Human reproduction

Pregnant women hold their medical cards and wait for their turn to be examined at a government hospital on World Population Day in Hyderabad, India, Friday, July 11, 2014. 

As India becomes the world’s most populous nation, engaging men in family planning ‘will be a game changer’

Reproductive rights

The United Nations projects that next year, India will surpass China and claim the title of the world’s most populous country. India’s population growth has actually been slowing down for many decades, thanks to comprehensive family planning — but the burden mostly falls on women.

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 13, 2011, a graffiti against revealing the gender of unborn fetuses stands outside a clinic in Morena in the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. 

India’s abortion law still lacks a rights-based approach, gynecologist says

In this June 16, 2021, file photo, a migrant family from Venezuela move to a Border Patrol transport vehicle after they and other migrants crossed the US-Mexico border and turned themselves in Del Rio, Texas.

Undocumented women face shrinking options for reproductive health care under Texas abortion law

Mother plays with toddler

China’s Gen X moms turn to IVF in desperate quest for a second baby

Reproductive rights
Women with green bandanas protest in a crowd

Abortions rise worldwide when US cuts funding to women’s health clinics, study finds

Health & Medicine
A woman walking towards a lake

In Ukraine, surrogacy is legal, but some ask if it’s exploitation

Her Body, My Baby

Since India, Thailand and Mexico shut down their commercial surrogacy industries, Ukraine has become the go-to spot for couples in the US and elsewhere. Some couples question agency practices there while lawyers, activists and feminists argue that surrogacy there exploits women.

A model of a fetus

The South Korean government is reviewing its 1950s abortion ban

Health & Medicine

While women’s rights and anti-abortion activists in Ireland celebrated a new era of legalized abortion last week, another place in the world was debating the future of its own abortion laws.


Meet the women who escorted Jane Doe to her abortion


A small clinic in McAllen, Texas, is the only abortion provider for hundreds of miles. Earlier this week when Jane Doe, an undocumented teenager held in detention, was allowed to have an abortion, this is where she came.


In the future we will be making babies from skin cells, an author predicts


What if you could take skin cells and turn them into viable human eggs? Scientists have already done the procedure in mice, turning skin cells into eggs and into sperm. And guess what they raised? Baby mice. So how long before that’s the norm for human reproduction, given the rate of technological advancement?

Infant in delivery room

C-section babies don’t get exposed to birth canal bacteria. But can science fix that?


A scientist found that exposing C-section babies to their mother’s bacteria restored a good amount of the babies’ microbiomes, which shapes a human’s health for life.