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Family Planning


Egyptian Government No Longer Telling People How Many Children to Have: Cue Hissing

Marcus Roberts | 29 May 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: birthrate, Egypt, family planning
The NYTimes is concerned that the Egyptian government is no longer talking about family planning and population control.


No food today, but plenty of condoms

Bernard Toutounji | 02 August 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: contraception, family planning, fertility
I opened the newspaper a couple of weeks ago to read the headline that Australia will be doubling an aspect of its foreign aid to $50 million to assist the poor women of the world. What a wonderful idea. Perhaps the aid will be going towards vital medication to women in Sub-Saharan Africa; perhaps food and vitamins to women in South Asia; or perhaps it will pay for education and training in more effective farming methods? No. The money will go completely towards ‘family planning’. And not just our $50 million, add to that half a billion dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with a total amount from worldwide governments and the private sector of $2.6 billion.


An unmet need for sound thinking

Michael Cook | 13 July 2012 | FEATURES |
tags: contraception, economics, family planning, Harvard
Melinda Gates, one of the world's richest women, and the British government, organised a family planning summit in London this week. They should have done their homework first.


Being born is a right

Sheila Liaugminas | 28 August 2011 | SHEILA REPORTS |
tags: abortion, family planning, religion
So in the daily sweep of news stories, sometimes certain headlines or blog post titles grab attention more than others. Sometimes it’s only a matter of better headline writing, rather than story content.


We need penicillin, not condoms, in central Africa

Gaston Asitaki | 24 April 2010 | FEATURES |
tags: Democratic Republic of Congo, family planning
US aid agencies want to revitalise family planning in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is certifiably insane.


Only two kids?

Martyn Drakard | 01 December 2009 | FEATURES |
tags: family planning, homosexuality, Uganda
Ugandan attitudes towards homosexuals have a lot to do with their attitudes towards fertility.


Did Borlaug’s work embarrass population controllers?

William West | 18 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: demography, family planning, over-population, population control
Norman Borlaug should have been an American hero for his work in preventing the population bomb from exploding, but his name is still barely known in the United States.


Contraception is not the way to fight global warming

William West | 11 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: environment, family planning, population control
Population researchers have rejected research suggesting population control should be used to fight global warming.


Iran’s plummeting birth rates

Michael Cook | 11 August 2009 | FEATURES |
tags: demography, economics, family planning, Islam, population control
Despite its fundamentalist Islamic reputation Iran has experimented with birth control with some unexpected, and unwelcome, consequences.


Pioneer in population ethics has misgivings

Michael Cook | 22 June 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |
tags: family planning
A pioneer in the ethics of population control is having misgivings. Daniel Callahan, one of the founders of modern bioethics, writes in the latest Hastings Center Report that his earlier interest in the ethical dimension of bringing down birthrates seems to have missed something.


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