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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News

  • July 18, 2010

    New York Times: According to a new report, maternal mortality is higher in New York than in almost any other state.  Women of color are the most affected, with black women seven times more likely to die in pregnancy than white women, and Hispanic...


  • July 17, 2010

    MSNBC: Due to a government sterilization campaign, Uzbec women are being pressured to have surgical sterilization, and in many cases, are operated in without their consent.   Government workers urge women of childbearing age to have...


  • July 14, 2010

    Salon: Preventative services like contraception are not covered under the new health insurance reform law.   Although not on the list of  free healthcare services, advocates hope that with continued lobbying contraception will be covered...


  • July 6, 2010

    Washington Post:  The  new health plans to be unveiled in the fall will begin providing a range of preventive health services at no cost to patients. Many people, including women's health advocates and some employer groups, think...


  • June 29, 2010

    NPR: "Fewer American women older than 40 are having children, and among African-Americans the decline is three times that of white women. Host Michel Martin talks with Pew Research Center analyst D'Vera Cohn and two women who don't have...