It makes one wonder: Would the Michigan Republican leadership have banned a male conservative representative for using the term "vagina" in the debate? Somehow I doubt it.
This election year, we will decide, in dramatic fashion, the degree of access Americans, particularly the most vulnerable, will have to family planning.
We owe it to our youth to provide them with the information and resources they need to feel empowered to make responsible decisions about their sexual health.
Are the pundits right? Has the prospect of a gender backlash in the general election caused social conservatives to lose the courage of their convictions? Hardly.
Inexplicably, as the rest of the world makes great efforts to provide family planning and reproductive health care for women everywhere, some in the U.S. Congress are seeking to go backwards.
Because of gender bias and sex discrimination, there are an estimated 160,000,000 girls and women missing from the planet today. This isn't man-bashing or "victim feminism." It's just a documented statement of fact. By virtually any measure, this is dystopian.
In the new documentary, Pink Ribbons, Inc, producer Ravida Din and director Léa Pool look at how the activism surrounding a pressing women's issue was co-opted by corporations and diverted into high-profile, soft-focused fund raising activities.
My father ruined any shot I had at teen pregnancy the night senior second baseman Mike Sheridan came to call at our home and my dad answered the door conveniently cleaning his Magnum .45.
Real evil abounds in our world each day, and most of us are doing our level best to relieve the pain of evil's fallout. Faith leaders should support the good people who work hard to make a positive difference for children in this very imperfect world.
Failing to support public health weakens our nation's security. It is ironic that given limited funds and competing needs, Republican budget proposals cut human services and increase defense spending.
Between us, we are the fathers of four daughters and the reality is that the youngest are growing up in a country where women have less rights and personal autonomy than when the oldest was born.
What's at stake here is not just contraceptive coverage but the value that Catholic institutions place on women's lives. My experiences, and those of my students, make clear that contraception bans will have far-reaching and damaging implications for female students.
You guys, you can relax -- there's no GOP war against women! John Boehner says so in this clip I've animated and annotated.
It's said that there are two types of power: people and money. However, those two are not weighted equally. So despite being a coveted "voting bloc," as long as women earn less than men, we lack the political power to even control the conversation about our own "issues."
A very strange thing is happening in West Michigan: while women across America run away from the Republican Party in droves due to its war on women's health, the local Democratic establishment is backing a candidate who cast a vote to completely defund Planned Parenthood.
Having been successful in creating onerous barriers to abortion -- technically still a legal procedure in the United States -- at the state level, anti-abortion activists continue their assault.