A century ago in the US, it was illegal to provide information about contraception. But Where Are My Children?—a 1916 silent film directed by Lois Weber “paved the way for American cinema to openly discuss birth control,” writes Rebecca Kaplan.  

Right after President Trump was elected, there was talk of women rushing to secure long-lasting reversible birth control: “The kind that could feasibly last through the duration of a Trump presidency,” writes Stephanie Ebbert.   

Less restrictive abortion laws are linked to lower maternal mortality, and vice versa, according to University of Melbourne researchers. Their findings show that reforming restrictive abortion laws could lower maternal mortality and demonstrate a need for services shielding…

The rise of IUDs in America has led some to suggest that the devices can help quell poverty. Wider access to IUDs is seen as a positive, but this argument walks dangerously close to America’s shameful history of reproductive coercion, write Christine Dehlendorf and Kelsey…

Pakistan is estimated to have one of the highest abortion rates in the world, with millions of women seeking the procedure each year. But abortion is illegal under most circumstances, and back alley procedures are the norm, writes Diaa Hadid.  

The US State Department could bar its diplomats from using go-to global health phrases “sexual and reproductive health” and “comprehensive sexuality education” if several Trump political appointees within the US State Department get their way.   They’ve proposed the changes…

Teen and unintended pregnancies in the US have reached historic lows—a striking fact that manifests as important “non-news” in the lives of many young women. But access to affordable or free contraception is increasingly at risk. In the past year, the US government has…

As attitudes to contraception shift in India, they must contend with the realities of joint-family households. In Jharkhand, government-initiated Sammelan meetings open lines of communication between couples and their in-laws, highlighting issues like spacing out births and…

Pernicious myths about contraception—that they render women sterile or cause uterine swelling—must be dismantled to address Uganda’s teen pregnancy crisis, writes Suzanne Moore on World Contraception Day.   Sex education is also critical, considering that a quarter of…

Most contraception reports focus on surveying women, but to get the full picture of spousal communication on contraception and contraceptive use, it’s crucial to incorporate men to prevent bias.