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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By Linda Basch, PhD, PresidentToday, I'm urging everyone in our network to contact their Representatives to denounce HR 358 -- a catastrophic measure...
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  • May 31, 2010

    From The Guardian:  In England and Wales, more women than ever before are giving birth in their 40's.  This trend has officials concerned about health risks, and has pushed the average age that a woman bears a child to 29.4, the highest ever...


  • May 31, 2010

    From Newsweek:  Two new studies show that contrary to popular stereotypes, that it is often young men who are forcing or tricking their partners into getting pregnant.  The goal of "reproductive coercion" is for abusive partners...


  • May 20, 2010

    From CNBC:  Anti-abortion rights activists have added a proposal to the Kansas budget that would prevent the state from paying...


  • May 16, 2010

    From the Washington Post: Former governor Sarah Palin spoke to the Susan B. Anthony List last week, urging the women present to...


  • May 16, 2010

    From the Washington Post: Women in Puerto Rico are delivering pre-term babies at an alarming rate.  Currently, Puerto Rico's pre-term birth rate has increased by more than 50% in the last twenty years, and is now...