With more than 250 campus groups across the country, Planned Parenthood Generation members are organizing on the ground every day for the issues that matter most to them. This month, thousands of young people head back to their college campuses, ready for the start of the school year and ready to take action.
Women's Equality Day quietly came and went recently, not quite 100 years after passage of the Nineteenth Amendment -- the law that said women were equally entitled, along with men, to the right to vote.
Increasingly, we have to fight even for access to birth control, insurance coverage, and women's basic health care services such as Pap tests and breast cancer screenings. In this way, the public discussion about abortion rights has expanded, becoming more reflective of the real experience of women's lives.
Today "choice" does not exist for women in more than 30 states because they live in states in which legislatures have passed laws restricting access to abortion. When there is no access, there is no choice.
At the Netroots Nation conference this past weekend, I had the opportunity to sit down with Maine senate candidate Shenna Bellows. We didn't have a lot of time to chat, but I definitely had enough time to find out that she has a great and diverse background, and is an incredibly thoughtful person
Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision establishing a woman's right to an abortion, was issued 41 years ago. Despite consistent public opinion to the contrary, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades. And recently, their efforts are finding some success.
Make abortion rare! By supporting universal contraceptive coverage. By supporting Planned Parenthood. By expanding education. By reducing unplanned pregnancies in all ways that empower women and reduce violence against women.
Anyone who wants to stop and chat can do so. But once patients decide to cross the line, they should be left alone. The Court noted that the environment is currently more peaceful than it once was. There's a reason for that.
Nothing was more scary, nothing shook me more than that limbo state. True, I was never really at high risk of contraction, but rational reasoning goes out the door when you're told preliminarily that your entire timeline could be skewed so far off the map that there's no recognition of the future you'd imagined.
The new romantic comedy Obvious Child is about Donna, a young bawdy comedian who has a one-night-stand and becomes pregnant. Unprepared for parenthood emotionally or financially, she has an abortion at Planned Parenthood. Although Donna and her friends live and breathe four-letter words, there's one they never mention.
For anyone invested in reproductive justice today, Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, is at the top of the hero list.
Think about it -- who is best suited to be writing medical regulations to meet the needs of Virginia women?
A small victory for reproductive justice: Google recently removed deceptive "crisis pregnancy centers" ads that come up when users look for abortion services.
If we want our country to be guided by traditional Republican principles, we need to keep government out of the personal health care decisions of women and their families.
LGBTQ identified youth shouldn't have to educate everyone in their life (parents, family, friends, teachers, etc.) about being LGBTQ.
It means supporting each other in the struggle to challenge those using women's reproductive health as a bargaining chip in the game of patriarchal politics.