So while many women are able to get the birth control that's right for them, with small or no co-pays, too many are still like Alice after her fall in Carroll's first chapter -- lying on one side, peering through a keyhole into a garden of treasures she couldn't quite get to.
It can reflect a deeply held concern about the damage that we are inflicting upon the natural world and what that means for future generations, not to mention all the other creatures with whom we share this planet.
This Valentine's Day, join me in celebrating sex AND the freedom to choose if and when to become pregnant -- on our own terms. And while we're at it, let's make sure that all women have the opportunity to do the same, regardless of where they live.
If you're lucky in life, once in a blue moon, you have a brush with genius like this, someone astoundingly accomplished in their chosen endeavor, who can also give you a takeaway container of wisdom on all, and sundry that can last a lifetime.
Planning and preventing pregnancy is not only a personal choice; it's a human right that saves lives, combats poverty, and helps to close the inequality gap. But more than that it's a crucial requirement for slowing population growth and, in turn, saving the planet from its greatest threat--climate change.
The Republicans in the U.S. House are obsessed with denying women the right to control their own bodies. In states like mine, local bishops are urging state lawmakers to follow suit and ban abortion, in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court's 42 year-old Roe v. Wade decision.
As we reflect on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and House Majority leadership's abortion fiasco, let's make sure the lesson we learn is the right one.
"You don't have to breed like rabbits." No, Pope Francis has not changed doctrine. But he has started a debate. The contraception question will never be viewed in the same way again.
Jonathan Eig, author of biographies of Jackie Robinson, Al Capone and Lou Gehrig, turns his attention to the story of the birth-control pill in his latest book, The Birth of the Pill. Eig came on The Interview Show to talk the science, politics and sociology behind what he calls the most important invention of the 20th century.
This week, I urge my fellow Americans, especially those in the halls of Congress and statehouses nationwide, to remember all of Dr. King's legacy, and support full access to reproductive health.
Supporting comprehensive sex education, which is far superior to anything most of us got in school, seems like a no-brainer. Sadly, it scares officials -- in particular, school officials.
Many OB/GYNs only have admitting privileges at one hospital. Insurance companies increasingly are limiting patients' choice of hospitals. In rural areas, there is often only one hospital. That means more women are at risk of having their medical care decided by bishops, not doctors.
We women hear a lot about side effects of birth control, but we don't hear as much about the side benefits. If you haven't had a conversation with your doctor lately about family planning, you may be in for some surprises.
Last week, Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner voted to halt Obama's program to defer deportation of millions of immigrants who have children in our country. Gardner voted in Aug. (during his successful U.S. Senate campaign versus Democrat Mark Udall) against halting Obama's program to defer deportations of young immigrants.
The Beltway media and politicians continuously deride the Affordable Care Act and its legal and political challenges ahead. They also seemed to be ready to pounce if healthcare.gov did not work perfectly upon open enrollment on November 15. But what is virtually never discussed are the many benefits that the law has brought to millions of individuals and entire communities.
What do a 25-year-old woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh and an 18-year-old woman in Niamey, Niger have in common? Their lives could be threatened by destructive measures passed by the new GOP-controlled Congress.