What's Your Method? is an Impatient Optimists blog series that offers a window into many of the contraceptive options for women and girls around the w...
From South Africa to Eritrea to Pakistan, my work has introduced me again and again to fearless mothers, wives, daughters, and sisters who defy the status quo and insist on freedoms inherent in them.
Reproductive rights are human rights. The right to decide whether to have children, how many to have, and when to have them is a core human right for women everywhere, and having the option of a full range of contraceptive methods ensures that this right can be upheld.
Could this be the grand finale? The glorious death knell for the ugliest portions of organized religion and its relentless, impressive beat-down of the stubborn female species for lo these past 2,013 years? Can we at least hope?
The emergence of the unchurched as a Democratic constituency is a response to the most important trend in American politics since 1980: the mobilization of religious voters by the Republican Party.
Only when partisan evangelicals earn a reputation for sincere regard for religious freedom -- for all people's religious freedom -- will complaints about non-evangelical presidents and their supposed assaults on liberty ring credible.
'Our religion, laws, customs, are all founded on the belief that woman was made for man.' - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Letter to Susan B. Anthony, [June ...
For many women, one question that comes up every so often is whether contraception is making weight management harder. As a woman trying to figure out what is best for your body, it can be challenging to sort out reality from hype or haze.
Birth control is part of how my wife and I try to be faithful stewards of our bodies and our relationship for the sake of both our family and the ministry to which God has called each of us.
Not only do lay Catholics need to better understand ther leaders' views, but their leaders must take heed of what is on the minds of their parishioners.
As we reflect on a week characterized by a celebration of choice, a dedication to tackling climate disruption, and the attempt of some to "march for life," let us not forget the real marches for life made every day by women across the globe.
The Roman Church and its misguided leaders may seek to "kill" the reputation and ministry of Flannery. But, they will succeed only in giving birth to other Flannerys, to other Martin Luther Kings.
What most people don't know is that lawful abortion clinics were in operation before Roe. One of those places was New York, and one of those clinics was started by Merle Hoffman, a true pioneer in providing for women's reproductive health.
In 1966, his wife, Coretta Scott King, accepted Planned Parenthood's inaugural Margaret Sanger Award on his behalf, presented for "his courageous resistance to bigotry and his lifelong dedication to the advancement of social justice and human dignity." So where are we nearly 40 years later?
It is certainly fair enough to suggest that we could do better at organizing around these issues, at collaborating within the movement, at reaching out to those who might be inclined to support a broader vision of what reproductive rights and justice means.
How can we reclaim the moral high ground in the debate about abortion as a part of thoughtful, wise loving and living? Most Americans think of child...