ten-week project of #Fight4HER. Activists and volunteers from eight target states and ten cities built support to end Trump’s Global Gag Rule in their communities. Our organizers and activists gathered over 7,400 petitions in support of global reproductive…...

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"Factfullness" and Understanding Population Impacts

July 9, 2018 | Post

The news these days just objectively feels pretty depressing, doesn’t it? Political polarization, nuclear threats, misguided trade deals, destructive natural disasters, and a rapidly increasing global population might even induce panic or paranoia for those paying close attention. And, let’s face it. Some of this is for good reason! While…...

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Personal Freedom, Consumerism, and the "Population Connection"

May 18, 2018 | Post

This post is the first in a series exploring the role of population issues in international development.  Personal freedom. Autonomy. The ability to choose your path in life, and to harness the power of self-expression. Some would argue that these principles are human rights – inherent to human existence. In…...

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2018 Capitol Hill Days

March 20, 2018 | Post

We had 350 activists storm D.C. for the weekend to speak out against Trump’s Global Gag Rule, and to urge their elected officials to support the Global HER Act and a $1.2 billion U.S. investment in international family planning — including $70 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).…...

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Should the United States Should Stop Incentivizing Childbearing with Tax Advantages?

May 19, 2017 | Post

If so, it’s not a hill we’re willing to die on. We are often asked why we don’t lobby for an end to “government incentives for people to have children.” Some believe that the tax breaks people get in the United States might lead them to have more children than…...

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Whatever Happened to “ZPG?”

April 7, 2017 | Post

We regularly hear from our members and supporters that they liked our old name—Zero Population Growth (ZPG) better. It felt more descriptive of our mission, was more action-oriented, and more urgent. Don’t fix what ain’t broke, right? Well, the truth is, what started out as an effective name DID start…...

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Reproductive Justice Belongs to Everyone

February 17, 2017 | Post

Access to modern contraceptives is a universal human right—women everywhere, no matter their circumstances, deserve the dignity of controlling their own fertility. However, access remains uneven at best. An estimated 214 million women in the developing world who would like to delay or avoid childbirth are unable to do so.…...

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Are Coercive Population Policies Ever Warranted?

February 7, 2017 | Post

How about I answer that question with a question: Are you comfortable with your government deciding how many children you may have, and also how any births beyond that number will be prevented? We aren’t either. No government is ever justified in dictating the number of children its citizens may…...

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