Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Reproductive health problems remain a leading cause of illness and death for women, particularly in developing countries. A leading cause of maternal death is lack of access to health services and prenatal care. Health begins with accurate and comprehensive sex education during adolescence – education that needs to continue throughout adulthood. Researchers in our network are currently working to disseminate evidence-based information and increase access to the full range of reproductive health services so that women can lead healthy and productive lives. Studies have demonstrated the advantages of comprehensive sex education compared with abstinence-only or other programs in preventing teen pregnancy, raising the age of initial sexual activity and lowering rates of sexually transmitted disease. More effort is needed to address the health needs of marginalized populations, particularly immigrant women, who are less likely to seek pre-natal and preventive screenings and care.

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  • January 22, 2011

     Ms Magazine: A new report shows that although abortion rates declined in the 1980's, they are now stalled, perhaps indicating difficulty obtaining contraception, or having access to abortion providers or insurance coverage. 


  • November 29, 2010

    RH Reality Check: Latinas aged 18-34 are struggling economically to pay rent and put food on the table. As a result, many make the difficult choice to sacrifice birth control for other necessities.


  • November 16, 2010

    Center for Reproductive Rights: The Center for Reproductive Rights has filed Tummino v. Hamburg along with attorneys Andrea Costello of Florida...


  • November 12, 2010

    Clutch: Almost a third of sexually active teenagers are infected with human papilomavirus at any given time. The HPV vaccine is one of the best ways to prevent cervical cancer, which is often caused by HPV. However, only a quarter of those eligible...


  • November 12, 2010

    Guardian: Each year, over 5 million women in Africa engage in unsafe abortions in order to terminate a pregnancy. Women's health advocates believe that legalizing abortion, as well as focussing on family planning and contraception will improve women's...