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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For all bloggers who take interest in repro rights, NCRW is happy to announce and support another of the National Women’s Law Center’s...
By Linda Basch, PhD, President, National Council for Research on WomenWhen the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law...
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  • May 16, 2010

    From NPR: While President Barack Obama has succeeded in passing his health care bill, anti-abortion activists are now using the new law to pressure private insurers to limit coverage for abortion.  Stating that...


  • May 14, 2010

    From Reuters: The World Bank released a new 5-year Reproductive Health Action Plan which will increase lending to 58 developing countries, focusing on high fertility rates and death from childbirth.  Action steps include increased access to...


  • May 14, 2010

    From Reuters: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new birth control pill called Natazia.  The new oral contraceptive is the first of its kind in the U.S. and delivers...


  • April 17, 2010

    The French feminist philsopher Elisabeth Badinter has stirred up a new debate about motherhood in her latest, best-selling book,  Le Conflit: La Femme et La Mère.  The book examines three of France’s biggest...


  • April 13, 2010

    For the first time in decades, researchers are reporting a significant drop worldwide in the number of women dying each year from...