May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and considering that we are still living in an age where birth control is trying to be outlawed and teens are shamed for seeking out information about their sexuality, we have a lot of progress to make.
Motherhood is a transformational experience, and the decision to become a mother should be a choice that every woman is empowered to make for herself.
If there were fewer people on the planet, there would be less carbon emissions and family planning, and environmentalism must go hand in hand. But if the only way to protect Creation is to advocate for family planning, would environmentalism create a conflict for the Pope?
Why would Republicans in Colorado's legislature torpedo a program that reduced teen pregnancy by 40 percent and teen abortions by 35 percent? What's not to like? Here's a summary of the bizarre arguments Republicans used to attack the program.
You've got Colorado Republicans focusing on immigration (against reform), birth control (against it), tax loopholes (in favor of retaining them), and personhood (for it) -- exactly what the people don't want from the legislature!
Champions of fossil fuels and others have long tried to frame the debate as a choice between either helping humans or helping the environment. But they're shortsighted and wrong. Helping humans helps the environment.
Latinos in the U.S. have important health care needs that we must make visible, and in April we have the perfect opportunity. This month, let's look together at the advancements as well as the ongoing reproductive health care needs of Latinos in the U.S.
Almost two out of three younger Republicans say every adult woman should have access to affordable, effective birth control. Why do they say that? Because they realize that birth control allows people to build families when they're ready, financially and emotionally.
In regards to women's health, the GOP and Iranian hardliners are indeed comrades. (Though I'm sure neither of them would ever admit that.)
Obamacare was supposed to make birth control free for all women. But that reality is still far off.
Impressively researched and informative, the book makes a persuasive case that sex education has not had -- and, in all likelihood, cannot have -- a significant impact, one way or the other, on the onset or frequency of intercourse, teenage pregnancy, or venereal diseases.
We do need to talk about how to make progress happen for women around the world. But at the same time, we find ourselves defending women in the U.S. from facing dangerous steps back. We must stop this trend.
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.