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# Family Planning

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China looks set to scrap its two-child policy by 2020
Removing the limit could spell the end of nearly 40 years of restrictions on having children.
Couple had children while being held hostage in Afghanistan as they dreamed of a big family
“We’re Irish, haha,” the father said as way of explanation.
Almost a third of Irish couples have used the 'withdrawal method' as contraception
38% of Irish couples report using no method of contraception in their relationship.
It's now possible to test sperm quality with a smartphone
An optical attachment analyses video of semen.
Preparations underway to try contraceptive gel on men after it worked with monkeys
The gel has proven effective in rabbits and now also in rhesus monkeys – more closely related and anatomically similar to humans.
Woman had to delay starting family because of being pricked by a needle at work
Adina Denisa Cozan settled a €38,000 claim for damages against her employers.
Poll: Should girls be taught about their fertility at school?
One expert thinks women need to learn about their biological clock at an earlier age.
The Irish aren't making as many babies as they used to...
At present our birth rate isn’t high enough to replace our population. However, we’re also dying less and getting married more.
Ireland is NOT one of the safest places on the planet to have a baby
A UN report shows thirty countries with a lower maternal mortality rate.
Opinion: 'Egg freeze' offer is putting a metaphorical gun to young women’s heads
Freeze in haste, repent at leisure?
Two million girls under 14 give birth worldwide every year
Every day in the developing world, an adolescent pregnancy kills a girl, a new UN report has found.
330 million abortions carried out in China since 1971
China says that its one child policy introduced int he early 1980s has prevented overpopulation and boosted economic development.
Open thread: Do you remember when buying contraceptives was illegal?
Share your story…
Over 220 million women have an 'unmet need for family planning'
More than half of all reproductive-age women in developing countries have little or no access to modern contraceptives.
'Don't counter-demonstrate in Belfast', Marie Stopes International urges
The organisation is to open its Belfast clinic on Thursday, and is expecting planned protests – but asks people not to counter-protest, to ensure public safety.
Bishop criticises opening of Marie Stopes clinic offering abortion
Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor said the clinic undermines the dignity of human life in society.
Increase in women seeking post-abortion care from IFPA
The group released its annual report from last year today.
Column: Making emergency contraception easy to access has been good for women
Just over one year ago the rules for getting the morning-after pill in Ireland were relaxed. Alison Begas looks at what this change has meant for women.
Contraceptive use saves the lives of more than 250,000 women annually
Researchers say that increasing contraceptive use in developing countries has cut the number of maternal deaths by 40 per cent over the past 20 years.
Ireland not invited to world summit on family planning
The British Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation did not extend an invite to Ireland for this week’s London Family Planning Summit.
The Dáil and the word 'fornication': a brief history
Before today, the words ‘fornicate’ or ‘fornication’ had only been used in six debates in the Dáíl’s 93-year history.
Government's response to ECRH abortion ruling 'wholly inappropriate'
The government has been criticised by interest groups over its failure to propose “efficient measures” regarding abortion access in Ireland – despite a ruling by Europe’s top court compelling the state to address the issue.