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

  • June 4, 2010

    Fox News: Data from a study in the American Journal of Preventitive Medicine shows that only a third of young women have received the human papillomavirus (HPV)vaccine to help prevent cervical cancer. Over 70% of the girls in the study were white,...


  • June 4, 2010

    BBC: The governor of the Lombardy region in northern Italy is offering pregnant women $5,500 to not have an abortion.  Women would have to prove financial hardship to get the 18 monthly payments.  Critics are calling the policy pro-life...


  • June 4, 2010

    Human Rights Watch: "In a landmark decision today, Mexico’s Supreme Court required all of the country’s states to distribute emergency contraception and to provide access to abortion for rape victims, which affirms women's rights...


  • June 4, 2010

    Washington Post: Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have discovered that 17% of teen girls have used the rhythm method as a form of birth control.  This marks an increase from 2002, when only 11% of teen girls used this...


  • June 1, 2010

    From The Chicago Sun Times: According to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women use the Pill more than other forms of birth control, but not as much as women in European counties. Among married women, 16% of U.S. Women...