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Reproductive Justice

Voices of Faith Speak For Abortion Rights

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Our religiously grounded commitment to justice calls us to fight for safe, legal abortion care because we know that lack of access leads to further injustice.

Willie Parker Vs Reproductive Oppression

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.19.2016 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

"The Racialization of Abortion," Willie Parker titled his talk; "A Dirty Jedi Mind Trick." He then spent about 45 lively, provocative minutes elaborat...

Inside Planned Parenthood's Push For Gender-Neutral Language

The Establishment | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Planned Parenthood is often thought of by the public as a women's health provider. But it isn't really a women's health group -- Planned Parenthood has provided reproductive health care to people of all genders for years.

Hillary Spoke About Reproductive Justice In A Truly Intersectional Way

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's first speech since she won a majority of pledged delegates in the Democratic presidential race included remarks about ...

Purvi Patel, Abortion, and the Feticide Playbook

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 05.27.2016 | Women
Lynn M. Paltrow

Lawmakers, prosecutors, and judges need to throw out the feticide playbook. Respect for pregnant women requires rejection of new feticide laws and repeal of any that directly or indirectly provide the basis for punishing pregnant women.

What's at Stake for College Women in the Upcoming Election

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 05.20.2016 | Women
Gina Messina-Dysert

College women - many who are voting for their first time - will be significantly impacted by the 2016 election. Whereas gendered rights have been political pawns throughout history, in 2016 we are taking steps backwards. Gains made are being eroded.

Hope for Reproductive Justice

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Let's hear it - one more time - for the Millennials. Especially the youngest Millennials, just now reaching or approaching voting age. A generation un...

Women Still Struggle to Fill Birth Control Prescriptions

Candace Bond-Theriault | Posted 05.04.2016 | Women
Candace Bond-Theriault

While Amy Schumer is able to make light of the struggle that many of us go through each month when trying to access birth control, in actuality, it's anything but funny. Trust me, I'm not laughing.

Pregnancy and Policy: Who Decides? Time to Stop Focusing on Fear and Shame

San Jose State University MPH Student Cohort 2014 | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
San Jose State University MPH Student Cohort 2014

FASDs will not be resolved with any one simple intervention. A paradigm shift has the strongest potential to move towards healthier outcomes for pregnant people and their children.

Joy and Pain: One Film Director Thoughtfully Depicts the Spectrum of Childbirth in the Black Community

Elizabeth Dawes Gay | Posted 04.11.2016 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Dawes Gay

As we celebrate International Day for Maternal Health and Rights, the documentary The American Dream shares varied maternity experiences in Black women's own voices.

This International Women's Day, Remember the Women Who Dare to Choose Their Own Path

Purnima Mane | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Purnima Mane

On this International Women's Day, as we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, we must remember that without control over their own bodies and without choices about if, when, and how often to have children, the scope and breadth of women's ambitions is ultimately, and irrevocably, limited.

Becoming A Mother Reinforced Why I'm Pro-Choice

The Establishment | Posted 02.20.2016 | Women
The Establishment

Falling in love with my son -- and by extension, babies in general -- only further cemented my conviction that abortion should be available on demand, for any reason.

Women, Abortion Rights & Dr. Willie Parker

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Noted physician/activist Willie Parker was in San Francisco recently explaining why he does what he does. What Willie Parker does is regularly put hi...

'No Más Bebés' and the Continued Pursuit to Control the Bodies of Poor Women of Color in the US

Elena Gutierrez | Posted 02.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Elena Gutierrez

Population control laws like CalWorks adopt an underlying premise that poor women and women of color cannot be trusted to fully control their own reproductive health choices, and that government-sanctioned coercion is an acceptable policy framework.

Liberating Black Lives Through Reproductive Justice

Renee Bracey Sherman | Posted 02.03.2016 | Black Voices
Renee Bracey Sherman

To create a world where Black life truly matters, we have to trust that everyone is capable, their spirit is dazzling, and they are deserving of love, no matter where they are in their life transition. To create this, we must empower and trust Black women.

A Letter to Women on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Surina Khan | Posted 01.26.2016 | Women
Surina Khan

Women's Policy Institute graduates advocate for women's rights in California by influencing and helping pass legislation that supports women and fami...

As Reproductive Rights Hang In The Balance, Debate Moderators Drop The Ball

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Forty-three years after the Supreme Court established the right to a safe and legal abortion in Roe v. Wade, the stakes have never been ...

It's Now or Never for Reproductive Rights

Ilyse Hogue | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Ilyse Hogue

Today, as we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide, we also face growing and imminent threats to that right.

Dear Chancellor Foley: Mizzou Must Stand With Planned Parenthood

Jessi D. Miller | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Jessi D. Miller

You have the power to reverse the damage your predecessor's actions have caused for women like me who seek services from Planned Parenthood. I know I am not alone, Mr. Foley. There are thousands of us with an actual need for Planned Parenthood's services in mid-Missouri.

Jasmine Villegas Is Singing the Right Tune When It Comes to Supporting Young Parents

Brenda Vaden | Posted 11.23.2015 | Latino Voices
Brenda Vaden

Villegas's fame will help her with many of these basic necessities, but she is sure to experience some of the judgment I experienced for her decision to become a young parent. I hope she knows how important it is that she push back on this stigma.

Missouri Shreds Academic Freedom

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Mona Shattell

Missouri's anti-choice legislature, in consistently chipping away at reproductive rights, has taken a decidedly different approach in attacking reproductive health access. Now these same legislative extremists are playing politics with teaching and research at the University of Missouri.

Undocumented Fertility Users

Fred Silberberg | Posted 11.12.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Any unmarried person contemplating the use of these procedures with another unmarried person must consult a lawyer prior to commencing fertility procedures if they want to protect their rights to, and the rights of, their future children to a parent-child relationship.

Women In Brazil Are Footing Too Many Bills -- And Not Writing Enough Of Them

Karen Sztajnberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Karen Sztajnberg

We have to stop seeing egalitarianism as an act of largess on man's part, a concession. Maybe we have failed to quantify and sufficiently show Brazilian men that it benefits everyone to live in a society where women have more of an equal footing.

A Time to Embrace: Why the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Movement Needs Religion

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 10.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

For too long, the sexual and reproductive health and justice movement for too long has not taken into account that the United States is one of the most religious countries in the world.

Church Must Heed Pope Francis's Words on Abortion

Kate Michelman | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women
Kate Michelman

While we recognize that church dogma about abortion and contraception is not likely to change in the near future, Pope Francis's decision to shift the conversation is illuminating the disparities between his emphasis on compassion and the practices espoused by the U.S. Catholic Church.