In a small win for Republicans on the heels of the failure to overhaul Obamacare, the US Senate approved legislation yesterday that will allow individual states to withhold federal family planning money from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.  

To curb rapid population growth, Niger’s government is turning to modern contraception, but struggles to get women to take it. The country’s population dramatically increased from 3.5 million in 1960 to nearly 20 million today, with 80% of people living in poverty.  

Reproductive health nonprofit Pathfinder International is boosting Burkina Faso health clinics’ ability to provide contraceptive services and health care to women. Since May, the group has helped clinics perform 30-40 IUD insertions per month and counsel new mothers on…

A Q&A with MSI’s Marjorie Newman-Williams One of US President Trump’s first moves in office was signing an Executive Order to bring back the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule. The policy bars non-US organizations overseas from…

Countries facing Zika outbreaks could drastically reduce the rate of infection by expanding reproductive health and family planning programs to include men, argue NIH researchers. Such programs have historically been geared almost exclusively toward women, they say.   The…

The Indian government last week announced plans to add injectable contraceptives to its slate of free, state-sanctioned birth control options, following decades of controversy. Women’s rights groups in India have fought widespread use of injectables since 1986, citing…

A recent clinical trial of a male contraceptive—an injectable hormone—looked promising, but an independent committee halted the trial because of side effects including “mood changes, depression, pain at the injection site, and increased libido.”

Melinda Gates believes helping women in developing countries access contraception could break the cycle of poverty for many.   The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which Gates leads with her husband, has invested more than $1 billion on family planning and will spend…

Melinda Gates believes helping women in developing countries access contraception could break the cycle of poverty for many.   The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which Gates leads with her husband, has invested more than $1 billion on family planning and will spend…

Female market porters in Accra, Ghana—known as kayayei—often lack traditional community and family ties, making them especially vulnerable to sexual abuse, assault and unplanned pregnancies.   Many of these women and girls—some as young as 10—turn to DIY abortions in a…