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Why Pro-Choice Is a Sacred Choice

Stacey Nelkin | Posted 10.06.2015 | Women
Stacey Nelkin

In a recent New York Times article written by Katha Pollitt, she asks those of us who want to keep our rights to have an abortion to speak out. Well, I am a woman who has had two abortions - HEAR ME ROAR!

Why I Stand With Planned Parenthood

Anna Waletzko | Posted 10.01.2015 | College
Anna Waletzko

When will we, as a country, accept that a woman's body is her own? When will we stop policing women's bodies, and start accepting that she is capable of making the decisions for herself?

A GOP Pattern of Vicious Attacks on Planned Parenthood

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Since my GOP friends don't seem to understand how an OB-GYN appointment actually works, let me explain: Planned Parenthood and other primary care providers offer life-saving breast cancer screenings.

Looking for the Brain

Jonathan Richards | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Two Problems With Pro-Life Politics

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It injures our politics for one large group of Americans to regard another large group of Americans as bad people. But more than that unfortunate cost, this moral judgment is demonstrably false.

Alabama's Chemical Endangerment Laws: Where the War on Drugs Meets the War on Women

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.05.2015 | Crime
Katherine Koster

The criminalization of drug use during pregnancy as "fetal endangerment" is not a new revelation. But the extent to which pregnant women are being criminalized for drug use is.

Men On Twitter Are Standing Up For A Woman's Right To Choice

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women

Twitter is buzzing today with the voices of men who support women's rights -- specifically, the right to choose.  Activism and advocacy group NAR...

The Day I Took My Frozen Embryo for a Road Trip

Kelly Hedglin Bowen | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Kelly Hedglin Bowen

"Transport it yourself," my doctor said when I ask how physically to move the specimen from the lab up the road to his office. "They charge a hefty delivery fee." What I discovered was retrieving your frozen embryo is, strangely, like running any errand.

No Guilt

Margaret Klaw | Posted 09.15.2015 | Women
Margaret Klaw

I am increasingly frustrated by the extremely effective hijacking of this conversation by the anti-choice movement. They have managed to define the debate to such an extent that women who have had abortions hesitate to even admit it.

A Woman's Right at Risk: An Exchange With Katha Pollitt

Dorothy Samuels | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Dorothy Samuels

Opposition to abortion was one of the ways the Christian right was brought into the Republican Party by conservatives hoping to move the party further right. Now, of course, the tail is wagging the dog.

What A Pro-Choice Woman Really Looks Like

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

There seems to be a carefully crafted, extremely marketable, but ultimately fictitious, idea of what a pro-choice woman looks like. She's believed to be promiscuous. She is irresponsible, unable to take on an ounce of liability for her actions. This picture is false.

There Are Anti-Abortion Stickers On Arizona Science Textbooks

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women

An Arizona mother was shocked when her son handed her his biology textbook labeled with an anti-abortion sticker.  Suzanne Young, a New York Time...

How the Left Can Put the Planned Parenthood Debacle Behind It and Restore Integrity to the Abortion Debate

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

I grew up in a strict Catholic home, where there was zero tolerance of an alternative take on abortion. Partially in reaction, I've been pro-choice ...

The Politics of Being a Woman in a "Christian Nation"

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Gina Messina-Dysert

The far right is pitting God against women. Mike Huckabee's support for the decision to deny a 10-year-old rape victim an abortion is just another example in a long history that continues this election season.

A Delicate Balance

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Sister Chittister challenges all of us, both pro-choice and pro-life, to think in broader, more meaningful ways about the issue.

No One Is Pro-Abortion (And Few Are Fully Pro-Life)

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

There are some faith leaders within Christianity who vocally and openly criticize what they see as the problems with the arguments made on behalf of a pro-life position based on one's faith.

More Fights Ahead On Planned Parenthood After Senate Vote

AP | Benjamin Hart | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the aftermath of the Senate's derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls 'Choice' An Empty Concept For Poor Women

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the concept of "choice" is an ephemeral one for low-income women who live in states...

My Unintended Son: I Didn't Intend to Get Pregnant at 21

Tina Plantamura | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
Tina Plantamura

I wasn't ready. I did not plan to get pregnant. I was completely uncertain of everything about my future -- my relationship was new, my "career path" took a temporary detour, and my finances were basically nonexistent and nowhere near in order.

Republican Abortion Policy Is Based on Pseudoscience

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

In their attempts to prove the cerebral cortex as unnecessary for pain perception and consciousness, Republicans have lazily attempted to simplify the very nature of how we perceive the world to half-explored "science." With their cowardly simplification of the situation, they will be left behind on the scientific and philosophical journey to the discovery of our deepest truths.

Pseudoscientific Republican Abortion Law Attacks Rape Victims and the Poor

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The Republican attempts to legislate lies into the science of prenatal consciousness demonstrate GOP's political ineptitude, not its principles. Even with the Republicans' pseudoscientific notions aside, they have refused to adequately consider the impact of their ideology on complex and real families.

Planned Parenthood Attack Campaign: Not Letting the Facts Get in the Way of Your Story

Jon O'Brien | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

The trick of a carnival huckster is to distract you with the right hand so you don't see what the left hand is doing. The firestorm over the latest attack on healthcare provider Planned Parenthood is a classic example of how you can manufacture outlandish claims hidden by a mirage of genuine care and concern.

These 15 States Got A Failing Grade For Reproductive Rights

Bustle | Posted 06.25.2015 | Women

So, which states didn't make the grade? These are the places where women's reproductive rights are the most at risk.

Joining Team IUD

Patrice Bendig | Posted 06.23.2015 | Women
Patrice Bendig

The thought of my contraception failing and derailing the track I've been on to achieve my goals is devastating. Maybe that makes me selfish, or that I am not prioritizing the right things in life. But that is the beauty of being a young, American woman in the 21st century with access to a variety of contraception options -- it's my choice.

The Trouble With #Theyfeelpain

Kate Blanchard | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

The emphasis on pain capability is beneath the complexity of traditional moral theology, and specious for everyone else who isn't a strict utilitarian.