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Religious Liberty and Restoring Access to Abortion

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion
Nancy K. Kaufman

Who are the women now affected by Hyde who would regain access to abortion services through the EACH Woman Act?

Damaged Women, Damaged Lives

George Heymont | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

How does one counter such cretinous refusals to treat women with respect? When logic and legislation fail, one can try coating sexual education with a healthy dose of humor and/or sarcasm.

My Problem With the Pope

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

One cannot fight poverty and simultaneously demand that poor women bear more unwanted children. If one so adamantly opposes abortion, how can one ignore the fact that adequate contraception would prevent millions of unintended pregnancies -- and reduce abortions exponentially?

Rape, Incest, Health Risk -- Safe Abortions Are a Must!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

We call on President Obama and his administration to use all means to provide the full range of reproductive health care needed by women, girls, and their families throughout the world. Don't let broken policy practices continue to harm the health of women.

'Personhood' by Any Other Name

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Is there a disconnect here? Since effective contraception lessens the number of unwanted pregnancies, and thus the number of abortions? Well, yes. But the people playing the Personhood Game simply have their eye on the prize: Fertilized egg wins, woman loses.

Listen Up, Legislators: People Want Better Sex Education Than What Many States Require

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

A majority of U.S. states don't mandate sex education, even though two-thirds of Americans think students should get comprehensive birth control infor...

U.S. Law and Policy Should Uphold and Support a Woman's Personal Decisions About Her Pregnancy

Ann M. Starrs | Posted 01.24.2015 | Women
Ann M. Starrs

Policymakers and the courts should ensure that women like Young who want to achieve a healthy pregnancy are reasonably accommodated by their employers without sacrificing their economic security.

We Know It Works, So Let's Keep Women's Health Central in Global Development

Ann M. Starrs | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Ann M. Starrs

As the governments of the world convene this week to discuss them, they need to look at the evidence. But they also need to listen to the voices of the millions of girls and women around the world for whom access to contraception and safe abortion is integral to their survival, to their health and to their well-being.

Beauprez Says his Opposition to All Abortion Is Irrelevant. Not

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I don't envy reporters who are trying to uncover the logic in Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez's decision to withdraw his support for p...

Depriving Women of Contraceptive Care Is Bad Business

Jeffrey Hollender | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Hollender

The Hobby Lobby case and the ensuing debate and legal wrangling attempts to avoid fulfilling the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage guarantee: This is bad for business, bad for women, bad for our economy and morally offensive.

The Good Company She Kept

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

If it's true that in life we are known by the company we keep, why not expand that company after death? Especially if you've kept remarkably good company.

Wanted Children, Planned Families... Why Not?

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

The wanted child, the planned family. Can anybody argue that the wanted child and the planned family are not infinitely better off for everyone: child, family and society in general?So why are we fighting these battles?

Reading the Data on Declining Abortion Rates

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

When I began work on my book, I spoke with women like me who had had no access to safe and legal abortion. Our stories are of trips in strange cars, blindfolded and defenseless, to kitchen-table abortions performed by untrained criminals. But soon I began hearing equally distressing stories from young women today.

Laura Bassett

U.S. Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Point Since 1973 | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

The U.S. abortion rate dropped significantly from 2008 to 2011 and hit its lowest point since 1973 (the year Roe v. Wade was decided), according to a ...

Reproductive Rights Today: Still Not Safe

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 03.10.2014 | Women
Amelia Shroyer

Why aren't we critical of men's sexuality in the same way we constantly scrutinize and blame women?

Laura Bassett

More Abortion Laws Enacted In Past 3 Years Than In Entire Previous Decade | Laura Bassett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

States have enacted more abortion restrictions in the past three years than in the entire previous decade, according to a new report by the Guttmacher...

New Guttmacher Video: "Benefits of Contraceptive Use in the United States"

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Sharon L. Camp

Contraception is basic preventive health care for women -- a simple truth that is too often lost in our national political discourse.

40 Percent Of Young Adults Think Birth Control 'Doesn't Matter'

Posted 05.16.2012 | Education

Greater education about contraception is directly correlated to a decrease in risky sexual behavior among young adults, according to a new study. B...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Some States Buck National Trend, Expand Abortion Access | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As many states debate and pass new restrictions on abortion, often against increasing resistance, a small number of others are consideri...

Sex Ed Makes for Smarter Sexual Decisions -- So Why Aren't Politicians Promoting Such Programs?

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

Policymakers have been ignoring the evidence for far too long, continuing to cultivate a culture of sexually ignorant youth, who lack the knowledge and skills necessary to postpone sex or protect themselves.

The Birth Control Debate That Isn't Happening

Margie Omero | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Margie Omero

It's 2012, but to hear the Right talk about birth control, and "emotional" women in the workforce and the military, one might think we're trapped in Downton Abbey's 1914.

What Women Really Want for Valentine's Day

Robert Engelman | Posted 04.14.2012 | Impact
Robert Engelman

Access to family planning and other reproductive health services safeguard the lives of women and their children and promote families that are emotionally and economically healthy.

Dear Rick Santorum: Whose Family? Whose Values?

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

I agree with Santorum et al. that the American family is indeed under attack. The question is: By whom?

Number of Teens Getting Pregnant, Having Abortions Plummets

Posted 02.09.2012 | Home

A Guttmacher Institute study reveals that in 2008, teen births and abortions decreased to their lowest levels since 1972 -- the year before the Suprem...

Behind the Sharp Decline in Teen Births

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Sharon L. Camp

The recently-reported decline in teen pregnancy can be linked almost exclusively to improvements in teens' contraceptive use, according to new data from a major government study, the CDC's National Survey of Family Growth.