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Unintended Pregnancy Plunges To Lowest Rate In 30 Years, Thanks To IUDs

A new study finds that the unintended pregnancy rate in the United States declined by 18 percent between 2008 and 2011, falling to the lowest rate in more than three decades. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attributes the dramatic decline in unintended pregnancies to the increasing use of long-acting reversible … Continue reading

‘Moderate’ John Kasich Is About To Defund Planned Parenthood

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the so-called “moderate” in the Republican presidential primary race, confirmed on Wednesday that he will sign into law an extreme new piece of legislation that effectively defunds Planned Parenthood clinics statewide by denying state and federal grants to “organizations that provide or advocate for abortion care, are affiliated with organizations that … Continue reading

How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

STUDY: Up To 240,000 Texas Women Have Resorted To Self-Induced Abortion As Anti-Choice Laws Force Clinic Closures

With the massive increase in state level anti-abortion laws over the past five years, women’s access to safe and legal abortion care has become severely limited across large swaths of the country. This is especially true in Texas, where a series of restrictive anti-abortion measures have forced more than half of the state’s 41 abortion … Continue reading

Virginia Just Became The First State To End Chronic Veteran Homelessness

Last week, Virginia became the first state in the country to end chronic veteran homelessness, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in a press release. The milestone declaration means that every veteran in the state has housing, except for those were offered shelter but declined, according to the federal government’s definition. By streamlining resources and having the … Continue reading

Climate Change Could Force 100 Million More People Into Poverty By 2030, World Bank Warns

If countries fail to develop and sustain policies that mitigate the impacts of climate change and provide a safety net for the world’s poor, global warming will drive an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new World Bank report warns. The report, titled “Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on … Continue reading

A Breakdown Of The UN’s 17 New Goals To Improve The World

This weekend, more than 150 world leaders gathered at UN headquarters to formally adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of benchmarks for the next 15 years that focus on the ambitious targets of ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality, and tackling climate change. The 17 newly-adopted SDGs will replace the list of eight … Continue reading

45 Eye-Opening Facts About Extreme Poverty

More than 1 billion people across the globe are forced to live on a daily budget of less than $1.25. This must cover all of their basic needs including food, medicine and shelter — not to mention their children’s needs. The World Bank defines this stark reality as the “extreme poverty” rate, and every day people around … Continue reading

New Report Shows Widening Life Expectancy Gap Between Rich And Poor

Socioeconomic disparities in health are nothing new; it’s long been known that wealthier and more educated people live longer, healthier lives than their poorer, less educated counterparts. But it turns out that this gap is widening significantly, and it’s affecting women the most. According to a new report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, … Continue reading

GOP Attacks On Planned Parenthood Threaten Women’s Economic Security

On Friday, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, one of the nation’s largest providers of women’s health care and family planning services. Planned Parenthood is under attack and it’s up to all of us to fight back. Any society that respects women must respect their right to … Continue reading

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