Reproductive health

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.

Patients and staff members of Marie Stopes International (MSI) Clinic wave to Danish delegation members.

Marie Stopes International name change will ‘put a focus on the future’ of reproductive choice, CEO says

Reproductive rights
Women's March activists participate in a nationwide protest against US President Donald Trump's decision to fill the seat on the Supreme Court left by the passing of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the 2020 election, in Washington, Oct. 17, 2020.

How the US presidential election could impact women’s health worldwide

A woman speaks behind a table

Ugandan archbishop breaks with tradition to promote birth control during pandemic

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 close up of an abortion rights activist with purple paint on her face

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

First implemented under Ronald Reagan in 1984, the global gag rule has been rescinded by every Democrat and reinstated by every Republican to occupy the Oval Office, reflecting the partisan nature of abortion.

women wearing colorful saris gather in a circle.

Rural women in India struggle to access contraception. These people are trying to change that.


In India, strides are being made to increase access to contraception, but there are still plenty of challenges — especially when it comes to reaching rural women.

A woman wearing a yellow shirt holds a toddler in her arms near a mural.

Activists in Kenya challenge abortion ban in court

Kenyan authorities directed Marie Stopes health clinics to suspend abortion services, claiming their ads promoted abortion. If the move holds, thousands of women will have no choice but to use backstreet clinics, putting their lives at risk.

A young Tanzanian woman speaks to a male doctor.

Tanzanian president bluntly attacks contraception, saying high birth rates are good for economy


Tanzania was one of the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to embrace family planning. But current president John Magufuli made headlines when he said he does “not see any need for birth control,” asserting that population growth is actually an economic boon to the East African nation.

A nurse uses a stethoscope to listen for heart problems

Women with heart disease in sub-Saharan Africa face fertility risks and social stigma as their greatest challenges

Health & Medicine

Some women admit they would rather have HIV than heart disease because at least it wouldn’t interfere with fertility and family planning. They often go through high-risk pregnancies and other health complications due to pressures from their communities to have children at all cost.