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.
This April Fool's Day is a good time to check any unfamiliar names on Democratic primary ballots to make sure that Trojan horse candidates don't sneak votes away from candidates who support real Democratic values.
We would love to stop talking about the war on women. But for that to happen, Republican will need to stop inserting themselves into the doctor-patient relationship and quit using anti-woman legislation to boost their chances in a primary election.
Unless the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Texas legislation, it is almost certain to create tragedies under the hideous guise of language that claims to protect women's health.